Archive for February, 2009

419 Scammer Sends Application Form

February 27, 2009 1 comment

As I’ve been detailing on the previous post regarding this scam, I’ve been in contact with a 419 scammer who is using CraigsList to try to scam folks to send him a deposit on a rental that he doesn’t own and doesn’t know anything about.

A little bit ago, he sent along the application form, which was a bitmap file, not a DOC or PDF. Crazy. I’m attaching it as a jpeg here.
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Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire

February 26, 2009 Leave a comment

The wife likes this song a lot – she just bought it from iTunes. So I am checking it out.
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February 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Hands down this has to be the coolest toy ever. But it’s not exactly a toy – it’s an advanced wireless mesh that you can interact with.

I don’t know when they are going to start selling these, but I’ll be first in line to buy one for me our kids.

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419 Scammers Have New Scam UPDATED

February 26, 2009 3 comments

LAST UPDATE 03/04/09 – 12:00pm

This may not be that new of a scam, but it’s definitely new to me. Our old favorite “Nigerian 419 Scammers” are now posting listings for rentals on CraigsList for properties they don’t own and have never seen. It’s an interesting use of the Internet, but still the same basic scam we’ve seen for years.

Here’s how it goes:
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Categories: 419 eaters, General, scammers

A View On Interviews

February 25, 2009 Leave a comment

I got an email from a recruiter friend asking me to look at a list of questions they were using to screen potential mid-level .NET web developers. Most of the stuff was pretty standard stuff about controls, XML and the like. He wanted to know whether the list of questions was something that a developer should know or if it was too textbook-like.

I’ve experienced questions like these in phone interviews. I had a phone screen where the person quizzed me about the internals of the .NET Garbage Collector. 7 of the 10 questions were pretty standards ones that any competent .NET programmer should be able to recall. The other questions were really obscure and were only intended to find out how deep and how frequently I went into the internals of the framework.

But, that interview and those questions only proved that I could memorize something or that I had used that particular subset of the framework. It did not give the company any indication as to whether I could write reliable, secure, bug-free code. It did not tell the company whether I could take a business requirement, analyze it and produce a solution.

I tend to think that the language used is really just an implement for a talented coder. By that, I mean that I prefer hearing how someone would solve a generic problem rather than list of things a quick Google/MSDN search would yield for them. In our field, there is so much information out there that it’s hard to keep up with it. I prefer people who write strong code and strong algorithms and who can figure out complex problems rather than someone who can regurgitate the .NET Framework. Whenever I interview developers, I do throw 2 or 3 basic .NET fundamentals questions at them to set a baseline, but then I try to engage them in a discussion of how they have actually used those parts of the framework. What problem were they trying to solve? What were the business requirements? Being a strong developer these days is more about business value than anything else.

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Ghost Car

February 14, 2009 Leave a comment

I totally hate when this happens.

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System.Net.Mail Pickup Directory

February 5, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m putting this here mostly for myself cause I have a habit of forgetting these things. But, if you are in development and want to avoid actually sending emails (or don’t have access to an SMTP server), you can tell System.Net.Mail to just drop the MailMessage in a folder by using this code in your app.config/web.config:

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