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EXPOS?: SoloGig.com--Fraud and Deception Find Work

by irish_jwc3 In reply to EXPOS?: SoloGig.com--Frau ...

<p>Hutch-</p>
<p>I just recently joined this website, though I read it often.  I joined sologig just recently also - about a month ago.  Though the navigation was not the easiest and smooth, I was able to find some interesting work.  More importantly, I was actually contacted by a handful of companies.  The poor jobs you mentioned can be eliminated if  you refine your search you can actually get some really interesting jobs here.  I also noticed that this site seems to be changing every week.  It appears that there are people working at trying to make this a better experience online.  I hope it works.  Now I have not found a job/project from this source, I have felt that my investment was worth it.  I also contacted Careerbuilder after I read you post.  They didnt confirm your claim, however on your other board someone stated that a company has recently spammed jobs from particular boards to job boards that have traffic.  That is a very interesting concept and I think its valid....</p>

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EXPOS?: SoloGig.com--Fraud and Deception Find Work

by irish_jwc3 In reply to EXPOS?: SoloGig.com--Frau ...

<p>Hutch-</p>
<p>I just recently joined this website, though I read it often.  I joined sologig just recently also - about a month ago.  Though the navigation was not the easiest and smooth, I was able to find some interesting work.  More importantly, I was actually contacted by a handful of companies.  The poor jobs you mentioned can be eliminated if  you refine your search you can actually get some really interesting jobs here.  I also noticed that this site seems to be changing every week.  It appears that there are people working at trying to make this a better experience online.  I hope it works.  Now I have not found a job/project from this source, I have felt that my investment was worth it.  I also contacted Careerbuilder after I read you post.  They didnt confirm your claim, however on your other board someone stated that a company has recently spammed jobs from particular boards to job boards that have traffic.  That is a very interesting concept and I think its valid....</p>

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EXPOS?: SoloGig.com--Fraud and Deception Find Work

by ajam66 In reply to EXPOS?: SoloGig.com--Frau ...

Sologig is a total fraud-never give them a credit card!? I had the same thing happen but worse-I have been billed repeatedly for this non existant service several times in one month-this has resulted in late fees and other things. I have spoken to 3 customer service agents at AMEX each of whom said they would make a note of it and every time I get a new bill and back fees.? There is no real person to talk to emails never get real personalized responses your only hope is to cancel the credit card in question. Amy in CT.

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EXPOS?: SoloGig.com--Fraud and Deception Find Work

by ajam66 In reply to EXPOS?: SoloGig.com--Frau ...

<p>An update on SOLOGIG FRAUD.  It is march 22, 2006 AND I AM STILL BEING BILLED by this fraud.  When calling Career Builder 888-688-2237 I got to speak with "KAZZ" whose directl line is770-576-3055 she claimed only "Josh" has direct contact with SOLOGIG but there is no way to contact him directly.  When I asked for a supervisor I was told no supervisors are in before 9:30 am American Express after 30 min on the phone with Steve ID# 2655  March 21, 2006 there is "nothing AMEX can do" and cancelling my card will not stop SOLO gig from rebilling me.</p>

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EXPOS?: SoloGig.com--Fraud and Deception Find Work

by rtav In reply to EXPOS?: SoloGig.com--Frau ...

<p>As a new "recruit" to Tech Pros Group, I was asked
to give my firsthand opinions regarding the program on this website due to some earlier
comments made by others. I discovered Tech Pros Group in an online ad from
CareerBuilders.com. The part of the ad that interested me was the possibility
of a paid internship after going through the program. </p>

<p>I am in my early 40's and I was teaching at a private
undergraduate school in an area completely unrelated to IT (ancient Near
Eastern studies [ANE]). I had gone as far as I could without my Ph.D. in the
field, and while I was accepted to a leading university's doctoral program
(humanities department), I began to feel as if several more years of study and
more than $100k of tuition was a bit much. I loved teaching, but at this point
in life I didn't think that a doctorate was the best way to go - especially
when the job market in the field is so limited.</p>

<p>I had a background in MIS from the 80's and mid-90's, but I
had gotten out of it to pursue my BA and MA. I began looking for new career
opportunities when I saw the Tech Pros Group's ad. It seemed ideal: the chance
to learn a new subject that was enormously marketable (computer networking) and
the possibility of a paid internship to help me get started - plus job
placement. Well, it is said that if something seems too good to be true, it
probably is. I applied, figuring that I had nothing to lose at this point. I
needed a career change, but I could not take the time needed to go to a
technical or law school (both fields with excellent job opportunities,
something that the field of ANE studies doesn't offer.) I applied and found out
more about the program. </p>

<p>I was skeptical (who wouldn't be?), but I figured that an
investment of $5k for the program and housing for 3 months wasn't the greatest
risk in the world. Besides, Tech Pros Group was in excellent standing with the
Better Business Bureau and members of the Irvine, CA Chamber of Commerce for a
couple of years. In the worst case, I would be out $5k. In the best case, the
program would be challenging but good and I would have a new career that didn't
take 3 years or so to develop. </p>

<p>I was accepted into the program for the summer of 06,
resigned my teaching position, and went to Irvine California, filled with hope and
trepidation, not knowing what to expect. I found that with every passing day,
the certainty that I had made a good decision in signing on with Tech Pros
Group increased. The first day was spent discussing career objectives, which
was something I didn't expect. I thought that we would be treated as buckets
into which instructors dumped IT knowledge. Instead, everything that is done is
to increase each person's viability in the marketplace. In other words, career,
not pure knowledge, is the goal. To that goal Tech Pros Group has candidates
work on job interview skills through multiple interviews, resume
assistance, and hours of hands on lab experience.

</p><p>Not everyone remained after the first week, and I had to
make a decision early on whether or not I wanted to stay in the program. Some
left feeling that they could get their certification in MS or Cisco anywhere
and not have to pay Tech Pros Group for it. I understood such an argument,
however, Tech Pros Group is not a certification mill. Certification is crucial
and the focus of the first few weeks, however, students are also presented with
excellent lectures and "at a distance" guidance in the hands on lab
work. I say "from a distance" because the philosophy is that there
will be no Tech Pros instructor with the student on his or her jobsite or
interview. Therefore, the students should be used to having to learn for
themselves and take initiative in finding answers and solving problems. The
instructors are there to answer any questions, but it is up to the student to
do all that he or she can before asking. Again, the emphasis is not the
accumulation of IT knowledge, but rather the applicability of knowledge to the
end of a successful career in IT. This was my biggest surprise, and I am glad
that I signed up. </p><p>It is a lot of work (even by graduate studies standards), but
it is not impossible. It is not for everyone, but then, nothing is. For me this
is turning out to what I was looking for and a more. Based on my own
experience, I would commend someone looking for a new opportunity to consider
Tech Pros Group. I am glad I made the decision to come here, stay here, and
make the most of this chance.</p>

- Jules T.<br />

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MEDIA: De-Embed Online Media with Firefox

by HutchTech In reply to HutchTech Blog

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Straight from a podcast by the geeks at <a href="http://www.diggnation.com/">Diggnation.com</a>: You can finally take those media clips you find online and easily save them to your hard drive using Firefox.<br /><br />Once your media has fully loaded in the Firefox browser, right click somewhere on the page (not directly on the media) and select <em>View Page Info</em> (see Image 1).<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectbloggerimagegracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="img">http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1242/149/1600/image11.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1242/149/400/image-12.jpg" /> </a><br />Next, click on the <em>Media</em> tab and scroll down the list of media (all the buttons, graphics, movies, etc. will be listed, so be sure you find the actual .mov, .wmv, .wma, etc. you're looking for), and click the <em>Save As</em> button (Image 2).<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectbloggerimagegracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="img">http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1242/149/1600/image2.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1242/149/400/image-2.jpg" /> </a><br /><br />Now enjoy your media online or offline to your heart's content. Couldn't be simpler, and the folks at Mozilla/Firefox had it in there all the time.<br /><br />- Hutch<br /><br /><span>UPDATE:</span> I've found that some media files can still give you the slip, so look at the size of the embedded object to see if you're really going to be able to save it.</div>
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<div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://hutchtech.blogspot.com/2005/07/media-de-embed-online-media-with.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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FREE: Sound Off, Get Software. Really?

by HutchTech In reply to HutchTech Blog

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Yeah, you've got opinions. Sure, they must be right. If only they'd asked you before they:<br />
<blockquote>(a) added that stupid tab at the top<br />(b) moved that option to another menu<br />(c) called that bug a feature<br /></blockquote><br />Well, your opinions do matter, and now you can sound off...and get free software! It's going to be free Microsoft software, but hey, that's not a bad deal (especially since you're still using that less-than-legitimate license key you got from a friend of a friend of a friend). The Microsoft Usability Group is looking for people to enroll in their program and get free software--with the caveat that you'll fill out their usability reports.<br /><br />I recently participated in two of this team's projects related to the update of the MS Partner website and scored $250 in compensation (for about 5-7 hours of work). If they're offering free software in lieu of a check, that's works too. Check it out for yourself at the link below.<br /><br />- Hutch<br /><br /><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/usability/enroll.mspx">Usability Enrollment Form</a> </div>
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<div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://hutchtech.blogspot.com/2005/07/free-sound-off-get-software-really.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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LINUX: OS Popularity = Insecurity

by HutchTech In reply to HutchTech Blog

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Okay, I know, it can't possibly be that simple. Just because something is popular doesn't mean its insecure. In fact, if you take a look over the last year, I think Apple OS X actually had more critical security flaws than Windows XP (as a budding switcher, I don't relish this reality). But what about Linux? Our oft compiled friend is a bit harder to pin down. Multiple versions, kernels, variations, compilations, and thousands of software packages make it a bit harder to track. While I still don't believe that Linux is a great desktop alternative for most users, it has a well deserved reputation as a robust server platform. However, will all that popularity cause it to become the next big security hole in most organizations?<br /><br />Please don't think that I'm defending Microsoft--they have their own set of server issues, but the Linux zealots had better make sure they've got their act together, or they're in for some major embarrassment (and I believe they'd hate to give Uncle Bill something to giggle about). Check out the ZDNet story at the link below.<br /><br />- Hutch<br /><br /><a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=377&tag=nl.e539">If Linux ruled the world how secure would it be? Open Source ZDNet.com</a> </div>
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<div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://hutchtech.blogspot.com/2005/07/linux-os-popularity-insecurity.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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LINUX: OS Popularity = Insecurity

by jmgarvin In reply to LINUX: OS Popularity = In ...

eh?  What do you mean by multiple versions?  What do you mean
by kernels, variations, compilations, and software packages somehow
making the OS insecure?<br />
<br />
the issue(s) with MIT Kerberos were patched and fixed far faster than I've seen MS act....<br />

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LINUX: OS Popularity = Insecurity

by jmgarvin In reply to LINUX: OS Popularity = In ...

eh?  What do you mean by multiple versions?  What do you mean
by kernels, variations, compilations, and software packages somehow
making the OS insecure?<br />
<br />
the issue(s) with MIT Kerberos were patched and fixed far faster than I've seen MS act....<br />

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