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I'm not sure how I missed but looking at it now it's kind of interesting to read how the interviewer, Jeremey Peel reacted to my interview responses. 

Broadly speaking, my belief is that people are people and should be treated well without qualification.  This does not, however, mean that you should feel obligated to absorb abuse.

For example, on our software, we will go to great lengths to help a customer.  But the moment they start making personal attacks on our employees, that's the end of that.

The same is true for employees who demand to be given special treatment.  I just have no patience for that.  There has to be one rule for all employees or you end up with chaos.

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Apr 10, 2017 5:19 PM by Discussion: Stardockians

Stardock Magazine April edition is about to go out.

Use this thread to discuss.

You can also visit the Windows Desktop Discord channel here: https://discord.gg/EZe8uxG (games ones are being set up too).

 

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Apr 10, 2017 5:19 PM by Discussion: Stardockians

Stardock Magazine April edition is about to go out.

Use this thread to discuss.

You can also visit the Windows Desktop Discord channel here: https://discord.gg/EZe8uxG (games ones are being set up too).

 

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Mar 6, 2017 11:05 PM by Discussion: Stardockians

Leave your feedback here.  Will be sending this out soon. :)

 

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Mar 6, 2017 11:05 PM by Discussion: Stardockians

Leave your feedback here.  Will be sending this out soon. :)

 

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Feb 26, 2017 10:41 PM by Discussion: Life, the Universe and Everything

I'm on my way to GDC.  I write this from first class on a 752-200 from Detroit Metro.  25 years ago I lived in poverty. How did I go from having nothing to being one of those 0.1%ers? The usual, hard work, self-discipline, delayed gratification. But there's another element that rarely gets talked about: Being born lucky.

I took a political test and one of the questions struck me, "Some people are born lucky." as a True or False statement.  I remember watching a video of Sargon, a popular political YouTuber, taking this test where he answers no to this question.  Let me assure you, some people are born lucky.  I would know. I was born lucky.

There is a tendency I've seen with "rich" people I know to believe their wealth is solely due to their virtue and wisdom.  But in my experience, being "born lucky" is a pre-requisite to success.  The problem with believing in ones own virtue and wisdom when it comes to success is that it is easy to lose empathy for the less fortunate. 

Besides being born in the United States I had an advantage that even those who were born rich didn't have.  I have almost super-natural good health.  I suspect if you were to study rich people, particularly those, like me, who were at one time living in poverty (by USA standards) you will find that unusually good health is something they have in common.

As tempting as it might be to ascribe my health to decisions I made, I know that not to be true.  I eat horribly. I don't require more than a few hours of sleep per night. I brush my teeth only when my wife complains my breath is killing the plants even as my dentist tells me "whatever you're doing, keep doing it, you have exceptionally good oral health" (I've never had a cavity and tell the dentist that flossing is his job).  I never had to blow my nose until after I had kids.   I didn't have a single sick day from K-12 except for chicken pox. 

My health isn't something I earned. It was something I was born with.  My mom is a mutant as well as I'm not sure I've ever seen her sick. Ever. As in, I'm not sure she's even had a cold.

My unearned health has allowed me to do things that others couldn't do.  So many times in my career a given opportunity was only possible because I could work every day for months at a time to get it done.  So much of my success can be attributed to my unusually good health. I don't get tired. I don't get sick. Year after year. Even now, my entire family at home is sick. I try to sympathize by pointing out I have a hang nail (advice to others: don't do that, I am not immune to my wife's beatings).

So next time you hear someone ascribe some sort of moral failure on the part of the poor, remember, some of our success really is based on being born lucky.

This week, amongst many meetings, I will be reporting what I find over at www.neowin.com. Also, I trimmed that hangnail.

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Haven't sent this out yet...

But feel free to chat with me here.

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Haven't sent this out yet...

But feel free to chat with me here.

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Nov 29, 2016 8:31 PM by Discussion: Stardockians

Greetings!

This Fall Stardock began a major overhaul across the board of its community infrastructure.

The first update was of our WinCustomize.com customization site (www.wincustomize.com) to greatly speed it up.

The next update was to speed up our forums across all the Stardock community sites.

This past week, we launched the third major update: Forum community awards.  You will notice on people's posts that there are various little dots and awards by their names.  We will be adding more as time goes on.

Here's where you come in:

  1. What other awards do you want to see? (mouse over them to see what they are, the tooltip is a bit slow right now, fixing now)
  2. What other features would you like to see on the forums that would make you inclined to use our forums more?

We are gradually going around and promoting users so that they get more pips. It'll take a few months for that to get completed. 

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Nov 29, 2016 8:31 PM by Discussion: Stardockians

Greetings!

This Fall Stardock began a major overhaul across the board of its community infrastructure.

The first update was of our WinCustomize.com customization site (www.wincustomize.com) to greatly speed it up.

The next update was to speed up our forums across all the Stardock community sites.

This past week, we launched the third major update: Forum community awards.  You will notice on people's posts that there are various little dots and awards by their names.  We will be adding more as time goes on.

Here's where you come in:

  1. What other awards do you want to see? (mouse over them to see what they are, the tooltip is a bit slow right now, fixing now)
  2. What other features would you like to see on the forums that would make you inclined to use our forums more?

We are gradually going around and promoting users so that they get more pips. It'll take a few months for that to get completed. 

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