And more recruiter spam from Intelliswift

Alex to Amit

GREETINGS!!! right back at ya Amit.

Since you sent me half a novel here in job description and requirements, I figure you are a man of letters. Always happy to talk to a fellow sapient human.

Have you heard of LinkedIn.com? They have this really nifty function where you can look up your candidate and see whether they are a good fit -- before you even spend your time (and theirs) on unnecessary email. If you would have done this, you would have thought: "Gee, this community manager lady with nearly 10 years of industry experience, working at Google wouldn't leave that job for just ANY job opportunity. But boy, will she be amazed when she sees what I got in store for her: A three-month entry-level sysadmin contract!"

Since I assume that you are a hard-working professional with best intentions, I must conclude that someone misled you about the value of this opportunity, because it is not a good fit for me.

I have also heard that some lazy recruiters prefer to carpet-bomb a database and thus externalize the cost, saddling us candidates with the work of parsing the job descriptions and self-selecting of whether to respond. I am sure you are not that despicable kind of lazy recruiter.

So I'm just writing to you in hopes of clarifying that 3-months entry-level contracts aren't attractive to me.

Please remove me from the database.
For good.

Thank you!

Quoted message:
Amit Ambastha  to me

Hi Alexandra,


We have an opening that matches your profile from one of our clients in Fremont, CA. I would highly appreciate it if you could go through the job description below and send me an updated word copy of your resume with your expected hourly rates and availability details.

Please find the job description below.

Title: Sr. Staff System Administrator
Location: Fremont, CA
Duration: 3 months contract to hire

Sr. Staff System Administrator
Client is currently looking for a Senior Staff Systems Administrator with 10 - 15 years of experience to build and support our critical IT Application infrastructure. To be considered, candidates must demonstrate strong technology skills, ability to provide high levels of customer service, have built and supported enterprise IT application environment within a large corporate computing environment. Additionally, requires candidate to participate in a 24x7 rotational on-call coverage.


• Strong working knowledge on Linux (Cent OS, Redhat, and Oracle VM) AND/OR Microsoft Windows 2008 server
• Must have design and large scale implementation experience with Fiber channel and NFS based enterprise storage arrays (3PAR and Netapp skills are preferred) in a highly virtualized infrastructure
• Must have strong understanding and experience in VMware virtualization technology
• Good understanding of TCP/IP, DNS, network routing, and switching
• Experience in configuring and supporting network services appliances such as WAN accelerators, load balancers and firewalls preferred
• Prior experience in optimizing infrastructure components (OS, storage, virtualization and network) to support a very dynamic application environment
• Should be fluent in automating complex manual tasks using Perl, Python, Powershell and bash (at least one)
• Strong experience in designing, building, optimizing and supporting 3 tier / ERP application infrastructure
• Should be able to quickly identify the root cause and resolve critical issues by looking across multiple layers (storage, OS, network, virtualization, and application / DB stack)
• Should have good experience in building, scaling up and supporting database, web and application clusters
• Experience in supporting IT Applications with Apache & MySQL AND/OR IIS & Microsoft SQL
• Strong documentation skills


• Lead in the planning, design and implementation of 3 tier - IT application infrastructure and provide necessary support during application development life cycle and releases.
• Support the IT application infrastructure stack (OS, Storage, Network, Database, Web, and Virtualization) and ultimately accountable for the high availability of the production infrastructure
• Build and maintain IT Application - Software development environments
• Ensure company standard server technologies, proper performance and capacity standards are followed.
• Participate in planning, design and maintenance of enterprise IT infrastructure
• Lead problem resolution and coordination
• Facilitate knowledge sharing by creating and maintaining detailed and comprehensive documentation and diagrams.
• Evaluate and implement new technologies to improve the enterprise infrastructure.
• Participate in an on-call rotation for support of systems outside of normal business hours.
• Position will require being available to perform maintenance during non-business hours and over the weekends.
• Available for occasional business travel
• Strong team player with a high degree of self-motivation and the ability to manage additional technical resources to meet the project requirements.

B.S. Degree in engineering, science, mathematics, information systems or computer science.

If you are available and interested, please do send me a word copy of resume along with following details:

Linux: …years
Windows: …years
VMWare: …years

Earliest availability for the assignment:
Earliest availability for the phone interview:
Earliest availability for the in-person interview:
Current location:
Ready to relocate:
Preferred contact number:
Work Authorization:
Expected hourly rates:
Expected Annual compensation:

Thanks & Regards,

Amit | Intelliswift Software Inc | 2201 Walnut Avenue, #180, Fremont, CA 94538| Phone: 510 870 8644 | Fax: 510-578-7710


Working walkstation

I've meant to try using a walking workstation ever since they first got hip a couple of years ago. The standing setup works for me both at home and at work, so hey, this must be even better, right?

They are crazy-expensive though, so I never got around to buying one, and didn't work in an office that had these before. But at my new job, we have one of these in our building, and today after lunch I figured I'd get a few hundred steps in while catching up on email lists.

It was easy enough to adjust to, and I could still type walking up to 2 miles per hour. I tried going up to 3 mph, but that made reading uncomfortable, so I slowed back down to 2 mph.

After an hour, I have walked about two miles and was ready to return to my stationary desk. And that's when I realized that I totally confused my vestibular apparatus. To the point when I got insta-nausea from stepping back on terra firma.

Holding myself to the wall, I got to the nearest easy chair, where I still remain, forty minutes later, waiting for the world to stop swaying around me.

I get the same severity of motion sickness from reading while riding in a car, so in retrospect I should have expected this result. I mean, you're basically bobbing up and down and side-to-side the whole time, but your visual frame of reference (the screen and the desk) remain stationary.

As my nausea is ebbing, I can say through unclenched teeth "Welp, at least that took the doubt out of my mind whether I want one of those fancy-schmancy treadmill desks for myself."

Have you tried one? What's been your experience?


Stationery luddite

She's a cloud-peddling internet community manager by day, and a technology luddite in her note-taking, also by day.

Is it a fountain pen? Is it a paper notebook? Yes! And it's leather-bound!

Actually, it's a standard "composition book" (for some values of standard: those of you in the US will know it) -- and it is dressed up in my new classy leather cover! And when this book is full of my deep thoughts and meeting notes, I can just put a new one in the same leather cover. How cool is that?


Stateful immigrant

The wait is over. After nearly seven suspenseful years, yours truly is a permanent resident of the United States.

No, don't run to your bookmarks to change the URL to statefulimmigrant.com -- as a matter of fact I have just gotten around to registering www.statelessimmigrant.com, full six years after starting this here blog. The RSS feed still works, as far as I can tell. Is anyone still using RSS since Reader's demise? I'm still not over it. And I despise Feedly. I use it, but any company that picks a baby-talk name makes me want to scratch my eyes out more than use their product.

They did a good job migrating from Reader, and I am almost used to the new UI, but the name, that just keeps grating on my nerves.

Guess I should have called this post "apropos of nothing," seeing how much rambling there is in here, and not the previous one.

Apropos of nothing

I remember the times when reinstalling your OS used to be something you did with frightening regularity, and spent following days restoring your work environment. Back then, if you had any non-standard settings, such as mouse acceleration or taskbar location, you would have to go in, menu by menu, and restore them by hand. I don't remember being particularly upset about that. Sure, whatever nonsense led to the necessity of a reinstall was rightfully cursed, but you'd stoically go through all the steps, and even enjoy trying out new settings a bit, as one does, before returning to what has always worked for you.

These days, I catch myself being annoyed as much, or more by a browser upgrade, which makes me reopen my incognito tabs, and log into all the services, one by one.

Baselines change, the level of annoyance stays the same. What does this say about the human condition?


Blam! Pow! (Okay, more like "Pop!")

A few months ago, my friends introduced me to the wonderful world of target practice. Oh boy, did I like that!

You mean, I can learn and hone a complex manual and mental skill, make a bunch of noise, put holes in things down range, and look cool doing that? Sign. Me. Up.

I need a new expensive hobby like an extra hole in my head, so I've been pacing myself so far, and only got an air gun that shoots tiny pellets. It's good enough to shoot paper targets, but not much beyond that. So: safe with a beginner like me. And legal to practice in the back yard. Which is a Good ThingTM.

Plus, it's quiet. So: no annoyed (or freaked out) neighbors, and no visits from the Santa Cruz' finest. It is waaaay quieter than a bottle of Champagne being opened. And then you have to pump the air into it all over again. For each shot. So free strength training built in.

Oh, and it's orders of magnitude cheaper to shoot than any firearm. Which is a Very Good ThingTM.

I've been spending an occasional afternoon practicing in the back yard, and got somewhat better at it, as one does, sticking paper targets on old Amazon boxes, and subsequently riddling them with holes. The best I've done is hit bullseye from about 15 meters. Double the distance, and I can hit the 20 cm paper circle half the time. Probably in part due to the air gun not having a lot of power, but mostly because of how well I shoot.

Anyways, that is that, there's no other point to this post, just that I'm learning to hit small things with much smaller things from a medium distance. Also, Yippy ka yay, etc.