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Aaron N. Tubbs

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I made the mistake of upgrading apache again without thinking about the consequences, nuking my site in the process. Whoops. I should probably pay a little more attention to what I’m upgrading every time I emerge -u world.

I spent a lot of time (at least three or four minutes) over the last few days debating whether or not to import all of the content on circumlocution.org into this site. While the mechanical process of importing the content would not be that difficult, I’ve been at a loss as to whether it makes sense to actually do it. I think the current decision that I’m going to stick with is that this will not be moved, and will just be three years of my written life that can die there, and that’s ok.

Have been interviewing heavily lately (none of it seems to be relief for me). One of my coworkers is heavy on the trivia types of interviews. You know what I mean? “What is TSADMIN?” “What is the maximum number of processors that Windows 2000 can support?” “How do you register a DLL?” This stuff all provides exactly zero measure of how effective a support analyst is. I am not sold on the “give me a specific situation” approach we were taught in the interviewing skills class. However, asking somebody about trivial pieces of windows knowledge tells you nothing about their aptitude to learn, work hard, find a solution, seek help when necessary, prioritize tasks, or whatever may be important to getting the job done. It’s like asking obscure syntax-related questions for a programming job, or drilling people on obscure ways to use find for a systems administration job. If you want to really measure somebody’s programming talent, give them a problem to solve. See how they learn new concepts? Give them a language they haven’t seen, the Internet, and an hour to solve a problem. Want to see if they can administer a system? Give them a problem, some man pages, and an hour, and see what happens.