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+ - Best Linux-friendly upgrade option for a PictureBook fan?->

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Quinthar writes "I've been a loyal fan of the Sony PictureBook (aka C and P), a laptop series ahead of its time. Launched in 1998, it was one of the first laptops with a super-wide-screen, integrated webcam, ill-fated Transmeta processor, built-in wireless broadband, and startlingly small form factor. It has a huge battery, rugged design, and simply cannot be beat for traveling. It opens fully on airplane trays, works well propped on your knee, and (in my experience) seems impervious to light rain. But in typical Sony style, its updates are infrequent and irregular, with the Android-powered, dual-screen Sony Tablet P being a disappointing finale to the line. I'm looking for a comparable laptop with modern specs, a similar form factor, and reasonably-good Linux (Ubuntu) support. Any suggestions?"
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Comment: Apply to Expensify! (Score 1) 523

by Quinthar (#38199262) Attached to: How Does a Self-Taught Computer Geek Get Hired?

We'd absolutely love to talk with you. Please see https://expensify.com/jobs, or write jobs@expensify.com -- we look for people *exactly* like you. Here's what's written on our site: https://www.expensify.com/jobs/need

Who We Need: Engineers, Entrepreneurs, Expert Generalists

We are always hiring talented generalist programmers. But if you really like titles, we're looking for:

- Salespeople (of the future!!)
- Fresh graduates (graduating soon)
- College dropouts (graduating never)
- Senior programmers (there's no such thing as overqualified)
- Mobile developers (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone... even webOS)
- Systems programmers (back end performance and stability)
- Web developers (bring on the PHP!)
- Front-end engineers (jQuery, HTML, CSS, all that)
- Web designer (PSD, HTML, CSS)

We're not looking to stick cogs in a big machine.
We need people who can do pretty much everything and immediately learn how to do the rest. Before even thinking about the skills, we're looking for you to be:

An incredibly hard worker, even when it's not so fun.
There is a ton of work to do, and a lot of it downright sucks. After all - we do the sucky work so our customers won't need to. We need you to buck up and grind through random tasks, server logs, user emails, source code, and bug reports, without complaint or supervision, and come back asking for more.

A cool person to be with.
Not a crazy party animal, just someone we can trust, rely upon, hang out with, bounce ideas off of, and generally interact with in a positive way, both personally and professionally. In fact, this is one of the most stringent requirements we have: would you be fun to hang out with day and night on some remote, exotic beach? This isn't a rhetorical question, either: every year we take the company overseas for a month (on your own dime, sorry) and work incredibly hard while having a ton of fun. We've done Thailand, Mexico, India, Turkey, and the Philippines. Where do you want to go next?

Super talented, in a general way.
We're going to throw a ton of work at you of every possible sort, and you need that magic skill of being able to figure it out even if you have no idea where to start. Everyone helps with tech support, schmoozing at swank parties, hosting events, coming up with new and ever-more-ridiculous marketing stunts, etc. And if you code, you'll code everything: you might do mobile one day, front-end design, back-end optimization, low-level debugging, the works. This is not a monkey job - you're going to be a full participant in the process, and you need to bring your own unique blend of skills to the table.

Even more talented in a programming way.
You can instantly visualize solutions to problems big and small. Your code is always clean, well commented, has good nomenclature and indentation. You can switch on a dime between C++, PHP, Bash, Cron, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Dwoo, SQL — not because you know them all, but because you're the sort of person who can just pick it up and figure it out. If you're this sort of person, you'll know what we mean. If not, then this position isn't for you.
Basically, we're looking for people who want to do amazing things with their careers, and who are searching for a way to get started or take the next incredible step. Does this sound like you? If so, read on...

Please check us out!

-david
Founder and CEO of Expensify
Follow us at http://twitter.com/expensify

+ - Danger/Sidekick: total irrecoverable data loss->

Submitted by Quinthar
Quinthar (8712) writes "Don't let your Sidekick fall asleep else you will permanently, irrecoverably lose all data. In their words: "we must now inform you that personal information stored on your device... that is no longer on your Sidekick almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger" Not the finest day for cloud-hosted data."
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+ - Expense reports without the pain->

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Quinthar
Quinthar writes "After spending hours smoothing out crumpled receipts and manually entering data after your last conference, did you ever think: man, I could so do this better? So did the creators of Expensify: former Akamai/P2P engineers who decided expense reports didn't need to suck. Check out what two engineers, three geo-redundant PCI-compliant virtualized datacenters, one year, and a whole lot of expense report hate can accomplish. (For full disclosure: I am one of those two.)"
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