all bits considered data to information to knowledge

20Jun/130

Finding your natural habitat @work: It’s what you do in your free time that counts

When comes to computer programming there are two broad categories of companies - these that produce IT products, and those that consume IT  products(with countless variations in-between).

The skills set for each is somewhat similar yet there's enough difference to apply different criteria to interviewing candidates:

  • A company that lives and breathes technology will be looking for candidates with similar traits. 
  • A company which primary business is anything but - building materials, food, clothes - will be looking for a person with primary interest in business complemented by IT savvy.

So, a question - what do you do with your free time? - helps to clarify your "ideal environment", your natural working habitat.

Additional questions might be - what is your primary sources of information? what site do you open first thing in the morning? Is it Wall Street Journal or SlashDot?

28Mar/110

Beware of geek imposters!

A recent article by Jo Maitland Beware: Geek imposters threaten to kill your cloud provides handy guide on how to tell a genuine geek from a fake one  🙂

Geek impostors are easy to spot:

Genuine geek Geek imposter
Works late to finish projects Works 9-to-5 and not a minute more
Attends sessions at conferences Sleeps in the bean-bag area at conferences
Maintains politeness, no matter how many dumb questions they get asked per day Answers queries with arrogant and insolence
Offers suggestions on how to solve problems Critical and unhelpful
Embraces new ideas Fearful of new ideas