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If you've been reading me here long enough, or hang out with me with any regularity, you have probably heard an earful about my job.  You probably know that I find it frustrating, and at times maddening -- that we seem always to be in the middle of a crisis, that my co-workers don't know how to work well with others, that the company has no notion of product development.

So now that you know all of that, I need to convince you why you should come work with me. )
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It lives, Dr. Frankenstein!
Originally uploaded by qwrrty.

Fun with Dick and Jane and Tim and Chris and 5:30 a.m. Friday network maintenance!

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Short synopsis: if you've ever tried to diagnose a server failure by talking to someone reading error logs to you over the phone, on a dying cell phone battery, while driving at rush hour on a city expressway to visit your spouse who's in the hospital --

-- I don't recommend it.  Really.  Not at all.
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the new wor(k)ld order
Originally uploaded by qwrrty.

I smell a change in the weather.

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I have eaten the yogurt
which you left in the icebox
and which
judging by its expiration date
you were probably saving for later

forgive me
it was so sweet
and so delicious

NJ folks?

Feb. 9th, 2006 11:49 am
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Calling all my friends in New Jersey!  If indeed any of you are there besides [livejournal.com profile] yesthattom!

RNK is trying to identify a problem with our calling card access numbers in New Jersey and we need Jerseyites to help.  Can you call these numbers, preferably from a cell phone if possible?


Email twp@rnktel.com and let me know:
  • the time and date of the call
  • which of these numbers you called
  • the number you called from
  • what you heard when you called: a recorded greeting, static, dead air, garbled voice, etc.
Thanks if you can help!  If you can provide the smoking gun we're looking for I'll see if I can comp you a few calling cards :-)
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At work we are exploring the possibility of using reverse geocoding to identify a VoIP user's location for 911 calls: we get their GPS coordinates, look them up in a GIS server and figure out which street address they're at.

There are a few sites which allow reverse geocoding lookups over the Web, mostly on a free-trial basis for evaluating someone's pricey GIS server software. I'm using these to determine how accurately we can get a user's fix. For that, I need data. And that, dear reader and owner of a handheld GPS device, is where you come in.

I need to collect a bunch of street addresses and the latitude/longitude that a GPS receiver reports at each of those locations. On this side I can do the reverse lookup and see how closely it matches your actual address. The more far-flung the locations, the better, as long as they're in the 50 U.S. states. (I'm not sure if we're required to provide 911 service in Puerto Rico or Guam.) I will be happy to tell you the results I get, if that makes it more appealing. :-)

If you'd like to help, please feel free either to post the results here or mail them to twp@rnktel.com, whatever you prefer :-)
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[also posted to suspects]

My employer, RNK Telecom located in Dedham, Massachusetts, is in search of a qualified database lead with a strong Java background. We have interviewed several candidates from headhunters and found them all lacking. (Shock!)

Here is the actual job description from http://www.rnktel.com/careeropportunities.html.

Principle Database Engineer

Responsible for the design and implementation of a new operations database. This database will contain all customer and operational data for the company and will undergo significant enhancement over time. Key components are information used for billing, customer records, sales order processing, current/historic network information as well as inventory and reordering information.

Skills and Requirements

  • 7 - 10 years experience in the design, development, deployment and ongoing maintenance of significant databases implemented in one or more of the following: Oracle, MySql, Informix, or Postgres.
  • 6 years hands-on Java experience.
  • 2+ years J2EE experience along with a background in c and/or c++.
  • Knowledge of IP and telephony network environments and technology is a strong plus.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team composed of people with a wide variety of skills.
  • Experience with very large databases, as well as scale, performance and security issues.
  • Strong comfort with Solaris and other Unix based systems.

Contact Jon Saperia at jon@rnktel.com. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

For your reference, the IT group at this company is a handful of geeks. Our systems are almost exclusively running FreeBSD and Red Hat with MySQL and the like; we might be persuaded that we need to run Oracle, but it's quite unlikely that a Solaris machine would ever see the light of day here. Feel free to drop me a line or give me a call if you need to hear more.

Jon is my manager; the person who gets this job will work in my group. There's no referral bonus here (as yet); my interest in seeing one of you in this position is limited to my desire to work with people who are not losers.

(Please do not flame me for the technical requirements for the job or the use of the word "Principle." Not my choice, folks.)


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