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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: An ode to my failed disk drive on: September 08, 2014, 06:33:16 AM
The Seagate of today is not the same Seagate of old, unfortunately. While they were once my favorite company when it came to hard drives, there has definitely been a drop in quality the last couple years. Also, the way they are marketing their current line of hard drives is atrocious. No specs listed on the packaging, mixing older technology drives in with new & selling them in indistinguishable packaging, etc.

I won't buy another Seagate drive until they mend their misleading ways.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IT Resumes on: September 07, 2014, 10:06:48 AM
You have seven seconds.

More on this in a bit, but let's start at the beginning, shall we? When you spot a position you are wanting to apply for, don't send in the stock, default version of your resume. If you do, your resume will never make it through the gauntlet and reach the person who can make this a happy ending for you.

Someone mentioned that you shouldn't load up your resume with jargon because the people in HR won't understand the terminology. There's an element of truth to this, but there's a certain amount of jargon that must be present or, again, the running of the gauntlet will be a failure. Allow me to explain why. The job market has changed drastically in the last few years, at least in the United States. Hundreds, maybe even thousands of people will apply for each position.

In order to help separate the applicants who are worthy of further attention from the time-wasters who apply for every job they see, a lot of companies are implementing automation. This means that quite often the first person to see your resume isn't a person at all. It's a computer program designed to parse the resumes of all the applicants, retain the ones that reach a certain percentage threshold of hitting on all the key phrases and jargon that someone somewhere has decided that will show if a candidate is worthy or unworthy. Please, please, please be acutely aware that it does not matter how awesome you are, how perfect you are for the job, and that your resume and cover letter are literary works that would make Shakespeare himself break down and weep. No human eye sees your submission at this point.  If your resume does not meet the minimum requirements of jargon and key phrases at this point, your hard work will be quietly jettisoned into the black hole of the internet with no notification sent to you or the employer. It will simply be as though you had not applied for the position at all. Period.

Now before you freak out and start scrambling around screaming questions like what key phrases? What jargon? Do they expect me to be psychic? Just take a deep breath and relax. The company has already given you a blueprint to succeed. The job posting is more than just a description of duties. It's a road map to what this company is looking for. It will list all the key phrases and jargon you'll need to get past the automated slice-and-dice designed to keep the unworthy from stepping foot inside the corporate building.

While we're on the subject of the automated routines, often a job posting will include a line that says that applications are accepted until a certain date. Do *not* let that lure you into a false sense of non-urgency. Oh, sure, you can happily submit your resume up till the very last day if you wish, but do you remember those thousands of people applying for this position I mentioned earlier? A lot of companies help the weeding out process along by programming the system to only accept x amount of submissions. Any submissions received beyond that number....quietly jettisoned.

Now, say you managed to make it past the slice-and-dice. What happens next? This is when the submissions that are left actually reach a human and land in the hiring manager's in-bin. They view submissions with a program that uses that aforementioned list of key phrases and jargon to highlight everywhere they appear in the resume so they can examine the syntax and the context of the words.

This is where you have seven seconds. Hiring managers will spend seven seconds or less looking over your resume before deciding if it should be sent along to the next step in the hiring process or thrown out. If you just took all those words and threw them in a list to rack up a high percentile score in the automated phase, you're most likely out. If your words are dry and uninspired...mundane...you're most likely out.

Unless you are a rock star in your chosen profession and your job descriptions and job titles make hearts quiver and stir up feelings of envy, you're probably going to need to use those sections of your resume that go beyond job experience to catch the hiring manager's eye. Academic excellence, unique volunteer/charity work, unique life experiences are all ways to nudge the hiring manager to break the rules and spend an extra couple seconds on the awesomeness that is your resume. Remain truthful at all times, but if there's something exceptional about you then you need to mention it without being too boisterous about it.

Again, unless you are a rock star in your chosen profession, chances are good there are going to be a hundred people with job experience exactly like yours, maybe better. You need to convey that your benefits to the organization go beyond hard skills and you bring competent soft skills to the table as well, the total package. The name of the game at this point is to convince the hiring manager to put your resume into the pile that will be forwarded to the department head.

If you've done all this and managed to get in front of the department head's eyes as long as you've put your job skills forward in an honest and competent fashion, there's not much you can do beyond that. They usually know what they are looking for when they sit down to hire someone, but...you never know. Maybe if you aren't exactly what they are looking for, those mentions of academic excellence or other things might be enough to catch their eye & they'll take a chance on calling you in for an interview anyway.

P.S. Follow Miles' advice to the letter. With the advances in technology, the time when someone could fabricate credentials and get away with it has passed.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting study comparing reading on paper vs tablets on: September 01, 2014, 10:35:32 PM
If article writers are too lazy to run a spell and grammar checker on the article, what hope do we have that they will actually fact check which demands more effort than hitting a button?

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best Independent web page about security (fight against viruses, pc security...) on: August 08, 2014, 09:05:10 PM
When I think security forum the first thing that always comes to mind is Wilders Security Forums.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 04, 2014, 07:58:41 PM
Then one day as you skipped along you encountered a tall man in a gray suit with gray felt hat.  He gave you such a disgusted look.  You slow down in reaction.  Then the gray man says "You are tool old to be skipping" all mean and nasty.

Yeah, well...I remember that tall man in a gray suit with a gray felt hat. I slowed my skipping enough to give him a hard kick in the shins and resumed my skipping.

All these year later I'm still skipping and he hasn't been foolhardy enough to show his face around me again.  smiley
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: August 02, 2014, 06:34:57 PM
In my experience, Avira stopped a couple of things; MSE nothing yet - but I think I've only had one attack since I started using it (probably a couple of years ago now).

I conducted a fun (and very telling experiment) with MSE a couple months ago. I took an external hard drive and filled it with all sorts of 'sketchy' stuff...lots of viruses, trojans, malware, pupware, cracks and keygens.

MSE detected every single crack and keygen on the drive. Every other file MSE triumphantly declared as being clean. This should tell you what Microsoft's focus is when it comes to their 'security' software.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: August 02, 2014, 06:30:52 PM
This ain't script-kiddie stuff she got hit with. This is definitely the work of pros.

There are a lot of criminal elements in Europe and what used to be the Soviet Union who have concentrated all of their resources on this kind of stuff as it is far more lucrative than the 'conventional' crime they used to engage in.

Is anti-virus software a waste of money? There is a very good possibility it may be.

Is anti-malware and security software a waste of money? There is a very good possibility that it isn't.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad Muncher 5 will be free on: August 02, 2014, 06:18:03 PM
I think I might have to give AdGuard a try. I am tired of waiting for AdMuncher to work on https: websites.

AdGuard isn't perfect....

BUT...

It's much better than what Ad Muncher has become these days. Ad Muncher would miss a *lot* of stuff it should have been catching when I was using it.

And now that I think about it...if they are going to make a version of the Ad Muncher 4.x code that is free why don't they just release a registration code to enable the current version to be free instead of letting the money keep rolling in?
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I bought a pineapple today... on: August 02, 2014, 08:41:57 AM
He Lives There:

[whispers]...under the sea....[/whispers]
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Seagate starts shipping 8TB hard drives, with 10TB and HAMR on the horizon on: August 02, 2014, 08:37:08 AM
Some random thoughts:

Yes, for any drive over 2TB you are going to need a 64-bit OS with support for GPT in both the OS and the motherboard. UEFI is not a hard requirement, though. My Gigabyte motherboard shoe-horned GPT support for drives over 2TB into its Award BIOS. I'm running two 3TB drives along with an 128GB SSD happily.

With Seagate's latest marketing they've taken a really scummy turn in the way they are representing their products. It'll be a long time before I buy one of their products again.

Sadly, other than Toshiba (whose drives have major QC issues), the only other hard drive manufacturers are Seagate and Western Digital. Every other company has been swallowed up by those two.

As for Drobo, when last I checked into them, they were the Apple of the NAS world. You'll get a nice streamlined interface with only the basic options while being afforded the privilege of paying a premium for it.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad Muncher 5 will be free on: August 02, 2014, 08:24:10 AM
Disclaimer: I'm running the latest AdGuard beta.

I signed up for their beta program anticipating having to make a lot of bug reports and I've really been surprised. It's cleaned up my web browsing experience. Very few ads/banners missed and the ability to use Adblock filter lists is a welcome addition.

Don't know what's going on with your system tray menu. Adguard's is just as clear as every other menu sitting in my tray.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Pro on: July 18, 2014, 06:31:52 PM
Basically, if you can get an 8.1 Pro ISO you can activate, (not install), with an 8.0 key.

And...if you search Google you can find out the documented official Microsoft way to alter your new ISO to not ask for a key when installing. You can then skip it & then enter your legal key once you hit the desktop.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad Muncher 5 will be free on: July 01, 2014, 06:29:45 AM
Josh, this is only one more mis-step in a long line of mis-steps. It's like any other disaster. People's attention are captivated by the drama, but as time goes on they get numb to the misfortune playing out and walk away shaking their heads.

Right now as far as anyone knows, Ad Muncher v5 is merely a tortured vision in Murray's cow-addled mind with no basis at all in reality. No one has seen a product roadmap, a UI mock-up, or the now infamous demo video he was supposedly made months ago of Ad Muncher v5 in action. The biggest news on his blog is a post announcing his research findings regarding toast sweat.

No. I'm serious.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad Muncher 5 will be free on: June 29, 2014, 10:11:18 AM
I used to be one of Ad Muncher's biggest supporters. There was a time when it was the ultimate piece of software and its author could do no wrong. Unfortunately, missing features, broken promises, release dates being perpetually pushed back, the author disappearing for well over a year and the crummy treatment of customers when they dare to ask difficult questions has eaten away all that good will.

About a month or two ago I discovered AdGuard. The current release version is pretty good, but the beta version is where it's at. As a bonus, people who volunteer to be beta testers get free licenses so there's been no entry fee for me yet.

So far I like what I see. It's as good as Ad Muncher *used* to be. It supports gzip, https, and all the other things that Ad Muncher's been promising for years and won't/can't deliver. This version 5 of Ad Muncher will have to fairly spectacular for me to entertain thoughts of going back. Forget for a second the promises of it being free. It's *still* been in development for 6 years and no one has seen so much as a screenshot or a feature list yet. Anyone can promise something's going to be free if it's never going to exist. Maybe General Motors should promise that the 2015 Pontiac GTO will be free when it's released as well.  smiley
15  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Pinnacle Game Profiler - Flash sale (75% off - $5) on: June 29, 2014, 09:53:56 AM
But is it any good? smiley
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend less known macro apps and text expanders on: June 26, 2014, 08:43:05 PM
My gloss on that:
  • Text completer
    Program comes with a dictionary.  You start typing, program offers a choice of full-text alternatives starting with the stem you've typed, on a "live search," "find as you type" basis.
  • Text expander
    Program allows you to create your own arbitrary shorthand forms matched to full text: e.g. "ys" = "Yours sincerely"
  • Text corrector
    You make a typo, program automatically corrects it: e.g. "teh" = "the"

First of all, thank you for digging that list of definitions up for me. Second, Comfort Keys will definitely work as a text completer and a text expander. I don't see where it will act as a text corrector, but the options for this program need a real overhaul. Options that should be grouped together aren't.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend less known macro apps and text expanders on: June 14, 2014, 06:22:33 PM
in one of them someone makes the point (I'm quoting from memory and may not be perfectly accurate) that we should distinguish between text completion, text expansion and text correction.  IT majors on expansion, Breevy adds correction, Typing Assistant and Phrase Express offer everything.  Text Accelerator looks more suited to programmers who can write scripts for it.

Well, please help me understand the differences between text completion, text expansion, and text correction. I looked at the product pages for IT, Breevy, and Typing Assistant and Comfort Keys *appears* to do most of what they can do, but I could be overlooking something.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tizen OS declared 'dead in the water' on: June 14, 2014, 06:17:44 PM
Tizen was (is?) Samsung's attempt to take Google out of their smartphone equation. Unfortunately, Tizen doesn't offer anything that would make switching from Android appealing.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Loss-Proof Text Editor on: June 14, 2014, 06:15:37 PM
For instance, there is a plug-in for Notepad++ that allows you to auto-save on a fixed timer.

That plug-in is no longer needed as Notepad++ now has built-in 'snapshot' functionality that will save a file every x number of seconds.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend less known macro apps and text expanders on: June 08, 2014, 10:39:59 AM
I missed this thread the first go-around, but I've always been perplexed as to why text expanders are usually so expensive. Maybe it's because they are used so frequently in the medical and legal professions where people don't blink an eye at high software prices.

Unless I missed it, I didn't see anything from Comfort Software on this list. They have a program called Comfort Typing that is a text expander that has macro support and it only costs $9.95 or $19.95 depending on whether or not you want a lifetime license or not. For the privacy-conscious, it offers 448-bit Blowfish encryption for your saved data as well.

For $10 more you can step up to their 'suite', Comfort Keys which adds in a hot-key manager, on-screen keyboard, clipboard manager, and a few other things.

Might be something for the budget-minded to check into as Comfort Software's pricing is pretty reasonable compared to some products in this thread.

I own a lifetime license for the Comfort Keys suite, but probably don't use it to its full potential. The non-lifetime version was offered free on Bits Du Jour one day & I picked it up...then the next day the developer sent out an email to everyone who took advantage of the offer the opportunity to upgrade to the 'pro' lifetime license version for $10. I figured it was a no-brainer at that price point.
21  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYplorer lifetime license PRO 50% off on: June 08, 2014, 10:19:08 AM
(I actually thought 64bit and multi-threading were synonymous embarassed)

I think multi-threading is a feature of the programming language one uses rather than the CPU architecture.
22  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYplorer lifetime license PRO 50% off on: June 08, 2014, 10:17:55 AM
Personally, I think the lack of multi-threading is a lot worse than being 32-bit, if you want to worry about something.

Multi-threading was the next thing I was going to ask about. I simply can't live without that.
23  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYplorer lifetime license PRO 50% off on: June 06, 2014, 07:34:29 PM
So it's not exactly seamless, but it's a step in the right direction if 64-bit extension support is important to you (personally, I consider it a bug for the software that's installing the extension if it doesn't install both the 32-bit and 64-bit extensions on a 64-bit system).

Glad it's a step in the right direction, but I'm a little disappointed. I think XYplorer is the last hold-out among the major file manager players to not have a 64-bit version.
24  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYplorer lifetime license PRO 50% off on: June 05, 2014, 09:41:32 PM
Has there been a 64-bit version released yet? Their site seems to indicate there hasn't.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Forget about resume if Pale Moon crashes on: June 01, 2014, 06:48:10 PM
Using Download Statusbar didn't help a wit.

Yeah...Download Statusbar just shows the download information of your browser in a different format. It doesn't offer any download manager capabilities, but....you know that now. smiley
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