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Dennis Gorelik
14 November 2017 @ 07:16 am
Sneha from Mumbai outsources job to Houston:
We are looking for someone who is located near port Houston, US and are willing to onboard for 2-3. hrs
Someone who can go on vessel/onboard to collect the urine specimen of the crew members working onboard & send the collected samples to our laboratory for analysis.
This will be a part time job, as and when required depending upon the frequency of vessel.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/142554.html
Dennis Gorelik
10 November 2017 @ 08:11 pm

Прогнозы Задорнова в 1991 году об отношениях с Украиной - сбылись.
Прогнозы об экономических реформах - не сбылись.

У Задорнова было две жены одновременно:
Роман постепенно становился все серьезнее, и в 1990 году произошло главное событие в жизни влюбленных: у них родилась дочь, которую назвали в честь бабушки — Леной. Гордый папа познакомил ребенка со своим отцом (он умер, когда девочке было два года), дал ей свою фамилию и всегда принимал самое живое участие в ее воспитании, при этом оставаясь законным мужем своей первой супруги. Скрывать от нее появление на свет Елены-младшей сатирик не стал, тем более общих детей в этом браке никогда не было.

Задорнов умер от рака мозга. Перед смертью - принял православие.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/142124.html
Dennis Gorelik
02 November 2017 @ 02:57 pm
Microsoft released "Windows Fall Creators Update" for Windows 10 about couple of weeks ago.
I did not notice anything good about that update, but it screwed up my Web development environment: web sites on localhost stopped working.

Service Unavailable

HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.

From Windows Application log
The worker process for application pool 'DefaultAppPool' encountered an error 'Cannot read configuration file
' trying to read configuration data from file '\\?\', line number '0'. The data field contains the error code.

Fortunately the problem was so massive and so bad, that the solution was published pretty quickly:
The issue is related to the temporary symbolic links created for the application pools by IIS/WAS being messed up during the Windows Update process for installing Fall Creators Update.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/142074.html
Dennis Gorelik
31 October 2017 @ 09:27 pm
1) Out of nowhere Uber sent me spam to my several different work emails:

I have no idea who Sherry Knight is.

2) Unsubscribe link goes to a page that asks me to enter my email address.

3) When I replied to their email and asked to unsubscribe, I received:
From: noreply email <noreply@uber.com>
Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 9:22:01 PM
===8<==============Original message text===============
Hi there,

Looks like you’re trying to get in touch with us, but you’ve replied to an address that no longer accepts incoming messages as we make support available directly in the Uber app. As a result, your email was not received.

To contact us, tap Help in the Uber app and select your issue from the menu. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions and get in touch by visiting help.uber.com.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Uber Support

If you’re unable to log in to your account, please click here: https://help.uber.com/locked-out

===8<===========End of original message text===========

4) So I marked these Uber emails as spam in my inbox.

5) Uber is quite spammy in general.
They use nasty tricks when they push their "Uber driver" jobs to job seekers.
For example, they use the same job description in many zip codes, but then they do keywords stuffing like this: "if you are accountant or bookkeeper or customer service representative then you can work as an Uber driver".

6) Just searched my old emails for other Uber emails and found that I received similar Uber offers 3 Jan 2017 ("Jason Ray Cunningham sent you $250") and 24 May 2016 ("JULIE FEDERICO sent you $100").
I do not know who "Jason Ray Cunningham" or "JULIE FEDERICO" are either.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/141822.html
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Dennis Gorelik
13 October 2017 @ 06:50 pm

1) We also occasionally have snakes in our backyard, but we are not catching them.

2) The video seems real. But youtube poster posting these videos under clearly photoshoped screenshot which put their consistence under question.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/141451.html
Dennis Gorelik
After I complained about disappeared "Bounces" and "Complaints" graphs, Amazon SES team brought them back.

Amazon SES Bounce and Complaints metrics

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/141289.html
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
Dennis Gorelik
03 October 2017 @ 01:09 pm
A contractor told me that he could not work for 2 weeks, because I gave him negative feedback about his performance.
This is the same contractor that could not send me an invoice for over a year.

He, finally, managed to prepare the invoice though - congratulations on that.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/140929.html
Dennis Gorelik
16 September 2017 @ 01:05 pm
Muhammad contacted me on LinkedIn:
M: Hi Dennis,
As one of my connections, I wanted to quickly reach out to see if you have any current or future opportunity for me?
I am based in Islamabad Pakistan.
{Long list of buzzwords and self-praise skipped}
D: What's your hourly rate?
M: Hi Dennis, thanks for your response.
I am happy if I can get $40+ /hr. Incase of remote opportunity $20/hr is good.

We chatted on LinkedIn a little about his participation in nTaskManager project.
I pointed out to a misspelling in his resume "Windows Azuer" (which is not a good sign), but he fixed it (which is a good sign) and said "thank you" for that.

I was not able to get answers from Muhammad to my specific technical questions and was considering dropping it, but Muhammad offered to talk on Skype.
So I decided to try and see what would happen. In particular, my goal was to learn how text chat correlates with voice conversation over Skype.
Muhammad proved to be consistent: he could not answer my specific tech questions in text chat, and he could not answer my specific questions in our voice conversation.

Transcript of our voice interview
D: Hi Muhammad.
M: Hi Dennis, how are you.
D: Let’s start with question about email that this nTask sends (*1). Did you create this email?
M: Actually, I created this with the team. It was not only my task. I think it was team of 5 persons. I see your screen.
D: So, yes, I’m talking about this email. Did you participate in any way in creating this email.
M: Actually, my participation was only technical: creating technical design, ..., creating technical implementation , ...
D: So, did you do anything about this email. Anything. Any activity. Did you put any work into this email?
M: There are 2 things: one is content and second one is how email is being sent. What I implemented is to send emails. This email template was designed by our designer, and content was designed by the owner of this application. My role was to write code, so this email will be sent.
D: When this code was (*2) ... are you saying you wrote code that was sending this email? Or you are not saying this? Or you did not do it?
M: Sorry, I could not get what you said.
D: Did you write the ... I still cannot understand what you did here. Did you do anything here? Or you actually wrote code for sending this email. Or was it somebody else who was doing it?
M: I was writing the code.
D: You were writing the code. Ok. How many developers were writing code that sends this email?
M: I had one front-end developer...
D: Uh-huh.
M: ... and one SQL guy with me, and I was only backend developer. And the code was written in C#. And we were using Mongo DBs database.
D: So could you explain, in this email, what was the backend work and what was the front-end work, and which part did you do, specifically? In this email.
M: Actually, as a backed it is, actually MVC single-page application. And this is using ...
D: [Interrupting] Ok, now you mention MVC. Single page application. What does it have to do with MVC? Like this email – what does it have to do with MVC?
M: Actually, MVC is the main framework for this.
D: What do you mean? Are you saying you are using MVC in order to create email?
M: No-no-no. Definitely there is an application. It’s a complete architecture. Having multiple ... for database, operations, sending emails...
D: So, we are talking specifically about email. Do you understand it, right? We are talking specifically about sending email. I am asking you specifically about this email. You were mentioning MVC. Why were you mentioning MVC in the context in the email?
M: Sorry, I were talking about overall architecture ...
D: [Interrupting] No, we were not talking about overall architecture. I was talking, specifically, about this email. I am not talking about overall architecture. Did I say “overall architecture”?
M: N ... this specific email – there is nothing special, just Microsoft [unclear] just register. Request will go to the server. Once your account is created. And we are sending email to just verify you enter your own email address, to avoid spamming.
D: Uh-huh.
M: There is not special, there is just as way for emails.
D: Ok. And?
M: What do you mean “and”? ... I think there is nothing special or complicated in sending email.
D: Ok, Muhammed, here’s what I noticeD: you do not answer my questions. Ok? It looks like you do not even understand them.
M: Sorry, can you repeat the question?
D: I asked you several questions. During this conversation (while we are talking for, like, 3 minutes now) I asked you several questions. You answered almost none of them.
M: Yes, can please start with one by one. I will be answering.
D: All right. So, one of my question was: “Did I ask you to talk about overall architecture?”.
M: Eh, sorry, I was talking about what is the overall implementation of this project. And you asked me what was your role. I was talking about my role. My role was to create an architecture.
D: Ok, it looks like you, again, did not hear my question. Could you repeat my question before you answer that? (*3).
M: Sorry, actually, when we were talking about few seconds ago, and you just asked what was my role. And my role was from multiple tasks. So, I talked about the architecture and MVC-like things in the context of my role.
D: So, context of your role... Context of your role in what? What do you think I asked you?
M: Actually, I understand it was, there you wanted to ask me what was my role on this application, and I was just explaining my role on this application.
D: On “this” – on what “this” application? What do you mean under “this” application?
M: “This application” means “nTaskManager”.
D: I did not ask you that! I did not. I asked you, specifically, about this email.
Ok, Muhammad, I think there is no point to waste the time. I see what would happen going forward. You do not understand my questions – we are not able to work together. Thank you.
M: Thank you.
D: Bye.

Foot notes
(*1) - The email subject is "Complete your nTask Registration". Email messaging is very important for my business, so I decided to start conversation with it.
(*2) - I started asking Mohammad about "when this code was written", but then changed my mind mid-sentence and moved on to the question that focused on his role in creating this email.
(*3) - At this point I sound noticeably angry, and that makes Muhammad a little bit nervous.

What do you think: if interviewee is not able to repeat my question and instead talks about a different topic - is it reasonable to terminate interview at that point?

Originally posted at: http://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/140548.html
Dennis Gorelik
12 September 2017 @ 03:36 pm
Electricity came back yesterday after ~16 hours of downtime.
AT&T brought Fiber Internet back today after ~35 hours of downtime.

T-mobile had phone and mobile Internet connection without downtime. I wish all services were working without downtime like that.
After all it was only Category 1 hurricane when it reached us, which is not a good excuse to lose services.

Originally posted at: http://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/140527.html
Current Location: Austin Park, Florida
Dennis Gorelik
10 September 2017 @ 05:36 am
I asked my (PostJobFree) contractor why he did almost no work recently.
According to that contractor explanation, one of his key reasons not to work was that he did not get paid for over a year.
I reminded him that he did not send his invoice (with the summary of what was done), and, according to our agreement - I pay when he sends such invoice..
The contractor agreed that he did not send the invoice, but still insisted that the lack of payments was demotivating.

Would you struggle with sending your work summary in order to get paid?

Originally posted at: http://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/140134.html