A Horrifying Look into Dev Hiring

This post by Jared Nelson is a look into the modern hiring practices of large technology companies.

I have to say that his summary items at the end are especially damning – organizations are hammering people on algorithms that they know not only that they will never use, but aren’t even remotely close to relevant.

I know when I’m hiring a developer I care much less about their ability to implement any particular algorithm – chances are someone already has it wrapped up in a library for free and easy use. What matters is that they know how to understand that what they’re trying to do is probably a solved problem that they just need to go find the solution for.

Another item to consider is the type of company you’re looking at. I imagine most companies looking for someone to develop a standard line of business app will be a lot less focused on algorithms and more focused on more relevant, actionable skills.

Anyway, Jared’s post is long, but very much worth taking the time to read!

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China’s Economy Slows Sharply (NY Times)

Very interesting article.  The impact of tariff’s is affecting both American businesses, but also hammering manufacturers in China.

The NY Times article : China’s Economy Slows Sharply, in Challenge for Xi Jinping

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Flushing DNS cache on MacOS Mojave

Something I need to do every now and then.  Open a terminal, paste the command below and hit enter.  You’ll need to enter your administrator password.

sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder; sleep 2;

Once control returns, you’re all set.

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How Tampa Turned Around

Here’s hoping this all comes off as planned.  It was sad seeing Riverwalk be mostly closed businesses the last time we were down there…

https://urbanland.uli.org/development-business/how-tampa-turned-around/

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Phishers and scammers are getting very clever

Everyone should read this.  No matter how good you are, there are people out there who’s “job” it is, is to rip you off.  They are very good at it.  Be careful, and be suspicious.  Never give out anything to an unexpected caller, no matter how well informed they seem.  When in doubt, you can always call the bank or credit card company and ask them if they were trying to get in touch with you.

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Quick SQL Cheatsheet (on GitHub)

https://github.com/enochtangg/quick-SQL-cheatsheet

Keeping it handy to refer people to!

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Facebook uses 2 factor authentication phone numbers for marketing

There really is no bottom to how low these advertising companies will go.

 

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Downloading Google Hangouts Chat for a desktop

This is just impossible to find, but super obvious once you do.  Of all ‘people’, you’d think Google would be able to find their own product.

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Adjusting mouse scroll wheel speed in Linux Mint

I occasionally install and mess around with different flavors of Linux. Linux Mint is a very interesting one, but something that made it darn near impossible to use was the crazy high scrolling rate when using a mouse wheel.

This link has a solution. One thing to note – after you download the .sh file, make sure to either use CHMOD to make it executable, or just use the file browser, go to properties, and check the allow to run as an executable flag.

I ended up using 4 as the scroll speed and it is pretty usable now.

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Link to EFF article on adjusting Facebook settings for app privacy

Keeping this handy!

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/03/how-change-your-facebook-settings-opt-out-platform-api-sharing

 

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