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The Ladders’ fictional Betty Boss is hiring #recruitment

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created a fictional recruiter Betty Boss and interviewed her for the newsletter. They also share the reasons Betty didn’t hire me, so I would like to respond to fictional Betty Boss:

Hi Betty, thanks for allowing me to respond.

I never saw your resume

That’s true, you asked the recruiter to not reveal the company they were hiring for. They also couldn’t tell me the price they wanted to pay for my skills, so I didn’t send it. In the same way I am one of many, you are also just one of many. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

June 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Agilo: a SCRUM tool # agile #scrum

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After reading I was interested in tools to help me implement SCRUM into my projects. Firstly I looked at what the author recommended. In a blog article he advised visiting for inspiration. This in turn led me to . I downloaded the appliance and tried it out.

At first I was happy, it was an integration of Trac, which I know quite well as a developer, although not as an admin. Which lead me to the first issue, documentation… In projects documentation is one of the easiest things do do wrong, once such case is to not Test the documentation. This is a SCRUM requirement for the software and should also be for the documentation. Luckily I was experience enough with Trac and Apache that I could quickly discover what the issue was.

This is what I needed to do, in the form of a simple script, to add a new project:



cd /var/lib/trac/

# Make Trac
sudo trac-admin $((PROJECT)) initenv
sudo trac-admin /var/lib/trac/$((PROJECT))/ upgrade
sudo trac-admin /var/lib/trac/$((PROJECT)) permission add admin TRAC_ADMIN
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data $((PROJECT))

# Deploy FCGI
sudo trac-admin deploy /tmp/deploy
sudo mv /tmp/deploy/* /var/lib/trac/crypto-disk/
sudo rm -rf /tmp/deploy

# Make SVN
sudo mkdir /var/lib/svn/$((PROJECT))
sudo chmod -R www-data:www-data /var/lib/svn/$((PROJECT))/
svnadmin create /var/lib/svn/$((PROJECT))/
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/lib/svn/$((PROJECT))/

cat <<EOF
        <LocationMatch /$((PROJECT))/login>
                AuthType Basic
                AuthName "Agilo for Scrum"
                AuthUserFile /var/lib/trac/users.passwd
                Require valid-user
        <Location /$((PROJECT))/svn>
                DAV svn
                SVNPath /var/lib/svn/$((PROJECT))
                AuthType Basic
                AuthName "Subversion Repository"
                AuthUserFile /var/lib/trac/users.passwd
                AuthzSVNAccessFile /var/lib/svn/$((PROJECT))/conf/authz
                Require valid-user

This last piece of data needs to be inserted into the /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default/, or what ever the default Apache config file is for your Agilo site is for your installation. And then restart Apache

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

A nice piece of Agile SCRUM software.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

January 12, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Computer Aided Translator

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As you may or may not know I like linguistics, I played with Word Sense Disambiguation using a number if the corpus’ available. I’m not a linguist, the closest is being touched by linguini. *pastafarians groan*

As of today I’m investigating adding another arrow to my bow, and because of this I’m learning about Computer Aided Translation tools. Soon I may become a part-time translator, from Dutch to English.

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July 22, 2008 at 6:36 pm

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Trovix Job Search

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Somebody invited me to Trovix today. My first impression is a business networking job seekers site, so I looked it up on Mashable and found Trovix’s Personalized Job Search

Using human-like search technology, Trovix wants to offer the best job opportunities to each user. You won’t go to Trovix and find a slew of job listings from thousands of companies. But what Trovix will do is analyze your resume, considering your past experience and goals in order to find the jobs best suited for them.

It’s similar to the Job Search based on referrals and connections that LinkedIn provides, but apparently without the cost.

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July 21, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Jobs in Social Media

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You can get into Social Media now with Social Media Jobs. Do you want to earn money writing, blogging, microblogging, making video’s and social networking? Want to travel in the US, Caribbean and South America. You could apply to become a Travel Writer/Social Media Guru for Viscape.

Have a look, there are lots of other possibilities.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 16, 2008 at 8:06 am

Paid to blog

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Do you want to get paid to blog? I decided to share it, I don’t want blogging to be like work. You can apply to be a Blogger. For the first month of blogging they guarantee $1 per 100+ word post, and $2.00 per thousand impressions.

If there was a job tagging that would be different…

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July 14, 2008 at 2:18 pm

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Airport to scan laptops for “illegal” downloads

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Thanks to Jeremiah Cornelius who send me the article Airport scans for illegal downloads on iPods, mobile phones and laptops

“iPods, mobile phones and laptops could be examined by airport customs officials for illegal downloads under strict new counterfeiting measures being considered by G8 governments this week”

In the Netherlands it is perfectly legal to download “illegal” content, but not to upload it. It falls under a copy for personal use, whether you have the original or not. So when I travel my computer has some “illegal” data on it. According to a recent consumer program on Dutch TV since the actual downloading takes place in the Netherlands where it is legal to download the rest of the EU can’t do anything about it.The problem is that they will try to enforce it even when the illegal act took place in a country where it wasn’t illegal.

Another problem is that I can make copies for my personal use in most European companies, I’m not going to bring my collection of movies and music when I travel I want to bring my music. How can they proof that I downloaded it?

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 13, 2008 at 8:22 pm

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