How to recruit a software developer. (Part 3)

As promised, we’ll talk about the traits of successful recruiters. Good recruiters look for people to fit a position, and pursue them individually. I’ve mentioned before that my name and resume pop on Google search results when a recruiter is looking for a senior web architect or development manager in the Seattle area. The best […]

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How to recruit a software developer. (Part 2)

We’ll continue with the problem of incentivization for recruiters. Recruiting must be the most outsourced, underfunded, middleman-heavy profession there is. There are several frustrations that go along with being heavily recruited by people who do not know or care whether you fit a given job description, and they range from the merely careless and time-profligate […]

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How to recruit a software developer. (Part 1)

I have a problem. Hundreds of people every week contact me to try to get me to work for them. In an economic downturn, this may sound like what I call a ‘high-class problem.’ Noted examples of high-class problems include: paying taxes on your lottery winnings, being unable to make up your mind between your […]

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Should the past haunt Julian Assange?

I see that Julian Assange has been awarded the Sydney Peace Medal. I’m not sure whether to be concerned or not; this may turn out to be something like awarding Yasser Arafat the Nobel Peace Prize before he started bombing hell out of Israel again. There are still outstanding rape allegations against Assange, and unfortunately, […]

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The ‘Just’ Syndrome

There’s a tendency among those who don’t work with computers in any real capacity to fail to understand the complexity of the work we do. I encapsulate that concept in the phrase: the ‘just’ syndrome.’ “Can’t you just…” “I don’t see why you can’t just…” “But if you just…” “All you have to to is […]

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The ethics of web development

As coders, we are frequently exposed to passwords, financial information, and very personal facts that our clients may not even be aware they’re showing us. I’m often passed login information for Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, Ebay accounts, and server passwords, often without any real understanding of how much trouble a person can cause with that […]

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Wikipedia and Virtual Feudalism

I’m tired of having my edits on Wikipedia immediately rolled back without so much as a by-your-leave. The purpose is so that those who have set themselves up as monitors on a range of pages within their area of expertise can read and review my changes to approve them before permitting them on the page. […]

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Evil Week

I love LifeHacker; you all probably do too. They’ve started Evil Week http://lifehacker.com/tag/evilweek/ and its theme is the idea that sometimes you have to be bad to do good. Hacking drives and networks to prove a point, modding outside the TOS in order to get real functionality out of apps or products that are artificially […]

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