The sheer brass of some bosses in trying to screw over their workers is gold-medal, blue-ribbon, and world-class. Today we talk about contracts, and the sociopathy thereof. Employees and contractors are both oft afflicted with being required to sign a contract, so it is in your interest to scrutinize them microscopically, and to not accept any handwaving away of unacceptable provisions. Let us begin with contract horror stories.
Worker protections are very weak in the US, so we have to take extra care to protect our own interests. In 'Ware the Independent Contractor Scam I talked about the popular dodge of ripping off employees by classifying them as independent contractors, and as an added bonus, underpaying them. There is another favorite ripoff of bad bosses, and that trying to get you to work for free after you have quit.
I don't believe in hating anyone--- but people who abuse animals test me sorely.
The property across the street from my place has been vacant for several months. It's up for sale, and the owner lives out of town. Sometime around last Christmas he rented it to a person I shall call Pat, for boarding a little herd of cows and alpacas. I would love to name and shame Pat, but this is in the hands of law enforcement now, so I don't want to mess up any case they're making because prosecuting animal abusers is darned near impossible under the best of circumstances.
Who says Linux nerds can't be funny? Enjoy this collection of amusing man pages and prank programs: Oneko, XMoonTool, ASR-manpages and funny-manpages, and BSOD screensaver. A Collection of Secret Linux Humor
After slacking off for a couple of years I decided to get my finances in better order, and hunted for a good personal finance application for Linux. In the past I've used GnuCash and Moneydance, but was never completely happy with them. So I downloaded a whole herd of Linux personal finance apps, and after a couple days had it narrowed down to GnuCash, Moneydance, and KMyMoney. I'm going with Moneydance, but I'm not all that satisfied with it.
Behold my shiny new theme. This is the Sky theme, which is a sub-theme of AT Adaptive themes. The core AT Adaptive themes handle basic page layouts, while the various sub-themes add more controls. If you're not using an adaptive theme you're either making extra work for yourself to tune your site for multiple devices-- PCs, phones, and tablets-- or missing out on the mobile market.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you; carlaschroder.com is a bit of a mess at the moment. The result of some mad experiments. Don't worry, we'll fix it.
Update Sat. 28: After epic battles with template files and mod_rewrite we're back up with the Bartik theme. All the content is back and all the links work. Please enjoy the site while we shop for a nice new theme.
I don't care to share a lot of personal stuff online, but my sister would have liked this. My older sister Chris Dotson passed away on Dec. 22, 2013. It was the end of a long fight against cancer. I swiped these photos from my other sister Karen. We miss her a lot.
So far in our Android UI building blocks tutorials we haven't really looked at menus, but of course they're an essential part of the user experience of our application. Read on to get started with the first type of Android menu, the options menu.
The Android UI provides three basic menu types:
The options menu is the one that appears when you click the menu button on older Android devices, or via the action bar at the top of the screen in newer ones (post 3.0). The options menu should handle global application actions that make sense for the whole app.
Linux has come a long way in its short life, and it's more reliable and stable than ever. But things still go wrong, and you can diagnose and fix just about anything.
Compositing window managers are a huge step forward in making graphical environments more stable. But sometimes your nice Linux graphical desktop still locks up, and then what do you do? Drop to a console is what you do, by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F2 on your keyboard. This takes you to a console that is independent of your graphical environment. Go ahead and login.
Check out this great review of my splendid Book of Audacity, the authoritative reference for doing advanced audio production on your PC with the excellent Audacity audio recorder and editor. Digitize your precious vinyl records, record your band, produce CDs and streaming audio, de-mystify audio terminology, and lots more!
The message from SUSECon 2013: Big-time Linux is going to get bigger. What I learned at SUSECon: large-scale enterprise Linux is huge, and its serious growth is just beginning. Consolidating the datacenter into Linux on mainframes is perfect for financial institutions and retailers, and for any workloads with large-scale transactions and database processing. Linux is also a great fit on mid-range and small servers, distributed computing, supercomputers, and well, pretty much everything.
Shuah Khan is a Senior Linux Kernel Developer at Samsung's Open Source Group. She has contributed to various kernel sub-systems including the Android mainlining project, LED class drivers, IOMMU, DMA, and more. Her current focus areas are Power Management and PCIe ASPM. She also helps with stable kernel release maintenance testing and bug fixes. In this Q&A she describes her work space and the hardware she uses for kernel development.
How to have an interesting and rewarding life? Never stop learning new things. Developing new skills exercises your brain and muscles and keeps you young in spirit. It makes your days brighter, inspires your dreams, and creates opportunities. You never know where a new interest is going to lead you, and that's half the fun.