NBC: Not Bright Correspondent

“A LOT OF MAKEUP can make you prettier, but it won’t make you smarter. Michelle Madigan, Associate Producer for Dateline NBC found this out the hard way at Defcon.”

What I don’t get is that Madigan knew going into DefCon that her secret was blown. The conference administrators asked her four times if she wanted a press pass, but she declined. Before each presentation, a slide with her picture was posted warning conference attendees who she was, but she still tried to walk around undercover. Not very bright.


Trying to buy a home

So my wife and I found a nice home up in the Santa Cruz Mountains which we really liked. Since Murphy’s Law is in effect, the owners had to be TCHOFH (The Crazy Home Owners From Hell). Anyways, rather then trying to explain the long and drawn out process, my friend Eric summarized our ordeal in a few lines:

let put this in terms i can understand:

me: how much for this rug?
pakistani rug merchant: for you? $400. I promise there are no stains on this rug!
me: um, how about $300. Why would there be stains? It’s a new rug? Is there something wrong?
PRM: $350. THERE ARE NO STAINS! WHO SAID ANYTHING ABOUT STAINS???!!! no, you may not look for stains
me: $310
PRM: $450!
me: WTF?


How not to treat developers

I’m not sure what happened last week, but it seems that the difficult users all decided to come out of the woodwork all at once. Maybe it had something to do with the phase of the moon or the change in daylight savings time?

For those of you not paying close attention, I’m referring to these tickets.

So not to make this a rant (I think I’ve done that enough), this is just a friendly reminder that Free/Open Source Software developers are:

  1. Not your slave
  2. Generally pretty busy with things like a job and personal lives
  3. Working on the project in their free time
  4. Writing code because they enjoy it. When they stop enjoying it, they’ll stop writing code and then where will you be?

Hence, try to treat these developers with a little respect. I’m not saying you have to kiss their feet or anything like that, but remember that you’ll catch more flies with honey then vinegar.


When UPS’s fail

Yes, synfin.net was offline for about 8-1/2 hours due to my UPS failing. Oh the irony! Not sure why it’s dead, but it won’t even supply power when plugged into AC. So, everything hooked up to my UPS (my firewall and server) went offline just after midnight.

Anyways, everything is back up… guess I know what to spend my Fry’s gift certificate on!


How not to find great employees

I won’t name any names, but I came across a job posting which required two rather highly sought-after skills in today’s market, neither of which is particularly common. They were very specific about what a great job it was, how you would be worked like a dog, and how they were only interested in people with previous experience.

Then they laid out this lovely gem (emphasis added):

We know we’re asking a lot and I’m positive we won’t make it worth your while financially if you have this highly specific skillset.

Yep, that’s what I always look for in a job: Hard work, previous experiance reqiured and you’ll be able to find better pay just about anywhere else.


Murphy gets me again…

Yep… I do the first release of tcpreplay in nearly a year and what happens? I find out that it has a huge bug which probably prevents it from compiling on anyone’s computer except my development box.


Anyways, 3.0.beta9 is out so go get it.

On a side note, I got some spam today which included the graphic below; the rest was in russian and I have no idea what (if anything) they were selling, but this was classic:

Combat Kitty



Got a phone call from a headhunter yesterday. I’m not sure if this is really a rant or just funny watching the headhunter squirm, I’ll let you decide. Conversation went sorta like this:

Me: Hello?
HH: Hi, is this Aaron?
Me: Yes, who is this?
HH: Hi Aaron, this is ****** and I'm with Atlantis Partners.  I got your name from
someone who told me you're in charge of hiring for the engineering department. 
Is that true?
Me: Who exactly gave you my name?
HH: Who?
Me: Yes, who gave you my name as the hiring manager?
HH: Oh, I called the main number and the receptionist gave me your name.
Me: We don't have a receptionist.
HH: <silience>
Me: So where did you really get my name?
HH: Oh, I got it on the internet, I saw that your company had just recieved $10M 
in funding and I figured that ment you're probably hiring, is that true?
Me: Yes, we are hiring, but I don't work with people who lie to me.
HH: Excuse me?
Me: I said I don't work with people who lie to me.
HH: I didn't lie to you.
Me: You said you got my name from our receptionist, which we don't have. 
If that's not lying, please tell me what it is.
HH: Hello?
Me: Yes?
HH: I think we got off on the wrong start, how about we start over?
Me: No.
HH: Did I call at a bad time?
Me: No, your timing was perfect, I just don't work with people who lie to me.
HH: How about I call you tomorrow?
Me: I'd rather you didn't.
HH: I'll call you tomorrow.
Me: Ok

What I find amusing of course is that she lied for no reason whatsoever. Did she really think I was going to punish her for using Google? Anyways, still haven’t heard back from her, but the day is still young. The sad thing of course is that if she doesn’t call me back she that would be another lie… not the best way to start a business relationship!

[Update: Nope, she never called back.]