How to Repair a Corrupt Windows 7 Installation

Every operating system needs an occasional repair job, and Windows 7 is no exception. Whether the source of the problem is corrupt data, a particularly brutal piece of malware, or some other serious issue, you'll occasionally have to reinstall your copy of Windows. Wiping your hard drive and performing a fresh installation can be a huge headache; but fortunately there's a way to repair a corrupt Windows 7 installation while keeping all your programs, personal data, and user accounts intact. With Windows 7 you can perform an in-place upgrade installation to repair a flaky existing install. Though technically designed to upgrade older Windows operating systems like Vista, the in-place upgrade installation option can also be used to repair an existing installation of Windows 7.

How to Make Your Website Hacker-Proof

Why Protect your Server?
SoR was hacked early 2009. Cleaning out the hack, figuring out why it happened, and hardening the SoR server to keep it from happening again wasted a full week of labor. It exposed visitors of my site to spam redirects and a trojan virus. It also potentially opened me up to full site deletion, password theft, database corruption, being blocked by search engines for malware distribution, and a host of more bad-ness I don't want to clue hackers into.
I can never be 100% sure, but evidence leads to my server control panel that had a known security hole. From there, the hacker gained ftp access to my site, and then ran a whole list of bad scripts. Was it my fault? Well, there was a whole host of things I *should* have done since day one to harden my server that most likely would have blocked the hacker. This article is to share what I learned the hard way.
Now I know what you are thinking, because I thought it too: "I'm a noob at web security and don't want to spend years studying web security to defend myself. My website is about [insert non-IT interest here], not IT related!" This website is about making robotics - I'd rather spend years studying robots, not defending myself against fat loser hackers who still live in their parents basement and can't get a real job (rant rant rant).
So this page is how to defend yourself against 95% of all hacks on your site, and to help you protect yourself from your nobleness.

How to write a resume

A resume - sometimes called a 'Curriculum Vitae' or 'CV' - is a summary of your skills, education and work experience. A good resume demonstrates how your skills and abilities match up with the requirements of a job.

How long should a resume be?

Resumes give you the opportunity to sell yourself to a potential employer. A resume is not an exhaustive list - if it's too long it probably won't get read at all. The best resumes are usually no longer than one or two pages.

Do I need to change my resume every time?

You should change your resume with every job application so that it lists the skills and experiences you have that are most relevant to the job you're applying for. A tailored resume will be much more successful than a generic one, even though it means more preparation.

How to Change Your Name on Facebook

Changing your name on Facebook can be useful (ex. after a legal name change) or just plain fun. To change your name on Facebook, follow these instructions.
1.Log into Facebook.

Sample Job Interview Questions

Typical Interview Questions and Answers
  • Why do you want to work for this company? Why are you interested in this job?
    The interviewer is trying to determine what you know and like about the company, whether you will be willing to make a commitment to the job, and if your skills match the job requirements. Your research will be a big help in formulating your answer to this question. Say as many positive things about the company as possible, show your interest in whatever products/services they sell and explain why the position fits with your career goals.

Basic Interview Questions

Basic Interview Questions:
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
  • What's your ideal company?
  • What attracted you to this company?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What did you like least about your last job?
  • When were you most satisfied in your job?
  • What can you do for us that other candidates can't? 
  • What were the responsibilities of your last position?  
  • Why are you leaving your present job?
  • What do you know about this industry?  
  • What do you know about our company? 
  • Are you willing to relocate?  
  • Do you have any questions for me?

Do You Believe in Your CV?

Our recent post on how to write a CV that works has proved very popular. For some people though, the challenge is often to produce a CV that reflects the real person, something that they can ‘bring to life’ in the interview.
139483_business_1For this post we asked life and career coach Michelle Bayley for her guide to producing a CV that you can really believe in…
“Most people seem to feel a bit squeamish about their CV. Before you’ve even put finger to keyboard to
write it the whole concept of it existing to “sell” you can induce that “eeeeew” feeling.
Then there’s that other uncomfortable thought that if you’re going to compete with people who don’t have a problem with over egging their skills and experience (think Apprentice candidates) then maybe you might need to stretch the truth a bit too.
Before you know it, you can get so caught up in trying to mould yourself to what you think the employer is looking for that that you’re writing a work of semi-fiction and have lost sight of what you genuinely have to offer. So it’s little wonder that you might not exactly believe the finished product.

7 Tips for Managing Your Boss

Your boss is important to you. He or she will have a major impact on you and your career, as well as your happiness at work. If the relationship is poor then this will make a huge difference to your life overall.
We asked leading career consultant, and ex HR Director, Simon North for his advice on how to make sure that this key relationship works well for both you and your boss…
Boss“We need to recognize that managing our bosses well in the present will make a difference to our future, because they will always be a part of our past. Recognize that you have responsibilities for your relationship with them as much as they do for theirs with you.
Here are my 7 tips for getting the best relationship with your boss:

  1. Review Your History. It’s useful to know the history you have with your boss. Why did they hire you? Where do they believe you add most value to them and the team they lead? Are you similar? Are you different? From their perspective, what is it you’re capable of that makes the relationship work well? Seek to understand and be curious about them and their world. Work at it.

5 Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

One of the key parts on any interview is when the interviewer asks the interviewee if they have any questions. Many jobseekers are never sure how much detail to go into at this stage and it’s not always easy to strike a balance – ask too many questions and it can seem presumptive but ask too few and it can give the impression that you’re not interested in the role.
Yet the key to doing well at interview isn’t always just giving good answers…sometimes it’s about asking good questions too!
You won’t always get the opportunity to ask as many questions as you answer so it’s just as well to have some prepared. You may well be looking for some clarity around the company’s business or structure, and any logistical issues you see around the role, but to give yourself the best chance to success you’ll need to get answers to these questions: