Jun. 24th, 2011

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Been a while for a Web Insecurity post, eh? I blame thesis.

Anyhow, here's the teaser:

Web Insecurity : I admit, I laughed: LulzSec as popular as orgasms?

I don't know about you, but I got a great chuckle out of the thought that LulzSec might be as popular as orgasms... at least when it comes to scam bait.

Read the full post here (and learn about how LulzSec hacked the sun!)
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I keep most of the posts about my job hunt private out of respect for the companies and people involved, but since more than one person has asked me about the tweet I made linking the private post, here's a public version.

I got an email from one of my recruiters today, letting me know that she's leaving the company and giving me information for my new contact there.

The shocking part of this is actually that she told me at all; this is the first time a recruiter's been kind enough to let me know. And yet, it's far from the first time this has happened to me.

The funniest were the couple where a recruiter had contacted me and I turned them down... then a few months later I'd get an email from a new recruiter saying "hey, I took over so-and-so's accounts and are you still interested?" I tried not to laugh and say, "still interested? I was never interested!" since it's hardly the new person's fault if the outgoing recruiter didn't have complete records.

I digress, but the point is that this was a really considerate thing to do, and beats finding out when some new person starts contacting me, my mail starts bouncing or, even worse, suddenly all my mails vanish into the abyss and I don't know why. Plus I feel reassured that the new recruiter will have my info and we can continue where the last left off.

I wish I could thank my original recruiter, but her email account there is now closed, and I'm guessing it's too creepy to look her up elsewhere or put her name in this post. But I wish her the best of luck wherever she's going next, and I'm glad to have had such a considerate recruiter this time around -- this is just one example of the things she did to make sure my interview experience was good, and I appreciate it.
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One last blog post for today, I promise!

The Ada Initiative Seed 100 campaign: donate in June to support women in open technology and culture

Donate to the Ada Initiative’s Seed 100 campaign to support women in open tech and culture!

I've been completely remiss in mentioning this. (I blame thesis, as usual.) My friends Mary and Valerie have started the Ada Initiative to support women in open technology and culture, and they're looking for a few more donors to round out their initial funding round.

I regret that right now I don't have money to support them financially or time to be a bigger part of what they're building, but what I can do right now is tell you why those of you who can donate should do so.

Some of you may already know one or both of them. If you don't, you should know that Valerie and Mary are both awesome at getting things done.

When Mary was running Linuxchix, not only did she keep things in basic working order, but she also had a great vision for driving things ahead and doing more. While the new coordinators have done a good job of keeping things going, I'm really sad that when she left we lost that extra push to go beyond our original mission. After a women-in-tech BoF Valerie organized (and I attended) at the Linux Symposium, she went on to write the HOWTO Encourage Women in Linux, making sure that the things we'd discussed could be brought to a wider audience. They go beyond the level of keeping afloat as non-stereotypical geek, and towards making things better.

There's a lot of frustrating things that come up as a geeky woman, some big, some small. I'm trying to do my part by writing for geek feminism and bringing attention both to the good and bad. But Valerie and Mary believe they could have an even bigger impact on the problems if they worked on this full time rather than relying on all of us already busy people to work that second shift.

These are women who can recruit teams of top-notch volunteers, build networks, and seriously make a difference in the world, so if you're interested in supporting women in open tech and culture and want to know your dollar's going to have an impact, The Ada Initiative is a great cause.


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