Sunday, August 31, 2008

respect for the individual

No, this is not about me bashing others (some of my previous posts might have that scent), but about a big/multinational (iron) company and their respect for the individual...

Here it goes, with my bold, added italics and some "random" replacements:


from: Big Iron Co - Do Not Reply "noreply@bigiron.com"
to: individual@home

subject: Your application to ...


Dear individual,

I have received your application for the position of ... After careful consideration (sic) and thorough selection process, I regret to inform you that you have not been selected for this position.

...

In case you would like to have further details about the selection and decision making process, please contact me.

Best regards,
same-name-here

Hmm, this looks like a good candidate for The Daily WTF, R5/KT :-)

PS. yeah, from what I've heard it should get corrected soon ("definitely maybe" to be more exact, LOL) after more than one year in the wild wide web.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

the future revealed - part 1

or, I saw the future - part 1

This is going to be a multi-part post over time, not only because I had a bad feeling when I wrote the previous post, but because sometimes I surprise myself with my own deductions/insights :-)

Lets go back to December 2007 when I wrote about GMM and quote myself:

And the real (location services) killer app will be an open API to GMM My Location in order for the other/all mobile applications to be able to geo-locate and provide local services.
What can you learn these days from the (tech)news?
Imagine if web sites could provide you with customized information based on your current location, even if you don't have GPS. Today we're launching the Gears Geolocation API for mobile...
via Google Mobile Blog

That was I nice one and ahead of its times I have to say :-)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

small versus big in the corporate world

Ok, so you're done with studying and you want to go productive (as in salary, independent, self sufficient, etc). What do you do, do you go for A) small company or B) the big one?

At this point (since you're a freshman) you have NFI (=no-f-ing-idea), but let me give you some (way)points :-)

A)

  • whatever you do, it will be easier (for others) to see/compensate/value
  • usually they pay better
  • you get to learn new things, rather quick :-)
  • you get to know (as in making friends) the people
  • you're moving the company forward!
B)
  • ever get lost in the forest?
  • most of the time you end up paying for the privilege of working there, not the other way around
  • you'll learn the magic word called routine, rather quick :-)
  • you get to know (as in meet/see) LOTS of people, because for whatever (new thing) you want to do you have to get/request approval, find the one(s) that can help you or give you the green light, let others know that you're doing it (so that they won't do it too :-), etc
  • you won't believe how FUBAR(=f-ed-up-beyond-any-recognition) is the organization (or its bureaucracy), therefore
  • social engineering/connectivity is your best friend
  • if you measure your achievements by the stars on your shoulder, then this is the place to be

So, which one is it going to be? :-)

a dedication to the project/product managers out there

This rant reminded me of my first journey in building/programming something useful and the sour taste you feel in your mouth when the customers/clients don't see the beauty of your creation (maybe because they're too lazy to read the documentation, or they're not that computer literate, or they don't want to learn new things, etc)

But lets forget the sour part (it can be sweet&sour later on anyway :-) and focus on the process:

  • ONLY BUILD STUFF (as) FOR YOURSELF
  • you're done writing not when there's nothing left to add, but when there's nothing left to take away
  • (and my personal addition) listen to your (possible) customers, but don't transform yourself in a tool* to implement their (most of the time - petard) requests; dissect, digest, think, implement;

* unless they pay you in gold, that is :-)