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[#] Fri Jun 28 2013 17:22:14 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Your words sitting behind a login prompt would be a false sense of security anyway.  If someone is looking to get dirt on you they'll figure it out.  During my brief stint on Facebook I had some butthurt terrorist follow my Facebook to my Twitter, and then my Twitter to my LinkedIn, and then from LinkedIn to my workplace, to send a "please fire [IGnatius T Foobar's real name]" email to the corporate brass because of an innocuous little comment that I posted that got his oversensitive little panties in a bunch.   Pretty much anywhere, if it's not a closed group it isn't safe, and even then it's probably not all that safe.

 



[#] Mon Jul 01 2013 19:57:32 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Maybe.

But aside from the search engine, the guys would have to know to come to Uncensored to find what they need against me, and I don't think they know enough about me to do that.

Still, I haven't really said anything too damaging. And I'm waiting for the dust to settle before I write anything really awful (and who knows if it's really going to be all that awful when it's all over).

I also need to let some of the anger go. I'm very angry about it, not so much about getting fired (although that isn't helpful), but because of the damage done to my boss for no really good reason.

Still, maybe this will work out for the best in the end. Hard to say right now.

[#] Mon Jul 08 2013 20:18:13 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Looks like the guy who fired me is now looking for work, at least according to one of the social networking sites from which we can find this sort of information.

I figured they were killing the company. I wonder if they set up another company, and intentionally kept the CEO from being part of it. That wouldn't surprise me... I expected them to turn on the guy.

[#] Tue Jul 09 2013 11:35:48 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Interview with a recruiter coming up...

These sort of things are usually kind of fun. If they give me tests, I'll have fun playing with their tests. If they just want to chat, I'll have fun chatting with them. This particular recruiter has taken some of the same improv classes I took, so this might get particularly fun.

This said, someone else called me to day about a job in my town that I've seen flying around before. It's a gaming company that need someone to do C++ work with a database (probably Oracle). I'm pretty sure I could do this, and really want the job... wonder if I'll get it.

[#] Tue Jul 09 2013 18:10:52 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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I hope you get a great job!

I'd cross my fingers for you, but I don't believe in that... 

 



[#] Tue Jul 09 2013 18:15:48 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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The interview went well.

As is my way, I was completely honest throughout the interview, but engaging and fun. I showed her the e-mail I won't show here, and she was visibly angered with the CEO... but iterated that for someone who went through all of that, I am maintaining a remarkably positive outlook, which works in my favor.

I pointed out that, so far in my life, I've had 5-8 year cycles. Every 5-8 years, I go through a massive change in my life, usually related to work.
This last change is about on schedule.

[#] Tue Jul 09 2013 18:20:49 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Oh, but I also had my resume forwarded by another recruiter to a company right here where I live. I could bicycle to this job, which I might seriously consider doing if I get it (as I need the exercize).

The weird thing about this job is that it's the second time a recruiter contacted me about it. The first recruiter got hung up on my lack of database experience, but this recruiter feels they want someone with stronger C++ skills than the other. So, she contacted the company and they indicated they're interested in examining my resume. If they take more of an interest, they'll want an interview. I have a weird feeling that I'm a very good fit for them.

Here's the company:

http://www.heroengine.com/

Star Wars: The Old Republic uses their engine, so I've at least played one game that uses them.

So, if I get this job, I'll build on my relatively weak database skills.
I'm pretty sure I can handle what they throw at me.

[#] Tue Jul 09 2013 18:28:02 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I pointed out that, so far in my life, I've had 5-8 year cycles.
Every 5-8 years, I go through a massive change in my life, usually
related to work.


Wow, I wondered if others went through the same thing. My cycle is ten years, but has always gotten better.

[#] Tue Jul 09 2013 18:29:11 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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You strike me as a fast learner. I'm guessing you'd be able to get up to speed quite quickly.

There are good guides and tutorials for almost everything these days...

I once went into an interview that came with a 3-hour test, on a computer, connected to the internet. I had no clue how to do something on the test, googled it, got the answer...at the time I thought it might be cheating, but I realize that if I could get x amount of 'work' done in 3 hours, then I could get that amount done in 3 hours, no matter what tools I used to do it.



[#] Tue Jul 09 2013 21:08:10 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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What TriL said.  You'll come out on top, Fleebie, you always do.

Impressed you've garnered so many solid leads in such a short time frame, too. 



[#] Tue Jul 09 2013 21:26:19 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Did you get the job triLcat?

[#] Tue Jul 09 2013 22:33:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I once went into an interview that came with a 3-hour test, on a
computer, connected to the internet. I had no clue how to do
something on the test, googled it, got the answer...at the time I
thought it might be cheating, but I realize that if I could get x
amount of 'work' done in 3 hours, then I could get that amount done
in 3 hours, no matter what tools I used to do it.

This is why nearly every "certification" program out there is REALLY F***ING BROKEN.

Back when I was doing certs in the 1990's they were all "open book" or "open [whatever you were getting certified on]" in the labs. The rationale was, you'd have the documentation available to you in the field, and you'd have the technology you were working on right there in front of you, so yeah, you'd have it available on the exam, too.

Today's certs are stupid. They certify your ability to memorize a bunch of crap from a book, and test your ability to regurgitate the answers, completely ignoring whether you understand the material. Most of them are also chock full of stuff you'd almost certainly be looking up in the real world (VMware is notorious for filling their tests with configuration maximums for various system settings). And the biggest douchebags (yes, Micro$oft of course) put in questions that are obvious marketing propaganda.

As such, I've interviewed countless paper tigers who managed to score themselves half a dozen certs but couldn't troubleshoot their way out of a paper bag.
For example, a couple of weeks ago I interviewed a guy who had three different Cisco certs, but couldn't carry a basic conversation about network architecture.
And of course the number of people with Microsoft certs is outrageous, probably because M$ feeds them propaganda about how much money they'll make once they get certified. Yeah buddy, not if you can't even speak intelligently about CAS and DAG.

I did hire one guy who's big on certifications but he's also got real experience and talent. We tend to butt heads when I point out that I hired him for his experience and talent, not his certifications.

[#] Tue Jul 09 2013 22:35:28 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Now ... if I were working in tech support, I would have been fired today.

I sometimes get CC'ed on support inquiries that come through, if they don't get picked up in a certain amount of time (as tends to happen overnight).
Here is an *actual* inquiry:

"I am getting e mail on my phone but not on my computer. What do you think is the problem?"

Were this ticket in my queue, I would not have been able to resist answering quite simply: "Your computer."

[#] Wed Jul 10 2013 07:11:23 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Ahhh. that got me laughing. thanks.

 



[#] Wed Jul 10 2013 08:29:47 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Excerpt from a company email:

Can you please prepare this in a PowerPoint. We cannot have such important plans in an email.

 

Our method of work needs to be submitted in a PowerPoint that can be used as a workplan and presented further when needed.

 

Please send by end this week, including graphics where appropriate.


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Not sure whether to laugh or cry.

Or both.




[#] Wed Jul 10 2013 14:39:55 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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triLcat, I'd be terribly tempted (if I weren't actually a good guy) to do the Powerpoint, but put it up on a public FTP site, and e-mail everyone with an ROT-13 URL to the powerpoint.

If anyone complained, I'd point out that I was told not to leave such important plans in an e-mail, so I had to use an FTP site instead.

[#] Wed Jul 10 2013 14:42:36 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Yeah, I feel confident I could learn it. I'm impressed with what they've accomplished, and would love to be a part of that. But, again, we'll have to see if they like what they see in the resume. Knowing what I know now, I sorta wish I could have tuned the resume a bit more, since they want someone who can handle cross-platform development, which is another area in which I lack experience (but not so badly that I couldn't do it).

Certifications... pfah. Nobody I've seen hired with certifications ever seemed to know what the heck they were doing. They relied so much on being able to pass tests that they couldn't think on their feet. This field requires too much mental plasticity to contain it in a set of multiple-choice questions.

[#] Wed Jul 10 2013 19:51:08 EDT from vince-q @ Uncensored

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This field requires too much mental plasticity to contain it in a set

of multiple-choice questions.

AMEN!

Back in my days at NetK2NE, when hiring a "machine room person" I'd do away with the "sit and bullshit" interview and, before the candidate arrived, would go into the machine room, pull a "stunt" and then bring the candidate in, sit him down and say "the internet is broken - fix it. Call me when you're done."

<very evil grin>

Now THAT is the way to do an interview!

[#] Wed Jul 10 2013 21:42:32 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I would start asking you questions. I can't fix the internet, but I can fix the problem of you not
being able to get an external connection. You need to isolate the problem, so I would first need to ask you
questions or have access to a machine.

[#] Thu Jul 11 2013 04:08:47 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Wed Jul 10 2013 19:51:08 EDTfrom vince-q @ Uncensored
AMEN! 

Back in my days at NetK2NE, when hiring a "machine room person" I'd do away with the "sit and bullshit" interview and, before the candidate arrived, would go into the machine room, pull a "stunt" and then bring the candidate in, sit him down and say "the internet is broken - fix it. Call me when you're done."

<very evil grin>

Now THAT is the way to do an interview!

Doesn't sound evil. You want to see if they can do a job. You create a problem they'll need to know how to solve and see if they can solve it. Makes perfect sense. 



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