Watched a really impressive talk by @codesections last night.

He breaks down the needs a company has from a programming language vs the needs of a typical free software dev.

Really insightful, and not a perspective I'd really considered.

If you maintain an open source project, or are thinking of doing so, I think you should definitely watch this.

They do have a "what not to say" section at the end. It's pretty much "the truth"

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Like i'm a programmer with decades of experience, if you need me to explain to you why that makes me capable of succeeding _at a programming job_ we've got problems.

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3. Describe how you can see yourself succeeding in the role, given your skills and experience.

anything I could say here is wild guesswork that would only match what you claimed the job was and not what the job _actually_ is.

I don't think I've ever gotten a job in my adult life where the description actually matched the reality. I mean, yes, i sit down and code for a living, and that was promised, but beyond vague generalities...

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2. Explain why you would enjoy the responsibilities of the role.

I wouldn't. Why would i "enjoy" taking on responsibilities for someone else's shit? Seriously. I've got enough responsibilities in my own life. I don't need yours too.

I would be much happier NOT taking on additional responsibilities for someone else's problems.

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1. Express your personal passion for the employer’s product/service/mission.

I'm... no. I have NO passion for your product or service. I don't work for you. I've probably never used it, and there's little to no chance it'll make the world a better place.

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Harvard Business Review has some good advice re answering the dreaded "Why do you want to work here?" question.

Of course, it boils down to "lie". Because the truthful answer is "you'd pay me and I'm willing to believe that you haven't misrepresented yourselves so significantly that I would hate it"

TIL that e-ink makes a 31.2" display (color & black & white versions)

I ALSO learned that !@#$! no-one sells it packaged up so that you can just plug it into something as a dumb monitor.

You can buy the panel, but it's 100% DIY to connect a board to it. WTF?!

This is Chrome's What's New page when you open it with the font sizes maxed. 🤦‍♀️

When i say i'm going to be at a meeting in google calendar it asks me if i want to say yes to "this meeting" "this and future meetings" "all meetings"

I've never understood the last option, or why it exists. Is it suggesting it will retroactively say I will have been at all past instances of this meeting?

why would you want that?

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amazon has decided i want my interface in Spanish. 🤦‍♀️ I have no idea why.

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FYI the former (« & ») works in as replacements for << & >>) but the latter (≪ & ≫) do not. 🤦‍♀️

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TIL there's "Left & Right-pointing Double Angle Quotation Mark": « & »

but there's ALSO "Much Less Than" & "Much More Than": ≪ & ≫

And I can't help but wonder why we need both when they look like different typefaces for the same characters & having both is guaranteed to cause problems.

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