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The problem with LinkedIn

I used to admire LinkedIn. It served a purpose, had a solid business model and meant recruiters could easily find me and contact me. LinkedIn had the amazing advantage of doing three things that could seemed contradictory at first glance but worked in its unique ecosystem:
Provide me with a convenient place to host my resumeAllow me to contact recruiters and peersDo so without being an addictive platform like Facebook or Twitter (my personal opinion)
Basically, the sweet thing about LinkedIn is that you could just create your profile and only log in when absolutely necessary such as when you changed jobs or earned a new qualification. LinkedIn had a definite purpose and everybody was using it the way it was meant to be utilized: as a platform to connect recruiters and prospective candidates and to allow professionals to grow their networks and showcase their skills.

Then, things changed. People started using LinkedIn as a way to get in touch with key executives to sell their products o…

Emtel has launched its own fiber optics packages

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Dubbed Airbox, the service is a direct competitor to Orange's much-advertised fiber packages in Mauritius. From my conversations with someone from Emtel, there are two main differences that I like compared to Orange:

It's already available where I live - pending an on-site test obviously but I'm fairly sure this should not be a problem. Compared to Orange which insists that their fibre optics will be available in November only in my area, this is a big deal.All the packages come with unlimited data (fair usage policies of course apply). Not that I'm a heavy Internet user or anything, but it's still a factor.
Beyond that, here's the list of some other key aspects of Emtel's Airbox: There are 3 different packages: 10Mbps, 20Mbps and 30Mbps, all of them with unlimited data. Of course, the key phrase here is "up to 10Mbps" and not just "10Mbps", but it's the same thing with Orange Mauritius anyway.Each package includes a free fixed phone …

Getting started on freelance sites - Tips for beginners

(Originally posted on my personal blog)

As a follow up to my previous post The top 3 freelance sites, I am going to describe how to get started on these freelance sites and to make a name for yourself until you can have money rolling in on a regular basis. I have seen many users sign up on freelance sites such as Rent A Coder, never manage to land a project, and quit after a couple of months because they think it's a waste of time. Or they will only have a couple of projects under their belt, even after being a member of that freelance site for almost a year. In either situation, this is simply because that user did not understand how to ensure his bids would be selected and thus could not obtain the one thing that would put him above the 30 other users bidding on the same project: feedback.

The first thing you should do is to choose a good username. This may sound obvious, but you would be surprised at the number of people who seem to forget this extremely simple concept. Would y…

GoDaddy sucks

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(Originally posted on my personal blog)

There, I said it. Much has been said about GoDaddy and its reputation, but more and more people have voiced their frustrations about GoDaddy, and I am now officially one of them. Some will recall that I blogged about 1&1 and its atrocious technical support in January. However, I have recently discovered that GoDaddy is even worse, and in this case, I'm not only referring to the technical support but to everything about GoDaddy. However, rest assured that it does come with the inevitable useless and incompetent technical support that seems to come with most hosting services these days (except GoDaddy's technical support is much worse than 1&1's, which, by itself, is quite a feat).

GoDaddy's problems start no sooner than the home page:


Too much content, too little space, making the home page a real mess, and don't even get me started about the advertising.

Actually, screw that - I am going to rant about GoDaddy's a…

The top 3 freelance sites

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(Moved from my personal blog.)

Freelancing is becoming more and more popular and it's important to know which websites are actually worth investing time in as many of those websites fail to protect the seller and often results in work being unpaid. This is only one side of the coin though, as other websites cannot also protect the buyers with the latter paying for work that does not correspond to their initial requirements. As such, when stepping into the freelance market, it is important to identify which websites provide all those safety aspects for both sellers and buyers while having a big enough userbase with a variety of projects since it would serve little purpose to join a website where only a handful of projects are posted each week, and none of those are in your field of expertise. As such, this posts focuses exclusively on those websites that are secure while providing enough projects.

Rent A Coder

With Rent A Coder being one of the first freelance sites around and essen…