HOW TO: make a GREAT first impression

Let’s face it, when going to an interview for a new job, first impressions are what count for the most in the hiring process. This is why you want to look your best at that first meeting, because we all know that you won’t get a second chance if you mess up. Here’s a short video tutorial that will teach you how to make the right choices in order to be liked by your potential employer.

Why are we happy? Why aren’t we happy?

In the following video, social psychologist Dan Gilbert challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel real, enduring happiness, he says, even when things don’t go as planned. He calls this kind of happiness “synthetic happiness,” and he says it’s “every bit as real and enduring as the kind of happiness you stumble upon when you get exactly what you were aiming for.”

Steve Ballmer and Linux: A love and hate story

It seems that Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, will never stop hitting the top of the open-source community’s head. Ballmer, during a press conference in London last week, renewed attacks that started a year ago against the world of the “open”.

According to Ballmer, Linux and open-source software users currently violate 235 patents that he claims Microsoft owns. We’re mainly talking about Linux’s kernel, its GUI, its messaging client, and

The strangest part of all of this is that Novell isn’t targeted by these allegations anymore, most likely because of the deal they signed with Microsoft just months ago. This accord changed the nature of these attacks, and now, it seems that Microsoft has only one target: Red Hat.

“People who use Red Hat, at least in respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to eventually compensate us,” Ballmer said at a company event last week in London.
“We’ve spent a lot of money licensing patents,” he said. “When people come to us and say, ‘Hey, this commercial piece of software violates our patent, our intellectual property, we’ll either get a court judgment or we’ll pay a big check.”

Microsoft’s attitude in reponse to this whole mess is suprisingly ambiguous. Most of the source code for all Linux distributions is similar, so why would Red hat violate Microsoft’s patents when Novell’s Suse does not? If we follow this line of thought, we can say there is “good” and “bad” open-source applications. If Microsoft endorses the software, then it’s good; if not, it’s evil.

When looking at Microsoft’s position in regard to the Linux world, we can clearly see that Ballmer’s attacks are not targeted toward the community, but more against its individual members. What does this mean? That if you want to run legal “open source”, you have to kneel down and grovel in front of the software giant.

For those of you interested in listening to Ballmer’s speech, you can do so by following this link.

A Vision of Students Today

Cultural anthropologist Michael Wesch and 200 students at Kansas State University created this video summarizing the most important characteristics of students today: How they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and how the world will change during their lifetime. It’s enlightening and interesting information for all of us who have been out of school for years. Things certainly have changed since I got my diploma twelve years ago.

Perfect seat for geek’s cheeks – the Sumo Omni

By Rob Dunn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

When Kiltak asked me to review a chair for [GAS], I couldn’t refuse. Little did I know that THIS review was for a bean bag chair.

Incredulous, I accepted the opportunity, keeping in mind that I love reviewing stuff!

Since I’m not very photogenic, the picture below shows my daughter enjoying the Omni. ;)

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The Song Remains the Same, but now you can download it

By Sterling Camden
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Hey fellas, have you heard the news? If it’s been a long time since you rock and rolled, then get ready for a whole lotta love. Led Zeppelin has finally decided to open their entire music catalogue to a number of online digital distributors.

Verizon wireless will provide full song downloads and ring tones on its mobile phone service. Hmm… picture yourself in an important meeting with upper management, and your mobile phone (which you forgot to turn off) suddenly breaks into The Lemon Song: “I should have quit you… long time ago!”

Well, I think it’s great that Page and Plant have conceded the inevitable. Hopefully this will allow even more people to enjoy the music of one of the greatest bands ever. As for me, I’ve had the CD boxed set for years (thanks again, Jim) — but now all you downloaders will be able to bring it on home.

Operating System Overview: Quick Notes on the Biggest

Have you ever been talking to another geek, and they mentioned on Operating System you hadn’t heard about, or you just wanted to prove how geeky you are by listing a large variety of operating systems and its variants? Well, this post will help you fill your brain with OS’s.

I won’t be covering every operating system, nor every variant under the sun, but rest assured, if you learn this list, you will have the essentials locked in that brain of yours.

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Girls gone wild…er, geek!

Actually, these girls do go wild, but not in ways some of you would expect. Now please, have a little respect gentlemen.

I’m not usually a fan of podcasts, except maybe for what Mark at 45n5 and David at xfep do. Until now, these 2 shows were pretty much the only ones I was listening to, but things just changed today when I stumbled on the Girls gone Geek podcast. Listening to a bunch of chicks geek out is just refreshing and wonderful… wonderful apart for the high-pitch laughing in the intro. I swear, while hitting the play button on the podcast widget, my eardrums almost exploded! In spite of this, these girls give an excellent show. Here are a few things they cover in their latest episode:

  • Identity theft
  • Beauty tips (Ok, that’s clearly not for me)
  • Editorial on HD video
  • Teaching programming to our kids (mine are still a little young for this)
  • Self-sustainable house technology

Girls gone geek!The Girls gone geek podcast will probably be of interest to most of you, but I think the female part of our audience will enjoy it more. Being named Geeks are Sexy, we couldn’t pass the occasion to give a little love to a bunch of fellow geekettes in need of a good audience.

So head over to and give their podcast a try. I’m sure you’ll all enjoy it.