Brief, Very Busy

Very busy, so I’ll be brief.

For finding apartments, the best way to do it (I’ve learned) is google local maps. Here’s the apartment I settled on.

The google people about creating a workplace conducive to users.

Slashdot forum about my company’s new product. I learned a few things from this post, including that TI refuses to post their Wifi information for open source driver development.

TCR on advice to the unemployed computer science major:

search for a job, but don’t spend too much time searching for a job. You can probably limit yourself to an hour or two each day (with some variance), and still learn about all of the job postings that you need to learn about. If you start spending six… eight… ten hours a day looking at job postings, then it starts getting easier and easier to become discouraged, which really doesn’t help the matter and just results in an unpleasant day…Writing software might seem obvious, but speaking from experience, it’s not hard to miss this one. If you’re not employed, it can be all to easy to fall into the trap of spending all day browsing the web for job openings or reading something of the likes of Slashdot. Writing software — especially if you start with a some sort of project plan and build a complete, usable application — is one of the best things you could be doing with your extra free time.

Yes, although it is still kind of saturated with job seekers. One last bit of advice I learned from Philip Greenspun: seek to become an engineer, rather than just a programmer. What does that mean? Programmers code software. Engineers, Greenspun says, can take a problem in the real world and build a technological solution.

This is brilliant advice. Where is the magic to searching “full time”? You need to be productive, even if it means concentrating on your portfolio. Future employers don’t like people who just sit around and wait for things to happen. Technical workers need to stay busy and involved with projects even if they are not getting paid for it.

According to Mohammed Al-Jazairy, students in Arab-speaking countries spend 6 minutes of leisure time per year.