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Comment Re: System Administration (Score 1) 451

Boss, most government contractors can't even *think* about H-1B's lest their government customer catch wind of it and grow nervous. Given my career, I would know.

Like I said, if it appears to you that the majority of companies want H-1B's, you're simply looking in the wrong place. You won't find a good job hanging with the day laborers out by the highway. That isn't where the good jobs are.

Comment Re:System Administration (Score 1) 451

Howdy,

A sales engineer is not a salesman. The salesman and sales engineer are a team. The sales engineer's job is to help both the customer _and_ the salesman understand which products in what combination do the things the customer wants to do. In fact, he's usually the one who helps the customer understand what exactly it is that the customer wants to do. The customer starts with only a vague idea.

He doesn't have to convince the customer to buy. That's the salesman's job. And he doesn't tend to do the nitty-gritty engineering work either. But he puts a huge stamp on what the customer deliverable looks like. He's the guy who first draws it out on the back of a napkin over lunch.

If you like technology AND you like people AND people find you easy to understand, sales engineer is a pretty fun job.

Personally, I find people to be exhausting. Sales engineer is not the job for me. But it's awfully hard to be a teacher if being around people wears you out, so I make the assumption that you find the interaction enjoyable.

Comment Re:System Administration (Score 3, Interesting) 451

Sounds to me like you're looking in the wrong places.

I live in the Washington DC area where virtually every fast food cashier is hispanic and most speak around 10 words of English. During a McDonalds lunch some time ago, I happened to overhear a job interview. The kid was clearly unmotivated but his allowance wasn't cutting it. Towards the end, the manager ask to see paperwork with his social security number or a birth certificate or whatever, the documents on the government list for proof of citizenship. The kid didn't have any. The manager asked what his social security number was. The kid didn't know. So the manager told him to go get those things from his parents and come back.

When the kid left, the manager called over one of the assistant managers and began filling him in on the interview. He explained: "if the kid comes back, we'll probably hire him because he can speak English."

You wanna compete with the day laborers hanging out by the highway, of course you're going to lose. The day bosses in the pickup trucks aren't looking for white guys. Apply to a company that isn't in the 10% of the bottom feeders.

Comment Re:System Administration (Score 1) 451

Sure, but the H1-B's can barely speak English at all, let alone in a way that the customer will understand.

Guy says he want's to be more in to the technology. Tech writing is at about the same proximity as teaching.

Don't waste any attention on the certificate treadmill. The only jobs which require it are the ones which royally suck to work for many other reasons. Treat certificate requirements as a first-line weedout for prospective employers. If they won't judge you for you in the interview then they won't judge you for you when it comes time for promotions, vacation, office space or anything else.

Comment System Administration (Score 1) 451

System Administration needs people the customer can understand. But do you really want to compete with 22 year old junior sysadmins? Have you been running a data center out of your basement they way they have?

There's also value in the sales engineer. But do you have enough of the engineer part? The customer has to be able to understand the sales engineer, that's pivotal, but the sales engineer also has to rough out the system design with the correct company products and come up with a credible cost estimate.

Submission + - Comcast turning Chicago homes into Xfinity hotspots... 1

BUL2294 writes: The Chicago Tribune is reporting that, over the next few months in Chicago, Comcast is turning on a feature that turns customer networks into public Wi-Fi hotspots. After a firmware upgrade is installed, "visitors will use their own Xfinity credentials to sign on, and will not need the homeowner's permission or password to tap into their Wi-Fi signal. The homegrown network will also be available to non-subscribers free for several hours each month, or on a pay-per-use basis. Any outside usage should not affect the speed or security of the home subscriber's private network. [...] Home internet subscribers will automatically participate in the network's growing infrastructure, although a small number have chosen to opt out in other test markets." The article specifically mentions that this capability is opt-out, so Comcast is relying on home users' property, electricity, and lack of tech-savvy to increase their network footprint...

Comment Re:Radioshack's main problem... (Score 1) 423

They don't have to do it at a reasonable price just as long as they can do it NOW and, for expensive parts, I can return it if it's defective or the wrong one.

That's the secret to Best Buy's success. You can always beat the price, usually by a lot, if you're willing to wait a couple days and have a return hassle if there's a problem.

As another poster noted, if I have to wait for any part of my project then I'll order it all online and wait.

Radioshack is too small for its hobbyist demographic. They can't carry enough stuff. With arduino and its ilk, and the rise of the new maker demographic, the required selection of parts has greatly expanded.

The mall locations are killing them too: the hobbyist shopper is a destination shopper not a walk-in. Having the store in a mall adds cost and limits space with no up side.

They won't be able to sustain cell phone sales in a mall either, not in direct competition with the apple store, the verizon store, etc.

Comment Re:Why not badging of the doors ? (Score 2) 130

Maintenance staff already have badges and if they don't it's just another key on the ring. Filter out their codes when you audit the logs.

For emergencies: use maglocked doors and include a big red button by the badge reader that both cuts power to the lock (releasing the door) and sets off an alarm ('cause it's an emergency, right?)

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