Ed Bilodeau

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# Notice (Oct 19/05): So ends my stay here on Blogger. This morning Google implemented an anti-spam 'feature' that forces me to answer a challenge phrase when I want to post to my own blog. No notice of the change, nothing. Worse is that it doesn't even work! I type the phrase, submit, "An error occured", post deleted. Damn you, Google. Chances are I will revive my blog somewhere else, sometime soon. I'll post the new coordinates here as soon as they become available. (BTW, I'm unable to post anything to my RSS stream, so I'd appreciate it if readers could spread the word and ask people to take a look at this notice)

Update (Oct 19/05, ~noon): After a frustrating few hours (and not just trying out alternatives to Blogger), I've decided that this is a good time to take a break from all this. A day? A week? Who knows. But I need to step away from it before I pass a heavy magnet over the whole mess.

Update 2: According to this post, the reason I'm seeing the CAPTCHA (challenge phrase) is that Blogger has classified my blog as spam. Thanks. User for five years and now I'm spam. I searched the Blogger site, but there is no mention of how to get the spam flag turned off. There is also no way of contacting anyone at Blogger. Wow. Spam they say I am, so spam I must be. Maybe it is time to take a break.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

jobpostings.ca : What you need to know about IT. Good advice for people looking to understand the current and near-future state of the IT job market.


Sorry, I want to see hard numbers about the present. Claims that there will be shortage cannot be taken seriously. We need to see evidence of shortages now, and I see none. Salaries in IT are not on the rise.

Shortage == higher salaries.

Period. Lack of cheap labor is not a shortage.
> Lack of cheap labor is not a shortage.

Maybe not for graduate students, but for a lot of other people it means an availability of entry positions that may not have the highest starting salary.

I agree that seeing some hard data would be good, but it is hard to come by. I've seem a number of reports over the past few months, and the sense I get it that the IT job market is either flat or growing, but in a few specific areas. However, I acknowledge that it is hard to get data from unbiased sources.

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