Wednesday, 16 March 2005

I clicked through a few blog posts and comment author links (since their comments were interesting to me) and ended up on Dave McClure's weblog (again). There at the top, I saw his latest entry - that has just been launched.

So, I clicked on over. It's fast, easy, nifty and cool. Within a few seconds I did a search for keywords in my area and found current job listings from Monster, America's Job Bank, Career Center, USA Jobs, HotJobs and more.

Search for a phrase by putting it in quotes. You can see the age of the listing under each item, as well as where it's from. When you click on a link, you go to the original listing.

Fast, simple and it works. Not bad. They even have a blog.

And I like the "no results" response:

"Dang. We didn't find anything for you.

"You're probably a good speller, but check the description or location terms you entered. You can also try using some other keywords, or enter fewer words to expand your search

"It's also possible we made an error somewhere. Sometimes computers are human too. Sorry."

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Wednesday, 16 March 2005 07:32:21 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Chris has just announced that Gnomedex 5.0 registration has opened up. There are 300 spaces open, so sign up soon! If you've been to a previous Gnomedex, there's no need to explain the why's an how's, but for those who have not, here's a little info:

  • It's in downtown Seattle, Washington at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center  - a GREAT city and with easy access via air, car, train, or whatever.
  • It Begins Thursday June 23rd at 5:00 pm and ends Saturday June 25th at 6:00 pm.
  • Gnomedex is a great place to actually meet and talk to a variety of high-profile techies, geeks and other smart people. It's also a great place to form relationships and get cool ideas.
  • The Gnomedex blog is right here (clicky-clicky).
  • I met a good number of people face-to-face at Gnomedex last year that I am in regular contact with ever since.
  • Register here.

I'm already registered, now I just have to rework my crazy schedule!

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Wednesday, 16 March 2005 07:05:53 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Tuesday, 15 March 2005

Jeffrey McManus puts it so well, I won't even try this time. I've commented on sales calls before.

For me the past two weeks have been a complete mess of cold calls and "followups" from salespeople that seem to think their products will save my life or something. I can't get anything done. It's been awfully tempting to just kill my outside extension...

McManus: "So many sales droids keep making the same mistakes, I thought I'd put together a handy primer on how not to sell crap to me."

Jeffrey's right on. Make your calls worth our while. Please. Read it here.

(found via Scoble's link blog)

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Tuesday, 15 March 2005 22:08:05 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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There's a excerpt from a yet-to-be released book by Jesper Johansson and Steve Riley available to read online. The article, entitled "Security Myths," it takes a look at some of the security shortcomings typical to use of security guides and reliance upon following a predefined set of steps without looking at the whole picture. It's a great lesson in how to look at things, rather than how to follow prescriptive

This section is somewhat (OK, very) cynical. Take it with a grain of salt and laugh at some of the examples we give. Do not lose sight, however, of the message we are trying to get across: These are myths. If you are careful to avoid falling into the trap of believing them, you will be able to focus your efforts on the things that make a real difference instead of being lured like so many others into staring at a single tree and failing to see the security forest.

So what are the myths? Well, for the details go read the article, but at a high level...

  • Myth 1: Security Guides Make Your System Secure
  • Myth 2: If We Hide It the Bad Guys Won’t Find It
  • Myth 3: The More Tweaks the Better
  • Myth 4: Tweaks Are Necessary

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Tuesday, 15 March 2005 17:54:10 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Monday, 14 March 2005

bookthisblog.comA guy named Matt has an idea. He reads blogs, and realized that sometimes he'd like to have an analog version - like one on paper with a cover and bound on the left.

And so, he come up with

That's a cool idea, I think. There are a few blogs I'd really like to read on paper, one's that I'd hang onto for sure, such as:

I'm sure I'll think of others. Plus, I'd like to be able to "burn" my own blog as a book now and then, maybe once a year, just for keepsake purposes. My family would probably like it, too. And there are megabloggers who I am sure would find a use.

There *is* a lot to be said for something you can hold in your hands, something of physical substance. Cool idea, Matt - Make it happen!

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Monday, 14 March 2005 20:43:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Saturday, 12 March 2005

TPSfilmOk, more and more funny. Take one part Superfriends and one part Office Space, and you end up with the hilarious TPS (This Place Sucks). Very, verry funny to watch. I love the use of the Superfriends sound effects, that's great.

If you're a fan of Superfriends, or Office Space, or both - this is for you.

It comes from idiotwork - check them out as well. More funny content can be found there.

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Saturday, 12 March 2005 10:38:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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