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Prepping for software interviews that aren't algorithm heavy

I've been doing a lot of the "big 4" time complexity/algorithm heavy-style software dev interviews lately, but will soon start interviewing with smaller companies. What should I expect/prepare for? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Dec 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me pick one of the damn laptops for gaming & video editing, please?

I need a new laptop pronto, and I have a bunch of Amazon gift cards to spend! There are a couple of deals on Amazon today, but I've bought some lemons before (curse you, Lenovo!!) and I'm hoping the more computer-savvy folks of Ask Metafilter can help me pick a non-lemon this time. More info below... [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Nov 25, 2016 - 13 answers

Relocating to Pittsburgh/Ann Arbor, lifestyle, tech jobs?

Hard to give a shit at the moment, but here we are! New grad boyfriend was just offered job + relocation package to either Pittsburgh or Ann Arbor, and we are trying to make an informed choice about the opportunity. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Nov 11, 2016 - 17 answers

I live in remote area of Mexico and need fast internet...

Hi folks. I run a hotel in a lazy, somewhat remote area of Mexico and at the moment our internet service is slow and frequently cuts out (our provider keeps telling me that their electricity keeps cutting out for no apparent reason). I was wondering if any of you had any genius ideas about DIY installations. As a side note, our cellphones get OK 3G service on some parts of the property. Also, I'm not sure how our current provider is supplying us with internet, but our setup for that involves an antennae on our roof that is pointing (I think) at the nearest cell tower that then connects to our router. I am willing to turn this into a project since most aspects of our business (hotel) requires reliable, high speed internet for both our customers and our administrators. Please help and thanks!
posted by MD_yeahright on Oct 30, 2016 - 5 answers

OK so site is down for just me: now what

Hellllllllp. The file sharing site I use for a job has been up and down all day, but now it's apparently "up", and I still can't access it. How can I get back in? I am on a SUPER URGENT HOLY SHIT deadline and this thing REALLY needs to get fixed. Like now. Things I have tried below the fold. [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese on Oct 21, 2016 - 15 answers

Training terminology time!

Co-worker is planning a program of hands-on trainings in [esoteric public-sector field] and wants to jazz it up a bit with unnecessarily grandiose names. Specifically looking for current tech-sector jargon for "experiential learning" or something along those lines.
posted by psoas on Oct 19, 2016 - 1 answer

Uh...am I being hacked?

Okay does it mean something bad when a website Vimeo doesn't appear correctly on TWO different browsers I have - safari and chrome? Especially when website looks perfectly fine on other people's computers? Also I have a mac. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 13, 2016 - 13 answers

Scrum Master certification - worth it?

Someone recently told me I should look into scrum master certification, and I can't for the life of me figure out if it's a good or horrendously bad idea. Advice welcome! [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Oct 4, 2016 - 13 answers

How do you batch change the location and date of photos in Mac?

So I took a bunch of photos on a trip to Japan and the time and date are wrong on all of them because of a mistaken camera setting. Is there a way to change the metadata for the files somehow all at once instead of one at a time?
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Laptop recommendation for a new freelance writer?

I just gave notice at my 9-5 advertising job (yay!) to try out the freelance life, but will soon be forfeiting my awesome Macbook pro to the company store (boo!). Therefore, I am in need of a new laptop, STAT. [more inside]
posted by straycatinthewildwest on Aug 24, 2016 - 9 answers

How do we handle an org member who can't enforce event rules?

Bob was banned from all our events by the organization I founded and help run, but then recently showed up at one of our events. When confronted by myself, another org member (Jenny), and the event space host, Bob immediately tried arguing with us and appealing to Jenny because "we're friends" and "I emailed [Jenny] about it." Jenny said she didn't like drama, told him it was a misunderstanding and that he wasn't really banned. How do we as an org handle the fallout from this? Full story inside, names changed to preserve anonymity. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2016 - 30 answers

Career transition ideas for a teacher

Public health, health informatics, health administration, human computer interaction, educational technology, and user experience design...these are a few of my fa-vor-ite thiiings! I'm a teacher who's considering a career switch. Can you help me think this through? [more inside]
posted by the thought-fox on Aug 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Online course VT

Has anyone done the online Vet Tech course from Penn Foster? [more inside]
posted by metajim on Aug 15, 2016 - 5 answers

Can a Windows 8.1 recovery disk be created using Windows 10?

My old laptop will not boot after trying to upgrade from 8.1 to 10. It's trying to do the scan & repair thing but it gets hung up at 12% and then shuts down completely. (Overheating, I assume, because it won't start again at all for about ten minutes, then it does the same as before, pausing at 12% etc.) [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 on Jul 29, 2016 - 4 answers

Equivalent of Magic (concierge service) in the UK?

I like the look of US startup Magic, that basically hooks you up with an AI concierge by SMS. Is there anything like this in the UK?
posted by henryaj on Jul 16, 2016 - 1 answer

Crash course for InDesign and/or Drupal?

I have little money but an urgent need to learn the (rudimentary) ropes of InDesign and/or Drupal. Soliciting your wisdom! Thank you!
posted by lecorbeau on Jul 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Resources for a woman in tech facing a lot of gender bias at work.

A friend is a senior engineer at a small company—the only woman in a senior technical role at the company—who, after years of working for them (she was literally the first hire) is hitting a lot of resistance from the men above, most of it the typical "Women in the workplace" b.s. She strongly believes in the work and the company, but is getting regularly undermined. I'd love to find some resources (books, blogs, forums, strategies, etc.) to help her deal effectively with the people making the workplace ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Jun 9, 2016 - 10 answers

Does my malware finder have malware?

I installed Malwarebytes on my home machine, and it immediately found what it identified as a Trojan inside its own folder. I'm trying to figure out whether this could be a conflict with Norton, or whether it's something worse. [more inside]
posted by Linda_Holmes on Jun 8, 2016 - 9 answers

Need to freshen up these skills

There is an online job I'd really like to apply for. It's customer support for a company that provides user experience information for a business's website. I think I'd be good at it except for one requirement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Front-end web developer career for person with a disability?

I am disabled and can only work remotely, part-time. I'd like to become a front-end web developer. I've heard that after your education (in an online bootcamp or whatever) a lot of the actual learning for this career happens your first few years when you're working as a junior developer full-time in an office. Is that true? Have you encountered many part-time jobs in this field? [more inside]
posted by mungopark on Mar 30, 2016 - 7 answers

Making an old MacBook Pro work for a single purpose

I have a pretty old MacBook pro (probably 7-8 years old) that's very sluggish and glitchy. I'd like to relegate it for the single purpose of running Logic Pro. It currently runs Logic but very slowly and crashes often. Can I like wipe the whole thing somehow and make it do nothing but run Logic well? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Feb 23, 2016 - 17 answers

Best of the web (podcasts/blogs/apps/gadgets) for new dads?

I had a child back in 2003 but obviously the Web/tech/etc has changed a lot since then. My second child is due in August and I'd love to get pointers to the best current useful/entertaining tech/web resources for fathers. Basically, help me get back in the game!
posted by jmccw on Feb 23, 2016 - 1 answer

Optionally minded

I just received an offer for a tech job at a SF-based startup, with stock options. I saw this great Ask, which contains links to some valuable information on questions to ask. But I'm wondering: how many of those questions SHOULD a company be able to answer before I accept an offer? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Jan 6, 2016 - 10 answers

Goal charting app?

In the past when I've had big long-term goals (study a language for 300 hours, bike 2,000 miles this summer, etc.) it's been motivating for me to make a big grid on a wall to represent the goal. The grid is divided into however many units of goal I want to accomplish and I color in each unit as I put in the work. It's similar to the fundraising thermometer way to visually represent progress. Is there an iphone app (preferably something attractive with minimal text) that is good for this kind of goal tracking? Most goal tracking apps I've found so far are way too complicated and not what I'm looking for.
posted by horizons on Dec 30, 2015 - 9 answers

Tech upskilling

Can you recommend me some podcasts/ebooks/apps/etc that are aimed for intermediately skilled people who want to learn more about the tech industry, the internet and programming? [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Dec 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Please explain software-defined networking to me like I'm 5.

I am trying to get a handle on the basic facts about software-defined networking/software-defined internet exchange. Every article I find on the internet seems choked with stupefying jargon. What I want to know: What even is SDN/SDX? How does it work? Why would you want it?
posted by zeusianfog on Dec 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Can you help me get my elder relative online?

I just got a senior-oriented tablet (GrandPad) so my elderly, beloved relative can video chat and receive digital photos. However, I can't get the tablet onto his house WiFi and it's really frustrating. I am able to get other devices onto his WiFi, so the WiFi works. The tablet is able to log into other networks, so it's not that the tablet's connectivity is totally borked. But they won't work together. I traveled hundreds of miles to set this tablet up and have to leave Tuesday, so for me the stakes are high. [more inside]
posted by hungrytiger on Nov 8, 2015 - 12 answers

It's Occasionally Techy in Philadelphia

After 10+ years away, I'm considering the possibility of moving back to the Philadelphia area for the right career opportunity. Unfortunately, I don't know much about what the job market for software developers is like there now. Does anyone have any thoughts on what things are like for senior software developers in Philly these days, or any recommendations for reputable tech recruiters in the area? What about some good companies to work for that believe in work/life balance, are paying decent money, and doing interesting things? Details follow after the fold. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Nov 3, 2015 - 2 answers

Can anyone identify this device pointed at our bathroom windows?

Here are a couple of photos taken from inside our bathroom. I'm afraid I might seem paranoid, but we've been having an ongoing dispute with the neighbors who placed it there (which recently culminated in being forced to file a restraining order). Someone suggested it might be some kind of carbon monoxide or VOC detector, since they had accused us of letting smoke waft onto their property. But the window has remained closed thus so far, and there's something inside of it that glints like a camera lens when the light hits it just right.
posted by prosopagnosia on Nov 1, 2015 - 34 answers

Sometimes I have to leave the house.

Ladyclothesfilter: My style has always been pretty eclectic, and now that I'm thirty I'd like to look a little more put together at work and in general when I leave the house. I used to love ModCloth, but lately when I look at their site I feel like I'm looking at something meant for my kid sister. Where do I shop now? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Oct 22, 2015 - 35 answers

Techfilter - Making my pc monitor play with my playstation 2.

How can I make my p2toHDMI bit work with my computer monitor? [more inside]
posted by Braeburn on Oct 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Will I regret the iPhone 6s+?

It's phone upgrade time and I'm looking to switch out my 5S for the 6s+. I'm really excited about the larger battery life but am concerned that it's too huge for daily use. Am I better off getting the 6s? [more inside]
posted by touareg on Sep 20, 2015 - 19 answers

Simple cheap device for galvanic skin response only?

There's a bevy of wearables out there which record all sorts of things. I just want galvanic skin response, in a nice wireless bracelet or something. [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Sep 8, 2015 - 1 answer

Motherboard light flashing after PC shutdown, how to stop?

A light somewhere on my PC motherboard, my best guess is near the Ethernet connector, has recently begun to flash irregularly even after system shutdown, which is driving me nuts, because I sleep in the same room. I can't easily cover up the light or open my case, and since the PC was built for me by someone I can no longer reach, I need your help to kill that light. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Aug 30, 2015 - 9 answers

How did your tech career survive the dot-com bubble?

Did your software career survive the first dot-com bubble? What did you learn, what would you do today, and how did you weather the collapse? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Aug 23, 2015 - 18 answers

How do I discuss my web history in front-end web developer interviews?

I'm a new grad of an online coding school, and I'm preparing for job interviews in front-end web development in Portland, OR. My hobbyist web work experience dates back to the mid-1990s, and I'd like to discuss this work in interviews, but the subject matter may be problematic. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Aug 12, 2015 - 15 answers

Should I try to do a computer programming bootcamp?

I'm 41, recently downsized from a legal publishing job, possibly looking for a career change into something involving news websites. Would a coding bootcamp be helpful? Am I too old? Are these programs worthwhile and reputable? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Aug 7, 2015 - 18 answers

The Best Historical, Educational, or Informational YouTube Channels?

I'm looking for YouTube channels that are dedicated to providing education about or insight into interesting subjects. They can have humor in them, but I'd prefer for them to be primarily informative rather than humorous. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Name that super-specialized job title for the engineer-turned-marketer

Severalish months ago I read an article that described a new kind of professional: the engineer-turned-marketer. This new breed excels as a marketer or growth hacker because s/he is also part data scientist / software engineer / systems architect / etc. and can use this background to thrive in environments that call for technical expertise. The author used a trendy word or portmanteau to describe the job title. [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on Jul 8, 2015 - 9 answers

Funding suggestions for arts & tech workshop enrollment?

I just got accepted to the Fall semester of the School for Poetic Computation, an arts & tech bootcamp, in New York on a partial scholarship. Any suggestions for short-term grants or funding sources that can help cover my tuition & other costs that'll disburse ASAP? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 2, 2015 - 2 answers

Navigating a software development agreement?

How do I mitigate risk to myself in the future as a result of damage/losses/etc incurred by purchasers of the product in the event that something like this should occur? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Tech job; bay area vs Chicago?

What feels different between applying for tech jobs in San Francisco/Bay Area versus applying for tech jobs in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jun 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Salary negotiation: what should I ask for?

I'm hopefully about to get a job offer from a Big Tech Company in Silicon Valley. I currently live in the Midwest, where the cost of living is very very low. Can you help me figure out what salary range I should aim for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2015 - 15 answers

Mysterious AV system problem

I'm having a problem with my universal remote (a Logitech Harmony 650). I'm normally a good troubleshooter, but this one is confounding me. [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Jun 3, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I transition to a freelance IT career?

What IT/computer-based fields offer a viable opportunity for someone who is handy with technology to freelance from home and earn a living wage? I'm interested in fields for which the skills can be learned independently or without going through years of formal education. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on May 17, 2015 - 5 answers

What open source project should I contribute to?

I want to contribute to a large, existing open source project. Which one? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on May 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Boot camp for snowflakes

Transitioning out of academia, considering trying to rebrand myself as a "data scientist," wondering if a boot camp or certificate program would help. Snowstorm inside, but there's basically two issues. One: Is a program like that a good way to deal with having background and skills that don't show up on my resume? Two: Is a program like that worthwhile for someone who… let's just say "won't fit in culturally or demographically at tech industry networking events"? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on May 11, 2015 - 14 answers

I'm unhappy with my career at 32, but I'm lost on where I go from here.

I'm 32, and have been in my current career field for about ten years. I'm frustrated with my current job and I feel like I've lost all enthusiasm for my broader career, but I have no idea what I can change to or what I'm really qualified for. [more inside]
posted by googie on Apr 7, 2015 - 19 answers

TechSupportFilter: Keyboard is behaving a little strangely.

We've got a mac running OS 10.9.5, with a wireless keyboard. Every time we hit the n key OR the command key, it acts as if we've hit command-n. There is not a shortcut set up, I've already checked the system preferences. This behavior happens in every application. What on earth is going on?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Mar 20, 2015 - 10 answers

This guy was brilliant...but I can't remember his name.

A couple of years ago I read a talk that was posted online by a guy (maybe a professor or culture critic) who talked about how in the future everyone would have great tech gizmos (phones, iPads, etc.) but everyone would also be poor. [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Mar 1, 2015 - 3 answers

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