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Comment Google deserves to die... (Score -1, Offtopic) 560

...because they treat people "outside" from their shiny world like sh*t...I had an on-site interview a few months ago, in one of their European offices, for a technical position...After some days of waiting, they sent me an e-mail, telling me that I wasn't chosen, but without any detailed or convincing explanation... Thus, I sent 5 e-mails in 2 months, to 3 different people, among the ones who interviewed me, asking for more feedback, but never received any answer... For me this is simple rude behaviour, and lack of respect for people...
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Submission + - Free (as in beer) software to backup and restore..

Salvo writes: Hello, I am responsible for managing the computer network of my family's home (3 laptops), handling installation/configuration of anti-virus, backup (and eventually restore), troubleshooting, etc... In a few weeks I'm going to leave my home, where I live together with my parents and my sister, to go to work in another continent (Europe->Asia). Since they are not tech-savy people, and occasionally might screw something in their Windows XP installations (they need Windows XP, I can't make them switch to Ubuntu, because they want to be able to use M$ Office instead of OpenOffice, and my sister has some 3D games which are not available in Linux, neither using Cedega WineX), I'd like to set-up some automatic backup and restore solution, which would save periodically the content of the laptop (all the content, system+data) on one or more DVDs, and then, if something screws up, would let them restore the system to the nearest point of backup by simply putting the DVD(s) in the reader, reboot the laptop, and ask as few questions as possible. Do you know of a software, possibly free (as in beer), which would fulfill these requirements? I know Acronis TrueImage, but I think that the restore process is not enough user-friendly...

Comment I have a similar problem... (Score 1) 372

Hi, I have a similar problem. In a few month I'm going to take my MSc. in CS from a 3-tier Italian University. Now, I'm quite good in the fields I've chosen (Computer Security and anonymity protocols), and I've done an internship in a big IT corporation in Switzerland, so luckily I stand a bit out of the crowd. But I still have to compensate the fact that I'm graduating from a not well-known university. I don't want to remain in Italy, because it's a crappy country. For a series of reasons (family, bad advices from former friends, lack of entrapreneurness) I did not go to study in some better University, despite the fact that I wanted. So, I was thinking, after graduation, to go to Germany to study German for a few weeks (I already can read it to a basic level, but I need to improve my existing knowledge, expecially in speaking and listening), and then spend the summer in China, South Korea or Japan to learn Chinese, Japanese or Korean (which I don't know neither a word). I can financially afford this: In the latest years I saved some money, mainly because I still live with my parents, and I've not had the opportunity to travel a lot (for the same reasons as before...but that will change soon). But, is it worth it, expecially the trip to Asia? Would this really boost my resume? Maybe it's better to learn Russian? Thanks a lot

Comment I have a similar problem (Score 1) 352

Hi, I have a similar problem. In a few month I'm going to take my MSc. in CS from a 3-tier Italian University. Now, I'm quite good in the fields I've chosen (Computer Security and anonymity protocols), and I've done an internship in a big IT corporation in Switzerland, so luckily I stand a bit out of the crowd. But I still have to compensate the fact that I'm graduating from a not well-known university. For a series of reasons (family, bad advices from former friends, lack of entrapeanureness) I did not go to study in some better University, despite I wanted. So, I was thinking, after graduation to go to Germany to study German for a few weeks (I already can read it to a basic level, I need to improve my existing knowledge), and then spend the summer in China to lean Chinese (which I don't know neither a word). I can financially afford this: In the latest years I saved some money, mainly because I still live with my parents, and I've not had the opportunity to travel a lot (for the same reasons as before...but that will change soon). But, is it worth it, expecially the trip to China? Would this really boost my resume? Maybe it's better to learn Japanese, or Russian? Thanks a lot

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