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Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
Posted by Michael on 27 March 2004, 00:07 GMT

It's been a long time since we announced that we were hiring, but the wait is finally over. We'd like to welcome Jonathan Katz to our staff. Jonathan will be editing and posting reviews, posting surveys, and otherwise generally assisting with the site.

We wish good luck to Jon, and remember to submit lots of high-quality, objective reviews for him to process!

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Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
Konrad Meyer  Account Info
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Good luck, Jon!

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 00:34 GMT

Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
mike White Account Info

[The text of this article has been removed by a news editor due to violation of the acceptable use policy.]

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 00:55 GMT

Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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Man I hate it when that happens! :-)

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 01:14 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
nyall Account Info
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Sid some people say that this was an early april fools prank? I'm thinking this is a joke on the idiot (former?) slashdot editor.

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 01:18 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
nyall Account Info
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Dang mis-spelling. That read: "Did some people..."

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 01:19 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
jrock7286  Account Info
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Why would this be april fools? they announced that they were hiring...so now they did...

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 06:35 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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I was thinking the same thing... I didn't quite understand his comment.

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 17:28 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
nyall Account Info
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I was asking if comments where deleted because they where accusations of this being an april fools prank. And if my comment was deleted that would have been a confirmation.

I was a bit suspicious when the new staff member has a user id of 48 thousand + something and had never authored any programs.

I'll assume this is real.

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 18:15 GMT

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no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Oh, okay, I gotcha. That makes sense, but I think it's real too. And if it's not, then I'm an April Fool. :)

Reply to this comment    28 March 2004, 01:00 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
Jonathan Katz Account Info
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I've written a bunch of programs for my own personal use on my 89, but I haven't published any, since most of them have either been for solving something in math, computer science, or something else for my own personal use. I also do a lot of programming with PHP and using PHP with mySQL databases (My website is an example, though it's hard to see the mySQL integration since that occurs in the scripting). I've also worked with Perl in modifying the Ikonboard script to create a mock battle-system, similar to a MMORPG, though currently it's down as I'm working on upgrading it to make it better.

And though my user id is relatively high, I have been coming here four about four and a half years, I just didn't have an account. I have downloaded a plethora of programs over the years, and perhaps one day I will submit some of my own.

Reply to this comment    28 March 2004, 01:37 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
nyall Account Info
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So what if they anounced they where hiring. That could have been legit but also partly setup.

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 18:19 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
Joey Gannon  Account Info
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Michael actually mentioned that in the interview. There is no connection between Jon Katz and JonKatz.

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 06:57 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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What/who is JonKatz?

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 17:36 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
nyall Account Info
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My apologies then.
I hope that Jon Katz has not had to deal too much with questions based on sharing a name with the slashdot editor.

-Samuel

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 18:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
Joey Gannon  Account Info
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Jon had never even heard of his online doppelganger. :-)

Reply to this comment    28 March 2004, 00:16 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
George Limpert  Account Info
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Yes, he is a former Slashdot editor. He was dismissed during a round of layoffs at VA. I think everyone got annoyed with some of JonKatz's writings, but as far as Slashdot editors go, he was far from the worst.

Anyways, several months ago, CmdrTaco and Hemos held a "forum" to ask questions on Slashnet. While a lot of important questions were skipped and never came up (like about the abuses of moderation on Slashdot), the question about JonKatz was asked and answered. I'm sure the log is available somewhere in Slashdot's archives. Take a look in the interviews section.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2004, 04:43 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
George Limpert  Account Info
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Correct that, this is of course not the same JonKatz. But yes, there was a JonKatz who wrote at Slashdot.

Reply to this comment    3 April 2004, 00:12 GMT


Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
mike White Account Info
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what did i say that got deleted, i didn't mean anything by it?

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 18:01 GMT

Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
Ayial  Account Info

Any Grandia fan is a friend of mine!

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 02:07 GMT


Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
mirra  Account Info
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All I can't understand is how a staff member can be "qualified" (so to speek), and not have authored any files....I mean, isn't that a requirement? Guess not...Oh well...

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 03:23 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
mirra  Account Info
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....any way....Congraltutions to the winner!

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 03:24 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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Well, we were looking for someone to post/edit reviews. Yes having some general knowledge of calculaotr programming would be handy, but being fluent in English is by far more important. BTW, he does have a very wide range of programming skills.

But for the most part we looked at their English skills.

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 05:07 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
Ben Cherry  Account Info
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You know, if you look at the staff pages and bios, you'll find that there are more than a few staff members who dont program (at least for the calc) and some who aren't exactly calc fanatics (at least according to the bios).

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 05:45 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
Joey Gannon  Account Info
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Right... we've had great staffers, like Magnus, who have written great programs, like ZShell. We have also had great staffers, like Henrik, who have programmed nothing for calculators, or like nickd, whose greatest programming achievement was Wacky Fun Random Numbar Generator.

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 07:01 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
jrock7286  Account Info
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>> nickd, whose greatest programming achievement was Wacky Fun Random Numbar Generator.

Which _somehow_ got into the featured programs list! lol...

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 07:04 GMT


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Joey Gannon  Account Info
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>Which _somehow_ got into the featured programs list!

Because it was nickd's grandest achievement. :-D

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 17:06 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jonathan Katz Joins ticalc.org
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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LOL! Isn't that the program that "tells you NickD's password?" I remember seeing that in one of his programs, downloading it to view the source, and well... I won't ruin it, but I really didn't think he'd put his password in there ;-)

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 17:30 GMT


burntfuse  Account Info

Not for editing reviews. What you need for that is good English skills.

Reply to this comment    27 March 2004, 16:31 GMT


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Konrad Meyer  Account Info
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Ya. Good skill Engrish.

Reply to this comment    1 April 2004, 00:05 GMT

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