Job hunting.

The last 8 months have been spent looking for work. Technically I am still employed, but the business can’t continue to employ me forever, so I need to gain employment elsewhere.

It’s easy to see why people hate being unemployed and get dejected. You would think with modern technology that getting back to unsuccessful applicants would be a trivial thing to do, yet virtually no one does. Why? No idea.

Anyway my applications continue, so far I have had just the 2 interviews. I think I know what I got wrong with those, but my age won’t help sadly. I have widened the net to all sorts of jobs from mail room/filing clerk all the way up… well for those I think I stand a chance with.

I decided not to apply for the job at MI6, the commute to London just wouldn’t have worked out.

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Working from home.

For someone with an illness working from home can be a real life saver. But how to find real jobs out there, as there are many many scams. Staying clear of selling or business opportunities helps avoid them but you still have to sift through all the vacancies to find the real ones.

Also I am lucky in that I have a little buffer that can allow me some extra time to find a new work from home, telecommute or remote job. If I don’t find one in that time I will have to search for normal jobs again… I hope I don’t have to though.

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KIXEYE employee no more

After 4 years+ I no longer work for KIXEYE. There are many things I could say about it, but that is for another day.

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Updates, I ain’t dead!

Just over 3 years ago I managed to get a job working for a games company in the United States, specifically KIXEYE, though at the time it was still called Casual Collective. And I’m still there! This was pretty unexpected, although I’d been joking with them for a while that if they ever needed someone…

For over 10 years previous to that I’d been out of work, unable to effectively work for anyone, unless I could work from home. Not being able to work was not fun, so finding something where I could work from home was a perfect fir for me.

Now in those 10 years I didn’t sit there and do nothing, I learnt PHP(well I learnt some of the basics) amongst other things and in 2004 created eShop. That actually grew and grew until it became one of only a handful of shop plugins for WordPress. These days there are many, many, others on the market, most of which are considerably better than mine.

Since starting my job I have only done several bug fix updates to eShop. But it is getting to the point where I won’t be able to maintain it at all. However, I do have a plan should I ever get free time again, to rewrite the whole thing with better code and future proofing it even more than I have already done. This would not be compatible with previous versions, and would be a whole new product. However eShop took a very long time to create in the first place, so don’t expect this any time soon. But it is a long term plan, if I ever get to start it, I will be posting about it.

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Tesco Support, bad, really really bad, and accessibility failure.

Follow Up to Tesco Contact Form!.

So they got back in touch, of the 3 issues mentioned, they only talked about one. the fact I couldn’t read their email properly. Being asked if I have adobe reader to read their email is perhaps one of the most surreal things I have been asked in some time. Trying to explain to someone how to fix it who hasn’t got a clue was a waste of time, though I do hope I’m wrong.

No Tesco you do not need to use that to read you emails, you need to send out a text alternative to the HTML crap that you sent out. It was malformed HTML and I couldn’t read the email unless I read it in HTML mode. I guess their concerns about web accessibility has gone down recently then.

Before the BS standard for web accessibility was released, I was part of the team from GAWDS (Guild of Accessible Web Designers) that was involved with PAS78. So yeah it’s nice to check up on some of the big companies that have supposedly good web accessibility every now and then. Tesco, you failed with this one, the email, and the customer service. Satisfaction: 0.

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Tesco Contact Form!

This is a follow up to Tesco Spam.

I had cause to use this contact form today. I had just ordered something from them and the email that came through was useless for reading without HTML, no text alternative and HTML tags make it very difficult to read.

So navigating to their site and finding the link to the form I had my first issue, the security certificate was invalid, for whatever reason. But then after filling in the forum I hit the mobile number required. Now I don’t use one, and I don’t really want one. So I tried to put in n/a, didn’t accept it. I then tried 999… but they didn’t accept that either. Thankfully they had given an example number, and that did work.

So one complaint turned into 3. Thanks Tesco.

Followup: Tesco Support, bad, really really bad, and accessibility failure.

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