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Microsoft To Open Source Cloud Framework Behind Halo 4 Services

salesgeek Open Source Vaporware (50 comments)

I'm glad that Microsoft is releasing this. I really am. But you don't have to do the whole vaporware release where you say "We'll be releasing this awesome thing early next year." Just release the code and announce it when you do. Old habits die hard ...

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

salesgeek Re:Why should we let you in? (720 comments)

Every situation, and every person is different. Being so binary with people rarely works as an HR strategy. All you do is throw out the best talent for people that are good at not getting in trouble. Being good at not getting in trouble does not make you a good developer, a good salesperson, a good marketer, a good accountant... it just ensures that the person is good at not getting caught and getting out of it when caught. Useful skills, but usually NOT what you are hiring for.

Every time I have been cheated, swindled or defrauded it was by someone who had no prior criminal history whatsoever. I've seen church lady bookkeepers embezzle. I've seen top workers steal inventory. I've had 10%er developers fake time records so they could go to the bar. I've had people turn in tens of thousands in fake expenses. I've had incredibly good customers for five years straight try to get fraudulent refunds.

The common thread was that every one of these persons had a major change in their personal life. Divorces. Tax problems. Spouse got fired. Kids got really ill. Every time there was a major change. So I've started paying close attention to the personal lives of people who work with and for me. When things get tough for them, I try to be engaged and communicate a lot more with them. Sometimes I can directly help (for instance pay off a killer deductible to get the bill collectors to stop). Other times I can't... but by being engaged and interested, the employee knows at some level I'm paying attention. Since I started paying attention, I've had a lot less shenanigans. I'm also a lot less afraid to hire people who are facing challenges... and I've made some amazing hires over the years as a result.

about two weeks ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

salesgeek Re: Web Searches For These Suck (127 comments)

You can have indentation problems or you can have mismatched, nested grouping symbol problems. Either way you go, there's problems. Personally, I just like readable code. You can have that either way.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

salesgeek Re:Nonsense (219 comments)

The assumption that you need to lock down student's devices is the root of all of your issues.

about a month ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

salesgeek Re:These people just didn't know (114 comments)

There's a lot of clueless in marketing... and there's also an equal number of creative geniuses. In a lot of cases, marketers make mistakes for the same reasons developers do: underestimating how long work will take, assuming something works without testing it and not talking to users. There's also a strong not invented here bias, people taking way to much personal ownership of their work, HIPPOs (HIghest Paid Person's Opinion) and irrational mandates (i.e.THIS WORD MUST BE IN THE COPY).

about a month ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

salesgeek Re:These people just didn't know (114 comments)

Do you think that giving the POS terminal the GNOME name was just a piece of viral marketing tactic to begin with?

I think that in marketing it is better to be lucky than good. If they are smart they will call it Groupon POS because any other name will squander the brand identity that this little kerfuffle has caused.

about a month ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

salesgeek These people just didn't know (114 comments)

Hate to say, but marketers can be the most oblivious people in the wold. They also create things and have the same feelings of ownership that many of us do when we cook up a heaping helping of awesome code. So, I'm not surprised by Groupon taking a minute to figure out where they stood.

Last year, the people at my company's marketing department emerged from their cave with a Hire Veterans campaign. Awesome. Except for the fact that the helmet they choose to cap the M-16 with was a Nazi Stahlhelm. When I pointed it out I got the "what do you, developer, know about marketing" response. I answered, "Three of our board of directors are Jewish."

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

salesgeek Re:KISS (147 comments)

Redshift is a fantastic way to get started... the kind where you end up not needing to migrate to something else.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

salesgeek Re:You are looking for the wrong product/service (147 comments)

Right now, if you are starting with "Data Warehouse" you probably are using the wrong answer key to score your wrong questions.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

salesgeek Go to Big Data Meetup in your area (147 comments)

You can find out a lot in a few hours just by going to a Big Data meetup. Traditional database vendors are trying to hijack big data and make it their buzzword. Real big data players are using tools like Hadoop, Spark, Solr, Elastic Search and other tools that allow you to use commodity hardware to get a much more performant platform for big data. The appliance vendors have some interesting off the shelf stuff... you should really take some time to see what is going on... it's wild west time.

about a month and a half ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

salesgeek Re:Perspective from the other side - Liars & F (574 comments)

It's the same thing as JQuery(). It searches through the DOM for any elements that match the provided selector and creates a new jQuery object that references these elements. Here's a very simple example:

$("div > p").css( "border", "1px solid gray" );

finds any div wrapped paragraphs and puts a solid gray line around them. Docs here: http://api.jquery.com/jquery/.

about a month and a half ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

salesgeek Re:I have experienced this first hand (574 comments)

Go to meetups (i.e. javascript, python, ruby, .NET, whatever). There are hiring managers there. Just talk to everyone. Learn what everyone is into, and you'll find out who's hiring and the hiring manager types will probably ask you for your contact info. Give it to them, and ask them for theirs. When it's time to go around the room, just say you are a recent graduate and looking for work where you can hack on whatever you love to hack on. Make sure you call the hiring manger types within 48 hours of your meeting. You'll bypass the HR department and bypass the applicant tracking system.

Suggestion: if you get an interview, bring code to the inerview. Show people what you have done. If the person is non technical then just demo an app you've written. If the interviewer is technical then show the code. If your code is criticized, be positive about it and even discuss how to make it better with the interviewer. The interviewer is trying to see what it will be like working with you in the future, not trip you up.

Finally, if you are offered a lower position than you expect, it's pretty normal for companies to hire junior developers as interns, part time or on a trial basis at lower wages. If you are a good fit, you will be promoted within 90 days. For senior people, you often have to take a haircut on salary to get in the door, but if you are good, you'll be quickly promoted. The reason it is this way is that most companies just don't know what they are hiring until they've been working for a few weeks.

about a month and a half ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

salesgeek Trusted code (180 comments)

is code you can download, review and modify. The moment a third party or a internet based service is involved, there can be on trust.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

salesgeek Culture Matters. A Lot. (232 comments)

It's not fear driven development. It's incompetent, obsolete management.

about 3 months ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

salesgeek Re:There is no slump in open positions (250 comments)

Three issues going on here:

* Not enough IT professionals who can code.
* HR people are still looking for people with 23 years of experience with Ruby on Clouds
* Really awful management that either has no tech experience/education or is someone who sucked at IT who got promoted.

about 3 months ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

salesgeek Learn to code already IT people (250 comments)

Non developer positions are having issues.
Finding developers is getting more and more difficult.
Devops is growing.

Maybe time to learn to code and not just click away at control panels?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

salesgeek Hiring Programmers is Hard (379 comments)

I like to have developers bring in some code they've written and go through it. It's amazing how many developers are just not good at interviewing... until we start looking at code. Oh, and the fakers, well, they seem to never bring code to the interview.

As far as tests go, we use them for people fresh out of school because there is a huge difference between passing a CS class and actually being able to apply that knowledge.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Organization With Free Software?

salesgeek Emacs Org Mode FTW (133 comments)

If you like GTD, the best organizer ever is Emacs Org Mode. Because Org Mode uses plain text files for storage, you can use git for storage and have very meaningful history tracking and sync across devices. There are even tools for syncing to third party calendars (i.e. Google) and devices.

about a year ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

salesgeek Re:Republicans are fear mongers (926 comments)

There is no difference in parties in how they sell their platforms. Republicans use fear of foreign powers, fear of government, fear of immigrants and fear of loss of financial independence. Democrats use fear of racists, fear of religious institutions, fear of loss of government subsidies and fear of foreign powers.

The biggest difference really is how they view government: Republicans pander to those that fear government and Democrats pander to those that fear the lack of government. The message of fear was beaten by a guy selling hope.

about a year ago
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Torvalds: Free OS X Is No Threat To Linux

salesgeek Re:desktop (314 comments)

The open source world just hasnt' evolved the maturity to make a universal desktop OS **that people use**

It is more likely that people have not yet evolved to use an open source desktop.

about a year ago

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