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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond The Basement on: Today at 12:02:41 PM
I thought beyond The Basement was my outhousetongue
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Did you know DonationCoder has a Facebook Page? on: August 30, 2014, 07:07:01 PM
Well...if MouserBot ever makes a return to the IRC lol

Well, I posted that before I realized it was missing, again.  embarassed
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 30, 2014, 07:05:04 PM
(I find the complete absence of any provision for readers to comment back both telling and oddly familiar. Dialogue was never the extreme Left's strong point. They always preferred the soapbox or lecture rather than a discussion or debate conducted in good-faith.)

The discussions are on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/...mag/posts/931983790161656
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 30, 2014, 11:51:52 AM
but yeah, it's a Utopian idea which means it ain't gonna happen.  We human beings are our most notorious saboteurs.

Anyone that gives any serious thought to a solution to this problem, will ultimately come up with something that would be considered Utopian. There really isn't a way around that. Anything that would get around that wouldn't really be a solution, would it?

And if a Utopian solution really is the only viable solution, then we have a ton of work ahead of us before we could even begin to seriously entertain the thought of actually solving the problem.

Because we all know our current attitude of "Let them eat cake" isn't a viable solution.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 30, 2014, 08:31:35 AM
Related:

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https://www.jacobinmag.co...014/08/the-masters-pools/
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 30, 2014, 07:27:27 AM
We will eventually have to rethink this idea that everyone needs to "earn a living" to obtain the money needed to acquire the basic necessities of life, or face the violent consequences, as more people end up jobless, homeless, and penniless, with too much time on their hands to think of nothing but destructive revolution, terrorism, etc. as the only viable solution to their problems. We will either have to rethink it or prepare to put most of the world's population in prisons. And if we are not careful with this, how we decide to proceed, it could lead to our downfall as a species, causing our own extinction, leaving behind an army of bots that serve nobody and no real purpose, like pets waiting for their masters that will never return home.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Did you know DonationCoder has a Facebook Page? on: August 30, 2014, 07:22:04 AM
But the author of the site doesn't visit the official Facebook page :-/

And he doesn't really need to. If you can't bring mouser to Facebook, then bring Facebook to mouser.  Wink



The purpose of the Facebook page is more for us to use it to introduce others to the site, rather than for us to use it to keep up with what is going on here.

I have done what I can to make our Facebook page something worth sharing with your Facebook friends.

In addition to the Timeline posts, which mirror the forum threads that get pushed to our blog, there is a software page that I update annually, with almost 40 applications, perfect for sharing through a direct link:

https://www.facebook.com/...Coder/app_221460014534454

The live chat page will dump your friends directly into our IRC channel, where they can meet the bunch of us that hang out there, and MouserBot can do his magic, spitting forum links at them until they feel compelled to click & join.  cheesy

https://www.facebook.com/...Coder/app_205521576149308

So, take a look around and if you have any suggestions on what would make our Facebook page more useful and sharable, to help you introduce others to our little community here, please let me know.

With having shared the page with all of my Facebook friends, myself, I am proud to say that I have 50 Facebook friends that have liked the page. That's 50 people that have the potential to see something that catches their eye and could lead them to become members, here (since most aren't). I encourage anyone that enjoys what we have here to share it with everyone, either through direct links to content on our site, through sharing the page and our posts on Facebook, or following and retweeting us on Twitter.

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: August 28, 2014, 08:24:37 PM
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9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 28, 2014, 09:48:08 AM
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10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 26, 2014, 11:40:10 PM
The best IBC video I have seen so far:

http://vimeo.com/104465784
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 26, 2014, 02:54:19 PM

Or tape terrorists.  cheesy
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 26, 2014, 11:30:47 AM
This is not from the Onion.

Construction mishap leads to squiggly dividers on Virginia highway

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13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 25, 2014, 05:44:14 PM
When trying to connect to a PC on a network in Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) or later, the PC's icons are displayed as beige VGA monitors showing a Windows 3.1/9x Blue Screen of Death. The fact that they Apple chose to represent PCs such an outdated style of monitor and blue screen might have been part of the insult in itself.

TakeThat-Real Life - Television Tropes & Idioms



The equivalent on the Windows side, would have been to represent a Mac as this classic icon, in childish toy colors, like bubble gum pink.

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14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee on: August 25, 2014, 05:38:27 PM
Neopets is still online?!

I believe Viacom owns it, now.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee on: August 25, 2014, 02:33:34 PM
The only thing missing is each post with a marquee having a different background colour or gradient. I miss Geocities  Wink

There is always Neopets. I think the kids there are still playing with HTML in their shops and CSS on their profiles...and they LOVE using animated gifs for page backgrounds and auto-playing midi files.  tongue
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee on: August 25, 2014, 09:01:50 AM
Read the topic title and saw who posted it, and expected to see this when I clicked:
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Hmm, I need to take speed reading for that vid.  (Except for the Weeeee part.  I got that.)  smiley

No, you just have to keep playing it over & over till you get it all.  tongue

By then, the catchiest parts of it will be stuck in your head on an endless loop.  cheesy
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pie! on: August 24, 2014, 11:00:53 PM
I pressed play on your last video...I'm not trusting this one...lmao

But...but...but...PIE!  cheesy
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee on: August 24, 2014, 10:59:35 PM
Stephen, you've never seen that before?  ohmy

And you have been on the internet for how many years?
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pie! on: August 24, 2014, 10:03:24 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj1LFYSO2Kw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj1LFYSO2Kw</a>
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee on: August 24, 2014, 09:40:31 PM
Read the topic title and saw who posted it, and expected to see this when I clicked:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe7AG7mNn1s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe7AG7mNn1s</a>
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wordpress and Hackers on: August 24, 2014, 02:59:04 PM
While this is 110% solid advice, it's really hard for most people to do this. Very few people, and even few programmers, are qualified to actually determine security vulnerabilities. It's not easy.

You would not believe how many plugins have known security vulnerabilities, unpatched by their developer, and reported on the plugin's pages on wordpress.org. A little time researching the plugins you are using and any you are thinking of adding, can go far, even if you don't know any PHP.

I have uncovered a ton of them while auditing the security of other people's websites and looking for replacements for those vulnerable plugins.

For example, stay away from SMTP plugins, unless you want your email address and its password displayed in the generated HTML code of your site, in plain text, or stored in plain text in your database. They are all vulnerable. I have not found a single SMTP plugin yet, that isn't.

Do yourself a favor and either handle the sending of mail through your web host, or if that is disabled by your host, change hosting companies. If you are running your own server, don't be lazy. Set it up right, instead of funneling the mail sent from your site through your personal email account with a vulnerable plugin. And if you don't know how to set it up right, pay for hosting and save yourself the headaches.

And yes, I have reported them all to wordpress.org, and nothing has been done about them. They are all still available and still vulnerable.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wordpress and Hackers on: August 23, 2014, 09:47:53 PM
Didn't know about this, very cool app  smiley

Thank you.  smiley

It was a spinoff from an idea that mouser had, that didn't quite get off the ground, where I was going to team up with another DC member, to offer managed hosting of secured Wordpress sites. They would have handled all the server/hosting related stuff and I would have handled all the Wordpress setup and maintenance stuff, among other things.

Since it didn't pan out as expected, I decided to take my part of it and offer it to the public, without the hosting portion. I kind of put it all on the back burner shortly after setting up that site, when I landed a fantastic long term freelance job that takes up a large chunk of my free time. (so don't promote it too heavily, please)
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IT Resumes on: August 23, 2014, 07:38:57 PM
Unfortunately, in an era of HR departments and 'pre-screening' forms with checkboxes, if you don't have enough exact hits on a laundry list, you'll often never make it to that F2F interview where you can (hopefully) shine.

I believe it was a single keyword search (Zendesk) on oDesk which got me invited to interview with Sitepoint/Learnable, and it was everything I have ever done, which got me hired, much of which was not in any of my employment history. All that extra stuff I did for fun, while unemployed, made me a perfect fit for the job, more perfect than someone else with a lot more job experience. I didn't just shine in the interview, I glowed and showered sparks. I believe I may have been the first and last person interviewed for the position.

I got really lucky when a job, that seemed like it was made just for me, accidentally landed in my lap (I didn't apply for the job, they contacted me, first). Results like this would be hard to duplicate, either by myself or by any company with a position to fill, especially if they use a short checklist of keywords for their pre-screening.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wordpress and Hackers on: August 23, 2014, 06:02:08 PM
...Maybe even add an automated redirector that sent anyone with more than 10 failed login attempts in a minute to the FBI's home page...

Are you kidding? I don't allow any more than 2 failed attempts in an hour before I block the IP.



By the way, anyone wanting their Wordpress site secured the right way and don't really have a clue how to do it, contact me to discuss it.

It will take me about 3-5 hours of work, total time.  I'll give you more and charge you less than anyone else on the internet.

My website isn't quite finished (still needs FAQ & About page), but I have hung up my shingle for it, complete with testimonials from some familiar faces.  smiley

http://securewp4me.com/

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IT Resumes on: August 23, 2014, 06:53:46 AM
Personally, every Resume/CV I send out is tailored to that industry, which means I can also make sure that I only include jobs relevant to that sector on it. 

Sometimes unrelated jobs in a different sector can demonstrate skills that would be valued in the sector you are applying for a job in.

For example, I was once a courier dispatcher (transportation industry). That doesn't seem all that related, if I were applying for a job in the banking industry, until you see the skills listed beneath it and see that I was required to demonstrate a fair amount of accounting skills.

So, my advice isn't to alter your employment history, but to list the skills beneath each job, that are relevant to the job to which you are applying.

If I were applying for an accounts receivable/payable job, they probably wouldn't care about my map reading skills from that courier job, but they would be interested in the daily AR/AP duties that job required. So, I would leave out the maps and list AR/AP.

And if I were applying for a job where I would be required to manage people, I would list how I supervised a team of about 150 drivers.

Every job requires a variety of skills, and it's those individual skills that are important (not the job title or sector), and nearly every job has at least 1 skill that will be relevant to whatever you are applying for. Sometimes it just requires a bit of thinking to see it, so you can list it.
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