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Interesting article at  Gist is to put the database on a flash drive.  Massive performance boost at cheap cost.

I have done similar one-offs putting database on a flash drive, faster drive; using in-memory database apps.  Sounds like the logical next step: just put the entire thing on a flash drive.

Historically companies have laid off contractors before employees.  The idea was that they cost the most.

Under Obamacare I think things are reversed: employees cost more than contractors.  Several firms had already announced layoffs if Obama got re-elected.  They have already determined that the differential pay for a contractor is LESS than the total, benefit laden cost of an employee under Obamacare.

Imagine you are an employee of a larger, older firm.  Even worse, imagine you work for one of the companies that pre-announced layoffs if Obama got re-elected.  What do you do?

I think we may see a resurgence of agencies that hire these laid off employees and place them back in their old companies as contractors.  As I remember, that was really not such a nice place to be when it happened several years ago.

Interesting times.  I wonder how it will really play out?

It’s so painful to watch the hoopla about this.  People are actually happy that one company is sucking 15 billion dollars of risk capital, that would likely be earmarked for technical investment, out of the market.  I believe that tech start-ups are one of the most important aspects of livelihood and growth in America.  To cheer on as the money supply for these ventures is cut is astounding.

I know it’s over 10 years ago that the same thing happened: early, promising companies did an IPO with very little accounting for things like earnings or prices.  It took several years before the country got back on it’s feet.

Hope I am wrong.

Talking to a number of companies that are looking for software people.  I guess the first thing to notice is: there are quite a few postings out there these days.  Take a glance at craigslist for your area, guaranteed at least a hundred jobs per day.

Secondly, talking to a small shop in town they are turning down work below a certain $N,000.  Talking further, the bigger shops in town are turning down work for less than $N0,000.

It really feels like the press has been so caught up with the stupidness of banks lending money to people that could never pay.  The result is they are ignoring the apparent large scale demand for services, at least for technical people.

Third hit point was a survey run by a pretty good outfit that should only have gone to hiring managers.  The number one question was “how are you dealing with the shortage of technical pool?”.

I guess things are still in pretty good shape (for s/w companies anyway).