I saw the string "n00bz" and its variations online in the days of dial up at 1200 baud and bang path emailing. I even used it myself once or twice. I didn't see or use it IRL though. We were treated like rock stars by the users. This was probably partly due to the low hanging fruit of a 25 person administrative office and no computers or "ceremonial" computers running a single industry-specific application.
I'd go in after office hours and locate the trash baskets with the most adding machine tape. The next day I'd sit the user for an hour and bring in a computer running Lotus 123 or that Borland app whose name I forget. and show them how to use it. It was not uncommon to cut the labour time in half. A month or so later when we were implementing a custom-written app with changes in the code written the night before and the um
The kids today on our first level support are occasional treated like crap by users/customers. Important executive is outraged because his new mobile has email on it he specifically remembers deleting on his old one. I know the sample size is less than TFA but my feeling is they are not stressed and don't hate their jobs. I do sense more stress in middle managers and the folks that the customers bitch to when they are unhappy with the service.
I was an early adopter of all the Usenet.die.die, mud, etc. I even used ICqueue. Today - I have a gmail account,
I'm still employed by the same company for almost 30 years and I have NO stress in my job.
If the oceans put about 70 gigatonnes of co2 and land puts about 70 giga tonnes wouldn't aviation's 500 mt (according to TFA) be less than 1%?
Here is what I read:
Microsoft is building a training center.
They will be training folks from Canada as well as folks from other countries.
Microsoft Obscuristan has a young person they would like to train so they send him to the Microsoft training center in Canada.
They are not bringing them here to sew shirts in a sweatshop (or any IT equivalant) they are bringing them here to train.
It is a net benefit to Canada. It has a net positive effect on jobs available to Canadians.
They plan to double their current workforce by adding approximately 400 jobs. These positions will include paid internships for Canadian students and long-term employees.
This program will also bring international employees into 18-month (see note below) rotational training positions.
Note: Even though Microsoft’s Rotational Program is generally 18 months in duration, a 24-month work permit will be issued so that the employee may continue to perform Rotational Program job duties until they are transitioned by Microsoft into a new position elsewhere.
No work permit extensions will be issued for this program.
As for the shortage, it's not that hard to find a person for a level 1 or 2 help desk, staging technician, etc. (it's still not that easy) It is a challenge and takes some time to recruit a level 3+ tech who can visit a site and design a system to improve their productivity or solve a data flow problem.
Our company pays $1,000 to anyone who refers an applicant for an advertised position. We probably pay a lot more to recruiting firms.
I would rescue the above from Flamebait if I had points. It's on-topic for this thread (sort-of). Whether you agree with it or not, it fits here.
If the oil companies had their way, the spill would not have taken place. The Business Proposal was the Mackenzie Valley pipeline. The environmental folks opposed it because it. There were hearings and it was denied. "The noise of construction might frighten the caribou.!", etc.
Interesting article at the Internet Storm Center "Why Flame is Lame"
I applied for their Beta program for the Playbook SDK and received the reply below a couple weeks later;
Our company uses several custom-developed applications on several hundred blackberries. We have five professional software developers and a couple dozen amateur hacker-geeks. The Playbook's technical capabilities blows away any other tablet but is currently useless as a business tool. A company with a BES server could implement Playbooks tomorrow with very little concern about security IF there were applications.
The guys are testing Citrix on it now and it appears to be ok but until there are other remote apps (Teamviewer, RDP) None of the techies will use it for anything other than a toy gadget.
RIM won't allow us to have a native SDK for the Playbook because they want to focus on games??!!
I used to like Novell too.
Thank you for your application to participate in the closed beta for the Native SDK for BlackBerry Tablet OS. We have received a large number of requests to join the beta, including yours, and apologize for the delay in responding
As we discussed in our blog post (http://devblog.blackberry.com/2011/08/native-sdk-for-blackberry-tablet-os-closed-beta/) the focus for the beta was game developers who would be leveraging OpenGL ES to create or port games to the platform. As your application currently stands, you did not meet the initial beta criteria, and we are unable to provide you with access today. We have added your name to the list for access to the beta when it’s opened up to a broader audience. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing your native application running on PlayBook in the near future. Please check the Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog for updates or follow us at @BlackBerryDev.
BlackBerry Developer Relations Team
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