My employment chances going up in smoke

Making lemonade from lemons


So today I had an interview at 5pm for what was probably the most exciting position to come across my plate in quite a while. A company called pagerduty, based out of California but has offices in Toronto, is looking for a software developer to join their team. Now two things grabbed me regarding this position.


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An open letter to those experienced in the IT telecommuting scene


To the recruiters, telecommuters, and other IT professionals out there:

Over the past two years, I’ve been trying to acquire steady remote work. The reasons are varied (free time, need money for fun things like buying a house/getting married etc..), but the lack of success has not. So in a nutshell I’m asking anyone out there for any advice on what I’m doing wrong, if there’s any option(s) that I haven’t tried, or if what some of my contacts in the industry have stated is true, that I’m pretty much wasting my time.



So I finally get to play the lead…


…the Lead Developer that is.

So to get anyone that is reading this up to speed, I’ve been hired on as a the technical guru for a local startup company, the end of a trip that began soon after moving back to Ontario in early May. Long story short, a friend of a friend mentioned that a startup company near where he lived was having a hell of a time finding folks that wanted to work with them. Normally that sort of thing either says “they pay worth shit”, or “it’s a cesspool of drama and chaos”, but since it was in my 1B preferred location (1A being where I was exiled from, 1C requiring a green card), I figure “what the hey?”. Three months, two interviews, learning they’re hiring problems wee because they’re located in the “Here be Dragons” part of Ontario, and one job offer later, I’m the guy that would be taking their web application to the next level.


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Stock data APIs, or proof that there’s always something to improve upon


Over the last few days, I’ve been working on a little side project, mainly to get familiar with some things that you’d find on a job advertisement.  PHP frameworks, Javascript, API development, the usual types of things. One of the things that I wanted to do is to use some financial API’s to collect some basic stock data. Biographical information, a brief stock performance history, a week or two at the most. Nothing that would be either immensely detailed, nor useful for any sort of data mining purpose. Figured there had to be some free to use API’s out there that had the usual traffic restrictions, but were otherwise well documented and useable.



A shoutout to Taha Paksu


So after about three weeks that has felt like bad luck had taken up residence and wasn’t paying rent, I got some time to work on the ole blog again. And one of the first things that I wanted to do was to restore the album listing that I had in the previous version. So half empecting the multitude of errors and freakouts that it did a few weeks ago, I click on the activate link and….


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