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  1. Rybags

    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    2 of the world's ugliest webcams for $1 and $2 each from Salvo stores. One's a pig and the other looks like a cross between a minion and a Bubble Bobble monster. Top resolution of 640x480. The thought being that I could just pull the guts out and have a couple of nice little inspection cameras. But the board it's mounted on + components and flimsy soldered in wiring means the thing takes about 2 x 2 x 1.5 cm minimum so not exactly great for tight spaces.
  2. Rybags

    And What Are You Listening To?

    There's plenty of one-hit wonders from the mid 70s through mid 80s - and probably any other era you choose. Add to the list Video Killed the Radio Star, My Sharona and numerous others. And plenty of groups that had a hit or two followed by plenty of duds that just rode that early wave of success, e.g. Devo, Adam and the Ants.
  3. What I meant there was that the usual with contracts is that it'll be through a 3rd party, usually an agency. Of course it'd be preferable to deal direct with the employer but you'd need a well established network and employers willing to do it that way. But, with plenty of agencies they will give preference to people already on their books. You'll also probably notice the same job advertised on multiple sites, so no doubt there's some multi level commission arrangements going on in a lot of those cases.
  4. Rybags

    What's on your mind?

    Morons @ Google once again. Thanks for assuming the location of my home desktop is 20 km south of where I live.
  5. 17 years ago I was on $50K per year in a job - a guy on contract with more experience than me so if perm probably would have been the next level up ~ $57K - he said "I felt a bit cheeky and asked for $86 an hour, and I got it". Even today that's a pretty kickarse sum of money to be pulling in.
  6. Rybags

    What's on your mind?

    Dodgy design to begin with that's no longer used. Insufficient number of cables means that if one fails there's not enough backup. If a cable or anchor failed then the cascade effect would be that the deck buckles and falls, the tower would have uneven forces from one side of the cable being anchored but the other one not. The designer has numerous similar bridges around the world which will no doubt come under scrutiny.
  7. Yeah, the BA as I understand it is more along the lines of what the job title says and with little to do with IT. IMO if you want an utterly worthless piece of shit who needs to be thrown under a Kenworth then look no further than Service Delivery Managers - essentially ego driven yes-men who promise clients unrealistic delivery targets because they're paid to suck arse and don't have to do the actual work. And often the type who were in IT but got shuffled upwards due to lack of technical knowhow. Agreed with contractors really knowing their shit - for the most part. I was in the PS in the 80s and back then there were a lot of jobs for the boys with the outcome that there were plenty of O2 theives lounging around on 3 times the pay of everyone else. But I had a dealing once with a small agency and the phone got passed around among the permanents who barely had a clue, then they asked the contract guy and he came across as if he was running the show. To get a job - at the start at least you'll need a pimp. That's slang for an agency like Hays, ClicksIT etc. Back 20 years ago the hot ones were Computer People, Icon and Candle but there's been a lot of jostling, name changing and merging. But just looking at IT jobs on Seek (which is largely just an aggregator) will bring up most of the prominent IT 3rd party recruiters.
  8. Rybags

    What's on your mind?

    21.5 according to my weather site, though "feels like 17.4". By comparison yesterday morning I was waiting for the wind chill to subside before going walking - the temp was about 10 but "feels like" was about 4. Now is 7.4, feels like 3.5. Temp gauge inside with the heater on tells me it's 20.7
  9. There was even a headhunter fee at one stage - they were after Database people and were offering something like 2-2.5 Grand just for getting one onboard. I phoned a bloke I used to work with and tried to get him in but he had gotten out of IT and wasn't interested.
  10. They're generally for fairly high up things like Solutions Architects, Project Managers and specialists on short term projects. Sometimes even stuff like Cobol programming or being able to deal with legacy systems. It comes down to supply and demand I suppose. And a lot of positions aren't really a case of do the courses then hit the ground running, more a case of have lots of years relevant experience. And something like Project Manager - I worked with one who had SFA IT experience but the job itself can come down to management and people skills - like you might have an outsourcing environment and multiple stakeholders all wanting to engage in a constant shitfight. Then of course consider it's a contract. You may as well throw a 20-25% premium minimum on any given job for the fact there's no paid leave or LSL provision. Superannuation might be part of the package or you might need to do your own thing. And a non-ongoing arrangement that might end at a day's notice in some cases. So add it all up and it can be 2-3 times the pay of a permanent pretty easily. I worked in the same place as a cousin just under 20 years ago. I thought I was going OK, but he was making probably the same as my weekly by Tuesday lunchtime - I think his skillset was DBA stuff and programming earlier on then moving into the analyst/architect stuff.
  11. Rybags

    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    Saturday night football, as in NRL. WTF!?! When did this start up? Just surfed over and caught the start. Parramatta vs St George at that. And a nice towelling they dished out too. Makes up in a way for their other meeting about 6 weeks ago when the Eels had a nice lead then just tanked in the last 15 minutes.
  12. Rybags

    Spam Sharing Thread!

    Not much to add here. I've got ISP level filtering which I set to medium which gets rid of most of it. What it misses I can deal with by filters on the webmail control panel. Which is nice since it doesn't even hit my local email client though I forget to check the spam box regularly on the webmail page as occasionally a legit mail gets nabbed. The bulk these days seems to be Sunglasses and Nike with the odd Virgin airlines, fur coat, and winning a Ford, Jaguar or Toyota. Most recent from the other day. Talk about lazy: From: Store11514 Bos (US Stores) <bos.store11514@us.stores.mcd.com> To: Undisclosed recipients:;
  13. Rybags

    Forum downtime / new feature testing

    Strangely enough it looks easier to see. I've not used the mobile version much but it's generally more important to be able to navigate easily of course since phones are a relative PITA to use and are often on a poorer data service. I suppose on both though I should start using the "goto first unread..." button which is a pretty handy feature. IMO the page #s might look better if just done in a slightly darker green than the thread title. Then possibly the same colour might work on both background types and it should be sufficiently different to not be confused as part of the title.
  14. Rybags

    Forum downtime / new feature testing

    Even the mouseover contrast is poor. The text on the black background for page # is almost totally invisible until you hover then barely visible when hovered over. The dark grey stripes fare a bit better but not much, as in better when hovered over but same crappiness when not. Just glad I'm not relying on a tablet or touchscreen to use the site.
  15. Rybags

    Green Room non-Googleable Music Quiz Game.

    Not googlable but easy to find a list of 1992 albums - and a fair few were self-titled. But no idea - I was going on the clues and on self titled by band name, not song name.