# Friday, 25 May 2007

I'm a lousy interviewer. That's why I hate having to do them.

I don't care about how the candidate feels, what he had for lunch, etc. etc. I just want to know how technically capable the person is since I'm deciding wheter or not to hire said person to assist me in developement.

The way I interview people is simple, first I ask them what kind of projects they might have done. Then from there I process to poke and prod them to see how much they understand what they've done, I usually start from the simple and mundane like What is a dataset? Then I'd proceed to something that requires a bit more understanding of how stuff works like Could you explain how the ASP.Net runtime knows which button you clicked? And then from there I'd move to the tougher questions like What is an IHTTPHandler and why would you use it?

To some people it seems like I'm picking on some mundane question like What is a dataset? or How does a form post back to the server? The reason I ask these questions is that while undoubtedly the person is able to code I need to know if he understands WHY things are working. ASP.Net has a lot of plumbing involved and while you don't need to know exactly how things work, it's best if you at least know how data passes from the browser to the server to the .Net runtime. Also I want to see if the person truly understands what they are doing, or just coding for the sake of it.

Through my questioning I also like to see how the person tackles questions when they don't know the answer, people who are straight and direct will immediately say that they don't no the answer after giving it some thought. People who try to potray themselves as a valuable hire when they aren't will fire off on all cylinders until they realised that I'm not impressed at all with the jargon they're spewing.

Friday, 25 May 2007 10:09:20 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 23 May 2007

When I saw the Mario Hat Cushion on sale in Play Asia I was cursing the fact that it wasn't the real hat, but rather a cushion in the shape of Mario's hat. After contemplating buying it for a whole 5 minutes I dropped both the Mario and Luigi hats into the shopping cart.

Then my sanity slapped me in the face and asked me to disregard Luigi like the forgotten 2P which he is.

And after spending a few weeks in an economy class box.. here it is!!! The Mario hat cushion!!!!

Now how do I get WZ to pimp this product?

Wednesday, 23 May 2007 13:39:58 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 21 May 2007

WZ's nails are pretty long, you can hear scratching noises when he claws the bed in his sleep. And he doesn't hold you when you carry him, he prefers to claw grip your shirt sleeve, or worse you arm! And when I'm sleeping beside him and he flails when he sleeps I get scratched.. he gets scratched...

So.. as a good father I've tried to cut his nails, but it's just such a stressful job. First of all he just doesn't want to hold still so I have to grip his finger pretty hard, next, he's pretty strong. As his father I don't want him to get hurt because he pulled his finger out of the socket cause I wouldn't let go so I have to give a little. And sometimes instead of pulling his hand/feet away the limb goes slack and I find the finger/toe shoved towards me wedged in between the nail clippers.

Mommy accidentally piecered him once, but luckily he didn't cry then but still.. cutting his nails is akin to disarming a bomb. One wrong move and you have one loud crying baby on your hands!

Monday, 21 May 2007 13:39:31 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [3]  | 
# Saturday, 19 May 2007
My quest for a wireless keyboard for my Windows Media Center has finally turned up something!!

Saturday, 19 May 2007 22:08:03 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 18 May 2007

My colleague was trying to install SQL Server 2000 on to his newly formatted Windows Vista, which although is not a supported action we need to do it cause we still have apps running on SQL Server 2000.

But the setup program just kept dying and dying once it reached the start copying phase. This puzzled me since I was able to install it.

I then noted that he had already installed VS2k5, and SQL 2k Express as well. On a hunch I told him to reformat and reinstall Vista (to clear off all remanants of anything that might have stopped the install) Luckily Windows Vista installs pretty fast so it wasn't too much of a hassle.

After the reinstall, the first thing we did was to install SQL Server 2000.. and BOOM.. it just went in..


Friday, 18 May 2007 17:33:47 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |