August 10th, 2009

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Frauds for job-hunters to be careful about

One thing about working at Memento is that we talk a *lot* internally about fraud, and the various fraud schemes making the rounds that we need to watch for. While I was at Pennsic, this interesting article in the New York Times made the rounds at the office, and it's generally useful reading, especially for anybody who is looking for work.

Suffice it to say, there are a bunch of fairly clever new frauds out there designed specifically to prey on desperate job-hunters who aren't being sufficiently skeptical about who they are dealing with. Some of the frauds steal your identity; some steal your money; some turn you into an unwitting member of a crime ring. So it's worth giving the article a skim, to know what to look out for. (All of it can be avoided with enough common sense and skepticism, but some of the frameworks to be watching for are new, such as bogus job-application forms.)
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The death of Microsoft Word in the wiki-based world

As I catch up on my blogs from the past week, I just came across this delightfully sensible article in Ars Technica. It's worth taking a look at if you're into tech, simply because it nicely gels a lot of common sense. Basically, it argues that Microsoft Word is doomed -- not for any of the usual reasons of being slow bloatware, but simply because the world has changed, and Word's fundamental underlying assumptions no longer make sense...