Chad Broadus

Chad Broadus a is tech professional and writer living in the Pacific Northwest. Over the last decade he's knocked around high tech in many roles, wearing many hats: SysAdmin, IT Director, and Director of Products and Support, just to name a few. He's currently wearing the hat of a software product manager, and can be found doing insufferable things like giving impromptu pedantic lectures on the importance of typography and overall usability to besieged coworkers.

Too Much OT is a Health Hazard

Posted In Looking in Tech
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We’ve all probably pulled some long days during a hard push on a project at work.  That’s a fairly normal occurrence in high tech work right?  However, if you’re one of those poor souls that seems to be in a constant death march of long days for months on end, or if you’re a workaholic, you may be opening yourself up to some very blue moods. NPR is reporting on a British study that says putting in a lot of overtime is hazardous to your… continue…

Cultivate Your Best Work Relationships

Posted In Looking in Tech
How to Make the Leap to Management Through 'Discomfort'
It happens to me at least twice per year. A former co-worker contacts me to see if I’d be interested in a position at their current company. It’s a powerful gesture. They are on the inside, and typically have the ear of the hiring manger.  As long as you don’t horribly blow the interview, you’re as good as hired. And then there are the secondary networking effects. Someone you used to work with just happens to know someone on the interview committee of that job you’re applying for. I’ve… continue…

Apple May Need a Fair Trade iPhone

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Apple may be pushed into higher worker protection standards. We’ve had Fair Trade Coffee for a number of years now to protect the small growers from being ripped off by the huge coffee conglomerates, and a new movement may push Apple to similarly begin adopting more ethical standards in their overseas manufacturing practices. It all started with Mike Daisey’s investigative monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, which really got everyone talking after getting a national platform on a… continue…

All Interactions Are Part of the Interview

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We had just convened for the post interview discussion on a candidate we’d just interviewed.  I thought he’d done okay and was ready vote to move him to the next phase of the hiring process. My boss comes in, takes a seat, and doesn’t want to pursue the applicant further.  Why?  Because he was a jerk to the receptionists, and that interaction was part of the interview. Any interaction that you have with a company, and the people that make up the company is… continue…

Schrödinger’s Resume…It’s Both Alive And Dead

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So, what’s the deal with the resume? It’s dead. It’s alive. It’s dead. It’s alive. Do we need one or don’t we? The Wall Street Journal reports that New York venture-capital firm Union Square Ventures is encouraging applicants not to send resumes but instead forward a collection of “Web presence” links. A résumé doesn’t provide much depth about a candidate, says Christina Cacioppo, an associate at Union Square Ventures who blogs about the hiring process on the company’s website and was herself hired after she… continue…

Prepare for Insightful Interview Questions

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A few days back, I poked a little fun at some of the weird questions that can pop up during the interview process.  This week, I’d like to turn you on to a really insightful article over at Mashable Business by Jayne Mattson,  a senior vice president at career management firm Keystone Associates.  Below are a few that have come up for me from both sides of the interview table. What qualities of your last boss did you admire, and what… continue…

Overcoming Your Fear Of Public Speaking

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Speaking in front of a group of people.  It has been ranked as a fear worse than even death itself, but public speaking is going to come up sooner or later as you rise through the ranks.  If you suddenly find that you’re going to have to make a presentation in the near future, here are some tips that may help. Skip The BS It’s really hard to get up in front of a group of people and give a… continue…

Radio Astronomers Receiving Lost Dr. Who Episodes….From Deep Space

Posted In Living in Tech
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Radio astronomers at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico have recently reported that they are receiving television signals that were broadcast from Earth nearly half a century ago.  Note the date.  This is not the first of April. So is this a Contactesque first contact from an alien civilization?  Not likely, says a Dr. Venn. “They are signals that left the Earth about 50 years ago and have bounced off an object or more likely a field of objects some 25 light years… continue…

Steve Jobs Won’t Be Honored in the World of Action Figurines

Posted In Living in Tech
Steve Jobs Doll
Apple’s Steve Jobs won’t be immortalized in an action figure. Sorry Apple fan boys. in icons says that, due to pressure from Apple and the Jobs family, it’s abandoned its plans for a 12-inch collectable figurine. Unfortunately we have received immense pressure from the lawyers of Apple and Steve Jobs family. Regardless of the pressure, I am still Steve’s fan, I fully respect Steve, and his family, and it is definitely not my wish or intention that they be upset.… continue…

Megaupload Shut Down In Stunning Display of Bad Timing

Posted In Living in Tech
Dumping Beer
UPDATED: Megaupload, one of the most popular locker sites on the Internet, has been shut down by federal authorities. Seven people involved with the site have been charged with copyright infringement and conspiracy, says the New York Times. Four of them have been arrested. Whether the timing stemmed from coincidence, a desire to get into the tech world’s face or utter tone-deafness, the news came not 24 hours after a global online protest led a number of legislators to rethink… continue…