Rather than twiddling your thumbs through the economic downturn, ZDNet's Joe Brockmeier has even better advice: write more open-source software. There are a variety of good reasons to do so, including using code contributions as a way to position your talents to would-be employers, but one stands out:
Studies have shown that open-source developers make more money than those that simply know how to CTRL-ALT-DEL their way out of Windows problems.
How much more? as Jon Williams, CTO of NBC Universal's iVillage once told me, because the most talented programmers want to write open-source software. Open source therefore becomes a great retention tool when employees nervously look for greener pastures.. But the benefits don't stop there. Employers also benefit,
These are anxious times, but. Let's hope that one of those "good things" is more open-source software written by...you.