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Levels of knowledge
Posted by: jungsonn
Date: November 07, 2006 04:55PM

0k,

this seems fun and silly together, but meh.

what are the skills, passions of you guys here, and are there any levels which makes you better? or is the true prize to be found in a specialism? what is your dedication? is it only online or also with electronics, machines, or maybe u have interest in hacking yourself into a new job or a into a new relationship? or is it something else? there are many program languages, protocols, etc, what do we personal know, and what do we know as a whole? anything is welcome. :)

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Re: Levels of knowledge
Posted by: rsnake
Date: November 07, 2006 06:27PM

Wow, there's a topic...

Skills: Web app sec, network security (not nearly as good as id, but I hold my own), authentication mechanisms, HTTP and browser technology as a whole. I'm really into site optimization and performance tuning, as well as internationalization and localization issues in programming. I actually get a kick out of compliance issues as sick as that sounds. I've got a lot of hidden skills that I don't talk about on the site at all. But in my day job I'm a suit - Director of Product Management. I have 6 employees on my team and we work on consumer experience (how to make sites easier to browse, more fun, and usable). So I know marketing, trend analysis, competitive analysis, blah blah. It's not particularly useful on the boards, but there it is. I also love to write, which is why the blog is fun. Kinda combining two passions. I'm also a huge people person. Lots of geeks are people phobic or don't work well with them. I'm totally opposite. I really enjoy working with people, getting to know them and learning from them. Again, not super useful on the blog but in my daily life it is a good trait to have.

I'm actually really "into" security. I know that sounds weird, but it's sorta a lifestyle choice. I go to the cons, I know lots of people, I am up on the gossip and who is working on what. It's just one of the few topics that really interest me. It also infuriates me at times, and every once in a while I bail out of it (hence my current non-security related job). Long term? I already have a girlfriend, so I'm not looking to haX one. So probably consulting. So if you guys know of any cool consulting gigs that you don't want to work on, I'm interested in talking.

My programming language of choice is PERL actually. Probably then followed by C, and then Java/.Net and PHP ranks right at the bottom. Yes, most of my sites use PHP, that doesn't mean I'd choose it if I really thought there were better alternatives to the software we use, but I find being very realistic in terms of usefulness is one of the keys to being successful. Really, I don't care what an application is written in, as long as it's the right tool for the job. No matter what, I can make due. Any type of environment in any situation. I like the weirdness that is life, and how every site is unique with particular challenges and issues. That uniqueness is one of my favorite things about this business.

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Re: Levels of knowledge
Posted by: id
Date: November 08, 2006 01:35AM

I'm pretty good at optimizing a site for grandma porn, it's a calling that not many will be asked to do, and fewer will fulfill

-id

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