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Never Search For Free WordPress Themes in Google or Anywhere Else

Freebies are good, because you can get it for free. So are WordPress theme. But, not all of freebies as good as you think they are. Siobhan Ambrose made a great post about why we should never search for free WordPress theme in Google or anywhere else.

And she made a good post about when is a free WordPress theme really free and where to find them.

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Enjoy!

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Top List of IT Skills in Demand This Year

The following is a look at 12 of technology skills in storage, application development, operating systems, databases, and networking as well as the national averages for salaries using those skills. The data was provided by Dice.com based on an online survey of nearly 20,000 IT professionals from Aug. 13 to Nov. 15, 2010.

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    1. Java
      Java/J2EE and related technologies, such as JSP and JDBC still commandeer the highest salaries, on average. Despite taking up three slots in the top 10 for programming languages, IT Pros should consider expanding to other languages while strengthening their Java capabilities. Average salaries for JDBC, JSP, and Java/J2EE declined between 1.4 percent and 3.9 percent since 2009. C is also relevant, but there are almost as many C programmers as there are Java programmers. Average salaries: JDBC $98,100; JSP $93,813; Java/J2EE: $91,060; C $90,346; Visual C++ $88,227; C++ $86,648; C# $85,501.
    2. Apex Cloud Programming
      Easy to adopt for developers familiar with Java or C#, Apex is the Salesforce.com programming language that runs in the cloud in a multi-tenant environment. A relative newcomer to the Dice survey, there are a two advantages to brushing up on Apex skills: There aren’t a lot of people with this skillset– for the second year in a row. Furthermore, the survey reported less than 100 respondents with Apex—and salaries are going up. Average salaries for Apex professionals had the biggest growth from 2009 to 2010, soaring 10.2 percent to $95,192.
    3. Phyton Over Ruby
      Python is a versatile programming language that sometimes gets overshadowed by Ruby, especially when combined with Rails, the popular Web framework. Despite all the excitement around Ruby on Rails, IT professionals with Python skills reported average salaries of $90,208, a smidgen higher than those by RoR folks, at $89,973. What’s more significant, is that Python jumped 7.1 percent from last year, while RoR declined 0.6 percent. The number of people with experience in those languages are still pretty low, but learning Python may be the better investment at this point. Average salaries: Python $90,208; Ruby on Rails $89,973.
  1. Windows Tech
    Having the “.Net” in the name didn’t make a lot of difference for developers in 2010. Despite its popularity in the marketplace and its use on Microsoft platforms, .NET developers were relatively low on the scale, compared to Java, C, and even ColdFusion developers and their salaries are declining. However, ASP.net developers had slightly higher salaries on average than ASP, and Visual Basic.net developers were higher than Visual Basic. So if your skills are with Microsoft platforms, focus on the .NET component of the technology. Average salaries: .NET $83,288; ASP.net $83,268; ASP $82,670; Visual Basic.net $79,646; Visual Basic $77,994.
  2. Perl and COBOL
    Despite the popularity of newer languages, Perl remains in demand. Even as Web application developers adopted PHP and Ruby on Rails along with Python for general programming, Perl developers on average reported higher salaries. In fact the average salary jumped from 2009. There is still demand for developers with COBOL background, with salaries staying at about $85,847. Average Salaries: Korn Shell $96,886; Perl $94,210; Shell $88,918; COBOL $85,847.
  3. Knowing Mac, Windows and Red Hat
    Demand holds more or less steady for the major operating system with average salaries for professionals with Microsoft Windows Server, Mac OS, and Red Hat Linux skills holding firm to 2009 levels. Mac OS showed the most change increasing by 1.7 percent. But that may be a reflection of more businesses allowing Apple products inside the workplace. Average salaries: Red Hat $88,223; Microsoft Windows Server $76,915; Mac OS $74,199.
  4. Specialized OS Expertise
    Solaris professionals topped the chart with the highest average salary for operating systems, at $94,429, but this sector also showed one of the biggest declines since 2009. Whether or not Solaris can regain market share under Oracle will determine future demand, although experts will always be required to keep existing systems going. HP-UX had the third highest, at $92,662, but had the biggest decline. Average Salaries: Solaris $94,429; AIX $93,684; HP-UX $92,662; DOS $72,637.
  5. Security Professionals
    Professionals with “Security” in their title did well in 2010, as companies started investing in security technology to prevent data breaches, defend against malware and comply with data security regulations. Average Salaries: security architect $117,387; security engineer $95,146; security analyst/architect/engineer (Combined): $89,620; Security Analyst $78,288.
  6. Specialists for Networks
    Network managers and engineers held their own in 2010, but the biggest winners were the specialists, with titles like Network Design and WAN Specialist. Average Salaries: WAN Specialist $108,842; Network Design $90,378; Network Manager $60,134; Network Engineer $70,681.
  7. Data Management Skills Most in Demand
    Data warehousing skills are most in demand and earn good money, according to the salary survey. The top three skills for databases were Informatica, Extract/Transform and Load and Data Warehousing. However, salaries for skills in the major databases, SQL Server, Oracle and Sybase, showed slight decreases from 2009 while MySQL stayed stagnant. Average Salaries: Informatica $101,898; ETL $100,983; Data Warehouse $96,613; Sybase $92,855; Oracle $90,914; DB2 $89,159; SQL Server $80,773; MySQL $79,629.
  8. Demand for Fibre Channel
    Storage professionals were well-represented across the board in the Dice survey. However, regardless of the storage product brand or category—EMC, NetApp, SAN, iSCSI, NAS—all reported some salary declines, except Fibre Channel, which stayed the same. Average Salaries: EMC $91,079; NetApp $87,920; Fibre Channel $87,161; SAN $83,956.
  9. Cloud Computing Decrease
    The excitement around virtualization and cloud computing resulted in high salaries, but it doesn’t appear to be sustainable, with some of the biggest declines. Telephony and unified communications professionals saw a bit more stability. Average Salaries: Software as a Service $94,188; Cloud Computing $88,995; Xen $81,713; Virtualization $81,611; SIP $80,635; Unified Communications $89,862; VMware $79,199; Telephony $76,925.

Source: eWeek.com

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Cerita Kemarin: Ruang Baca di Bus Transjakarta

Kenapa judulnya bukan cerita hari ini? Karena ini adalah sepenggal kisah yang terjadi kemarin, 14 Januari 2011. Okay, selamat membaca!

Seperti biasa, antrian penumpang bus Transjakarta (dikenal dengan busway) di Halte Harmoni padat dan dibumbui dengan dorong sana-dorong sini. Beberapa ibu-ibu akan protes orang di belakangnya, beberapa orang memainkan BlackBerry, dan yang lain diam menunggu atau sembari mengipaskan tangan berharap suasana tak se-sumuk yang terjadi. Dan apa yang saya lakukan? Saya sibuk membaca buku dengan tebal 600an halaman sembari senyum2 menikmati suasana sekitar. Meskipun terhimpit, saya memaksakan diri untuk membaca agar pikiran saya tak teralihkan dan ikut-ikutan bete. Begitu, kukira.

Mari membaca!

Setelah menanti beberapa lama, dengan berdesak-desakkan akhirnya saya berhasil mendapatkan tempat dan naik di bus. Tak mau terjebak dalam himpitan dalam bus saya pun memilih masuk ke bagian belakang bus. Bukan bagian mesin bus lho ya, melainkan wilayah penumpang bagian belakang. Biasanya, bagian tengah (dekat pintu) adalah bagian paling penuh dalam bus Transjakarta. Jika sudah terjebak di daerah ini dan penumpang berjumlah banyak maka bisa berpegangan adalah hal yang sulit.

Dan benar saja, kali ini bagian belakang bus tak sepenuh bagian tengah sehingga saya bisa mendapatkan tempat untuk memasang kuda-kuda. Untungnya lagi, kali ini saya mendapatkan tempat bersandar. Dengan demikian saya tak perlu pusing memikirkan pegangan sehingga dapat memegang buku dengan kedua tangan. Saat itu posisi saya berada di pojok bagian belakang kiri bus. Tepat di sebelah kiri saya ada seorang wanita setengah baya. Sementara itu, di depan saya ada seorang wanita berjilbab berumur kira-kira 27-29 tahun.

Setelah bus berjalan beberapa meter, saya pun kembali membuka buku yang sejak tadi masih saya pegang dan mulai meneruskan membaca. Dan beberapa menit kemudian, kedua wanita di sebelah dan depan saya ini mengeluarkan buku dari tas masing-masing dan mulai membaca. Keduanya. Saya tidak tahu apa yang dibaca wanita di sebelah saya, tetapi saya dapat melihat dengan jelas wanita di depan saya sedang membaca buku yang ditulis oleh pengarang yang sama dengan buku yang saya baca. Jadi, kami bertiga yang berada di bagian pojok kiri belakang bus Transjakarta ini kompak membaca. Saat itulah saya merasa berada di perpustakaan dalam bus. Dan jujur saja, saat itu saya gembira. Gembira karena selain saya punya teman membaca di bus.

Saya memang membiasakan diri membawa buku setiap kali naik bus Transjakarta. Perjalanan pulang-pergi ke kantor adalah waktu luang yang bisa saya manfaatkan untuk membaca karena kesibukan dari bangun hingga berangkat tidur yang tak ada habisnya. Selama perjalanan dari halte Bunderan Senayan hingga Harmoni, biasanya saya hanya dapat menghabiskan 8-10 halaman. Sedikit memang, tapi bukankah semua hal yang banyak berawal dari yang sedikit?

Mari budayakan membaca, kapanpun kita bisa. Di bus, kereta, taksi atau apapun. Kalo ojek nampaknya susah. :D

Selamat membaca!

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