Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 8 August 2001
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From: Simon Garlick For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: CR/CRII comes-a-knockin' [simon@tui simon]$ grep -c ":80" /var/log/messages 4581 That's four and a half THOUSAND http probes blocked at my (linux) firewall since Sunday morning. From: Alan Benton For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Proof there is no Knowledge Wave Ahaha! I knew it: there is no real committment to the Knowledge Wave, not by the Government, not by the general populace, only by those who will get out there irrespective of the opinion of everyone around them (that tends to be people who read technology news online). My issue is, for a mere start, is how buried in the sand does your head have to be over this last few months to have NO clue that the conference was on even!!! I mean come on people, WAKE UP. However, a technician from IHUG, as reported in the Herald of two days ago, and I quote, says he has "No idea what the Conference was about .. didn't even know it was on.". This from someone supposedly in the thick of where this wave wants us to surf to ... yet, a Devonport hairdresser did. Strange but true. But even more galling: I tried, again, to send some emails to IT employment agencies. Figured they could help out in the area of IT, maybe. A futile attempt of course, however, I wished to see whether they'd improved since the last time I got fed up with them not recognising my skills (whereupon I formed a Company and got more contracts than I needed because of those skills they didn't think were relevant to anything constructive). Anyway, my question to them was: "Hello, I'm interested in Part time work, and am responing to your advertisement regarding "Database implementation for Web Sites" which advised me to contact you for more information on what exact opportunities in this area were available." The response, the content of which I should have guessed would come, and was hardly surprised at really: "Hello, thanks for your enquiry, we recieved it this morning. What kind of work are you looking for, Part Time or Full Time? Plus, what opportunities are you intending to look for? ..." Uh DUH. Looks like there's definitely No Knowledge Wave here, or even reading ability. This reminds me of the time I ended up having to teach a "Business Consultant" of a rather large, so called IT Recruitment Company how to do their job. This is the horrible truth: I spent 1 hour going over what IT meant, what their Job description meant, how they were basically supposed to know about the Industry, what things like HTML was, and for good measure, how to enter my CV into their crap Access database. Pretty much 100 Level Intro to Computers really. They had been at this Company for 1 year. They'd been promoted from Office Junior to Senior IT Consultant. Okay. I have a PROBLEM with this. I assume they'd attended the requisite Staff Motivational Courses, and got the required stars, so maybe it's alright. If there is to be a knowledge wave, will the present crop of people in these Companies go back to school, and resit School C please!!! It's really pretty basic stuff: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. How the hell can this country move forward if a) the people in the positions of power that have the ability to move and shake things are, basically, as thick as this speaker my Monitor is sitting on, and refuse to acknowledge that obvious fact, b) that "recruitment consultants" (a BIG insult to the term consultant I might add, since I basically am one now through my own Company) start recognising the fact that there are things called transferrable skills and Microsoft is not the best software in the world for Web projects, and c) that these people who are supposed to recruit for technology-oriented jobs actually KNOW about the job and the Industry itself (believe it or not, it does help), so they can do useful things like ADVISE, HELP OUT and PUT THESE FUTURE EARNING PEOPLE IN PROPER JOBS. Yes, the ones who are still leaving in droves. We ask THEM about the Job, we don't expect to have to tell them about it, or find we know more about the Job than they do AND advise them how they can do their own Job. And they're paid how much???? And NZers have really, really got to stop the penny pinching attitude that goes on with implementing a Web Site. I understand now why a friend of mine only handles US-based jobs. There's no Dot Com Bubble bursting!!! Crap business planning is crap business planning, end of story. And people getting all hyped up about the cost of Web design, if they do think it is really high, well they should stop signing up for rip offs like certain Telecommunication companies Web Site "solutions". By the way, that's both of the biggies. From: Mudrat For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: CERT and GCBS Is anyone concerned about the CERT proposal? Lets pass a law that allows one group to legally hack and then give then custodianship of all our e-commerce. just coz you are paranoid doesn't mean they wont get ya.Now Have Your Say
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