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Comment Academics get credit for editing too (Score 1) 135

Write a book review? Writing credit. Act as an editorial board for a journal? Editing credit. Do a blind peer-review for an article? Service credit. For a full time professor, these freebies are things that get listed on the CV and put into the promotion and tenure portfolio for 3-4 years down the road. It's something they jump on, because that's less original research that they have to produce. (Two published papers vs one published paper and being on the editorial board of two journals - you can bet they'll jump on #2.)

Comment XI's time had come (Score 1) 171

See that username? (Yeah. San D'Oria Tarutaru.) I played XI for a decade. Ran a successful Dynamis linkshell for four years. Finished 99 Gjallarhorn. Last December, my friends quit and moved to XIV.

XI's graphical limitations were really beginning to show, and short of a massive engine overhaul, there was little they could do to improve it any more. It held on strongly for so long for a PS2 era game, but it just wasn't as fun any more.

Comment The X HD / X-2 HD remakes were very good (Score 2) 171

Granted, converting a PS2 game to a PS3 game was a significantly easier task since they were able to re-render all the environments and models for 1080P and recycle those, but they went above and beyond and recreated all the menus too. X was a beautiful game and it showed in the remake.

I also enjoyed the release of FFIII and FFIV on the DS. If they give the same care and attention to the other games they wish to remake, they'll do really well.

Comment Bingo (Score 1) 152

This is the teacher/professor's laptop of choice. Most of the things they need to access are web based anyway; the most graphic intensive thing they'll run is using it for a video presentation. My husband is still lugging around his original Surface Pro and has decided to ask for one of these Surface Books as a replacement when it's time for a refresh rather than a Surface 4 or 5 or whatever number they'll be at then.

Comment Re:Copy and Paste. (Score 2) 497

Just put a note to yourself in both places where you copied the code that you DO have the function duplicated elsewhere, so if you ever have to change it in one place, you know to check and verify you do or don't also have to check it on the other place. A dev at my last job who duped some code that would create a PDF out of a Word document with mad-libbed bookmarks from the customer's file forgot to leave himself a breadcrumb trail. Took us two weeks to chase those bugs down until he remembered.

Comment I can't help former employees I'd be WILLING to (Score 1) 602

I got an email last year from a former manager asking if I knew the password to the Word document I'd created four years prior, then assigned all ownership rights to the person who was taking over my role. I totally could not remember. I had to say, "Sorry, Ken should know." The document contained sensitive information and was locked for a reason. Not my fault someone else didn't remember the password I'd given them, or better yet, change it to something the could easily remember.

Comment Yes, I got an interview (Score 1) 362

Stuff I did: Wrote a lengthy, personalized cover letter that included every key word in their list of required and preferred qualifications (even if it was to say I didn't have it.) Kept my actual resume 100% honest and truthful, but also included all the key words I did have. HR software scans both resume and cover letter. Did my homework and gushed over the software project and how exciting and cool it sounded (it is, in fact, exciting and cool and I'm happy to be here.)

I think the biggest plus, though, was that I didn't have to relocate. Already living 20 minutes away didn't hurt at all.

Comment Really depends on why you were unemployed (Score 4, Informative) 362

If you quit on your own terms and took a break for a few months to do something worthwhile, you have a lot less of a problem picking up where you left off. When asked why you left your last job, immediately indicate it was your choice to do so (even if it wasn't exactly a choice), and then explain what you did besides immediately start looking for a job.

At my last job, I ran into issues with my boss. We both agreed it'd be better if I quit. (No employment insurance that way, but I retained positive rehire status, which is more important than people realize.) So I quit, and took the summer off. I published a book on Kindle, and when that inevitably didn't make me an overnight millionaire, I started applying for jobs. I got an interview by the second application, and framed the terms of ending my previous employment as, "My boss and I both agreed the position really wasn't what I had expected it to be. So I took a break, and pursued my dream of publishing a novel. Now that I've done that, I'm ready to get back to work."

On the topic of matching requirements - match them in the cover letter with the qualifier of "I may not have (x) but I do have (yz)" - (x) will get picked up by the HR scanning software, and get it in front of a pair of human eyeballs. Which is really all you need to get an interview if NOBODY has all the qualifications.

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