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Kysen
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 9:40 pm    Post subject: Strange way to get a job Reply with quote

This afternoon i received a email from a misterious person asking me if i could help out on there Gentoo server for their business. This guy said he found me on the "Gentoo list" witch I'm guessing is here on the forums. I thought this was sort of weird since nothing like this happened to me or anyone I know. He sounded like he needed someone fast and as I live in Oklahoma currently I'm sure there are not a whole lot of Gentoo Administrators around here.

Has anyone heard of this happaning or ever landed a job this same way?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 11:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Strange way to get a job Reply with quote

WOW , that sounds cool, i wish that happend to me .
speaking of sys admins, is there a list of where gentoo is deployed?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 10:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Strange way to get a job Reply with quote

Kysen wrote:
This afternoon i received a email from a misterious person asking me if i could help out on there Gentoo server for their business. This guy said he found me on the "Gentoo list" witch I'm guessing is here on the forums. I thought this was sort of weird since nothing like this happened to me or anyone I know. He sounded like he needed someone fast and as I live in Oklahoma currently I'm sure there are not a whole lot of Gentoo Administrators around here.

Has anyone heard of this happaning or ever landed a job this same way?
Are you on a Gentoo mailing list?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My college, FSU, has some gentoo boxes over in IT, I was speeking to the local admin about the speed and their supposed "filesharing" filter when it decided to target some downloads with .tar.gz, needless to say they were a little freaked that I managed to get their emails :P
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 4:24 am    Post subject: Re: Strange way to get a job Reply with quote

Kysen wrote:
Has anyone heard of this happaning or ever landed a job this same way?

I nce got a job because of posting in a ms-windows.programming newsgroup on usenet.
This was my first freelance job.
But it's been a while. More than 10 years to be exact.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the job I have now by answering peoples' questions on a c++ message board. That was 7 years ago.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 3:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Strange way to get a job Reply with quote

seank wrote:
Kysen wrote:
This afternoon i received a email from a misterious person asking me if i could help out on there Gentoo server for their business. This guy said he found me on the "Gentoo list" witch I'm guessing is here on the forums. I thought this was sort of weird since nothing like this happened to me or anyone I know. He sounded like he needed someone fast and as I live in Oklahoma currently I'm sure there are not a whole lot of Gentoo Administrators around here.

Has anyone heard of this happaning or ever landed a job this same way?
Are you on a Gentoo mailing list?


No im not. Or i wasn't anyway.

So i called the guy and talked to him and what not. He was going to send me a e-mail with all the problems he was having on his server, the office address and the time to be down there but he never e-mailed me back... I was going to be down there yesterday. Phhft go figure. Ohyeah I did a whois the webpage and the name that came up was the same guy that emailed me, apparently he lives in Beverly Hills, CA. Fancy.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your forum profile probably has your email address in it.

Like some kid periodically sends me messages on AIM (when I actually log on through gaim), asking me random linux-related questions to help him get his apache server going. Thing is, he almost always forgets that I haven't done any web development ever.

For a while, he was trying to convince me that his online store he put up for custom computers was gonna take down dell. I, politely, tried telling him that he was full of crap. He never believed me. His entire argument was "Dell's $500 computers have about $200 worth of parts. I'll sell similar stuff @ $300. I'll undercut them."

He didn't understand the idea of a name brand and that most of the people buying from dell want stuff like customer support (which obviously can't be done by one 15 year old kid). Or that a the sheer volume of dell's sales would make up for the few people who bought from him.

Oh well.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hehe, young and blistfull, eh?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shortly after, he realized I was right.

His attempt to take down Dell is like doing a DOS attack on MS w/ 1 computer doing a ping.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

slycordinator,

yes but lots of people start out that way ...

Richard Branson and Virgin
The guys that started Google and Cisco.
even Michiel(sp) Dell

Some people make it
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vibrokatana wrote:
Hehe, young and blistfull, eh?


hehe :lol:
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i never get that, what have i got all these posts for if i never get any jobs from it? :?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NeddySeagoon wrote:
slycordinator,

yes but lots of people start out that way ...

Richard Branson and Virgin
The guys that started Google and Cisco.
even Michiel(sp) Dell

Some people make it


Of course, some people make it. But generally speaking you have to have a better vision than "I'll undercut the other guy."

Take Dell. They have grown because they started out with something hardly anyone had tried before: customizable computers. And then they continued growing because they offered (at least at first) good customer service.

All this kid had was "I'm gonna do what Dell does but cheaper... and worse." Not exactly a winning idea.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cokehabit wrote:
i never get that, what have i got all these posts for if i never get any jobs from it? :?
Don't forget, some HR folks look for online information about applicants.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cokehabit,

We must be doing something wrong then - I haven't had any job offers either.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NeddySeagoon wrote:
cokehabit,

We must be doing something wrong then - I haven't had any job offers either.
yeah, sod this i'm going to windows :)
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