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Author: Dave

A higher education student affairs professional, Dave specializes in advising students on career development, major and career exploration, and job search strategies. Also a big computer geek. More

Which Tech Giant Would I Drop?

Which Tech Giant Would You Drop? (nytimes.com)
The Big Five tech companies increasingly dominate our lives. Could you ditch them?

In the linked interactive feature, the New York Times posed the question:

If an evil monarch forced you to choose, in what order would you give up these inescapable giants of tech?

The first is an easy pick for me. Apple, the seller of shiny, overpriced products, powered by a buggy cloud, with a mobile operating system on which things are either dumbed down to 5-year old simplicity or completely impossible. I have owned Apple products in the past, including an iPod Touch I still use occasionally, but in my personal opinion Apple operating systems are inferior to other options and build quality of Apple products is not significantly above that of their competitors to justify the incredible price markup. I hate iTunes with a burning passion and frequently will not purchase music I intend to purchase if it is not available from Amazon or Google Play.

Identifying Suspicious Job Postings to Job Boards

Apparent scams and fraudulent job postings have been on the rise lately in online job boards. After two positions that we approved in Ashland University’s on campus job board ended up being apparently fraudulent or inauthentic, I sat down and took a look at what information had been provided to us, and there were a lot of inconsistencies in the postings that should have been red flags that the postings were not genuine. This post is intended for administrators of job boards as they review unsolicited postings to assist them in identifying what jobs may be worth double-checking.

A Guide to Mastodon

Reading A beginner's guide to microblogging on Mastodon by Seth Kenlon and testing the "Link" WordPress Format and the "Like" IndieWeb Post Kind. I've been trying out Mastodon as a Twitter alternative for a few days and find it pretty interesting, although I find myself following nearly as many GNU Social users as I do…

Site Updated

This site has been updated to a new theme - ZenPress - which will hopefully be a more usable day-to-day site than the former too-structured format this site had used. It's my hope to continue to bring content that I've posted around the web in here for this to serve as my main website. Some…

Launch of This Site

Hello, world! I've started putting together my site and hope to add additional information here shortly. But first, I want to give a huge thanks all the people who contributed to making this site possible: - Dreamhost, my excellent web host - Wordpress, the creators of a wonderful CMS - Start Bootstrap, who designed this…

ThinkUp on OpenShift: Easy as Pie

I’ve been interested in setting up my own instance of the open-source social networking analysis tool ThinkUp for awhile now, but I have tried a few things without success:

  • I have a shared hosting account with Dreamhost, and I tried to install ThinkUp as a subdomain there, but unfortunately the shared hosting plan is known to be incompatible with busy ThinkUp accounts (and the initial crawl is a pretty busy process).
  • I tried installing ThinkUp on a LAMP stack on a VPS, but apparently I missed something in the setup process and MySQL would not allow ThinkUp to connect. (I’m sure I was making a noob error somewhere in there – probably skipped a simple step – but I couldn’t figure out what I was missing despite extensive Googling.)
  • I also tried installing ThinkUp on top of a Docker-based LAMP stack, but something timed out in the initial crawl there again.

Yeah, I’m a bit of a hack at this. But even a hack like me was able to find something I could get to work:

Mentioned on Lubuntu.me

The aforementioned Dave Kokandy has been doing a wonderful job lately, as modest as he is, and deserves big ups for attack the problem so vigorously. I appreciate the recognition and was glad to help!

NOTED Job Fair Checklist

I posted a list of recommendations for Ashland University students who planned to attend the NOTED Job Fair to the Career Services blog! Check it out!