Sleazy Recruiter: Deepak Jaglan of Simplion Technologies

Published at 10:11 on 10 September 2015

Moron spams me about a job in Silly Valley despite my clearly stating unwillingness to relocate.

Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:41:59 -0400 (EDT)
From: Deepak Jaglan <>
Subject: Urgent need:  Python Backend Developer

Our records show that you are an experienced IT professional
with experience relevant to one of our current open position.
Please let us know whether you would wish to evaluate one of the
open positions we have with our customer based out of Palo Alto,

Sleazy Recruiter: Kuldeep Yadav of Net2Source

Published at 10:41 on 9 September 2015

OK, last one of these for a while; they’re starting to clutter up this blog. It’s here to show what a sleaze outfit Net2Source is; they’re one of my main offenders. This one is local but it’s sysadmin.

Date: Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:58:27 -0400 (EDT)
From: Kuldeep Yadav <>
Subject: Need:::Sr Unix/Linux Systems Administrator - Bellevue, WA - Bellevue, WA

Sr Unix/Linux Systems Administrator 
6+ month contract 
Bellevue, WA 

Sleazy Recruiter: Ravi Sharma of United Software Group

Published at 10:38 on 9 September 2015

Bozo sends me spam about a job based in Lincoln fucking Rhode Island, on the other side of the continent from where I’ve explicitly stated I’m unwilling to relocate from:

Date: Wed, 09 Sep 2015 12:59:36 -0400 (EDT)
From: Ravi Sharma <>
Subject: Need::Configuration Management - Build and Deployment Engineer at Lincoln, RI || TCS || CVS

Hi David,

We have an urgent requirement for a Configuration Management
- Build and Deployment Engineer. This is a Contract position
based in Lincoln, RI. If you are interested in this position,
please contact me / send your updated resume.

Sleazy Recruiter: David Stubbs of LineOne.NET

Published at 10:28 on 9 September 2015

Another clown from the insurance industry, despite my standard preface explicitly ruling such things out:

From: "" <>
Date: Wed, 09 Sep 2015 12:12:22 -0400
Subject: Resume respond for David Barts

Our staffing manager has reviewed your CV in an online CV base. Based on
your background and abilities, we thought you might be interested in this

We are looking for a manager to join our team. We are experts in the field
of health insurance. Our company provides a high-level of financial
services for thousand people all over the globe. We suggest both integrated
and individual solutions in this field. Now you got a chance to be a part
of our company.

Sleazy Recruiter: Srikanth Gampa of Net2Source

Published at 10:22 on 9 September 2015

Despite my posted résumé containing a preface stating I am only interested in software development positions and explicitly ruling out systems administration positions, this clown spams me about a sysadmin job. To put the icing on the cake, the job isn’t local, either (that same preface mentions that I am unwilling to relocate).

Date: Wed, 09 Sep 2015 08:58:34 -0400 (EDT)
From: Srikanth Gampa <>
Subject: Need DevOps Engineer  at Salt Lake City, UT for Direct client

Good Morning


Hope you are doing great…

I have an Immediate requirement for the below location with the
required Skill set for one of our Direct client.

If you are comfortable revert back to the mail with updated
resume to discuss further

Mangled grammar and multiple salutations as per the original text I received. Given the name, he’s probably not even stateside.

Note I said “given the name,” not “given the name and grammar”. I’ve met plenty of Indians whose grammar in the English language is as good as any American or Brit. If you go to the All India Radio news site, you’ll find text and audio clips which are representative of how a well-educated Indian uses the English language.

But sleaze outfits like Net2Source are interested in cutting costs to the bone. Why cut costs a lot by hiring a well-educated workforce in India when you can cut them even more by hiring a poorly-educated one?

Well, So Much for Another One

Published at 18:58 on 8 September 2015

Had another interview today, and the way it want (not badly, but not great either) makes it pretty certain I’m not going to get an offer. Which is OK, given the next point.

The biggest catch is that the guy who would be my boss, while very smart, has fallen victim to Respected Academics Syndrome. That’s when someone with lots of formal education and recognition to their name lets it all go to their head, to the point where they can’t take any constructive criticism, no matter how valid, from someone with less of either. They have the credentials, I don’t, so therefore there’s absolutely nothing they could ever learn from me. Period.

In this case, it was about SQL. The guy wanted to design a program that sent SQL to back-end databases that was both standards-confirming (so it would be database-independent) and efficient. You can’t do that: the SQL standard is surprisingly small. A lot of the SQL syntax that one takes for granted as basic stuff for writing efficient queries (such as the LIMIT clause) are actually nonstandard extensions. But no, I couldn’t make that point without being interrupted and having my concerns waved off (never with any actual evidence to the contrary, of course).

What’s sad is that it is at an organization with a very noble mission (cancer research). So this project is going to run into all sorts of unnecessary and easily foreseeable difficulties, wasting lots of money and effort, largely because the workplace is a hierarchical and authoritarian place. If the world wasn’t largely on such principles, personality faults like that wouldn’t do nearly so much damage: he’d still be respected for his past accomplishments but the moment he tried to bluster others into doing the impossible he’d get ignored and overruled by group consensus, because there would be no such thing as a “boss”. And because such academics could get easily called on their shit, they wouldn’t let their recognition go to their head in the first place.

And that is the biggest reason I am an anarchist: because life experiences keep on underscoring to me that authoritarian hierarchies just don’t work very well.

Rethinking Burning Man… I Still Think Not

Published at 13:35 on 7 September 2015

The technology for camping on the playa has improved a great deal since I last seriously pondered going (and rejected the idea because I’m not a desert person and it was simply too expensive and impractical to get any comfort, i.e. shelter from the dust, extreme heat, and harsh sunlight).

Now, with hexayurts and solar swamp coolers, there are options which fall in the sweet spot between an RV, a generator, and lots of extra fuel (comfortable but expensive) and a mere tent (insufficient shelter in such a harsh environment).

But, I still think not. In between building and testing my shelter and its climate-control system, and implementing the theme I’d use, the job of preparing for the next festival would occupy most of my free time, like it does for most who attend Burning Man. It’s why it ends up being more a way of life than a mere week-long festival.

And I already have a life which I’ve chosen based on careful introspection into my priorities. I’m simply not willing to give up weekends spent hiking and botanizing in favor of weekends spent in town preparing for the next Burning Man.

So it looks like the answer is still “no” for me.

Sleazy Recruiter: Ron Nation of Farmer’s Insurance

Published at 18:42 on 4 September 2015

My Internet résumé contains the following notice:

This résumé is being posted strictly for the purpose of soliciting responses related to employment opportunities in the field of software development. In particular, neither insurance sales nor systems administration are software development.

Today I received the following e-mail:

From: Ron Nation <>
Subject: Career Opportunity
To: Xxxxx <>
Date: Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:58:53 -0600

Hello Xxxxx,

My name is Ron Nation, District Manager for Farmers Insurance Group,
in the Seattle area. I came across your resume online, was impressed
with your background, and thought you may be a good fit for a
position I have available as a Sales Professional with our company.

[edited for brevity]

Welcome to my Hall of Shame, Ron. Congratulations, you’re the inaugural member!