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Comment Re:They own the networks and content (Score 1) 133

If Cox is anything like Comcast, the advertised price of the bundle is only the starting point. If I were to get Comcast for cable, I would be paying $50 a month for five extra cable boxes, $10 for the "HD Technology Fee", $5 for the network access fee, $7 for the sports fee and I think around $5.00 for fees that they make sound like they are government mandated but aren't. I pay $47 for a combination of Sling, CBS All Access, Netflix, and Hulu with limited commercials. I also have Amazon Prime.

Comment Re:milking it (Score 4, Informative) 474

My SSD based laptop boots a lot faster than Windows 3.1.

As far as "planned obsolescence", I'm running Windows 10 on a Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz laptop with 4Gb of RAM - a computer that was first sold in 2009. It runs my Plex Server and my PlexConnect server.

My mom still uses my 2006 era Mac Mini (Core Duo 1.66) with Windows 7, Office, and Chrome. It has 1.5Gb or RAM. When I go home and use it, it's not unusable as long as you don't try to run too many things at once.

My secondary laptop that I keep upstairs is a circa 2009 2Ghz Pentium Dual Core with 4Gb of RAM running Windows 7. In day to day use, the only thing wrong with it is a battery that won't hold a charge.

You can accuse MS of a lot of things, but not optimizing Windows to run well on fairly old hardware isn't one.

Comment Re:Is it really that hard to find another job? (Score 1) 391

I am very much "in the know". I have 16 recruiting contacts from different local recruiters. The last time I was looking for a job less than five months ago, I had 16 real leads - - local companies that I went through part of the process (phone screen -> in person -> offer) within three weeks. I had four in person interviews, two offers, and the rest of the companies I stopped the process. I received no rejections. I'm not a special snowflake, just a standard full stack developer.

I live in a major metropolitan area. All of the recruiters I deal with are local, I've at one point or another met many for lunch or in their office and they've all given me real job leads. I assure you I have always gotten market rates - that's with 20 years of dealing with them.

As far as me "entering the workforce". I've been a software developer for 20 years and yes you should feel bad if you entered this industry and didn't know you had to always be studying and improving.

The longest it's taken me to find a job is three weeks, the fastest is four days and the company that offered me a job four days after I started looking was a well known company that is on the DOW.

Comment Re:Is it really that hard to find another job? (Score 1) 391

"Actually, yes. Not everyone has the ability or desire to pick up and leave whenever they get tired of a job. "

What would keep someone from having the "ability" to pick up and leave? I would never live somewhere where the market wasn't flush with IT jobs and no I don't live on the west coast or somewhere with a high cost of living.

As far as "desire", if you chose "IT" basically by definition you chose an industry that is dynamic and you should be looking to always keep up with technology.

"The 80s mindset you refer to is alive and well, particularly when you have millennials all over the place who do just that--pick up and leave after a year or two because they don't have any commitment"

I am in my early 40s with the standard set of commitments that a normal 40 year old would have (wife, kids, mortgage, etc ). That's the very reason I have to be aggressive about learning and staying competitive.

" (e.g., a life outside of work or roots in their community)--and employers think the people who work for them are fungible. "

That's reality - that employees think that employees are fungible. Why wouldn't you as an employee walk into work everyday with the same thought about your job? I never get so complacent that I don't have one eye on the market.

Again as a software developer I chose my metro area because I knew there were plenty of jobs available. In 20+ years I've never found it hard to switch jobs. I would never buy a house in an area without a strong job market with the assumption my current job was a long term play.

"I will be 50 in May. I have more than 18 years of professional experience in IT (I started late-ish--this was a career change early on in my adult life) and have shown by my background and work history that I can learn anything well enough to be able to contribute early on. But if your resume doesn't have the right keywords (and unlike even a few years ago, you seem to have to have ALL of the skills/tools/etc. listed in the job description), the algorithm that they use to filter resumes will kick you out even if you are qualified to do the job. "

Two questions: why wouldn't you be choosing your jobs based on the in demand technology and why with 18 years of experience would you ever blindly submit your resume to an ATS? I've built quite a strong network of former coworkers and local recruiters that I wouldn't even think of blindly submitting my resume where I would only get filtered by a computer.

The minute I see my job start going down a path that is out of sync with the market, it's time for me to start looking for another job. In my case, the writing was on the wall that my expertise as a low level c/c++ bit twiddler wasn't in demand and I started focuses on enterprise development in the mod 2000s.

"Tutorials and courses are one thing. You can do those until the cows come home, but unless you are a recent college graduate don't even bother to mention you have been working on getting the skills on your own time."

Not true. I graduated from college 20 years ago and went into plenty of interviews without real world work experience in franework X but knew it thouroughly based on tutorials and side proof of concept projects and they hired me.

"The only thing that seems to count is actual work experience with them. Freelancing while trying to retool your skillset doesn't pay the bills."

If you can show real knowledge about something and can sell yourself, many companies will take a chance on you.
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Comment Is it really that hard to find another job? (Score 2) 391

Are they really saying that it is that hard for qualified IT folks to find another job somewhere in the whole U.S. with a similar salary/cost of living tradeoff. I know plenty of recruiters who would be salivating at the thought of 110 highly qualified people looking for a job.

So the questions are:
What exactly do they do?
Have they kept their skills up and stayed marketable?

One guy complained that even if he finds a job he may get laid off again in two years. What type of 80s mindset is that? Changing jobs for qualified IT people is like changing socks.

Outsourcing could very well make it hard for *qualified* people to find a job in the future, but not today.

Comment Re:3? (Score 1) 61

It's not just for phones. You can use the extra line for data only devices I believe like tablets. Even if you can't use them for tablets, it still may be worthwhile to get if you tether a lot. Tethering is still limited. In my case, it would give me an extra 14Gb a month. I would just pick up a cheap lte phone that tethers.

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