Friday, February 17, 2017

Facebook, Linked-In add new widgets for job seekers, especially for people who don't know they're looking


Facebook will help you find a job, even if you aren’t looking, according to a Washington Post story Friday by Abha Bhattarai.   It will provide widgets to enable you to apply for jobs from Facebook, based on your likes and behaviors.

It would sound conceivable that this could put me in touch with news outlets to become a “real” journalist at 73.

But I wouldn’t look at conventional sales jobs.  Being interested in classical music doesn’t make me want to call people to get them to buy concert subscriptions (any more).

Linked-In wants you to apply for jobs on its site under your boss’s nose, story by Jena McGregor here.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Some employers offering "free" branding tattoos


This hardly sounds relevant to IT, but I’ve noted a story about a pizza company offering free tattoos of the company logo to associates, Washington Post story by Abha Bhattarai     The company seems to have a generic name (&pizza).

I would wonder what happens if an employee leaves.  It seems that some of the tattoos were intrusive, covering entire forearms or chests.
 
A new idea, though, could be to use DuoSkin for temporary branding tattoos, or new “exterior implants” to unlock doors, access computers. Etc.   Could body art, previously considered uncouth, become mandatory?  Your body doesn’t seem to be completely your own anymore.  Remember the barber shop the first morning of Army Basic?

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Rare laptop fire at southern CA home; fortunately, "the kids are all right"


A 2006 Dell laptop exploded while charging on a couch in a southern California home recently.  It exploded four times before finally stopping.  The kids were home and fortunately nothing else caught fire. The story is here.

The old laptop had a lithium battery that had been recalled.  Such fires are rare, but the incident could raise question again about airlines.

Most of us have to carry our laptops with us, as hotel business centers are generally rather inadequate. Yet, around 2000 or so it was still common for people to depend on Internet cafes with desktops (like Kinkos) with time to rent while traveling.

Remember, Donald Trump says, "No computer is safe".

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Spicer hints at the idea of "conflict of interest" in speech only in federal jobs


Sean Spicer has been underscoring the idea that people should leave jobs where they disagree with what the boss wants them to do, as in this story in The Hill about employee reaction to Trump’s immigration ban.  Today, Tillerson, in taking over State, was more accommodating but told employees to “do their jobs”.

Along these lines, several departments have been embargoed from sending out tweets especially on areas like climate change.

This would not normally affect employees with their own social media accounts, or would it?  I’ve always said that once someone has direct reports and can make underwriting decisions that affect others, one loses the right to one’s own public voice (without gatekeepers) separate from work. Back in the 90s, with my work situation and gays in the military, this was a potentially big conflict of interest.

And then in the 2000’s, I suppose that when I was in my old job market, I suppose my tendency to report “like a journalist” on everything I saw later (without gatekeepers) could be seen as making me a potential long stream whistleblower threat as a hire.

Trump's hiring freeze on Federal employees (outside of defense and law enforcement) may hide a bigger problem:  if Trump is serious about replacing Obamacare, the government, or especially its contractors, will need to hire much more mature people than they did before.  And Hillary Clinton's email scandal shows a lack of judgment and maturity in her own IT staff letting her get into this kind of trouble.