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Why The Newest Release Ubuntu LTS is best Experienced on SSD Cloud VPS Hosting 30 second video explains core benefits for #developers  
+Atlantic.Net is proud to support the latest release of +Ubuntu LTS on full canonical enhanced stability of Solid State Servers. The video does a great overview specifically on the benefits for developers who will appreciate a high secure cloud environment. Read more about it here: 
http://goo.gl/IaW0FV

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Dear recruitment consultants...

.. specifically, those six of you, all from the same firm, who took time out of your busy schedules and contacted me in the last 24 hours.

I'm so pleased you thought of me.  I'd like to help you out, but if I could take just a moment more of your time, I wonder if you could please enlighten me about something.  Your emails, I must admit, have left me puzzled.  Let me explain.

Prior to emailing me, you must have been reading my profile somewhere.  Here's how I imagine that scene played out:

You will have performed a search somewhere using keywords that match the role you were looking to fill.  My name will have popped up, and you will have clicked on it to read my profile.  There you will have seen that I am a resident of Germany.  You will have also read that I am a Linux focused software engineer, with nearly 20 years exposure to Linux and now working full time at one of the leading Linux vendors in the world.  When looking at specific skills you'd have checked off Python and Go, along with the obligatory HTML/CSS/Javascript, and added notes about  my history with C and Lisp.  You'll also have noted that I'm currently focused on software for large scale systems management, and in particular cloud management.

At this point you'd have developed a rudimentary, but quite illustrative image of my experience and skills.

So, what I'm really wondering is what it is about that profile that made all 6 of you think that this makes me especially qualified for the role of "Senior Microsoft Sharepoint Consultant - 3 month contract in London"?  Oh - and what did you search for in the first place that threw up my name?

I'm afraid your Holmes like logic is beyond my simple reasoning.  Of course a naive observer might assume that you'd just spammed everyone in you entire database with this job.  It's certainly uncanny that you all wrote the same email, with only your name, and my name changing.  Still, that's just professionalism - after all, you're all "Senior Search Executives".  Besides as a company you're clearly aware that many of the people you approach for roles are also the ones who either now, or in the future, end up recruiting people themselves.  It wouldn't be in your long term interest to risk annoying those people with spam. No, no, clearly it must instead be some genius new process, possibly based on Numberwang mathematics. 

Also, let me just take a moment to say how much I like that you signed off your emails by saying that if, for some unthinkable reason, this role isn't right for me, if I could perhaps e-mail you back the contact details of anyone I happen to know who would be right for the role.  Again, the cynic might assume that this is thinly veiled attempt to reduce the cost of recruitment search to a crowd-sourcing exercise, but not I!  Clearly this is an opportunity to engage in wonderful algorithmic masterpiece you're presenting me with.  A little game! Hurrah!  Still, how to proceed?  I don't know, I don't know.  You're pressuring me now.  I've already admitted I don't understand your algorithm.  I really don't know if I can give an appropriate answer.  Wait.. yes  Ah.. yes... Pope Pius XII - you can reach him at pope260@thevatican.god 

Yours..  bemused engineer.
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I'm beginning to think it's like search engines in the early days (before they worked out how language works to a greater or lesser extent).
"Hey, he's got the words 'senior' and engineer in his job history, and we're looking for a 'Senior .NET Engineer', Two out of Three ain't bad!"
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"He touched PHP, more than a decade ago... good enough!"

I've now taken to writing snarky emails back at them. Amazingly it's like water off a duck's back (either that or they've had some kind of keyhole lobotomy many moons ago and it really isn't registering at all.

Still, what to do? Just ignore them? File them as spam? Let the tide wash over me and eventually fill my mailbox? Tough call.
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+Peter Close  I saw this and thought of you:

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Ha.. well.. I think it's a very outmoded view of Linux (my new laptop required zero technical knowledge to install Ubuntu on - boringly).  Still, I do picture you as someone who, in moments of idle speculation, might have considered the ins-and-outs of DIY piano construction ;-)
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Had the great pleasure of helping announce our first phone partners today. Congrats to the Ubuntu phone community and people at Canonical who made this dream real. Big step forward!

Loving the pace and quality of participation in Ubuntu mobile.
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"I am a Unix Creationist. I believe the world was created on January 1, 1970 and as prophesized, will end on January 19, 2038"
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+Geoffrey Teale  definitely! After all, "omnipotent" also includes the potential of awkwardness ;-)
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Today, for random reasons I stumbled across this quote:

"The first law of software: You’ll inevitably end up getting f**ked, unless it’s free (libre) software. In which case you will oftentimes start of being f**ked and then have things improve from there."
(JM Norlund - https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/8fdc3a816baa)

I like that quote, and it made me think. What we do with Ubuntu, and everything associated with it that me make at Canonical, is try to improve on the 2nd case, so that our user community starts from a position of not being f**ked, and things improve from there. We don't always succeed, but the hit rate is getting higher all the time .
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Hard working fellas
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Mmm. That risotto was good!
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Forwarding this chain letter to +Renaud Lepage and  +Venn Stone.
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Happy to see this  validation for Ubuntu for Smartphones and the Ubuntu SDK
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