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5876  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 12, 2011, 08:04:15 AM
Should I be accosted at the door because of what I might do? No.


The bank's security has responsibility for the safety of its customers and employees. So they have every right (and IMO obligation) to question you since youre setting foot on their property. They also have the right to bar all persons carrying weapons from entering the building, even if certain people have the legal right to carry. A gun permit only applies to your being granted the privilege (not the right - otherwise you wouldnt need a license) to have a concealed weapon when on public property. Any individual has the right to ban weapons on their own property except when they're carried by police officers when they're acting in an official capacity.

My actions are perfectly legal

Yes they are.

...But the permission you were granted is also subject to verification. Having a gun permit doesn't mean you can't be stopped or challenged. Nor does it mean you'll be permitted entry with a gun everywhere. It just means you won't be arrested by the police once it's established you're "packing."

@SJ - Note: this is how it works in CT at least. It may be different where you live.  smiley

(Carry permit? Bank? I take it you're the guy that got stuck with making the bank deposits huh?)

5877  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 11, 2011, 09:39:18 PM
So, Google should drop free Gmail and free search? People should pay for Windows updates? Ditch Linux entirely? Make people pay to use all web sites? Close up all standards and RFCs and make people pay royalties? Ban all ads? And while we're at it, make all free broadcasts for radio and television also pay-to-use?

There is more than just 1 business model in the industry.

Agree, but I think you're overreacting to what I'm saying.

What I was commenting on was a certain sense of 'entitlement' I see creeping into a lot of discussions about software development. Almost as if there's a feeling that the simple act of creating a piece of software 'deserves' something in return.

This attitude isn't confined to software  BTW. I see the same thing in music performance and composition, which is something I'm personally involved in. But in my case, I tend to look at it the same way. (I'm the last person I'll ever claim an exception or privilege for. mrgreen)

If I want to write and play the music I want to play, then I have to accept the fact I may well have to do it on my own tab if other people don't also see a value in it. Not to say I can't do what I want so long as I do something else for my main source of income. Which is what I do.

Could music be my sole source of income?


I say that because it was in the past. But it got to the point where it became too annoying, and required too many compromises to mix business with pleasure. So I worked out a compromise with myself where I no longer insisted my work and my play be one and the same. Which allowed me to become exactly the musician I wanted to be while still covering costs and being able to eat on a fairly regular basis.

And oddly enough, the music itself got better once I re-engineered my career plan.

Since the music market is very small where I live, had I insisted on "making it pay" I probably would have ended up being forced to abandon music sooner or later. Doing it the way I did it allowed me to keep a hand in the game.

So to your point about there being more than one business model, I'll agree with you completely. But all I'm saying is that, within the range of possible business models and revenue strategies, sometimes the most obvious ones get overlooked.


If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again. Then quit. There's no use in being a damn fool about it. - W.C.Fields  Grin

But people aren't just choosing not to participate, they are actively campaigning against them.  Is that right in the face of a lack of bad actions or proof of bad intent?  And if the same people go to another company in the computer industry- does that make that company evil by association, since apparently this company is evil by their association?

Like it or not, that's what's called "a reputation."

A good one is hard to earn, but easy to lose.

And it has persistence.

Most people subscribe to the notion: "Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice, shame on me."

So while it's all well and good to change one's 'evil' ways and apologize, there's no guarantee you'll be given a second chance.

That's just the way it goes sometimes. Not everyone believes in redemption. smiley

5878  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 11, 2011, 08:13:12 PM
Costs need to be covered. People need to eat.

Perhaps the best solution to that 'problem' is to write software people are actually willing to pay for?

And if that proves impossible, do something else for a living?

That's how it works with just about everything else.  smiley

5879  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Graduating from essentialPIM. Need suggestions for others with these features on: April 11, 2011, 10:33:35 AM
You might want to touch bases with DonationCoder member Pierre Landry (PPLandry) and take a look at his app InfoQube over at www.InfoQube.biz

He updates InfoQube regularly and has been quite open to suggestions for features people want added.

Luck! Thmbsup

5880  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 11, 2011, 10:20:41 AM
+1 w/Mouser. smiley It's starting to loop. Time to shut it down.

Like J-Mac said, if anything new comes up someone can always start a new thread.  Thmbsup

As long as there is constructive conversation, is there really any need to artificially shut it down?  It petered out before, and when Renegade had new information, the thread was still here to keep context... just a thought.

I think it's more for the benefit of the discussion. Should people arrive late (and not read all 18 previous pages) there's a risk of needlessly revisiting issues that have already been discussed and settled.

So when it comes to OC, I think it would be better if this thread were either closed out, or kept exclusively focused on OC as much as possible.

Because right now, it basically comes down to whether or not you agree with OC's logic, philosophy, and methodology. It's not an issue of the technology. It's an issue of business practices - and how the technology gets deployed and used. (With special thanks to Renegade for his efforts to get to the bottom of exactly how OC's current software package works and also for sharing his findings with us.)

And there's not a lot of wiggle room in there.

About the only thing that would be newsworthy at this point is if OC changed it's "below the radar" business model and installation method (which I doubt will happen any time soon, if at all) - or - it goes over to the "dark side" (which I also doubt will happen any time soon, if at all - although I'm much less sanguine about that)...

So I respectfully suggest: New Thread!
5881  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 11, 2011, 08:47:03 AM
Just diverting the thread to new turn, is there any competitor of open candy ? I would like to see if there is any, afterall secondary tier CPA/CPI ads pay some good amount. It's interesting to see if there is any alternative ad network.


 How about starting a new thread for that question?  smiley

5882  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 11, 2011, 06:57:11 AM
+1 w/Mouser. smiley It's starting to loop. Time to shut it down.

Like J-Mac said, if anything new comes up someone can always start a new thread.  Thmbsup
5883  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help with new computer build on: April 11, 2011, 06:36:09 AM
+1 w/steeladept on the disable sleep suggestion. I've had that happen before. As I result I always disable any power management options for network adapters if they're in a desktop system.

Another possibility is to set the baud rate on the NIC to whatever your network speed is (100M/1G) rather than have it autosense. Some NICs get a little fussy and sporadically drop a connection because of it. I've seen this mostly with the nVidia nForce onboard NIC if it shares an interrupt with one of the SATA channels and there's no drive attached to that channel.

Disabling the unused SATA channel usually fixes the problem. I suspect if some systems poll the SATA channel it can cause a timing issue for the NIC if it takes too long to determine there's no drive attached.

Somebody told me they had this same thing happen with an Intel onboard NIC (which implies this is more a mobo/chipset rather than a specific NIC hardware issue) so it might be worth a look if all else fails.

(I'm assuming you've already checked for driver updates? I sometimes forget so I thought I'd mention it.)

Luck! Thmbsup

5884  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 10, 2011, 04:39:59 PM
I guess I'll just bid adieu.  It is clear I am very out of sync with some of the general thinking here...in that I cannot see how anyone would conclude that this "method" has any coat of acceptability whatsoever.

I say that because, to me, if anything is being done (installed or info sent to wherever) before the user has a chance to prevent it, that unquestionably (in my opinion) constitutes unacceptable behavior.

No need to walk away. But you might want to tone it down just a bit. We're all friends here. Even when we're arguing over something and sound like we're a bunch of 5-year olds.  Grin

I think if you read the entire thread you'll discover that the "general thinking" (such as it is) has not  been in agreement with OC's arguments. If anything there are two camps that are in complete disagreement over OC in this thread.

5885  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 10, 2011, 03:23:24 PM
Oh no - does that mean I am going to see that creepy-looking avatar of Dr. Apps smiling back at me even more then?!    Wink    Grin



It is a creepy avatar isn't it? Grin

(Thx. I thought it was just me.)

5886  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 10, 2011, 03:14:37 PM

If most people stop installing OC partnered software, OC will become history in short order. If most people don't care, OC will probably wind up being a part of almost every piece of software out there after a few years.

Only time will tell what the public really thinks about OC.  undecided

Actually, if OC can manage to get itself inserted in enough widely used, popular software titles, it won't matter; many users now shunning it will start ignoring it rather than give up their most used/useful programs. My opinion anyway.


You're probably right. Which is why I'd like to see OC be stopped right now.

But I'm not hopeful...

Many people I've talked to who have the technical smarts to understand what this debate's about don't seem much to care.

If that's the feeling of the general public, then OC is here to stay.  Thmbsup
5887  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 10, 2011, 03:08:57 PM
All those words, and no answer to the questions I posed.  Only three words required... pick one (truthful answer) from each line (they align with my 3 questions):
1. yes no
2. yes no
3. yes no

Cancel my initial response. Wraith808 answered it better.  Thmbsup

See his post below.

5888  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 10, 2011, 02:49:36 PM
Does it install ANYTHING (part of itself or whatever it is "offering" or anything else) without user choice to deny?

Does it send ANY info "home to mama" [I add now "or ANYWHERE"] without a user choice to deny same.

Is user option to NOT do either of the above presented clearly and obviously BEFORE it is done?

What are the answers to these questions?  And they are yes or no questions.  They are simple and direct.  And the answers immediately solve the riddle of whether OpenCandy is acceptable or not.  I get the feeling no one wants to answer them truthfully.

@movrshakr - I think we've pretty much been over all of this several times by now. And we all have a pretty good idea of how OC actually works. In the end, it comes down to an individual's choice as to whether or not they can accept OC's view of things and live with how it operates. Apparently many people can, even after they've read the debates and warnings.

To me, the only simple and direct answer is: if in doubt  - don't install.

I've instituted a personal moratorium on using anything that ships with OC. That's a bummer because some of my favorite software now does, so I'll have to identify replacement titles come upgrade time.

But the interesting thing (to me) is that about half my friends have no problems with anything OC is doing and think I'm overreacting.

If most people stop installing OC partnered software, OC will become history in short order. If most people don't care, OC will probably wind up being a part of almost every piece of software out there after a few years.

Only time will tell what the public really thinks about OC.  undecided

5889  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 10, 2011, 02:13:50 PM
After seeing your comments over on Gizmo's blog I don’t think it strange at all!   Grin Cool

Well, one of my posts was deleted. I just noticed. Sent MidnightCowboy a PM to see if it's ok to repost. I don't think he likes me. Sad

UPDATE: It's been undeleted. Maybe he does like me~! cheesy

@Ryan- I'm an editor over there. I suspect your post was most likely taken down by accident, or because it contained a weblink to someplace that returned a WOT rating of orange.

If a moderator took it down for what they felt was a violation of the forum rules (or if it contained a 'red' WOT rated link) it wouldn't have been put back up later. smiley

FWIW, I don't think anybody (or hardly anybody at least) over at Gizmo's dislikes you personally. It's just you've put yourself in a challenging position by endorsing a product many TSA members have major concerns about. So, as unofficial apologist for OC, you're bound to get some heat. But for the most part, the responses to your posts seem to be generally positive and echo much of what's been said here: people don't like the way OC works, and they're suspicious of the reassurances OC is giving that they will "do no evil" down the road.

Note: Gizmo's is also not DoCo. They have considerably less tolerance than Mouser has for hyperbole, outrageous analogies, put-ons, snarky comments and wandering too much around a topic. They prefer posts that are like a shot of vodka - short and to the point.

Makes us appreciate Mouser's way of doing things more than ever, doesn't it? Grin

5890  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 10, 2011, 11:27:56 AM
Looks like all the objections have been raised, and at least discussed, even if they haven't been addressed.

But at the end of the day, OC is standing firm on how it operates and how they want to conduct business despite those objections.

So now that we've arrived at an apparent impasse regarding OC, maybe it's time we start wrapping this discussion up?

5891  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For a good cause, please take a moment to donate some goodwill only. on: April 10, 2011, 07:49:01 AM
I had no problem voting for Quinn. Thmbsup

Of the three cards that told a story, his caught the spirit of the season best IMO.

And those perspective shadows behind the snowman family and trees! Young man definitely has that special ability to 'see' - which is so essential for anyone who wishes to become an artist.

And he's only ten? Can only imagine how good he's going to become as he gets older.

Note: I think his only serious challenger is Genice. Excellent art, but not enough story. smiley

5892  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 09, 2011, 01:25:39 PM

I wasn't criticizing you for being suspicious. I certainly was suspicious when I first noticed that as well. I was just agreeing with f0dder that in this particular instance, DrApps was forthcoming about the fact he was an employee of OC - which goes a long way to reducing the worry someone's trying to 'turf the forum.

In the case of OC, I think we're seeing more of them on forums brcause they have made a commitment in money and people to be seen there.

Amazing what startup capital can do to get the word out and tell your side of the story.
5893  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 09, 2011, 12:48:44 PM
J-Mac: he's definitely their propagandist, but at least he's not trying to hide it - and that's something to give credit for.

Strongly agree w/f0dder on that point. As long as the business affiliation is announced up front, I have no problem with somebody being a paid supporter as long as there's no agenda to deceive. Most of us need to work for a living. And getting paid to 'evangelize' a piece of tech is a common and accepted practice anyway. No point singling out any one company or individual for doing that.

Oddly I have never found this to be the case with normal apps that aren't doing anything that people deem suspicious; only with suspect apps.

(Plus that creepy smile on his avatar bugs me!!  Grin  )
You and me both, man.

I personally think they should hire Renegade in some capacity. He's done more to build a convincing case for OC (despite the fact I personally don't like how OC implements itself) than some of the official communiqués ever did. He also speaks to the concerns of developers and software geeks. And, being a developer himself, on their level.

Hey DrApps! Maybe you folks should consider hiring this guy in some capacity?

5894  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why I was wrong about Microsoft (by Glyn Moody) on: April 09, 2011, 06:28:49 AM
DOS was a rip off (literally ripped off and tweaked for a rush job for IBM)

Actually, wasn't DOS Based on QDOS by Seattle Software Products?

IIRC Microsoft purchased perpetual legal rights to that OS in 1980 to serve as the basis for the OS that IBM had contracted Microsoft to provide for its PC. For this, Microsoft paid a one-time fee of $50k to Seattle Software, but didn't tell them ('ostensibly because Microsoft was under an NDA and therefor barred from discussing it) what they wanted it for. Tim Paterson, the founder of Seattle Software and author of QDOS, went to work for Microsoft the following year.

In retrospect, that became one of the shrewdest business deals ever made. But hardly a financial ripoff. $50k was a fairly substantial amount of money back then. Especially in an industry that catered largely to the hobbyist market prior to IBM releasing their PC.

So what about it being a technology ripoff?

Gary Kildall of Digital Research (originally: Intergalactic Digital Research) often claimed that QDOS was "largely lifted" from his operating system CP/M.

Paterson acknowledged he had extensively based QDOS on CP/M, but argued the coding was all his and therefor was a legal functional equivalent of CP/M rather than a copy.  Some preliminary and largely unsuccessful legal skirmishes early on led Kildall to believe Digital Research didn't have a leg to stand on if they went to court. So the widely hinted, and eventually threatened, lawsuit never materialized. No software patent trolling or look&feel nonsense back in those days!

In the 80s, the rule of thumb used to be something like if 80% (or more) of your source code was original, your work was considered original. That was because there was a general consensus that software was developed in an "evolutionary fashion, and therefor (of necessity) tended to "incorporate" elements  (i.e. algorithms,code snippets, standard routines, etc.) which had been previously written by others.

In the 80s, nobody seriously considered software as being copyrightable because it was regarded as a set of instructions rather than a 'creative' or 'literary' work. Instruction sets are not usually eligible for copyright protection.

And software was not considered patentable for the same reason since it was viewed more as an 'idea' than it was the 'expression' of one. Ideas, by themselves, are not patentable.

There was also a very different 'business view' of software back then.

Most PC system software (particularly the OS) had yet to be considered as separate products. It was usually just thought of as an accessory. If you looked at the PC invoices of the time, you'd often see system software and utility disks all lumped together and called something like Accessory-Std. Software Pack with a line price that read: included.

In the 80s, an OS came bundled with the hardware you bought. Mainframes and minicomputers often had complex and expensive support and licensing schedules. But the big selling point for PC was that it came with an OS which was *SOLD* to the customer rather than licensed annually. That was a major paradigm shift for the computer industry. It wasn't till much later that the notion of licensing PC software became the norm. And it was a very hard sell convincing the public (and most courts) that a "shrink-wrap license" you didn't get to read, negotiate over, or personally sign, became legally binding if you unsealed a box. That alone constituted a major breakthrough getting the public to accept that.

Simpler times.  smiley
5895  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: April 08, 2011, 06:47:22 AM
great stuff smiley
especially enjoying the "trance music on a guitar" (Ewan Dobson) thumbs up

+1 on Dobson.  Especially that first song. His time is so dead-on it's almost unreal. You could calibrate a metronome off his beat it's so precise. Amazing! Love to play a 'long set' with that guy someday.  smiley

(Are those military and Ninja costumes in reference to the Vietnam War? Or Free Tibet...or a MMORPG character...or something? Anybody know whats up with that?)
5896  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why I was wrong about Microsoft (by Glyn Moody) on: April 08, 2011, 06:41:37 AM

>now wipe the flaw<?

If it's "Bah-stin" then "fer shaw."  Grin

5897  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: April 07, 2011, 11:59:43 AM
@April - Cool find.

Wow! a Tapatar. 'Big cousin' to the Chapman Stick and among the rarest of rare bird (as in weird) instruments... you're the only person I know (other than me) who ever heard of it. Zither meets clavichord in a portable form factor.  Even the Wikipedia doesn't have an entry for that puppy. Not even sure if it shows up on Google yet. (It didn't used to.) Grin

Didn't know about this Flint Blade however. The only Tapatar player I'm familiar with is a gent by the name of Michael Bianco. There's a video of him here playing something a little more up my alley than most stuff that gets performed on stick-type 'tap' instruments.

  Cool Thmbsup
5898  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: April 07, 2011, 08:54:52 AM
Something I've become very interested in lately is the 3-string guitar.

But first, a confession: I'm not a big a fan of The Blues.

I know it's cool to like blues music. Some people almost grant it religious status. And a few countries (most notably the UK) have a long list of "blues" players (Clapton, Mayall, et al) whose devotion and admiration for the idiom borders on fetishistic.


Maybe because my primary instrument is electric bass, I get bored holding down a groove based on pentatonic scales and a I-IV-V chord progression. I'm sure it's a lot more fun to play blues if you're a guitarist. But as a bassist, I find it 'kinda boring' after a while. (Note: a great many bass players will disagree with me on that point.)

So while looking for a more interesting role for myself when musical friends gather to commit an act of Blues, I stumbled on something called the cigar box guitar. The CBG is an American folk instrument that was popular around the turn and early part of the 20th century (ca 1890 to 1930 approx), and extensively used in various blues forms, most notably Delta Blues.

This was the Poor Man's Martin. Put together with scraps of lumber, salvaged hardware, and a wooden cigar box for the body, they were both easy and cheap to build. Most had three strings and were hand made by people who knew as much about traditional guitar making as they did particle physics. But despite their humble trash bin origins, these instruments were capable of producing some amazing sounds. And in the hands of a real musician, were also capable of producing some superb music. Many big name blues guitarists, including B.B. King, have owned and played CBGs.

And they're still being built today.

Note the drain cover 'rosette,' the eyebolt 'bridge' and what I think are inverted cheese shaker lids for 'resonators.'

CBGs have enjoyed a bit of a renaissance over the last several years as more and more musicians are discovering just how unique and musical an instrument it is. So unique and musical that it even got me (closet bass snob extraordinaire) interested in the Blues for the first time in my life.

[attach] Here's a video put together by a CBG builder John McNair to demonstrate what you can do with one of these instruments. Link here.

(Note: Guitar people!  Check out that AXL AA-DSP-10 ThinAmp Portable Amplifier he plugs into. Amazing what $139 can get you assuming you can still find one of these terrific little amps! Check eBay since they're no longer being made last I heard.)

The CBG is probably the most common manifestation of the 3-string guitar. But other musicians, in keeping with the "found art" tradition of 3-string guitar building, have adapted the concept to whatever was at hand.

Enter Seasick Steve and his 3-string "Trance Wonder" guitar...

-Seasick Steve and the Three-String Trance Wonder


Where would the three string be without Ol' SeaSick???? He is perhaps the most revered player who still graces the stage with his beat up 3 string and always leaves the crowd wanting more.

His sound is super ranchy, ultra primitive and distintly Southen in its flavor . His guitar is a generic unbranded guitar from Japan that has an old Harmony pickup added and is played tuned to G, G and B using an E string in the A position, a D in the G position and a G in the B position.


At his gigs, he often tells the story that he bought it for $75 in this condition in Como, Mississippi from a man named Sherman, who later told him he only paid $25 for it the day before. He vowed never to add another string, and that he would tour the world telling his story of how Sherman ripped him off. All in good fun as Sherman Cooper is a good buddy, who gave him the guitar having had it nailed to the wall as a decoration. A lot of the time he also adds (while picking up or putting away the guitar) that it is the "...biggest piece of shit in the world, I swear"....

from: http://www.3-string-guitar.com/

Watch Seasick and his Trance Wonder in action performing Cut My Wings here.


Gotta love that homebrew box drum (with Mississippi license plate 'resonator') he stomps out the time on.  Grin Get one of those and you won't need a drummer.

There's a pile of other videos by him up on YouTube. Especially good is: I Started Out with Nothin' (And I still got most of it left!). Link here. For this he uses an ancient and equally beat-up god-knows-what POS 6-string that also sounds great. (Where does he find these things?)

If you like roots music (or maybe didn't think you did - like me) it's well worth checking out.

Fine music by a genuine musician. Recommended. Thmbsup

5899  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: April 06, 2011, 11:14:37 PM
Just finished The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success by Wayne Breitbarth.


Probably the best book I've seen for LinkedIn. Down to earth and very practical advice for using what is becoming the way to promote and manage your career if you're working (or planning on working) for someone.

And since most of us (including those who own their own businesses) work for someone, it's well worth the short time it takes to read this little book. Especially in these economically unstable times where all that separates many people from foreclosure is three paychecks.

I used to be a little skeptical of LinkedIn. I had seen far too many "professional networking opportunities" serve as nothing but an excuse for somebody to try and sell you something. And just as many networking "events" or "organizations" eventually degenerate into little more than an excuse to go out drinking and shoot the breeze. But I had a buddy, who was one of the early adopters, sing its praises. And he's a pretty savvy guy with as much tolerance for pointless conversation and alcohol-fueled socializing as I have. So on his recommendation I joined up, but neglected to stay on top of it. And I now suspect that was very much to my detriment. Because I'm just now discovering how useful a resource LinkedIn can be. And I've also started seeing some of its advertised benefits now that I'm actually using it.

So if you're just starting out as a recent college grad, you'll definitely want to look into LinkedIn. Ditto if you're looking to switch jobs.

An acquaintance of mine who handles corporate recruiting (i.e. a 'headhunter') told me that she's seeing the best and most interesting positions being offered/found through LinkedIn. As she put it: Nowadays pretty much any position you'd want to get will show up on LinkedIn first. Many of the big companies are doing the bulk of their recruiting and matchmaking through it. A few now exclusively go through LinkedIn for that purpose. If you want to do business with those companies, you'd better be a member.

Same goes for if you're looking to hire talent. Some of the best and brightest hang out their shingle on LinkedIn - and sometimes no place else.

If you do read the book, check out Chapter 19, which offers a roadmap for action that takes approximately two hours a week to do, and six weeks to complete.

Less than $12 from Amazon. Read it.

Note: If you're out of work - or totally broke - go sneak a skim-through in one of B&N's coffee shops. It's only 176 very fast-reading pages.

Just don't blow it and drop $4 on their overpriced coffee if you're trying to save money. Wink

5900  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: unboxing videos on: April 06, 2011, 01:20:18 PM
Unboxing videos are the tech equivalent of the Real World: Brooklyn TV show.  thumb down

Great vid. Really sums it all up, doesn't it?

I particularly liked him chucking the instructions and frisbee-ing the CDs. Grin

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