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Aug 23, 2023

General Job Search Update

As mentioned in a previous post, I'm on the job hunt again. I got laid off in June with a 30% Reduction In Force.

I've been searching primarily for Python and Go roles, but I'm not having a lot of luck right now - seems everyone else also got laid off is who I am competing against. (That said, go hire my friend Nik! He's fantastic!) I've had a lot of job opportunity people ghost me. Gotten through a few late rounds, only to never hear from the company again. Even if I have emailed them a thank you letter for the interviews, to express my interest.

I've been around professionally for thirteen years. Over those years, I have picked up mostly back end skills. I have eight solid years of Django experience. Four years of Ruby on Rails experience. A couple years of Flask, FastAPI, and other smaller Python Frameworks mixed in.

I'm looking for an IC role, where I can move into a Tech Lead role. I want to eventually some day be a Staff/Principal role, but I don't have that on paper to show I can do it, so trying to get in somewhere new with an IC role.

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Jun 19, 2023

Jun 16, 2023

Laid Off - 2023 Edition!

"Hey Tyrel, I put a meeting on your calendar, let me know if you can make it." The last words you want to hear from your manager.

Well it happened again, and I got caught in some layoffs from work and am on the job hunt again. I did want to be able to spend more time with Astrid, but not like this!

After the call with HR and them all explaining what was happening, and panic texting my wife and some friends. I emailed the recruiters I've been working with for a few weeks back, and all day today I've been appling to a lot of places.

There are a LOT of jobs out there I'm not interested in, a lot of Ruby on Rails jobs, crypto companies, etc. But I am finding a LOT of Python or Go jobs I'm applying to. I'd love to get a job doing rust and firmware work, but that's unlikely as I want to stay remote, and I have very minimal Rust experience.

What worries me is finding health insurance, because America ties it to work... my wife is unemployed and now we have to cancel a few appointments for us the next few weeks. Still going to keep Astrids 4mo vaccinations though. Those I'll be okay paying out of pocket for.

I just ended the day applying to twelve jobs, hopefully one pans out!

If anyone needs any Python consultation, let me know too! Thanks!

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Jun 08, 2023

Netgear WAC104

I recently bought four Netgear WAC104 devices, and am flashing OpenWRT onto them. I have struggled a lot to get the firmware on, due to the not great interface they provide.

The issue is, that it prompts you to change the password, but then when you change it on the page you land on, nothing connects anymore and you can't access the router.

The solution is to click "Set Password" in the Administration menu on the left, and set it there. Even though there is a prompt to set the password on every page, that will change other settings too and break things.

The router isn't great, and the software is awful so thats why I'm installing OpenWRT anyway.

Two down, two more to go!

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