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Sunday, November 13th, 2011
5:42 pm
My new blog
I've moved on from livejournal

If you are interested in my tech posts then check out my new tech blog.

If you preferred my thoughts on politics then join me over on yakkstr politics
Wednesday, February 9th, 2005
9:26 pm
look what I got :)
Woot, look what I got :)

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004
7:30 pm
How not to send a resume
I've recently found myself on the hiring end of the job seeking process. This is my first experience with screening resumes and interviewing applicants, and it's been an eye opener.

We posted a job opening on hotjobs for an entry level programmer. The posting specifically said what the pay range was and that we wanted local candidates only. Over 50% of the applicants were either wanting too much money or were not local! Then there were the resumes that didn't fit the job description. One of the resumes objectives said, "Seeking a position in the wireless communications industry". We are very clearly a dot com. It's as if the vast majority of applicants didn't even read the description of the position. Only 4 or 5 resumes, out of about 60, had cover letters. This is even counting the cover letters that were just one or two sentences!

The lesson from all of this is that you will probably have a better change getting a job if you limit the number of resumes you send and tailor them to the job your applying to. Also write a brief cover letter that shows your interest in the particular field your applying to. I was expecting atleast one or two of these programmers to have a portfolio to show off some of the projects they've created. If just one applicant had done this they would have almost certainly gotten the position. I am no longer afraid of being unemployed as a programmer unless the market gets really bad.
Thursday, October 21st, 2004
4:11 pm
Here is a good list of some of the violations of civil liberties that have been occuring
http://www.progressive.org/mcwatch03/mcwatch03.html

from the list:
"Three Teachers Evicted from Bush Event for Wearing "Protect Our Civil Liberties" T-Shirts"
Thursday, September 30th, 2004
1:36 pm
Will we see a draft in the US?
I'll bet that if Bush is reelected there will be a Draft. Here is a little snippet from a salon.com article.

"Last week, it was reported that the National Guard missed its recruitment goals by 5,000, the first time it's fallen short in a decade. On Sept. 27, the New York Times reported that some Army planners want to cut soldiers' 12-month combat tours to improve morale and reenlistment. But others say they can't do that and still meet requirements in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Rocky Mountain News has reported that some Iraq veterans stationed in Colorado have been threatened with second tours in Iraq if they refuse to reenlist. On Monday, USA Today reported that more than a third of soldiers called up from the Individual Ready Reserve failed to report on time."
Tuesday, September 7th, 2004
4:34 pm
strong typing versus weak typing
This is one of the reasons I like python more than php and other weakly typed languages. Python would throw an exception unless you cast them to the same type, int or string.

if('23sadkjsi8' == 23){
echo "um, whatever\n";
}
else{
echo "php is sane\n";
}

if(abs('23sadkjsi8') == 23){
echo "23sadkjsi8 == 23!!!\n";
}
else{
echo "php is sane\n";
}


This code results in:
um, whatever
23sadkjsi8 == 23!!!


Imagine how hard it would be to find a bug caused by this in a large program.
Tuesday, August 31st, 2004
7:27 pm
Linux on the Desktop 3
Houston, we have a problem.

We just moved so my wife went to the DMV website to get the change of address forms. They were in pdf files which is fine because our Suse install has adobe acrobat. However, when she printed them the entire area of the fields for address, name, etc were solid black so the forms could not be used. This type of thing is a show stopper for Linux on the Desktop, and it concludes my expirement. Fortunately, she really likes the new imacs so we will probably get one of those :)
Wednesday, August 25th, 2004
7:08 pm
I'm glad I'm I don't eat fish
Taken from www.salon.com

... according to the E.P.A.'s new national listing of fishing advisories. A full 35 percent of all lake acres in the country, and 24 percent of the river miles are now covered by such warnings.
6:28 pm
LInux on the Desktop 2
We needed a new printer and printing is an absolute must for a desktop system. Let's see how linux handles printing.

www.linuxprinting.org has a wealth of information including a thorough list of printers, which linux driver to use, and how well it works with that driver. I used this to determine which printer to buy and I ended up getting an hp deskjet 5150.

I connected it to the computer via usb, and opened the kde control center as root. I then selected hp 5150 from the list of supported printers and printed a test page. The test page came out perfect and I was very pleased with how easy it was. Unfortunately the battle wasn't over. I then tried to print from a text editor under my user account and I got an error and nothing printed. I put the error into google and after about 10 minutes I found the solution. I needed to give each user permission to print :) After that everything seemed to be working perfectly until I tried to print from open office. I printed one of my wifes old word documents and the margins were way off. There was a lot of space at the top and virtually no margin at the bottom.

I haven't tried to fix this, but I'm confident that it won't be too much trouble. Overall I am satisfied with printing under linux. It isn't a turnkey solution as it usually is on windows, but without too much trouble I should be able to get it to work as it should. Maybe I'll just use koffice instead of open office.
Friday, August 20th, 2004
8:20 pm
Linux on the Desktop
I have an ibook (an apple computer) which I love and a dual boot pc that has windows xp and suse linux. My wife and I primarily use the pc because it's more comfortable to work on than a laptop. Recently I got a bunch of viruses on windows that I still haven't completely cleared up partly because I don't really like to use windows. The problem is that my wife uses it, but she recently read an article about how easy it is for crackers to get bank passwords and stuff off of windows while simultaneously becoming very annoyed with the gay porn that one of the viruses kept popping up. She told me to make the boot up default to linux instead of windows which began my linux desktop experiment. I am going to use this journal to chronicle her success, or lack thereof, at using linux as a desktop and my experience administering the system.

I already have suse 9.1 installed so this will be the distro that we use for this experiment. The sound, graphics, and networking worked out of the box (which I've come to expect from modern linux distro's). The only software she really uses is word, itunes, and a web browser. Let's see how well she does with open office, xmms (which I really don't like), and firefox. Too bad itunes doesn't work on linux :(

Let the experiment begin.
Tuesday, July 27th, 2004
4:36 pm
Windows Security ;)
I had a windows 2000 server hacked within a week of it being turned on, and it had all of the latest security patches! I was reading up on windows security when I found this little gem.

"How, then, can you take advantage of the convenience of Windows Terminal Services and still protect your systems? First, make sure that terminal services is not installed (or enabled) ..."
Sunday, July 25th, 2004
6:22 pm
Justice
"When the rich commit the truly grand larcenies, which become too flagrant to ignore, their lawyers work out deals with the government and no one goes to jail, as would happen to a petty thief. For instance, in 1977 the Federal Energy Administraion found that the Gulf Oil Corporation had overstated by $79 million its costs for crude oil obtained from foreign affiliates. It then passed on these false costs to consumers. The following year the administration announced that to avoid going into a court of law, Gulf would pay back $42 million ... One wonders if a bank robber would be let off if he were to return half his loot."
Howard Zinn "Passionate Declarations.

I've been reading "Passionate Declarations" and this reminded me of all the corporate scandals of the past few years. How many of them have been sentenced to long jail terms?
Friday, July 23rd, 2004
9:54 pm
From Carl Sandburg's "The People, Yes"
"Get off this estate."
"What for?"
"Because it's mine."
"Where did you get it?"
"From my father."
"Where did he get it?"
"From his father."
"And where did he get it?"
"He fought for it."
"Well, I'll fight you for it."

Current Mood: cynical
Sunday, July 18th, 2004
10:34 am
April in Falluja through the eyes of a clown...
April in Falluja through the eyes of a clown...
for more info on this group http://www.circus2iraq.org/

I'm sorry it's so long, but please, please read and forward widely.

The truth of what's happening in Falluja has to get out.

April 11th Falluja
Trucks, oil tankers, tanks are burning on the highway east to Falluja. A
stream of boys and men goes to and from a lorry that's not burnt, stripping
it bare. We turn onto the back roads through Abu Ghraib, Nuha and Ahrar
singing in Arabic, past the vehicles full of people and a few possessions,
heading the other way, past the improvised refreshment posts along the way
where boys throw food through the windows into the bus for us and for the
people inside still inside Falluja.

The bus is following a car with the nephew of a local sheikh and a guide who
has contacts with the Mujahedin and has cleared this with them. The reason
I'm on the bus is that a journalist I knew turned up at my door at about 11
at night telling me things were desperate in Falluja, he'd been bringing out
children with their limbs blown off, the US soldiers were going around
telling people to leave by dusk or be killed, but then when people fled with
whatever they could carry, they were being stopped at the US military
checkpoint on the edge of town and not let out, trapped, watching the sun go
down.
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Saturday, July 17th, 2004
9:25 am
Tommy Trantino from Death Row
"i was in prison long ago and it was the first grade and i have to take a shit and ... the law says you must first raise your hand and ask the teacher for the permission so i obeyer of the lore of the lamb am therefore busy raising my hand so the fuhrer who says yes thomas what is it? and i thomas say I have to take i mean may i go to the bathroom please? didn't you go to the bathroom yesterday thomas she says and i say yes ma'am mr parsley sir but i have to go again today but she say NO .. and I say eh ... I GOTTA TAKE A SHIT DAMMIT and again she says NO but I go anyway except that is was not out but in my pants that is to say right in my corduroy knickers goddamm....
I was about six years old at the time and yet I guess that even then i knew without cerebration that if one obeys and follows orders and adheres to all the rules and regulations of the lore of the lamb one is going to shit in one's pants and one's mother is going to have to clean up afterwards ya see?"
Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
6:56 pm
Candidate Quiz
I just took an fun little quiz that is supposed to tell you who your ideal Presidential Candidate is. You can take it here. My results seem pretty accurate.
My Results
1.
Your ideal theoretical candidate. (100%)
2.
Cobb, David - Green Party (94%)
3.
Nader, Ralph - Independent (88%)
4.
Brown, Walt - Socialist Party (82%)
5.
Kucinich, Rep. Dennis, OH - Democrat (79%)
6.
Dean, Gov. Howard, VT - Democrat (73%)
7.
Sharpton, Reverend Al - Democrat (72%)
8.
Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (70%)
9.
Clark, Retired General Wesley K., AR - Democrat (70%)
10.
Edwards, Senator John, NC - Democrat (69%)
11.
Moseley-Braun, Former Senator Carol, IL - Democrat (65%)
12.
Gephardt, Rep. Dick, MO - Democrat (62%)
13.
LaRouche, Lyndon H. Jr. - Democrat (46%)
14.
Lieberman, Senator Joe, CT - Democrat (46%)
15.
Badnarik, Michael - Libertarian (22%)
16.
Bush, President George W. - Republican (16%)
17.
Peroutka, Michael - Constitution Party (10%)
18.
Hagelin, Dr. John - Natural Law (9%)
Sunday, July 11th, 2004
6:06 pm
First Post
Hi Everyone,

This blog will primarily be filled with tech/programming and politics. My old blog is at half-empty and my website is www.monkeyfingers.org.
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