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Submission + - Advice for a Junior Comp Sci Major

A College Student writes: I am currently a junior at a 4-year university, majoring in computer science with a minor in information science. I have been with a local small business since a few months after graduating from high school. My company primarily builds functional test systems for OEMs. We also have a small line of embedded products with software counterparts. Since I joined the company I have had a major role in most of the software development, often doing the vast majority of the work. Essentially, I am the software guy at my company.

As part of my CS program, I am required to take an internship. I have always thought that I would take my internship at my current place of employment, and that I would stay there after school if my employer could offer me a competitive salary and benefits. However, I have begun to wonder if taking my internship there, and staying there after school (even if the money is there), would hurt my career in the long-run. The whole idea of an internship is to gain real-world experience while learning from those with more experience than you, but there's really no one for me to learn from. Additionally, at school I have learned Java, C/C++/C#, VB .NET, ASP, etc, while at my current job I rarely do anything other than VB6 and LabView. I'm afraid that if I don't have a job/internship where I can practice these newly acquired skills that I'll start to lose them. Also, if I stay with my current employer after school, I'm afraid that if I ever decide to go to a different company that my actual skills won't be at the level they should be as a "Software Engineer" with several years of experience.

What advice can you offer me about my current situation? Is it a bad idea to seek an internship at my current place of employment? Would you seek a different job after graduating with a BS in computer science? Am I just worrying too much? Thank you for your input.
Linuxcare

Submission + - More Linux loving: Fixing GRUB

naser writes: "http://atunu.blogspot.com/2007/03/more-linux-lovin g-fixing-grub.html : Ubuntu and GRUB get along pretty good. But if your GRUB records get screwed somehow, so shall your boot record. Then there is no way left but to restore the old windows mbr. But what if you wanted to restore the GRUB menu? Here's a tutorial meant for the absolute beginners to restore the GRUB menu to the way it looked before the screw-up."
Quickies

Submission + - Mass media control with Sanjaya

krypt2nite writes: "In this day and age of monsters the likes American Idol, it brings the hopes and dreams alive for nerds everywhere that something so huge and seemingly important as the Idol show could be 'controlled'. Sites like www.sanjaya-idol.com are spreading, and it's interesting to see how people like Howard Stern are pushing for Sanjaya to actually become the next American Idol. As far as Sterns media reach stretches, some believe that it may take internet sites like www.sanjaya-idol.com to really create the frenzy needed to push Sanjaya over the top. It would be interesting to see what others think about a mass rigging of the pop culture phenomena."

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