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The Autobiography of Russell
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A couple of weeks ago d4b posted in webdev that wondermill.com was hiring a full-time software person. I read over the requirements and realized I was very unlikely to get the position; most of the questions seemed geared toward a thirty-something programmer who has been around since the founding of the internet (or at least an understanding of very old-school terms) and with more 'real' work history than I. Despite that, d4b encouraged me to apply anyway so I wrote up a rather detailed summary and a link to my resume in PDF and DOC format, albeit cutting it very close to the 15th deadline.

Well, last night I got a response back that said they're looking for someone with more experience right now. I do appreciate that they took the time to tell me as much rather than just ignore me. Even if I didn't get the position I can still respect them for that (even if I have no idea who they are, heh).

PS: The other day I got a call from someone who saw my resume on Monster. They wanted to know if I would be interested in a position in sales with a fortune 500 company where I would be working with an existing clientele base 40 to 50% of the time. I asked if it would have anything at all to do with programming or computers and they said no. Uh, excuse me? ... No thanks.

Up next? My brother's job is looking for programmers so I gave him a copy of my resume to take to work with him today. I do hope that turns out better than the Wondermill thing did. If I could get in there, that would be great. My brother says they pay some of their contractors upwards of fifty dollars an hour, and he knows I can code better than some of their current contractors. Let's see if his reference can get my foot in the door.

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: "The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You" by Bryan Adams

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swanhart From: swanhart Date: February 17th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are there any open source projects you think you could make a major contribution to? Doing that kind of work would give you major bonus points on your resume, depending on the company that reviews it.

zimzat From: zimzat Date: February 17th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ya know, just the other day I was thinking about adding LiveJournal's OpenID system to phpBB, but then I was reading up on OpenID and it doesn't really give a way to authenticate a person. =\

... I'm not sure what is up with OpenID... It doesn't say "Yes, that person is Zimzat" or anything of that nature. I guess I need to re-read the documentation to see if I can figure out what it really does.
swanhart From: swanhart Date: February 17th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought, with openID you log into the remote site and the site returns a cookie (or an XML packet, I haven't used it) that says if the user is authenticated or not.

It would be extremely usefull for something like phpBB so you don't have to have one billion different log-ins.

There is more to do than just authentication though. Forum users carry reputation, post count, etc. You would basically have to create a "template" phpbb user for the openIDs that log in.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: February 17th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
The problem with OpenID is that anyone can have an OpenID server. The system doesn't guarantee the user isn't a spammer but that they own that OpenID URL. That doesn't seem quite right to me, but maybe I'm just not getting it.

The way LiveJournal works is that if the user has anonymous comments disabled then OpenID is also disabled. Moving that thought to phpBB, OpenID would only be enabled if the forum allows guest comments. On the other hand, I don't see any reason why a Captcha system can't be used when an OpenID is first used to prove the OpenID isn't a machine. At the same time the system would also have to add OpenID banning and white- and black-listing OpenID servers for authentication, and/or requiring OpenID users be authorized by the board admins before their account was activated.


Assuming it is implemented, I already have in mind a very easy and simple way to implement within the current systems framework. Mmm.... I love the quote Kalak, original creator of Xenocide3001, said, "ZimZat is a little like Solan Gundersen I think... hard stuff is a considered a mere trifle, and the impossible is but a challenge.."
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