How to: Land a Job

I’ve been interviewing for a position at my company for a few weeks now and I can’t help but notice how frequently some (what I would assume) basic concepts of getting a job are completely ignored. I was recently browsing social media when I came across someone complaining about the difficulty of finding a job. Their gripe with the process was someone telling them to try harder. The person argued, “How do I try harder? Do I type my resume harder? Do I hit submit harder? etc.” It made me chuckle. This sparked a response where I decided to write a quick guide on landing a job. Let’s start with the resume:

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Peer-to-peer Lending Evolved

My article relating to Peer-to-Peer Lending is one of my most popular articles with over 6,000 visits. I think that’s a rather huge accomplishment for a personal website with no desire to publically broadcast. One of the items I talk about later in the article is how to reduce risk while increasing rewards. Using backtracked data that spans billions of dollars, I decided to test out a few algorithms that could potentially maximize my return interest.

After testing these algorithms for over a year, I was astonished at the results. I’ll share these in a moment. I thought to myself, “what if I can share this with the world?” It was a unique challenge for me. I knew that Lending Club offered API, as I discussed in the aforementioned article. What I wanted to know was whether or not it was possible to interact with other people’s accounts and share the same algorithm using that same API. It was. While challenging at times, I believe my efforts were worth it.

Today, I introduce to you Flux You can see the results at the bottom of the page or in the performance section.

SQL Basic Maintenance Script

I came across a database that has suffered a lot of deadlocks recently. This, along with slow query execution among other problems led me to convince management that the database required downtime. Some of the maintenance I performed was re-building tempdb tables and moving them off the C Drive, which I highly recommend for various reasons. You can read more on that here.

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Cutting Television

I’ve had a television service ever since I was a little kid. I remember when I had an antenna on top of my box that we called “bunny ears.” Yes, the television was a large box with ears. We had to adjust the antenna once in a while to get clear reception, or the channels would get some fuzz or be gone completely with white noise. The problem was that some of the channels would be clear and others would not. If I wanted to see another channel, I would go up to the television and change the channel by a knob. I may have had to adjust the antenna again to get a picture. We knew something was on a channel at a certain time through TV Guide. It’s still around today, but it’s all digital. It was similar to a magazine, and it had ads throughout so you knew what the latest and greatest shows were.

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Note: Recommendations are at the bottom if you want to skip this article.

I came across an easily one-sided article that states in the opening statement, “The use of ad-blocking software is exploding and is projected to cost websites nearly $22 billion in lost advertising revenue worldwide this year, according to a new study.” Without going into semantics about the definition of cost, what this article should really state is that ad-blocking software projects to reduce potential revenue by $22 billion worldwide this year. The key difference here is the costs haven’t incurred yet and it’s only potential income.

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My SSD is near capacity. What can I do?

I see this question a lot and it actually bothered me that my 120 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) was near full capacity despite the fact I install almost everything on a secondary drive. I try to keep only my Windows installation on the SSD for incredibly fast boot times. If you’re unfamiliar with the SSD, here’s a simple comparison with the same computer by ASUS:

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Password Manager LastPass Security Breach

 “LastPass, a company that offers users a way to centrally manage all of their passwords online with a single master password, disclosed Monday that intruders had broken into its databases and made off with user email addresses and password reminders, among other data.”

But, you probably shouldn’t worry too much. LastPass utilizes AES 256-bit encryption on your device with the lastest PBKDF2 algorithms. I’ll go more in-depth of these shortly, but what you really need to know is that since the data is encrypted on your device, by the time it arrives on the LastPass servers in what they call a vault, they don’t even know what your passwords are. They’ll need to know your salt encryption key to even begin exposing your password. Before this, however, anyone looking at your passwords will need to know your master password, which is also encrypted. If you have two-way authentication, you’ll have to approve their access to your vault. 

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The Traveler

I didn’t feel there was a reason for such violence. At first, I couldn’t understand why. Then I started to ask various questions: Is it because I have money? Is it because I’m different? Did I hurt them somehow? The more questions I asked, though, the fewer answers I had. None of these questions would have been asked if I weren’t brutally hit several times. This is exactly what happened on my way to Chicago. The worst of it is that I don’t know who did it.

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Let’s Talk About Peer-To-Peer Lending

A synopsis:

Peer-to-Peer lending is when individuals loan money to other individuals who need loans.

An Analogy:

Remember when Napster first existed? The idea was that you had a song on your computer that was typically in a format known as mp3. You most likely listen to mp3s to this day through programs like iTunes, Spotify, Google Music, Pandora, etc. With Napster, you shared this song with other people through its software. This was the first time we started using the phrase, “peer-to-peer” on a daily basis. You are a peer, and you’re providing your favorite songs to another peer, or group of peers, people just like you. Peer-to-Peer lending works in a very similar way. But, instead of songs you’re using money.

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