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How to apply to jobs easily? (2018.03.24)

If you want to apply for jobs easily, I have created a Microsoft Word VBA script which helps you write cover letters easily. They are different one from another.
I have also created an Excel file, useful for the occasions when you wish to have an overall view on the job application process.

Please find the files below, and also a YouTube video explaining the details.

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#include «MPI h» in Linux

If you want to run a program writen in C++, and you want to have this clause at the beginning of the program:
#include «MPI h»

(details here and here), you should compile the program using the following clauses:

Program using the Message Passing Interface should be compiled by using something like mpicc main.c -o main or mpiCC main.cpp -o main. Is it your case ? Regarding the second message : you may have two implementations of the MPI standards on your computer. You may try to know more by typing which mpicc, which mpirun, mpirun –version or module avail. The implementation (openmpi or mpich2 or…) of compiler command must be the same as the command to execute the program mpirun -np 2 main.

(source & credits »)

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Against “live” video broadcasts of events

From time to time, I see live broadcasts of events in Romania. I’m generally against this.

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How to quickly evaluate movies?

Let’s say you want to take a decision – should I watch “X” movie or not? What should you do?

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The most important SEO lesson – don’t restrict yourself to SEO-only

I’ll write in this blog post about the dangers of over-specialization.

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About the bounce rate

I’ve seen people worrying about bounce rates around 60%. I think there are two types of bounce rate:

  • Some people might search for various terms, go to your web site via the search engines, find what they are looking for, and then go away. I think this is a good type of bounce rate.
  • Others might look for something, get to your web site, but be dissatisfied, and go back to Google. For those people, I think the bounce rate indicates that something is wrong.

I would advise you to think about these two types of bounce rates when analyzing.

Another thing – some types of businesses have a high bounce rate due to their niche. It’s normal for a publishing web site to have a high bounce rate. A mortgage calculator which refreshes the page after it performs calculations, though, shouldn’t have a high bounce rate.

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Small Dropbox hint

Whenever you right click on a file or folder in Dropbox, and choose “Share”, you will generally get a link which looks like this:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/randomtextdkjkfjell/Name-Of-The-File.xls?dl=0

Ever wondered what “dl=0” stands for? It’s download, and it’s set, as a default not to download your file.

Just change dl=0 to dl=1 and the file will automatically start downloading whenever the recipient of the link clicks on it.

There are a lot of storage solutions these days, but I prefer Dropbox for better integration with other services, like ifttt.com.

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The email + label solution in GMail (myemail+thissite@gmail.com) might be wrong

You might know of this solution: in GMail, you can write your email: myemail@gmail.com (for example) in the following ways:

  • my.email@gmail.com
  • m.y.e.m.a.i.l@gmail.com
  • my.ema.il@gmail.com
  • myemail+label1@gmail.com
  • myemail+label2@gmail.com
  • mye.m.a.i.l+label1@gmail.com

… And so on, pretty much any combination of dots and labels.

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Differences between a panel discussion and a single speech

When organizers of a conference have a lot of good speakers and only a day or two in which to have them all speak, they organize the speakers into panels. It sounds good at the beginning: 5 speakers on stage, each giving their reply to the questions, as they arise.

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When you volunteer, you will tend to work for yourself

Just Google [volunteering helps with] and you will get some reasons for which people volunteer.

But the most important reasons are these two:

  • Instead of watching TV, you’ll feel better after you volunteer.
  • Instead of working, you’ll also feel better when volunteering.

I think I’ve read it first on Derek Siver’s blog, but it was also a long thought of mine, that in order to best help an NGO you should do the work which is most impactfull (which is likely to be something closely related to your 9-to-5 job), and use the money you earn like this to help NGOs. This should have more impact than you giving flyers and organizing events.

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