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Big Brother Friends Facebook 82

storagedude writes "Clara Shih, who created the first business app on Facebook in 2007, is back with a new venture: Hearsay Social, which makes Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn more palatable to corporations by adding features like SEC and FINRA monitoring and compliance and analytics. Conversations are monitored around the clock, regardless of where employees access pages from — work, home or mobile — and workflow tools let companies approve or suggest content before it appears. Those features appear to be making financial companies a little more comfortable Facebooking, as State Farm and Farmers Insurance are two early customers. Shih is backed in the new venture by veterans of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube."

Submission + - Android 2.3 released (blogspot.com)

gbll writes: Today we're announcing a new version of the Android platform — Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It includes many new platform technologies and APIs to help developers create great apps.

Submission + - 12 Programming Mistakes To Avoid (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner outlines the 12 most common programming mistakes, and how to avoid them. 'Certain programming practices send the majority of developers reaching for their hair upon opening a file that has been exhibiting too much "character." Spend some time in a bar near any tech company, and you'll hear the howls: Why did the programmer use that antiquated structure? Where was the mechanism for defending against attacks from the Web? Wasn't any thought given to what a noob would do with the program?' Wayner writes. From playing it fast and loose, to delegating too much to frameworks, to relying to heavily on magic boxes, to overdetermining the user experience — each programming pitfall is accompanied by its opposing pair, lending further proof that 'programming may in fact be transforming into an art, one that requires a skilled hand and a creative mind to achieve a happy medium between problematic extremes.'"

Comment I don't mind... if it's reasonable (Score 1) 1057

I don't mind an interviewer wanting to make sure I know what I say I do. In fact, I've walked away from offers specifically because I didn't think that the company made a reasonable effort at ensuring I did (I figure if they don't really try to figure it out on me, they probably haven't on anyone, and these are the folks I've got to work with).

I've done programming assignments as part of the interview. They're annoying, and I don't like doing them... but the ones I've had to do have also been reasonable. They really just wanted to get a feel for how I worked, how I solved problems, what my code style was. Typically, they weren't so much about the actual software I wrote for them, but rather, the discussion about it that we had afterwards. I don't mind this so much... though warning me that I'll have to do something along these lines so I'm not blindsided with it when I get there is always appreciated.

I've had a couple of companies have me take written tests. Those are a bit more irksome, because there's no back and forth on them. I get no real benefit from it at all, because I don't get to discuss with them. I don't consider them entirely unreasonable, so long as the material is relevant to the job... but I also don't consider them a very good technique for gauging talent (especially since it eliminates discussion), so it does tend to lower my interest a bit.

Almost every interview I've ever had has had a verbal test portion, where they question me (or sometimes grill me). I love these. A lot of people simply can't write a good question (one of my problems with the written test), so you get an opportunity to clarify what they're really after. The back and forth discussion tells both sides of the table a lot about the other, so everyone gets a better idea of what they're looking at. The discussion aspect gives them a much better idea of how you think and arrive at an answer, which are far more useful things to know in my opinion.

Not to mention the fact that this discussion gives you a good idea of what it's going to be like working with a person on a technical problem. And that strikes me as good stuff to know no matter which side of the table you're on.

The ones I HATE are the technical screens that are farmed out to third parties. I've had to do a few of those, and they've universally been administered by nontechnical college kids who have no knowledge whatsoever on the subject they're quizzing you about. Give a right answer but not use the right keywords? Wrong answer.

I've had enough bad experiences with those that I won't do them any more.

Also, please, for the love of God, don't make me do the same technical test over and over again. I interviewed with one company that did that to me. First round, we did a technical test. Second round, some new people... same technical test (okay, different test, but all the same conceptual points) so they could watch me go through it all again. After the third iteration, I politely declined to go on to a fourth.

I don't mind them grilling me. Frankly, I love it... it's not fun to go through, but I'm looking for a new place I'm going to enjoy working, and that means people who are good at what they do. I figure most of my potential coworkers had to go through the same process, so if it's one that makes me feel confident in their abilities, I'm good with going through it.

Just, you know, do it right.


Submission + - AT&T calls telecommuters back to cubicle life (networkworld.com)

bednarz writes: "AT&T is requiring thousands of employees who work from their homes to return to traditional AT&T office environments, sources say. "It is a serious effort to reel in the telework people," says the Telework Coalition's Chuck Wilsker, who has heard that as many as 10,000 or 12,000 fulltime teleworkers may be affected. One AT&T employee says rumors have been circulating since AT&T's merger with SBC that the new upper management is not supportive of teleworking: "We'd heard rumors to that effect, and all of a sudden we got marching orders to go back to an office.""

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day 256

An anonymous reader writes "Today is the 8th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. It is always the last Friday in July and is the one day that SysAdmins are supposed to get the respect they deserve to be getting the other 364 days of the year. Today is the day that we wish everyone would considering the daunting tasks, small budgets, and ridiculous timelines that many SysAdmins face all year. Please thank them for everything they do for you and for your business. If you think you have a great SysAdmin today would be the day to nominate them for SysAdmin of the Year. 'The idea for System Administrator Day was inspired by a print ad for a Hewlett-Packard laser jet printer. The ad showed lines of employees bringing gifts for the IT guy who made the purchase. System Administrator Appreciation Day has, over the years, garnered support from many organizations."

Hungary Officials Raid Microsoft Office 170

Steve writes "Hungarian government officers raided the offices of a Microsoft subsidiary this week, as part of a probe into the company's relationship with large software distributors. From the article: 'According to the statement, Microsoft used sales conditions and offered software distributors incentives - described as loyalty discounts - so they wouldn't offer clients anything but Microsoft Office products. Such behavior could lead to the exclusion of competitive products from the market and violate European Union rules, according to the authority known as the GVH.'"

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