Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Video monologue on "Death of the IT Profession"

“Eli the Computer Guy” has a two-hour video on “Death of the IT Profession.”

Indeed, he recalls the days of 56K modems, T1 lines, and family computers – and I guess mainframe culture, even batch cycles and being on-call at night.

Maybe voluntary certifications from vendors weren't enough.  Brainbench tried.  But in my second act of life, if someone asked me "What is your profession?" (like in a screenplay) I'd be put on the spot.

How do you get a YouTube video this long to load?

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Trial online contests to get hired by big tech companies

So here is a series of answers to a question on whether Google recruits based on certain searches with a “Foobar” which would take you to an embedded Linux terminal.

It seems that you are presented with a series of algorithmic challenges and deadlines for each.

What seems apparent is that Google is looking for coders with very specific skills.  People who are working in “hot” areas, often on university campuses, are more likely to know the skills.
There’s no question that talented coders can find opportunities to earn a lot even while in school, if in the right places (like around UNC and Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, as well as in Silicon Valley or Boston;  other areas like in Texas and Utah are interesting).  Yes, this helps with the student debt issue and gets adult life started sooner.

Some of the coding challenges would remind me of AOPS math problems (at UCLA, Stanford, etc).