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Christopher G Mendla

I am a full stack web developer, IT Manager, Project Manager, Educator, Technologist and someone who maintains a keen interest in life and the world around me.

14 things you should be doing even if you aren’t currently seeking a job

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Complacency can be deadly. Here are 14 things that you should be doing even if you are happy and feel secure in your new job.

Many workers completely abandon any trace of job seeking when they are working. This can be from being complacent or perhaps ‘there just isn’t enough time’ or ‘that isn’t a priority right now’.

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Clifford Stoll – An astronomy professor who stopped a hacker

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In 1986, Cliff Stoll was an Astronomy Professor at Berkley. When a computer administrator was on leave, Cliff was in charge of the systems. He found a 75 cent accounting error and started tracking it down. He eventually exposed a Soviet Bloc hacker who was stealing US Military secrets. His book, The Cuckoo’s Egg details the security issues that allowed the hacker to penetrate some of the most secure systems. The problem is that these vulnerabilities still exist today.

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel – An Amazing Engineer.

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a British engineer who left an amazing legacy in his 53 short years. This was the time of the Industrial Revolution. He had vision and drive far beyond most men. His works included Ships, Bridges, Tunnels and Railroads. Most of his works were larger than life such as the amazing Great Eastern Steamship.

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Starting a woodstove that is installed below grade.

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I installed my woodstove in the basement of my 2 story Cape Cod. The problem was that when I would try to light it, I would get a downdraft and the basement and house would be as smokey as a 1960’s biker bar. Here is a relatively simple solution that allows me to start a cold stove in less than 10 minutes.

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