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It must get really depressing further up in the north where you don't get to see the sun for months and summer means that you actually get some light while you are shivering. A little rain is not that bad. I used to have an apartment under the roof with large windows. Nothing like lying on the couch with a good book during a storm
And now I must goto bed, unless I want to have my bosses believe I'm pondering tough problems tomorrow
At least artificial intelligence already is superior to natural stupidity
What's the language spoken at the end of the clip - it didn't sound like any language I have ever heard before - was it Finnish or Hungarian?
(I mention these two languages as their similarity is that they are very different in sound to other European languages)
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
Take a look at all the icons on the various menus/sub menus in Visual Studio 2010.
If I were to place 100 of those icons on a written test would you be able to identify even 20% of them?
I don't think I could do it.
I'd fail the test and I use VS 2010 every single day.
Oh sure, I get the cut/paste icons and the save icons, but could anyone here really identify the icons under the Test -> Windows menu in Visual Studio 2010?(1) I kind of feel sorry for the guy who had to design the Debug -> Windows -> Parallel Stacks icon. I don't blame him for putting a few white boxes there with a red squiggly. The red squiggly was probably an accident - a line drawn while the guy was falling asleep wondering why he'd settled for such a sucky job.
It's interesting that I can see these icons every day and not know what they mean yet even a 10yr old would easily identify with the vast majority of the smilies on this site. You could put up 100 smilies and almost everyone would get what they mean. That is effective iconography.
BTW, this is 2012 and the Save icon is still a 3.5" diskette which may very well be another hazard of icon usage. I've not used a 3.5" diskette to save anything in the past 10 years and yet I expect the save icon to look like a medium almost noone uses anymore. Maybe it's time to update it to a solid state drive icon?
Let's get the Parallel Stacks guy to design it.
1: I'm sure there is at least one nerd here who knows all the icons but bragging about it is going to severely inhibit your ability to pick up a forum co-ed. Keep your filthly little secret to yourself.
I've not used a 3.5" diskette to save anything in the past 10 years and yet I expect the save icon to look like a medium almost noone uses anymore. Maybe it's time to update it to a solid state drive icon?
Do you use a pair of scissors to cut text to the clipboard? Do you use a paperclip to attach documents to your emails? Along the same lines, you say "dial tone", but when was the last time you *dialled* somebody's number?
These things are there for a historical reason, and familiarity/critical mass is a good enough reason to keep them the way they are. There are people who haven't even *seen* a floppy, but they know the Save button when they see one, so what's your problem?
So, someone's comment to the post for resume advice below got me thinking. If you are looking to hire an experienced professional, what red flags do you look for when looking at number of companies, length of time at their previous employers, who the employers were, etc. Also, if a person was with a company for an 'extended' period, does a career progression change how you view that stay?
As for my IT career:
3 years First company
2 years Second Company
14 years 3rd, 4th, 5th due to mergers/acquisitions
1 year current company
I only get leery when the number of jobs > than total years experience. Averaging less than a year per job consistently over a career might mean underperformer, difficult to work with, bored easily, or selfishly ambitious (promotion / raises sought by new job instead of at current job.) A simple reference check can probably determine what was going on there.
I know past managers, and even my current boss, shy's away from people with 10-20 years experience in only in one company (I don't think that's a negative necessarily myself).
I know past managers, and even my current boss, shy's away from people with
10-20 years experience in only in one company (I don't think that's a negative
Base on my experience it can be a big negative indeed. Your managers are right to avoid such people. If the person have started his/her carrier in a big company after 15-20 years the poor soil is fully institutionalized. They know only their company’s tools, frameworks etc. I interviewed a lady who had 20 years of experience in C++. I had a great expectations but it turned into a disaster. She had no idea how bitwise operators work, no MFC (or any common framework in that extend, .Net included), no real understanding of OOP, pointers, SQL (the whole thing) and etc., etc, etc.
It was embarrassing!
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What if the project is completed in 6 months with no extension, then they'd be
fast workers, right?
But seriously, many companies will only deal in 3 or 6 month terms for budgetary reasons. I'm currently at a 3-month cycle company, on my second renewal. In the past I was at a place that dealt with 6 months at a time. Hired for 6, project scope cut and all contractors released after 3 months (for me.) Cuts were too deep so I was hired back, brown stuff hit the spinning blades and again all contractors and huge number of regular employees were let go. You just never know in the contracting world.
I often make very large prints from unexposed film, and every one of them turns out to be a picture of myself as I once dreamed I would be.
Better than 80% of my online presence has been via pseudonyms that I have tried quite hard NOT to have tied back to me. This has changed in the past couple of years due to places like Linkedin.com, Facebook, and Google (the great Satan ) tying things together.
If I could, I would go back and tell myself of 5-7 years ago to do some things differently so these tie-ins did not occur. I personally would prefer NOT to be so "Naked in Cyperspace."
Even if you use your real name it might not matter if it's common. As of a month ago, there are no hits for me among Google's first 70 results for Daniel Neely. Of the three hits that are me in the first 100 none are readily linkable to me (1 each blog comment, question on vendor support forum, and question on distributed computing project message board). None of the major sites I participate in online turned up.
Several years ago I had 3 profiles relevant to who I was in the top 10 at one point or another; but between some of my doppelgangers engaging in self-SEO and Google having apparently decided my profiles here, on HardOCP, and on Einstein@Home (the three that used to turn up, with hundreds or thousands of posts each) are less relevant than three where I have only a handful of messages each I've largely became invisible to them.
I see no problem with this; if anything I'd be interested in reverse SEO to push my profiles down even farther...
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
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