Mark Niemann-Ross

Posts by Mark Niemann-Ross

  • The World Economic Forum has a clear message – your job will change in the next four years, even if you don't change jobs.

    You'll Have A New Job In Four Years

    January 16, 2017

    Let me show you a chart. It's from the World Economic Forum's "The Future of Jobs" and shows the core skills you'll most likely need for any job in 2020. It's not exactly eye-candy, but look at that chart and identify skills you have. Now - identify the skills you don't have. Keep in mind, these are core skills for any job; not just programmers or managers. If...

  • Security with the Internet of Things will be a big deal.

    The IoT is More Than Just Internet and Things

    January 13, 2017

    Common wisdom says the Internet of Things (IOT) happens when you glue the internet onto a thing. Internet plus refrigerator equals IoT! Internet plus light bulb equals IoT! Internet plus vacuum cleaner equals IoT! If that's all there is to IoT, then we've been doing it for years. The only novelty is the rapidly dropping price of WIFI support and cheap computing....

  • The Benefits of Wasting Time

    August 4, 2016

    For no good reason, I purchased an Apple IIe computer. It was 1983, I had just graduated from college, I didn’t need it for work and I didn’t need it for email (this was before the Internet was a thing). I unpacked the computer in my studio apartment and set it up on a salvaged desk. The apartment had a few poorly selected cooking utensils, dirty dishes in the...