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DreamButt @lemmy.world
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Who y'all voting for?

I’m still mostly new to the area and curious how the locals feel about this voting season

Joy seems to have a lot of support for District 3 but I honestly don’t know anything about anyone to have a real horse in the race

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What is this windows 95?

I was spinning up Chrome while trying to move around a Firefox window to my other monitor. Crazy though I haven't seen issues like this on any OS in at least a decade

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Interview Help With UK Based Company

Hi everyone.

For context I'm a software engineer who lives in America.

I've been job hunting for a couple of weeks now and have started to land some intro calls. The first one went great and ended up lasting nearly an hour.

Unfortunately this post isn't about the intro call I had that went well. This other one seemed to have the exact opposite response. The person interviewing me was UK based (so maybe there's some kind of cultural difference?

But anyway basically what had happened was we started out being pretty casual and chatty. Talking about the weather (the usual). She asks why I'm looking for work I tell her the company isn't doing so great and we've already gone through a number of layoffs. She doesn't really have a response to this other than something about it "being smart to look now". She asks what kind of notice I would need to give and I tell her the standard 2 weeks is fine given the situation at the company.

She asks me some questions about my skills and then I ask her if she wants a rundown of the projects I've worked on and my role in them at my current job. She obliged so I go into a high level on each on. The product, the client's buisness, and some high level architecture to (hopefully) hit the buzzwords she's looking for. I even hedge a little bit here and apologize for talking her ear off, but she confirms it's all good stuff.

Anyway, she asks if I'm okay with the salary range on the listing and asks what I'm looking for next. I give her some blurb about how I've been getting more and more into data modeling and architecture so I'd like to continue that route. (She doesn't really say anything). Then she pivots totally and asks if I'm self taught and wants to know my story (seemingly interested). I give her the normal story about being a struggling worker shortly after graduation and this that and the other thing. She tells me she thinks it's fascinating to learn everyone's different perspectives. (Which imo is a green flag right?)

But then at that point she's like "alright. Thanks for your time. It was nice talking with you. I'll speak with the team and see what they think. Get back to you Monday?" So obviously I'm a little shocked at the abrupt ending (it has been a total of 15 minutes) but I echo her words and we wave good bye. (She didn't even ask me if I had questions!)

SUMMARY: the meeting felt very short and had a lot less chit-chat than I'm use to. If they were American I would mark the interview down as a failure, but I wanted to ask here if anyone has experience interviewing with a British company? Am I missing something? Should I have focused less on the projects? Is there some British social norm I'm not aware of? 15 minutes feels painfully short even for an HR call

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Experience vs Specs

First post here so hopefully not stepping on any toes.

Hi !apple I wanna talk about the weird world of talking to non-apple users about apple products. Specifically, the phenomenology of personal experience vs the weird focus on technical specs that a lot of people get hung up on.

I've been a long time computer user since I was about 6 years old. I remember getting our AOL disc at the front door and my mom booting up our PC with windows 95 for the very first time. I spent hours and even days combing through every inch of the operating system and learning all of the secrets it had to offer.

In my teenage years I became friends with some mac and ios users and become instantly jealous of how much nicer their experience was (I was on windows xp at the time). Growing up with little to nothing to our name I knew it would be out of reach for a long time. So spent time getting into gaming and building my own PC from spare parts here and there. I even learned a few lessons after killing explorer thinking it was some rogue instance of IE running in the background.

Right out of high school I got my first full-time job at a local restaurant and ended up saving for a 2015 12-inch macbook pro. I instantly became obsessed with it. I remember skipping college classes just so I could spend more time programming, more time learning how the shell worked in unison with the OS. It's the first machine I learned to program on. It's the first machine I bought myself. It's the first machine that really made using a computer feel right.

To this day that laptop sits lovingly entombed by itself in my desk. Covered in countless hack-a-thon stickers and a beat-to-hell plastic case, yet it still runs when I boot it up for nostalgic reasons.

For me this is what macOS (and being an apple user in general) is all about. It's about the personal experience. In comparison other operating systems feel fundamentally broken or half baked. When something is wrong in macOS it makes you sad, like how losing your bike as a kid would. In contract, when something doesn't work in windows it feels like it's to be expected (no hate I know plenty of people love windows, this is just imo). I've even had the pleasure of watching some of my close friends slowly come around to the idea of getting an iPad or a macbook when looking for an upgrade. Normally this has happened only because they had some expose on their own. Their significant other got an iphone, or their work offered macbooks. Never did describing the experience seem to take a hold on people.

All of that is to say I'm curious how all of you feel about discussing why apple's operating system(s) feel better, why it feels like home. Moreover I'm curious how y'all's experience has been when talking to non-apple users. For me it's largely been this weird alienating experience where you want to talk about why something fits like a glove, and instead the other party would rather talk about price points, or ram specs. To me this feels like the conversation around computers is immature. Immature in the sense that for any other hobby, enthusiasts are happy to talk about specs, but what they love is so much more important and often not grounded in the physical.

edit: I'm bad at spelling

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