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Filthy Rich iOS Fanatics Can Pre-Order A $30,000 Apple Watch

If you thought $5,000 was too much for a luxury Apple Watch, then this show of excess really ought to smack your gob: Mervis Diamond Importers just opened pre-orders for its diamond-flanked Apple wrist gizmo for upwards of $30,000, CNET reports.

Mervis, which offered a $20,000 iPad in 2010, tricked out Apple’s wearable with 18-karat rose gold and eight rows of top-grade diamonds. The result looks something like several diamond tennis bracelets tied together to form a wristband, judging by the mock-up the business posted on its Facebook page last week

See also: The Apple Watch Will Cost How Much?!

Technologically, there’s no difference between the $349 base model Apple Watch and this opulent version. The value lies in the band’s hundreds of stones, which collectively total more than 15 carats and individually boast high grades of E/F in color and VS1/VS2 in clarity.

As for the metal, if rose-gold doesn’t match the other baubles on your bling-festooned self, take heart: Mervis can cast the watch in white gold or platinum as well. Hopefully it will do a better job crafting the product than it did with the mock-up above, which seems to smush the Apple Watch into a shorter casing.

Speaking of the setting, it’s not evident whether the device can pop out, so that an Apple Watch 2 can one day take its place. That seems rather important, considering the Mervis watch’s price tag exceeds mortgage down payments in many parts of the country.

But if you have the funds, then the only other thing you’ll need is patience: The Mervis custom luxury edition of the Apple Watch won’t ship until at least June 2015.

Photo courtesy of Mervis Diamond Importers

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Sweet Pumpkin and Rich Chocolate Beer at Brooklyn Pour – Huffington Post


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Sweet Pumpkin and Rich Chocolate Beer at Brooklyn Pour
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Sipping on a glass of chocolate-flavored beer that resembled the taste of a creamy chocolate shake, I felt like I was at a 1950s boxcar diner instead of at a beer festival. But at the annual Brooklyn Pour, all beverages–including this delicious Shake

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All The Rich Kids Are Into COBOL—But Why?

All the cool kids write Node.js. But the rich kids? They’re into COBOL. 

According to an ITWorld report, college students that take COBOL classes earn as much as $10,000 more in their first jobs than their Go-slumming hipster friends. Even though COBOL is a programming relic of enterprise systems gone by.

See also: Google’s Go Programming Language: Taking Cloud Development By Storm

True, that report is based on a personal anecdote from Leon Kappelman, a business information-systems professor at the University of North Texas, not a survey or anything else you might consider, well, actual data. Still, let’s assume for a moment that Prof. Kappelman is onto something.

What gives?

No COBOL Renaissance

First of all, let’s be clear: COBOL isn’t cool. By any metric, it’s just as “out-of-date, not attractive, complex, and expensive” as critics have opined

If you look at the total volume of jobs for COBOL, it has been steadily declining even as relative newcomers like Node.js and Objective-C blossom and boom, according to Indeed jobs data:

Even if we focus solely on programming languages focused on enterprise computing, and specifically on employer interest in hiring people with programming language expertise, COBOL is an also-ran, as IEEE’s language popularity index shows:

Source: IEEE Spectrum

COBOL’s ranking plummets if we add in things like relevance on Twitter, interest expressed through online forums like Stack Exchange, and other measures. COBOL is, as Coding Horror’s Jeff Atwood writes, “so very, very dead.” 

In sum, COBOL won’t get you a date. And it probably won’t get you a job, either.

COBOL Is Dead. Long Live COBOL

Except, of course, when it does. The easiest way to decipher the “COBOL grads make $10,000 more” is simply to look at supply and demand. While the demand for COBOL isn’t high, the supply of people who understand it is even lower. This makes COBOL code jockeys a valuable commodity … if they can find an employer that needs someone to update their green screen applications.

See also: Why You Should Learn COBOL

In other words, there’s really no need to learn COBOL, but there’s probably some company, somewhere that desperately needs younger programmers to learn it, as a Computerworld article from 2006 expresses well:

The persistence of Cobol—welcome or not—presents a dilemma for many companies. Their legacy code will require significant resources for years to come, yet younger software developers often don’t want to work with Cobol, and in most cases, they’re no longer learning it in school. And while there are thousands of Cobol coders still in the workplace, a large percentage of them are nearing retirement age.

Maybe this is one reason academics think COBOL should remain on their curricula, according to a survey conducted by Micro Focus, a COBOL vendor, and discovered by SD Times’ Alan Zeichick:

A poll of academic leaders from 119 universities across the world saw more than half (58%) say they believed COBOL programming should be on their curriculum, with 54% estimating the demand for COBOL programming skills would increase or stay the same over the next 10 years. That’s a far cry from today’s reality. Of the 27% confirming COBOL programming was part of their curriculum, only 18% had it as a core part of the course, while the remaining 9% made it an elective component.

Betting On COBOL?

All of this leads some to suggest that young developers should pick up COBOL as a core competence. I disagree. In some ways it’s like learning Latin or Greek: possibly useful—I mean, who doesn’t want to read Homer in the original Greek?—but unlikely to lead to employment.

Yes, there are COBOL jobs out there. And yes, learning COBOL might put young programmers in a position to upgrade outdated systems to more modern alternatives.

But is this really how you want to spend your time? It pays well, OK. But take a look at these two code snippets that Atwood highlights and decide which you’d rather code. C#?

Source: Jeff Atwood

Or COBOL?

Source: Jeff Atwood

There’s really no reason to make work any more unpleasant than it must be. Far better to build the future with Go or other young Web languages. 

Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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The 2 Types Of Rich Media Your SEO Plan Can’t Ignore – Search Engine Land


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The 2 Types Of Rich Media Your SEO Plan Can't Ignore
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Google's Universal Search results represent additional ways for websites to be found – but often, rich media like those found in Universal results are an afterthought to text content in the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy. It's true that when
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The 2 Types Of Rich Media Your SEO Plan Can’t Ignore

No one would embark upon an SEO plan without optimizing their text for SEO. In this multimedia age, you can’t ignore images and video either.

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Google Drops Authorship Rich Snippets From Search Results. A Bug?

For the past 20 minutes, if you search anything on Google, the authorship images, where it shows a picture of the individual who wrote the content shown in the Google results, no longer shows up. Here is a picture of what a search results look like with authorship images (was documented yesterday):…



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Google & Bing Now Showing LinkedIn Rich Snippets

When you search Google or Bing for a well-known person combined with the word LinkedIn, that person’s LinkedIn result will also feature rich snippet data containing their job title, where they work, and their location.

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Provo SEO Company, SEO National, Expands Rich Media to Include Infographics – PR Web (press release)

Provo SEO Company, SEO National, Expands Rich Media to Include Infographics
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As major search engines continue to evolve their algorithms, it is important to SEO National to be trendsetters in increasing their clients' brand awareness. In addition to including the new internet marketing method of building infographics at no

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The Time Has Come: How to Actually Create a Video Rich Snippet by @highervis

There has been a bit of buzz around rich snippets over the last few years, and for good reason. Rich snippets are an excellent way to make your content stand out on SERP against all of the competition. After all, you work tirelessly trying to rank on a SERP, but that really doesn’t mean a […]

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SEO rich, mobile-friendly sites important for restaurant owners [charts] – Australian Hospitality Magazine

SEO rich, mobile-friendly sites important for restaurant owners [charts]
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SEO rich, mobile-friendly sites important for restaurant owners [charts] According to Marketing4Restaurants, most customers access a restaurant's website via their mobile phones. This chart indicated the types of devices used to visit restaurant websites.

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