Often referring to software programs or information systems used within the workplace.

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Do computer glasses reduce eye strain?

I work at a computer for 8 hours a day, with a 30 minute break. There are fluorescent white lights and white walls. My eyes sometimes feel dry, hurt and tired. I've changed the brightness and gamma ...
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Acceptable Interview Process? [closed]

So without going into great detail, I've spent approximately 8 hrs of my time meeting about a potential "jump up" (as stated by the hiring manager) in my career, simple department change in the tech ...
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Interviewing: can I demonstrate my ability to learn fast?

I'm currently interviewing for a web development job and so far every interviewer has asked to see my side projects/code samples. That's definitely a great thing ! At my current job (4y) I've been ...
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How to determine if company is too “broken” to fix problems? [duplicate]

I accepted an IT job at a well-known company in the media industry. The company itself is doing well financially, mostly due to acquisitions and programming decisions. The business is supposed to ...
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What to ask to a high level manager? [closed]

I work in an international company, with revenues of billions of dollar per quarter. One of the highest managers is in town and we'll have an open forum so we can interact with him. In 5 years I want ...
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Addressing Technical Conflict with the Not-So-Technical Manager [duplicate]

I'm working on a project and running into deadline roadblocks due to technical issues pertaining to a pre-existing codebase my manager contributed to. I find when dealing with him, he's quick to dodge ...
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How to deal with conservative technical decision-making? [duplicate]

I'm actually working as a lead engineer in a pretty "old fashion" company. Before me, they only have one programmer that is pretty unskilled. He manage to build a system using PHP but have no clue ...
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Basically unemployed for 5 years. How do I explain this to prospective employers?

I’m 32, unemployed, and live with my parents in an expensive US city. In 2010, I finished a Masters Degree in Business outside the US, but I have suffered from depression ever since and have been ...
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What is wrong with sharing knowledge with colleagues at work?

I have a keen interest in learning new things about whatever technology I am using at work and then sharing my knowledge and experiences with colleagues. One of my friends has repeatedly told me NOT ...
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How early is too early to apply for a job?

I'm transferring colleges and moving to a new city soon, and would need a new job closer to where I live. The types of jobs I will be applying for is Computer Tech, Tech Support etc, pretty much a ...
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Is It Proper To Put Code In Slides For Technical Presentation for Interview?

Im doing a technical presentation for a job interview and the topic is the following: Minimizing Real-Time Data Stream Latency: Node.js and Asynchronous Operations I've done some very thorough ...
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Boss IMs my private email account at work

My boss sent me an email today asking me to keep my IM chat open while I'm at work. My boss supervises me from another city, so I understand why the request was made. This way, my boss can quickly ...
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Getting a job in IT as a self-taught individual? [duplicate]

My father was a computer consultant and taught me programming when I was 11. I m 30 now and have since self taught myself PHP, mySQL, Javascript and VB and have done several of my own projects ...
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Team communication - what to use instead of emails?

Suppose I have a very important remark on some kind of technical convention or a rude bug in the code that everybody copy all over the place, how can I notify my colleagues on subject? Although we ...
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How and when to ask for a raise after being promoted out of being an Intern [duplicate]

Hello Workplace Stack exchange, So let me begin with a couple of details first then go onto the details of the question specifically: I started working as an intern in the middle of last year, and ...
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Is is appropriate to approach the company owner with a business idea?

I work for a company in the UK in a technology-based industry that's only a few years old. The company is fairly young and the owner takes and active role within the company - so I see him fairly ...
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How can I unify a team of people working remotely?

I’m currently on a team with people who work in different countries. This question makes the assumption that it is better to have some level of interpersonal connection among team members; we are ...
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A more flexible purchasing policy for office technology

We're interested in thinking about making our technology policies at our company more flexible. Right now IT basically issues everyone a Windows box when they start here. We're primarily a ...
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How would you go about requesting information on job openings overseas at your current organisation?

I've decided that I've finally had enough of the UK and would like to move to VA, USA where I have friends. Obviously I'm going to need to find a job, but before I go looking on job sites I'd quite ...
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How to organize technical skills on resume? [duplicate]

How would I organize the technical skills I have on my resume? This is what I have but I'm not sure if this is the best way to organize. Skills Programming Language — C, C++, Objective-C, Python ...
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Coworker refusing new technology changes

I am an IT Manager for a relatively small company. At our corporate office, we are switching from Outlook/Exchange to a cloud email platform. Most of the employees grumbled (they are all used to ...
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Sharing work/industry related information with colleagues and peers? [closed]

In the old days, I used to get a memo with some newsclippings in my in-tray that we would all read and then we would initial it and pass it around. I find that emails disappear into Outlook. Begging ...
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How to handle criticism and pressure in work never done before (industry pioneer)?

As a premise, I am the only person in the company who knows how to use a new Technology, and there are only a handful people in the whole country who use it. The Technology is in a very early phase, ...
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Computer records say I did something wrong - but I didn't. How to convince boss?

I cannot go into exact details due to privacy reasons, but essentially the records on a database that tracks our work imply that I made a very bad mistake - or that I am lying - but I am sure that I ...
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Can I mention my past employer's lack of innovation on a job interview/cover letter?

I've moved on from three job positions over the past two years partially because of those companies' lack of innovation and unwillingness to change. This isn't necessarily a bad thing (for the ...
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How to deal with a bad management choice about a technical solution?

So I am a new intern in a big company. During my interview my (now) n+1 asked how confortable I am with 2 informatic langages and If I would be able to their problem with them. I answered that I am ...
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Is a breach of copyright a disqualifying factor in security clearances?

If I'm known to have breached copyright in software systems, trade secrets and intellectual property of commercial firms, will that be a deciding factor for being granted government security ...
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Building a collection of code to showcase to potential employers [closed]

I'm thinking of creating a website or opening a github account to show case the programs I have written (or will write in the future). This would be to show my skills to prospective employers. What ...
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Solving the “out of sight, out of mind” problem with telepresence [duplicate]

I have a product development department in Mexico, we collaborate mainly with Michigan and distance seems to be a problem as with all distributed teams. Whenever I travel to Michigan, I end up ...
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How to interview candidates above your understanding?

Our company is growing and so are our IT needs. Problem is, we're all programmers without any hardcore systems/networking experience and I don't feel we could identify the best candidate based on our ...
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Starting a job on almost unknown technology ? [closed]

In most of the job offers you see the employers are asking for some previous experience like N+ years in this, N+ years in that etc. At least in the software industry that's a law if you want to be ...
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How can a manager of technical specialists stay relevant in a field with rapid technological change?

I am a new manager, promoted from within, and spend less and less time doing hands-on work with the technology my subordinates work on. Yet technology changes rapidly in my field. (Imagine I am a web ...
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Fast learning cycle, how to keep up with it? [closed]

Recently I joined a small company as my first job out of college. Being a small company, the learning cycle is incredibly fast. I have to learn new technologies frequently and use them. When I look ...
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What to do with the new boss — middle manager added to hierarchy?

I usually report to the CEO on my daily work, and as such, I was also given large freedom and self initiatives. I am young and willing to devote all my energy to help this high tech profile company to ...
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How can I overcome a lack of confidence to succeed in changing jobs to obtain more pay?

I am working with a PLM based product. Everything is fine, but I feel that the technology stack is too limited. I want to work with Java based technologies like Spring, Hibernate etc.. and learn how ...
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What are the impact of a developer when he/she changes technology, like from PHP to Java? [closed]

I am a software developer currently working in PHP technology for 2 years. I am also pursuing my M.S program. I decided to change my technology to Java in my existing company. When I requested my ...
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Working with many programming languages - Is doing too many different things bad for my career?

I'm working as a software engineer, and I have a total experience of one year and six months. For the first one year, I was working as a Web developer with PHP and JavaScript. With my interest I was ...
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Technical explanation to HR

As part of some phone interviews I recently had, I was asked by someone from HR to run through my CV and the technical skills I use day-to-day. I began by simply describing the tools/software I use, ...
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How to advocate a different approach to a project when office politics are involved in the decisions?

My group has found itself in the position of being forced to implement software projects in a technology that has proven to be a poor fit for the kind of work that we are being asked to do. Due to ...
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Should I add the previously learned technologies not in use at current job to my resume

I have looked at Should I discard technologies that I don't want to work anymore from my resume? But my scenario is little bit different. I am working in a company setup of about 40 to 50 employees. ...
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How do I switch between technologies in IT industry [closed]

I am working with a web development company and have 2+ years of experience of programming with PHP and overall 3 years of working in the IT industry. For long term goals and stability I want to try ...
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What guidelines should we have for employees bringing your own device to work? [closed]

We are getting ready to tackle the whole subject of people bringing tablets, etc. from home to work. We are a midsize company with 6 locations. I'm curious what others have implemented in terms of ...
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Sticking to one field vs rotation [closed]

I have just finished education and started to work. I have a few questions I need to be clear about: The very basic thing is sticking to one technology or one area of development vs rotation. Is it ...
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Should I accept a job offer where I am supposed to use technologies as VB 6, ASP (Old), SQL Server [closed]

I've been working in a small firm (<10 Employees) using the technologies such as VB.Net, ASP.Net, SQL Server 2005. Now I've got a job offer from a bigger company. But the confusion is that in the ...
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How can I encourage a 'software development' culture when working in a more traditional company

I work in a company that is more business than technology orientated and are only recently adding a more significant technology component. Their current culture reflects the business and marketing ...
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How do I adjust my workplace to reduce eye strain?

My vision is worse than average for software developers. In addition to accuity (not the subject of this question), one problem I have is light-sensitivity. I find that staring at a computer monitor ...
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How do I convince a manager to not “meddle” with the network? [closed]

We have a boss who used to be a member of the team, and still (perhaps too much) enjoys getting his hands dirty with the technical aspects. We're trying to move away from the old methods of doing ...
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How do you approach imparting technical knowledge to your superiors?

The people who are in charge of my workplace don't really understand what computers are capable of, mistrust them, and generally have a great deal of difficulty using technology. This is a problem ...