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It would depend on what both of the candidates skills are. It would also depend on what our deadlines are. The team maybe slowing down because they just came off a big project.
It also depends on how the team feels about the candidates. If they have bad feelings about one or both of them I won't hire. One of the most important things to me and my team is that everyone works well together. So I won't hire any one the whole team doesn't like.
If we were slowing down and didn't just get off a big project I would probably go with the start up person. Hope that helps answer your question.
So it seems that the fact that one candidate comes from a corporate background and one comes from a startup background is largely unimportant to you; you care more about how the individual fits into the team. But what about that initial step, before you meet the individuals. How do you weed out potential applicants? Do you take into account the type of company a person has worked for during this process?
There isn't just one thing that we go by when hiring. Yes how the individual fits into the team is one of the biggest factors. But where they worked and what experience they have is also a very big factor as well. It also depends on what role we are trying to fill. If a senior developer has just gotten done and we really need to replace them we wouldn't hire some one with out a lot of experience. But if the need wasn't immediate we would probably take some one with no experience and train them.
I guess what I am saying is that there are a varying degree of what people look at when hiring. You can't just blindly say oh this person worked at a start up so they must be a good developer that is passionate about it. Or this person worked at a corporation so they must not be passionate about development.
So when your coworkers tell you that companies look fondly at people that have worked at start ups I would say they are full of it. Some places might do that but it isn't a place that I would want to work at. I would want them to take a much broader look at the candidates and much sure they are getting the right fit for the job.
And also if you like resource management type things, check out the Industrial Craft[^] mod. This mod has stolen many days from my life (and it's got server-side support as well, so you can find online communities running it).
Shut down, move it to a different USB port, and reboot.
If that doesn't work, go do Device Manager and uninstall the driver, then refresh the Device Manager to reinstall it (on Weven, "Scan for Changes").
If that doesn't work, run a disc scan, to look for/repair bad sectors.
If it's still no good, then look for any software that you installed when you first got the device (if anything), and:
- Check each executable and DLL in its installation directory for dependencies (Dependency Walker is good for this), making a note of any that are outside of the device's proprietary directory (e.g. in the Windows dir/system dir/shared dirs).
- Uninstall the software, making sure that the proprietary directory it was installed to is really gone (i.e. delete it manually, if it's still there).
- Check any of the dependencies to files in other directories. If the files were made by the company that made the device. rename them (as long as the device wasn't made by Microsoft).
- You can get rid of any registry entries, too, if you do that kind of thing (if you've never edited a Win registry, leave it).
If that doesn't fix it, you'll probably have to settle for getting some new hardware.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!