Birthday Doodle


It appears that Google changes it’s Google Doodle just for you on your birthday, assuming that Google knows what your birthday is. While I like it, the only potential problem I see is that it effectively hides what the “real” doodle is for the day. For instance, today’s actual doodle was the following:


In other words, had I not used an incognito window to see what the doodle actually was for the day, I would have never known about Emmy Noether. Though to be honest, I never really pay attention unless it’s something cool and interactive like PAC-MAN.

Account Locked – Action Needed


For the second time in the last few months, GoDaddy has locked my account and forced a password change “for security purposes”. While I would expect this kind of behavior if someone managed to login to my account in another country or in an area that I’m not normally in, GoDaddy seems to be jumping the gun a little bit and generally being silly about how they’re handling this.

To give a little bit of background, I have two-factor authentication turned on as I do with all of my accounts that support it. If someone did manage to guess my password, I would have received a text message with a verification code; I have not, however, received an unwanted text which means that no one actually guessed my password. Therefore, asking to change my password is a bit premature; it’s as if I were asked to change the locks to my home because someone tried to get in with my neighbor’s key.

In other words, I was asked to change my password because it succeeded in protecting my account. Thanks GoDaddy.

New Beginnings

After almost six years of working at Overgroup I have decided that it is time to move on; not that I dislike any of the work I was doing however it was time to start something new. I started at TalentQuest on Friday which I am very excited about; there are lots of big projects in the queue and lots of decisions that need to be made. One of the great things about this move is that it’s still within walking distance, though I’m opting to take Atlantic Station’s “free ride” bus instead.

I’ll miss everyone that I’ve worked with at Overgroup over the last 6 years, though, as I’ve truly enjoyed working with everyone and consider them all part of my extended family; we’ve been through a lot together.

That said, during my job search I learned a few important lessons:

  • Don’t take the first offer that is thrown at you. Evaluate your options and take some time to think about each one. The good places to work will allow you to take some time to make your decision than ones that are just trying to fill a slot as fast as possible. It’s really a good indicator of the culture you’re going to be a part of.
  • Don’t get your hopes up on any specific opportunity, even if you believe you’d really love it. Getting your hopes up make any other opportunity seem worse if you end up not getting it, even if you were excited about it from the beginning.
  • If anyone is giving you any kind of open test (i.e., there’s not one right answer), ensure you know what they’re looking for going into it that way you don’t get hung up on anything they’re not interested in or anything they don’t want you doing.
  • If during an interview you decide it’s not the place for you, find a way to gracefully end the interview. If it’s not a position you’re interested in then there’s no sense in wasting anyone’s time, including your own.
  • Don’t stop looking or accepting interview requests until you’ve accepted an offer; you never know what is right around the next corner.

Hopefully the next 6 years will be just as good or better than the last.