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Two Years Later
Posted by Joey on 3 February 2005, 04:28 GMT

Two years ago today, a news article similar to this one was posted here, searching for file archivers. I was one of the two people selected, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working on this site. Processing the immense queue of 1378 files with my co-worker in a mere seven days is still one of my favorite accomplishments. Unfortunately, I just don't have the time any more to keep up with the demands of the job. I spend 30 hours a week working with a FIRST robotics team, in addition to actually showing up to high school. Once I'm done with all of that, I'm off to Carnegie Mellon University in the fall. You all probably don't care about my life, but the point is that this serves my official announcement of retirement from file archiving. Why is this good news for you? We need some new staff members, and you could be the person we're looking for.

The main thing required here is time. On a regular day, we get an average 12-13 files submitted. On a busy day, we get 50.

Experience with multiple calculators is a big advantage; we try not to put a preference on any calculator model or platform. Owning a lot of calculators is not required, but having some general experience is a plus.

Also, Jon is looking for another staff member to assist with editing reviews. Since the main work contains lots of editing and writing text, you need to be reasonably fluent in the English language.

For both positions, we're looking for a long term commitment, as well as a high availability. You all know what our users think when there are weeks without updates. If you can do it 8 hours / day now, but expect not to be able to keep that up for more than a couple of months, this is not what we want. Expect it to be quite time-consuming, but certainly rewarding. Finally, if you can increase the staff's demographical diversity, that's a plus. but not a requirement. We encourage people, both male and female, from all countries to apply.

If you're interested, contact us at newstaff@ticalc.org. Please include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • If you have MSN or AIM or similar as means for us to contact you
  • Position you're interested in (you will be trained for both, but primarily doing only one)
  • Age
  • Current level of education (finished or unfinished)
  • Where you live (town/state/country)
  • Approximate amount of time you think you can put into this per week
  • Which calculators you have experience with or access to
  • A quick motivation on why we should pick you

Also, from experience of last time: This is not a paid job.

We will accept applications up to and including February 15th. I'll still be keeping up with the pending queue as best I can until we've found our new staff members. Once my FA duty is done, don't expect me to disappear. I'll still be working behind the scenes, doing site maintenance and peering over the new staffers' shoulders. ;-)

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Re: Two Years Later
W Hibdon  Account Info
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Yeah, I really do not think I am going to apply. Two years of not getting accepted probably means Three years of not getting accepted.

-W-

Reply to this comment    3 February 2005, 10:52 GMT

Re: Re: Two Years Later
Jonathan Katz  Account Info
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That shouldn't stop you. It took me two tries to get my site hosted by Gamespy, and even if it was rejected the second time, I still would have tried a third time :)

Reply to this comment    3 February 2005, 17:49 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
W Hibdon  Account Info
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Well, there is the favourable position over at CG. If I do wind up being the editor there, and then got the job here -- wait, I am not taht lucky. Okay, I will apply.

-W-

Reply to this comment    3 February 2005, 19:46 GMT


Re: Re: Two Years Later
burntfuse  Account Info
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Me neither, but because of available free time (busy with MLC, a calc-based DAQ, guitar, and 2 AP exams coming up...along with a full-time job when summer starts... :-/ ).

Reply to this comment    3 February 2005, 23:16 GMT

Re: Two Years Later
Peter Wakefield  Account Info

I'm guessing that it would be quite advantageous to have a broadband connection for working on something like this... I don't think I will give this much thought as I am quite certain that I shall be stuck on a dial-up connection for months, probably years, into the future.

I also have very little experience with much other than calculators. Although this could be a very good chance to learn some new things, I think someone with more general knowledge about the workings of websites and the like should take the position.

Although I would enjoy being a member of ticalc.org, (Who wouldn't?) I think I should just hope that the selected person has good luck in their new position.

Good luck to all those who feel they have what it takes to be a staff member, and have fun. I'm sure I'm not the only one whose life revolves around calculators, and therefore, this site. :-)

Reply to this comment    3 February 2005, 11:51 GMT


Re: Re: Two Years Later
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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You do not need to have any experiemce with the makings of websites, and dial-up works just fine. I have used it.

When I started I didn't even know any html let alone how to work my way through a linux based server. Its all quite easy to learn.

Reply to this comment    3 February 2005, 12:31 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Timmc Account Info
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Heh, I've known HTML for a few years now and Linux is easy. Although to use Linux to it's fullest a lot of people tend to lean towards command/kernal usage instead of the expected Windows -> Linux GUI myth.
Broadband is required to load a 100kb* program on ticalc? Being a dial-up user I guess broadbanders just don't have the patience these days.

Reply to this comment    4 February 2005, 08:39 GMT

Re: Two Years Later
coinmanz  Account Info
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Well, just turned in my application. Let's hope, and good luk to all who apply. I'm sorry to see Joey go, his time here was very productive.

Reply to this comment    3 February 2005, 14:07 GMT


Re: Re: Two Years Later
Derrick F.  Account Info

Agreed.

Reply to this comment    3 February 2005, 21:46 GMT

Re: Two Years Later
Spencer Dubya  Account Info
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This would be a dream job for me, but I think there is a ubiquitous hatred toward me in the community, so I'm not going to apply. :(

Reply to this comment    3 February 2005, 15:09 GMT


Re: Re: Two Years Later
Joey Gannon  Account Info
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The people who will actually be doing the hiring are so disconnected from the TI scene that your alleged lack of popularity will make virtually no difference.

Reply to this comment    3 February 2005, 15:20 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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I'll second that! :-)

Spencer, I told you on AIM that people are just jelous that you actually got a BASIC program featured!

I am serious, APPLY! Who cares what other people think of you! Once you start working here they will love ya anyway.

Reply to this comment    3 February 2005, 18:04 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Timmc Account Info
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BASIC is so cool. ;-) I just wish that Ti would fix the graph buffers so that changing the zoom will keep the drawn functions.
Hmm... ticalc.org in need of a new layout? *poll suggestion?

Reply to this comment    4 February 2005, 08:44 GMT


[ ! ]
anykey  Account Info
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Oooooh...That's worth taking a look at (no offense). There should be a contest to design a cool style sheet (I know I'd apply for that!).
Something modern (whites, light-blues, and black?) would be cool.

Reply to this comment    4 February 2005, 23:45 GMT

Re: [ ! ]
Timmc Account Info
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I was thinking along the lines of a graphical change. Ie: 3D'ness as standard and have it optional to revert in account preferences.

Reply to this comment    5 February 2005, 02:32 GMT


Re: [ ! ]
BlackThunder  Account Info
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O_o

Isn't it already white, light blues, and black?

Reply to this comment    5 February 2005, 17:04 GMT


[ ! ]
anykey  Account Info
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Lighter blues, like #CCFFFF, #00CCFF and colors like that.

Reply to this comment    5 February 2005, 17:55 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
BlackThunder  Account Info
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O_o

Spencer got a basic program featured?

All I see on his author profile are a Guess-The-Number game, a Celsius/Kelvin converter, and atom/Mole calculator, a trig program, and a picture of an 83+, none of them featured. (Not that I'm any better)

I feel like I'm missing something.

Reply to this comment    5 February 2005, 00:18 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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He is apart of Outdone TI whch has a different ticalc profile, link...

Reply to this comment    5 February 2005, 02:07 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
BlackThunder  Account Info
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In that case, there's good reason why some of us don't like him.

Sheesh, could it kill Outdone TI to be less egotistical? They get one Basic program featured (and only for being the first Basic program to use the 84 series clock functions) and they act like they're better than Kevin Kofler.

No, this isn't a flame, it's constructive criticism. :P

Reply to this comment    5 February 2005, 17:02 GMT

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anykey  Account Info
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Your face is ugly. (constructive criticism)

Reply to this comment    5 February 2005, 17:57 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Spencer Dubya  Account Info
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no, it was a flame. there is no constructive message about it.

you are equating the programming group "Outdone TI" with me. remember, I am only a member, making programs and hosting it. yes, I am a bot egotistical, but that is not representative of the group.

so, unless you come up with a reasonable explanation of why "the group" is egotistical, your somment will just be regarded as a jealous flame.

something that everyone else that makes a similar comment about should know is that I'm not that bad of a guy. sure, sometimes I can be a bit annoying or egotistical, but most everyone I talked to on IRC privately after the beginning of last month thinks that I'm not as bad as everyone says.

that's it. rant over.

I'm sorry.

Reply to this comment    5 February 2005, 19:18 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Andy Janata  Account Info
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Then who else is in Outdone TI?

Also, isn't this a violation of FAQ 16? (URL)

Reply to this comment    6 February 2005, 16:22 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Spencer Dubya  Account Info
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Jeremy Steinert, a friend and classmate of mine (really cool guy), and Ben Fortin, an excellent programmer, recently added with the adoption of the 68k Timerize port (also created the TI Calculator Knower, an excellent program). Thanks for asking though. The memberlist is in the group's ticalc bio (link- at the bottom) and on the website (http://www.ispencer.us/outdoneti)

Reply to this comment    6 February 2005, 20:38 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Kevin Kofler Account Info
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LOL, could you please keep me out of this pointless flamewar? Thanks. :-)

Reply to this comment    9 February 2005, 05:58 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Jake Griffin  Account Info
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Technically, he wrote his own review then! Isn't that against the rules?

Reply to this comment    12 February 2005, 05:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Nick Disabato  Account Info
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As an example of this disconnection, I didn't even read this post until five minutes ago, and to post this comment I had to verify my account because I haven't logged in in so long.

The folks who will be making hiring decisions will have a lengthy (and probably colorful) history with the site, but the scene changes as frequently as the staff. As a result, we're rarely biased with names, and we're pretty open to most new people.

I should probably add ticalc.org news to my RSS feeds.

Reply to this comment    5 February 2005, 19:18 GMT

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