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 Quick survey Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, July 30 2004 @ 05:00 AM PDT
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LifeDoes anybody actually read the "Objective" section of a resume? More to the point, would they miss it if it weren't there?

My basic problem is that I've worked on so many different things in the past nine years that my Experience and Technologies sections alone are two pages of Arial 9pt. I don't think any potential employer wants to read past page two, despite my compelling prose, so I'm thinking about losing the objective.

Besides, the simplest, most honest "Objective" that I have right now is to make more damn money, but that comes up a little later in the hiring process.

Oooh! This is a good excuse to using the polling system!

Most Recent Post: 07/30 10:10AM by Dan4th

 The week so far (day 4) Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, July 29 2004 @ 03:00 AM PDT
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LifeSuffice it to say that things just aren't getting any better.

After oversleeping a bit due to a late night of ranting, I dragged ass into work and started dicking around with an idea I had to eliminate most of the reporting system I'm using to generate the contracts.

Essentially it boils down to taking this very expensive piece of software and reducing it to acting like a bunch of buckets which I would then fill with legalese programatically. This would let me use flexible templates to do the formatting instead of the clunky interface presented to me by the aforementioned expensive piece of software. For simplicity's sake, I wanted to reduce the number of buckets required by using some sort of layout formatting (HTML, RTF, whatever) directly in the data, because otherwise everything that needed to be bold, for instance, would need its own bucket. I eventually sorted out a way to do it with RTF (Rich Text Formatting), and I think it's going to work out well, because the customer can simply type up how they want a piece of the contract to look in Word or WordPad or whatever, and I can pull out the RTF data, store it, and use it in my code.

So, that's the good news.

The bad news is that I've pretty much given up hope of talking to the CEO about a raise, not because I don't need one (I do) or can't corner him (I can't), but because today I heard from my roommate/boss that it was possible, due to external factors, that I might not get a full check on payday. I won't go into the factors involved, except to say that overall the company seems to be doing fine, and I believe it's just myself and maybe one other person that are getting screwed.

So, aside from Monster, Dice, etc., anybody have any recommendations on where a guy with a metric assload (working his way toward an imperial assload) of experience in a wide variety of platforms and situations, but no college degree, can get a well-paying job in IT|Software Development|Gas Station?

Most Recent Post: 07/29 09:14AM by Dan4th

 The week so far (days 2 & 3) Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, July 28 2004 @ 04:15 AM PDT
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LifeMonday morning started off predictably. I was supposed to get lunch with my old roommate on my way to work. I called him at about quarter to twelve to ask him when he'd be getting to the restaurant, but it turned out that he had ended up in Pennsylvania at the last minute and forgot to call me. No problem. Of course then he starts venting to me about how the company he's currently working for is about seven weeks behind on checks, and that he's currently owed... well, that's his business. Suffice it to say, more than I've got in the bank.

Saturday, I had some time to think while I was sitting next to the pool before dinner, and I had come to a conclusion about my current state of affairs. I concluded that I really ought to be doing better than I am. After getting the IRS letter, it weighed on my mind even more heavily until I decided that something had to be done.

I was resolved that Monday afternoon, I'd have a little sit down with the CEO to discuss the fact that I'd be making more money managing a McDonald's, and probably have a lot more leisure time to boot.

 The week so far (day 1) Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, July 28 2004 @ 03:39 AM PDT
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LifeSunday morning I woke up at about 7:45. Normally, that in and of itself would be a problem, but since I was in Arizona at the time, my body grudgingly conceded that quarter to eleven is an acceptable time to wake up, especially if there's a flight to make. Now, I don't know about you, but when I'm supposed to be on an airplane anytime before lunch, I want to get my shit together and get to the airport. My mother, on the other hand, thought it'd be a good idea to have breakfast at one of the restaurants in the hotel, then make our way over to the airport to be there by 9:30 or so.

We had breakfast, which was very good. I feel the need to point out that the food I had in Scottsdale ranged from "damn good" to "bow down at the feet of the magical creature that manufactured this bliss". I digress.

We headed to the airport and made it there by about 10:00. I was fine with that, providing there wasn't a long line at security, since it meant we had about a half hour to check our bags at a counter that I saw had no line, make it through security, get to the gate, and glide right onto the plane when they started boarding. The first indication that something was wrong was when the self-service check-in computer said that we needed to see an agent.

 Going to hell Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, July 22 2004 @ 11:23 PM PDT
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LifeIf anyone needs me this weekend, I'll be in hell... but just as a tourist.

Specifically, I'm going to see my uncle get his Master's degree there.

Most Recent Post: 07/27 04:39PM by matt

 For sale Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, July 15 2004 @ 03:24 AM PDT
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KitschHere's a game: I'm going to show you a screenshot, and you're going to figure out what's wrong.

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Most Recent Post: 07/15 10:22PM by matt

 Get your geek on Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, July 13 2004 @ 04:03 AM PDT
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KitschEver wondered what it'd look like if an X-Wing was escorting (or targeting, for that matter) a Federation shuttle? Maybe you're curious about which is bigger: the mothership from Independence Day or the second Death Star.

Wonder no more.

Unfortunately, you have to be using IE to get your side order of drag and drop.

 AFK Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, July 02 2004 @ 05:05 PM PDT
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LifeIf anyone needs me, I'll be the guy drowning himself in cheap domestic beer in the woods in Maine for a few days (though not the whole week as I had originally hoped.)

If you happen to see America in corporeal form this weekend, tell it happy birthday for me.

 Security warning Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, June 25 2004 @ 04:07 PM PDT
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People using Internet Explorer on computers running Windows should severely curtail their web browsing in the next few days.

Reports indicate that there is a complex attack in progress on the Internet in general where websites are being compromised in such a way that visitors to those websites that are running IE on Windows may be infected with malicious software.

I'm usually the guy that tells people to relax when the media puts out a "gloom and doom" warning, but I'm taking this one seriously.

UPDATE: Microsoft has some marginally helpful advice here.

 Terse Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, June 23 2004 @ 02:55 AM PDT
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LifeSick, tired, overworked, underpaid, wah, wah, wah.

The phlegm has gone from chunky yellow to smooth (but still opaque) white, so I figure things are getting better.

I'll get back to it soon... I've got a bit of writer's constipation going on. It ain't coming out now, but when it does, there's likely to be a lot of it in a fast-moving stream.

Yup, I think that takes care of the bodily fluid quota for the month.

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