Annoyed With LinkedIn

OK, so Linked-In just sent me an email that pretty much matched Mr. Mamechenkov’s post:

LinkedIn “improved” profile | Blog of Leonid Mamchenkov.

So, I’m rightly agitated.  I understand that LinkedIn is cutting edge technology, but changing a public facing API and giving the public a grand total of 5 minutes to change from the deprecated code before the stuff stops working?  Not exactly professional guys.  I know you told folks that you’d be redesigning the pages, but that’s not the same.

Also, I’m in the same place that was mentioned in this article.  My hosted GitHub projects were being shared on LinkedIn, giving a pretty decent cross-section of my abilities as a developer.  This is pretty much the only reason I even have a LinkedIn account.  I was able to create a link to it in the “My webpages” section, but that’s not exactly the same.

Luckily, I was able to find a plugin that posts my new stuff via the JetPack tools for reposting my WordPress publications.  We’ll see if that works.

Update (12/11/2012 2:50pm): The Jetpack plugin seems to be working with the WordPress publications.  It’s not formatted very nicely in the LinkedIn output, but it works. Looks like they are trying to be more like facebook and have a running timeline.

IPhone Security woes

So, my girlfriend found an iPhone in the bathroom in our building yesterday. I had no idea who’s it was, but I didn’t want to leave it there. So, I started playing with it to find out how to return it to the person. First off, it was locked.

Locked iPhone

Seems reasonable. I lock my Samsung Galaxy as well. Don’t want people getting into my stuff just because they found my phone.

My girlfriend has an iPhone too, so I tried looking at the pictures. Maybe I’d recognize the girl in the building. Nope. Apple had done a good job of locking that out too.

Pictures-Locked

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Illustrator CS4 Design Example of Polaroids on a Page

The joy of my girlfriend being a teacher is that schools try to do things and have no resources to do them.  Is it bad management?  Oh yeah.  But what are we going to do? Let kids suffer because people are lazy and inefficient?  I digress.  My point was that I often get dragged into doing little projects for free for my girlfriend because of lack of resources (see German Events for examples of a “small” project I got dragged into – which included that website).  I don’t usually mind, since it keeps her happy.  This most recent one was a flyer to encourage freshman to pursue German language at George Mason University.  It had a cool effect that I had sorta seen before with polaroid pictures represented as marketing material.

If you want to check out the flyer, and how it can turn into something cool, here’s the PDF: GermanFlyer-web.  This will give you a way to do it yourself, should you like this design and want the “polaroid effect” on a flyer of your own.

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