Fluxbox solves all of my needs. Easy to understand, easy to manage. No need to overthink the DE.
As someone who oversees several branch software development offices in SF, LA, and Seattle (along with a few east coast ones) and is hiring developers (I've got 100+ and looking for more) - I can point to three things that are killing you:
Suggestion - Apply to work with this guy from LA. In 6 - 12 months, start making noise about wanting to transfer positions to the Seattle office.
Once you're in Seattle, with a job, you're not a Californian any more, and you can move to MSFT campus for the experience.
I think that's true - I was looking for a job in Seattle for a while, and had no trouble getting interviews as a Linux infrastructure manager, but the offers were low -- 20 - 30% lower pay than I was making in the SF Bay area. The pay difference was more than a years worth of house payments on my bay area house, so it wasn't worth the move.
If you're trying to pay for a San Francisco or New York house on a salary anywhere else, you aren't moving. Seattle salaries account for the fact that housing prices are 25-30% lower in urban Seattle / Bellevue / Redmond than in San Francisco, and the surrounding communities are significantly lower than that.
Per one of several cost-of-living comparison sites you can google for:
Rent Prices in San Francisco, CA are 71.43% higher than in Seattle, WA
Restaurant Prices in San Francisco, CA are 6.31% higher than in Seattle, WA
Groceries Prices in San Francisco, CA are 3.62% higher than in Seattle, WA
Local Purchasing Power in San Francisco, CA is 10.27% lower than in Seattle, WA
If it's so obvious, why has nobody yet done it with more than 5 years of smartphones on the market.
My Samsung G2 supports muting the ring by turning the phone over. Using the accelerometer isn't unique. Whacking it is pretty clever, though.
The community at Hydrogenaudio has prepared a Public Listening Test for comparison of the most popular audio codecs (AAC, Vorbis, and Microsoft's WMA included) in a battle to see how they stand at compressing audio at 64kbps.
Many of the participants right now have expressed their surprise at being unable to determine which is the original and which is the compressed version of 18 samples covering a vast amount of musical styles.
The results of this test (and other that are conducted at Hydrogenaudio) will be used by the developers of the codecs to further improve the "transparency" and let this kind of test be even harder.
Everyone is invited to participate and show how good your listening is!"