Book Review: Employment Rage by Howard Adamsky

Howard Adamsky is mad as hell and he isn’t going to take it anymore. Unlike Howard Beale, who uttered that famous phrase, Mr. Adamsky is real and is talking about the current crisis with America’s unemployment.

Adamsky is the author of Employment Rage, a book he felt compelled to write through both personal experience and anger with the current employment situation. Adamsky is a professional recruiter with over 25 years of experience, both as an employee himself and as a consultant. Adamsky has watched as many strong candidates for employment have struggled as companies string them along, putting them through multiple interviews for a position, repeatedly changing the definition of what that position entails, and even holding against them the very drive which led them to take the interview in the first place. Apparently, not having a job is a strike against you in a world where some states are experiencing 10% unemployment. Adamsky feels (and I agree) that this situation should make any American’s blood boil as the American Dream becomes more and more elusive. Continue reading “Book Review: Employment Rage by Howard Adamsky”

West Connexions YPA March Social/Networking Event TONIGHT

If you are a young professional  like myself (I’ll let you decide that on your own) and would like to meet and network with other young professionals from the Cleveland area, come to the West Connexions Young Professionals Alliance March Social/Networking event. This is a great opportunity to share what you and your company are about with many potential customers and clients, all while enjoying good food and drink.

West Connexions YPA March Social/Networking Event

5:30pm – 8:30pm

Amp 150 – Cleveland Airport Marriott
4277 West 150th Street
Cleveland, OH

RSVP Here!

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Book Review: Baseball’s First Lady by Joan M. Thomas


As a fan of the game of baseball, I have a strong interest in the history of the game. My focus on that history, though, has always been with what happens on the field. When it comes to the board room and the world of ownership, my historical knowledge is rather lacking. Outside of what I’ve read in the Indians’ media guide and books written by Terry Pluto, I know almost nothing.

When the opportunity came to review a book focusing on the first woman owner of a baseball club, I jumped at the chance. Considering the historical significance of Helene Hathaway Robison Britton, both in baseball and in the early 20th century’s women’s rights movement, I felt I had a chance to begin filling a gap in my historical awareness. This book, while only 141 pages, exceeded my expectations.

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App Review: March Madness (iOS)

I don’t normally follow the NCAA tournament outside of the championship game, but this app makes it hard not to. The NCAA has released their own official March Madness app for iOS and it is chock full of awesomeness. If you own an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you could conceivably follow the entire tournament from your device. Even the casual college basketball fan will find this app useful.

The app is very informative, as one would expect from the NCAA. you get a full bracket of matchups, including seedings, game times, and TV channels for each game. When you first set up the app, in fact, you also choose who your cable provider is so you can see what channel number to turn to for each game. There is also the option for taking part in the Bracket Challenge, although that was closed before I could join. If you already signed up, you can log into your account and see how your bracket is doing.
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I Had An Affair…With Android

Bless me, Father Steve Jobs, for I have sinned. On this day of your great achievement, the iPad 2, I must confess. I have strayed from the Apple path.

Like most affairs, I didn’t even plan for it to happen. It was just that, when Virgin Mobile released the LG Optimus V, an Android phone for just $149 with no contract, I found that I was curious. Yes, I have been a faithful iPhone user ever since the 3G came out in 2008, and I have little to complain about outside of the blasphemous arrangement you’ve had with AT&T, but I couldn’t resist the lure of another phone operating system. Continue reading “I Had An Affair…With Android”

Highland High School Choir & Orchestra Concert

This Tuesday, March 1st, the Highland High School Orchestra, which my wife, Rachel, directs, will be holding a concert along with the HHS Choir, directed by Mr. Chris Ilg. The concert begins at 7 PM. The concert is free and is a great chance to hear some great music by great young performers. If you’re interested, here’s where to go on Tuesday night:

Map to Highland High School

Hope to see you there!

App Review: Evernote (iOS/Android)

In the past, when I focused on iOS apps which added Outlook functionality to my iPhone, the one area I neglected to cover was that of note taking. The iPhone and iPod Touch both are able to sync with your notes in Outlook when you plug the device into your PC and perform an iTunes sync. My overarching goal, however, is to cut the cable, regardless of what device I’m using. While using the iPhone, I came across a free service called Evernote which fulfilled this goal while also adding functionality which Outlook notes just don’t do. Now that I’m working with both iOS and Android devices, it is definitely time to take a close look at the Evernote service and the corresponding mobile apps which sync with Evernote.

First, let’s look at the Evernote website, which can be found at The site serves as a central repository for information. The premise is simple – Anytime you need to make note of something, whether it be text, audio, or visual, you create a note in your Evernote account and put the information there. With these notes stored in the cloud, you can access them from any computer with a web browser and an Internet connection, which is pretty much any computer on the planet you’ll touch. The free account has a set amount of monthly usage, based on the size of your notes, but I’ve yet to get anywhere near the maximum data cap for a month. You can also download and install a desktop app for your PC which gives you instant access to your notes as well as the ability to format them much like you would a Word doc. Continue reading “App Review: Evernote (iOS/Android)”

Interesting Job Posting

A friend of mine sent me this job posting. If you are interested, contact Kimberly Symonds at

Job Description:

If you have the desire to be a part of a rapidly growing company, this is the place for you. Our client has an immediate need for a .NET Web Application Developer in the Akron, Ohio area. Our company specializes in the design, development, and manufacturing of next generation arcade kiosks and revolutionary self-automated vending machines. We are currently seeking an experienced .NET developer to maintain and enhance our existing remote management/reporting system.

The ideal candidate combines strong expertise and experience in the relevant technologies, the passion to continuously enhance and improve the products we service, and the desire to be part of a dynamic, fast-paced, cohesive team. This would be a six month contract with possibility of a full-time career.

Basic Skills and Experience Required:

-Strong command of Microsoft technologies (e.g. Windows Server 2008, IIS 7, ASP.NET, C#, SQL Server 2008)

-Strong database design skills and/or web service development experience is a must.

-Strong web design skills and a familiarity with web technologies such as JavaScript, XML, CSS are required.

-Working knowledge of Linux systems and programming in C or C++ is helpful.

-Demonstrated experience designing and implementing enterprise class systems is a plus.

-Motivated, resourceful, team player with excellent communication skills.

-Capable of working independently.

-Sensitivity to delivering on tight deadlines and the ability to remain cool under pressure, along with the ability to adapt to situational demands of work on a moment’s notice.

-Passion for the latest devices, apps, and product design solutions across various industries.