Mary Brandel

Contributing Writer

Mary Brandel is a contributing writer for Computerworld, covering a variety of IT technology and management issues.

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How to beat the 'working-at-home-feeling-left-out' blues

How to beat the 'working-at-home-feeling-left-out' blues

Telecommuting has gotten easier over the years, with new technologies continuously emerging to keep employees connected with each other, clients and the home office. Beyond the normal network connectivity and access to business...

How to make tech meetups work for you

How to make tech meetups work for you

Informal meetups have a lot to offer tech professionals. Here’s how to get the most out of meetup events.

So, you want to be a security pro? Read this first

So, you want to be a security pro? Read this first

Here are some insights to help IT professionals take advantage of the talent shortage – as well as some reasons it might not be the right move for you.

The ultimate hackathon survival guide

The ultimate hackathon survival guide

Name a city, pick a date, and you’ll likely find a nearby hackathon, whether you’re in Des Moines, Iowa, or Yerevan, Armenia.

Four mindblowing Ted Talks for techies

Four mindblowing Ted Talks for techies

TED talks make that possible to do in a single sitting. Here are four talks that in just over an hour will provide you with a glimpse of what the world might look like in the next decade.

Tech Resume Makeover: How to add multimedia

Tech Resume Makeover: How to add multimedia

In today’s multimedia world, some job seekers are creating elaborate video game resumes, or adding infographics, video, audio or design-intensive documents to their traditional resumes. So, is your old-fashioned text-based document...

As IT job market heats up, tech stress levels drop

As IT job market heats up, tech stress levels drop

Many IT pros feel more secure today about their career prospects, but some roles are still extremely stressful.

5 low-cost tricks for keeping up with new technologies

5 low-cost tricks for keeping up with new technologies

Here are some ways to stay up to date and even get up-close and personal with emerging technologies.

Top 10 techie vacation spots

Top 10 techie vacation spots

Vacation timeMaybe you’ve been working non-stop on a mission critical project. Maybe your shop is shorthanded and you haven’t been able to get away. Maybe you’re just a procrastinator when it comes to planning a summer vacation....

Bad IT: Don’t make these mistakes in your organization

Bad IT: Don’t make these mistakes in your organization

Here are some real-life examples of less-than best practices, performed both by IT organizations and IT pros themselves, as well as the lessons that can be learned from them.

How not to ask for a raise

How not to ask for a raise

You may have heard the inspirational phrase, “If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.” But what if you do ask, and the answer is still no? Particularly when it comes to asking for a raise, that is not the desired outcome,...

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