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Comment: Re:It's Called 'Experience'! (Score 1) 609

by nervouscat (#35339632) Attached to: IT Graduates Not "Well-Trained, Ready-To-Go"

Computer science departments don't teach "experience." That's why a co-op or internship is more important than ever! I graduated nearly 25 years ago from college (when Pascal was used to teach programming, but nobody used it in the real world), and I had delayed my graduation one semester just so I could get in a 6 month co-op assignment at a nearby company. It was the best move I ever made since it gave me an edge over other CS grads when I was being considered for my first job out of college. Get your "experience" now before you graduate. Otherwise recruiters will screen you out quickly early in the hiring process using their usual shallow cookie-cutter approach of pattern matching skills. The real world mentality is: "Can you hit the ground running from Day 1? I don't have the time or money to train you." After you get the experience from your first job out of college, your degree won't be worth much as you re-enter the job market as a "experienced professional." A Masters Degree or Ph.D. is even worth less and are only considered in tiebreaker situations when hiring. Sorry, I wish it was not like this in the "real world" - so take this bit of wisdom with you now before you graduate.

Comment: Matt, I told you to stop playing around ... whoa! (Score 1) 86

by nervouscat (#31791428) Attached to: Possible New Hominid Species Discovered, Thanks To Google Earth

This quote from Matthew Berger, son of Professor Lee Berger, was posted on Good Morning Silicon Valley today.

http://blogs.siliconvalley.com/gmsv/2010/04/quoted-matt-i-told-you-to-stop-playing-around-while-were-whoa.html

“I turned the rock over and I saw the clavicle sticking out — that’s the collar bone. I didn’t know what it was at first; I thought it was just an antelope. So I called my dad over and about five meters away he started swearing, and I was like ‘What did I do wrong?’ and he’s like, ‘Nothing, nothing — you found a hominid’.”

Comment: Cable Freedom Is a Click Away (Score 1) 304

by nervouscat (#31630050) Attached to: What's the Best Way To Get Web Content To My TV?

There was an interesting article in the NY Times a few months ago about this..

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/10/technology/personaltech/10basics.html

The author mentions all the gadgets he had previously hooked up, but threw them aside and now has a Mac Mini, wireless mouse and a Microsoft Xbox hooked up to his television. He also mentiones Boxee, Hulu and Joost.com. There is also a picture of his wife operating a wireless mouse called the Loop.

Comment: Re:getting fired vs laid off (Score 1) 535

by nervouscat (#29492371) Attached to: Why Developers Get Fired

I can relate to that.

I worked for a startup. For the first nine months I was getting excellent feedback from the manager who hired me. Then there was a shakeup in management (company was in trouble) and my manager was forced out of the company. The new manager had very high standards and told us we were going to work "with our balls against the wall." My assignments changed as well as my job responsibilities and I have to learn different work quickly. I had a learning curve and could not fix bugs as fast as people who were junior to me (they were more familiar with this particular app than me and fix bugs all the time). I started to hate my job and hate my boss and began looking around for another job. Apparently, my boss had the same idea. I saw a job ad from my employer on Monster.com that had the same job description as mine, but at time I didn't realize he was looking to hiring someone to replace me. Three months passed and I got my review. It was far worse than I expected - I was shocked. Then two weeks later I was fired. The next day I heard my replacement started. I filed for my unemployment claim and my company challenged it at a hearing. At the hearing my boss wrote a written statement saying how I was not working up to "senior level" citing the lower number of bugs fixed compared to the junior programmers. I still got the unemployment!

Sometimes no matter what you do - especially if you are in a high pressure startup environment with a bad boss that is determined to get rid of no matter what - you're still a dead man walking. I still don't think taking these steps described in the article could have saved my job. I was never put on probation and was never given a chance to improve. The whole experience of being fired and having my ex-boss fight to keep me from getting unemployment benefits was traumatic. It took several more successful jobs since then to regain my confidence and realize that I really don't suck as a programmer. A few years after I was fired, the company went bankrupt and my boss eventually lost his job. What goes around comes around.

Comment: Re:Gray Hoverman antenna (Score 1) 265

by nervouscat (#26863983) Attached to: Rabbit Ears To Stage a Comeback Thanks To DTV

Last month, Make Television on PBS showed how to make one of those Hoverman antennas using coat hangers, a pipe and some pieces of wood. Here's the video.

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/01/maker_workshop_dtv_antenna_steadyca.html

Here are some GPL'd antenna designs I also found on a different site.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/ota/superantenna/design.htm

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