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Have you ever gone to work one morning to find a stranger sitting at your desk? “This is Boris Hadijian, our new tech-master whiz. I had no choice but to give him your desk. The HR department moved your things over there… didn’t you get the memo?” I get this all the time. I always forget the memo.

Or have you ever entered your office at night to pick up some stuff and found a sympathetic old handyman taking down a wall to create more office space, very eager to introduce himself? “I’ve been working for your boss’s family for over twenty years now, they’re great people, and they pay well.” Lovely.

Or have you ever considered, as an intern, dropping school to stay with a company that’s growing so fast that you fear you might miss the opportunity of becoming a CEO at 25 like Bill Gates, Larry Ellison or the two guys from Google?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you get the idea of how the past nine months were for me since I’ve been working at SherWeb. In one word: awesome!
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Rick Cook (author of the Wizadry series) once said, “Programmers are in a race with the Universe to create bigger and better idiot-proof programs, while the Universe is trying to create bigger and better idiots. So far the Universe is winning.”

Programmers make the technologies we use possible, but often get little recognition for their major contributions outside the IT industry. A few months ago, one of our reader’s suggested we do a post on the creators of the most renowned programming languages. By creating this list, I hope to commemorate at least some of the many influential programmers of our time.
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Everyone with a pulse and an email account has been subject to at least a dozen or two email scams. Almost all of them can be grouped into just a handful of categories, however. One of the most common email scam themes is one in which some purportedly credible, wealthy person somehow needs the help of a complete stranger (i.e., the scam’s victim) in order to regain access to his funds. This person promises a portion of these gains to you if you only temporarily part with a small amount of money in order to gain access to his fortune.
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