Friday, August 4
Warning: This post is in the process of self-destructing. Don't inhale the fumes. They could be toxic.

A few years back, I had the pleasure of learning to navigate the dating scene in a new town (not city) where I didn't want to date an academic... [poof!]... So I set off to get some replace the things that were missing in my life... [crackle]... Let's just say I work a little bit too quickly...

[puff, puff, sizzle!]...

"Well, I'm sorry, but, if you you hate your unix, job, you're gonna have to get out of my bed!"

(Now settled, thanks, Whew! it's scary out there.)

Later, my department hired an IT administrator of our own and I was on the "search" committee (not that they searched). My personal interview question was, "What kind of computing setup do you have at home?" My department hired the guy who answered that his last job gave him an old PC, but he hadn't found a functional modem yet. YIPEE! Ug.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I rarely comment because I prefer to observe from a distance without getting involved. But I couldn't help smiling at this post. I have been tempted after all to wear my sluttiest clothes and lurk outside a computer science and/or physics department of say, a reputable university in hope that a geek passing by might notice me...

Chartreuse Circe said...

I love your interview question, Kodachrome! We have appalling IT support -- or rather, we have great desktop support, and essentially no system administration whatsoever.I've had to negotiate with friends from graduate school for research-machine support. I love this game. Sure I do.

But to be fair to your ex, did she hate unix, or just the job? Because if I had to do system administration, I wouldn't go to work either.

Chartreuse Circe said...

Oh, and in my tradition of after-thoughts:
I did exactly the same thing when I moved to my new job in tiny-town, with almost the same results. In my defense, I can point out that I didn't know immediately that most of the people (even in IT!) thought that Windows was a good thing, so how could I know that he wasn't as good a geek as I thought he was? I'm thinking this sort of hunting maybe isn't the best strategy.

And, in response to your interview question -- my current support comes from somebody who scavenged all the bits of the decommissioned supercomputer at the unverisity and moved it to his home to run in the basement for kicks. Gloat gloat gloat.

Clear said...

I do think that is a wonderful IT interview question.

kodachrome said...
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Chartreuse Circe said...

Well, I'll drop the obnoxious abbreviation.

And I could answer the qeustion immediatly -- host a gentoo mirror, and set up a development platform -- all gentoo, all the time! Anything more than that would be dangerous to reveal -- I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you.

I can see how the bitterness and cynicism found in a good IT person could be confused with general bitterness -- makes it a very difficult determination! I'm madder at myself for not catching the Windows thing!

kodachrome said...

Oooh gentoo! Go to Coda... NOT! That was no answer. I can't be fooled that easily anymore! But yes, I would be pretty darned suspicious of a Windows fan. (Mine didn't have Windows running anywhere, but I can see where, if it were the job, I might have overlooked it.) Lessons learned.

Anon, That sounds perfectly reasonable to me... except that I don't have any "slutty" clothes. I did find something pink in my closet... but it's a hawaiian shirt.

Chartreuse Circe said...

Is the coda reference as revealing as it might be? I love the speculation rampant in the secret society motif. And it is a valid answer, because it pretty much implies that I'm running gentoo on all of my machines, and thus must know something about maintaining it. Of course, depending on departmental machines, I suppose it might suggest that I don't get the whole production-level concept.

In my current environment, I've decided to limit myself to only dating academics -- that way I know what I'm getting into. Which does sort of rule out Hawaiian shirts! Which brings me to the next issue 1) why are Hawaiian shirts slutty as opposed to tacky? and 2) what's wrong with pink?

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Orange Ina said...

That's quite an elaborate logo Chrome, congrats. Or is it Coda? Wow, this whole bit about abbreviated names is getting complicated.

I guess I should just go look for a soda bottle as my pic.

kodachrome said...

[sizzle, crackle, poof!]... Sorry for the deleted entries above, but you can't say I didn't warn you (unless you weren't here to read the warnings). a.secret rewards frequent fliers.

Circe, (salvaged text) The pink shirt reference is from somewhere else in here. It's not about promiscuity, it's about gender.

Orangina, Thank you. I don't like my new fancy "logo" nearly as much as the little symbol I had before, but blogger forced my hand. Here's one for you that I think is f-f-fab-you-lous. Maybe you could just put a link to the graphic design studio in your profile.

Orange Ina said...

Thanks for the profile suggestion. That's an interesting image, very imaginative. I don't have that kind of a waistline though. Plus I've already edited this one. I hope it shows up. Less interesting, but more authentic. Hmm.. not that authentic is a theme to get into around here.

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