June 2009

Study Backs Up My “Netbooks Suck” Thesis

by Joey deVilla on June 23, 2009

Netbooks are just like Burger King apple pies

My article from a couple of weeks ago, Fast Food Apple Pies and Why Netbooks Suck, got a lot of reactions from both the “You’re right!” and “You’re dead wrong!” camps (the article on Global Nerdy got a fair number of comments, but the same article on the Accordion Guy blog got a hundred comments).

There’s some evidence to back my theory that netbooks are like Burger King apple pies – that is, they look like laptops, but don’t offer the same capabilities, leading to disappointment, and it’s covered in my article in Global Nerdy titled Like I Said, Netbooks Suck.


LinkedIn Profiles: More Honest Than Resumes

by Joey deVilla on June 23, 2009

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

Black and white photo of a late 50s/early 60s-era polygraph exam

LinkedIn logoHere’s an interesting bit of information for those of you who are reviewing prospective hires: people are more honest on their LinkedIn profiles than they are on their resumes. That’s what LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman said at the Social Recruiting Summit held last week at Google.

It’s understood that people “pad” their resumes. A sizeable portion of the interview process seems to be devoted to determining if the candidate is as good as his or her resume says he or she is. I’ve been in interviews where a prospective employer had a member of the development team to sit in and act as a “bullshit detector”; I’ve also done the same duty when working at companies that were interviewing prospective developers.

I think that Kris “The HR Capitalist” Dunn’s theory about why LinkedIn profiles are more honest is spot-on:

…if you’re truly looking for "what’s up" with a candidate, you need to rely on the LinkedIn profile.  Why is that true?  Because there’s a community of co-workers, friends and past colleagues that always have access to the LinkedIn profile, and there’s no such community with constant visibility to a random resume the candidate sends in, and you have no means to circulate the resume to that type of community to fact check.

Simply put: it’s harder to lie when you’re in front of a group of colleagues who might call you on it.

Kris also talks about how many candidates don’t include the “5 – 6 bullet points that you;re usually used to seeing on the resume” on their LinkedIn profiles. This isn’t the case with me: when I got laid off from my last job back in September, I rewrote my resume completely, starting with my LinkedIn profile, after which I simply pasted the LinkedIn information into a Word document and gave it a little formatting. This approach killed two birds with one stone, affording me more time to concentrate on my (thankfully short – 17 days from my last official day at b5media to my first official day at Microsoft) job search.

I don’t know if it applies in other fields, but in the tech sector, I think that LinkedIn profiles are resumes and that you should based your resume off your LinkedIn profile rather than the other way around. Yes, the social networking aspect of LinkedIn means that you can’t pad your resume as much, but it also means that prospective employers can trust that your credentials are genuine.

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Vegans and Carnivores

by Joey deVilla on June 23, 2009

This photo from Passive-Aggressive Notes made me laugh out loud:

Two posters on a bulletin board: "Vegan? Vegan, vegetarian or vegan-curious? Casual, nonjudgemental support and oppotunities to connect! Monthly meetups within the community." "Carnivore? Chances are you don't need some wimpy support group. Keep being AWESOME!"

When it comes to vegans and vegetarians, while I get along with them just fine, I’ve got to side with chef Anthony Bourdain:

Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food.


Guelph Coffee and Code: Tuesday, June 23rd

by Joey deVilla on June 22, 2009

"Code Monkey" coffee mug

If it’s Tuesday, it must be time for Guelph Coffee and Code! See the Coffee and Code blog for details.


Update (Monday, June 22, 12:21 p.m.): If you’re planning on taking your trash to the transfer stations, please note that picketers have been blocking the entrances to the trash transfer depots. I would recommend checking the news before you head out to a transfer station.

Photo: Small trash bags dropped off on Toronto street

It’s on: Locals 79 and 416 of CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) has called for a strike after the city and the union were unable to come to an agreement on their collective agreements.

What the Press Says

Services Affected by the Strike

Here’s what services are affected:

  • Garbage/Recycling/Green Bin Collection
    Cancelled, except in Etobicoke and apartment/condo buildings (including my place!), where it’s contracted out. People are being asked to store their garbage for as long as they can, or drop it off at the city’s garbage drop-off points (see the map below).
  • Ambulances/Paramedics
    Still operating, but 25% of paramedics are expected not to work on any given day during the strike. Best not to get injured right now.
  • Daycare Centres
    All 57 daycare centres are closed.
  • Island Ferries
    All ferries – except the one to the Island Airport – are cancelled.
  • Parks and Recreation
    Parks will be open, but there’s no ground maintenance. “Programming”, such as summer camps, classes, drop-ins and lessons are cancelled. City-run golf courses, wading and swimming pools, fitness and community centres are closed. Automated timers aren’t in the union, so splash pads on automated timers are still running.
  • Public Libraries
    Branches are still open, except for 5 that use city facilities: Armour Heights, Flemingdon Park, St. James Town, Todmorden Room and Port Union. Branches at City Hall and Metro Hall are open, with adjusted hours.
  • Weddings
    Wedding ceremonies at Toronto City Hall will continue during regular business hours. Permits for wedding photos in city parks are cancelled. Wedding facilities in East York, Scarborough and York are cancelled. Only previously scheduled ceremonies at North York Civic Centre will continue.
  • Parking
    Parking enforcement continues! Deadlines to pay tickets will not be extended. No new permits will be issued.
  • Taxes
    Property taxes still have to be paid on the due dates, but drop boxes in civic centres will no be available. Best to pay them via mail, your bank or drop box in public library (if it’s not one of the affected ones).

Garbage Drop-Off Points

If you need to get rid of garbage, the following locations will take it:

Toronto garbage drop-off points

Scarbrough Transfer Station (1 Transfer Place) Victoria Park Transfer Station (3550 Victoria Park Avenue) Dufferin Transfer Station (35 Vanley Crescent) Disco Transfer Station (120 Disco Road) Commissioners Street Transfer Station (400 Commissioners Street) Bermondsey Transfer Station (188 Bermondsey Road) Ingram Transfer Station (50 Ingram Drive)

  1. Ingram Transfer Station
    50 Ingram Drive (Keele/Eglinton area)
    Open 24 hours
  2. Bermondsey Transfer Station
    188 Bermondsey Road (Victoria Park/Eglinton area)
    Open 24 hours
    (I wrote about this place in a 2004 article titled Midnight Trash Run.)
  3. Commissioners Street Transfer Station
    400 Commissioners Street (Lakeshore/Logan area)
    Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  4. Disco Transfer Station
    120 Disco Road (Carlingview/Disco area)
    Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  5. Dufferin Transfer Station
    35 Vanley Crescent (Chesswood/Sheppard area)
    Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  6. Victoria Park Transfer Station
    3550 Victoria Park Avenue (Victoria Park/Finch area)
    Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  7. Scarborough Transfer Station
    1 Transfer Place (Markham Road/Sheppard area)
    Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.


The Table of Condiments that Periodically Go Bad

by Joey deVilla on June 22, 2009

Click the table below to get a closer look at the table that tells you when it’s time to throw out those condiments. And yes, Hollandaise sauce doesn’t last terribly long.

The Table of Condiments that Periodically Go Bad


Happy Father’s Day!

by Joey deVilla on June 21, 2009

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! May you never receive the Father’s Day present advertised below:

Newspaper ad clothing-optional resort in Georgia: "Give Dad What He Always Wanted! A Weekend For Both of You in The Nude. We Set The Mood. You Provide The Romance."