Stop me if you've heard this one: A guy walks into a bar carrying his not-yet-released prototype phone. After a few drinks, he leaves the bar without the phone. Yes this happened again! This time it was the Google Nexus 4 that was left behind in a California bar. A bartender at 500 Club in San Francisco found the phone and put it by the cash register for a few days. Surprisingly no one claimed the phone. He later got with one of his tech-savy friends and tracked it down to Google. This isn't the first time someone has left their prototype phone in a bar. Back in 2010, an Apple engineer (former?) named Gray Powell left a prototype of the iPhone 4 at Gourmet Haus Stadt in Redwood City. Someone found this phone and sold it to Gizmodo.com for $5,000. Luckily the Google Nexus 4 was returned to Google and not sold. Brendan Spaar recommends leaving the prototype phones at home the next time you are going out for a night on the town.
You know the phrase "good help is so hard to find?" Many employers are using this phrase to complain about the lack of talented IT Security professionals. What ths article points out is that employers are probably disqualifying candidates because they do not fit the mold of typical job seekers. Take this example from the article. Ask the security job seeker if someone were to kidnap their family. would they turn on their company to get the family back? If you answer yes to the question you probably won't get the job because it's not the politically correct thing to say. However, the honest answer is an emphatic YES! Brendan Spaar believes that employers need to put political correctness aside and have the applicants explain their answers. If the applicant has a good reason for saying yes then you should evaluate it accordingly. Don't come up with interview questions that place professionals into buckets.
You know that iPhone that you're walking around with? How would you feel if you knew it was made by underage Chinese laborers? Not so good eh? Well it turns out that after months of denying it, Chinese technology assembler Foxconn has fessed up to using children as "interns" to produce some of the iPhones that it delivers for Apple. Not only are they using young boys and girls to make these phones, they aren't paying them anything! That's what intern means, right? According to the article, Foxconn had been using these child interns because of a labor shortage. When your country has a couple billion people, Brendan Spaar finds it hard to believe that the company cannot find enough unskilled laborers (of legal age) to assemble these phones. Is this a case where we should be looking to companies like Apple to bring their manufacuring back home to the United States?
Brendan Spaar is a technology blogger from Forsyth County, GA. Since 2008 he has had a major presence on the web from Alpharetta to Georgia you can find many of his posts all over the internet. This is the technology blog where you will not find arrest or mugshot photos of people but instead you will find