LINKEDIN: “canned invites” should just be automatically ignores

Friday, December 14, 2007


>Re: “Running out of invitations…”
>Posted by: “Mario P. Lopez”
>Thu Dec 6, 2007 7:41 pm (PST)
>Should we give the IDK “prize” to canned invitations, forget about it
>(and maybe avoid potential problems) and mind our own networking business?

While I am always up for a good “tar’n’feathering”, I’d suggest that “canned invites” should just be automatically ignores. I’d suggest that IDKing them might “freeze” a newbie who might not know any better. Since it will take a lot of work to determine exactly what is on the other end of the invite, and even more work if it is a newbie, I vote to just archive it.

I do, however, support identifying the spammers who should know better (i.e., the Blue Chip) and collectively determining to punish them for their annoying behavior.

When everyone was citing the Blue Chip spam, I thought that would be a good use of IDK.

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LINKEDIN: Found some one who dropped me. And, I’ve asked why!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Found some one who dropped me. And, I’ve asked why!

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JOBSEARCH: Your resume, your ssn, and birthday are the keys to identity theft

Friday, December 14, 2007


>the recruiter has asked me to provide my SS#, birthday, and references

As an infosec sme, red flags should be going off.

Your resume, your ssn, and birthday are the keys to identity theft.

Also, as the big fat old turkey hisself, it’s my personal policy, and one I urge on others — no references until we are at the offer stage. You need to protect your refs from burn out. And, burning them by over use makes you look like a “loser” to people who’s enthusiasm you need.

Like a swimmer going down for the third time, some seekers seek to rush the process to get to the finish line. You should have a process that you are following — all the job search books have variations of it — like a formalize kabuki dance — to prevent you from appearing over eager. That’ll cut the offer. “Hungry? Maybe we can get a bargain!”

Tread carefully.

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TECH SOFTWARE: TIMEASSIST is better than the egg timer I have on my desk

Friday, December 14, 2007

Timer Assist

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I work at a hospital and have to chart the patient’s vitals every 15 minutes after surgery. This has to be done at 15 past the hour, 30 minutes past the hour 45 minutes past the hour and on the hour.

I need a timer that will sound a user chosen wav file (some sounds can be irritating to recouping patients so one that is tolerable has to be used) on the 15’s, display a user defined message that will only go away after acknowledgment and continue counting happily away without user intervention. That is it will alarm at the next 15 even if the message is not acknowledged.

Most timers will not auto continue after sounding.

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Donation ware — how can you go wrong?

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JOBSEARCH: will wind up with contracts for everyone any way

Friday, December 14, 2007


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> I tried my best to get someone, anyone on list to support your suggestion to get an employment contract

Well if we become a nation of consultants, then we will wind up with contracts for everyone any way. Costs for both sides of the contract will probably go up. For example, companies can buy medical benefits cheaper than an individual can. Contractors will demand higher rates for the uncertainty of term lengths. Based on my experience, I had an annual rate that I wanted. SO if someone wanted less than my annual target say one month, I figured my down time was a month or two to get earning again. So a one month engagement was really calculated as a 3 month engagement. Therefore, my one month rate was three times the one twelfth the annual rate. So that’s going to happen whether folks want it to or not.

>It must be time for me to become self-employed.

It’s an illusion. You are already. See when you have a “job”, you are really a consultant with a restricted choice of what you can work on. And, you get less money than your “riskier” brethren. The funny part is I think being an employee is very risky. I guess it’s all in your pov.

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