November 03, 2003

Self Assessment

Yup, it's that time of year again.

Ever since I've graduated from college and worked full-time, the end of the year has meant that I need to set aside some time to fill out forms as part of a formal review process. The idea being that I assess myself, my manager assesses me, and my peers provide feedback. This all gets stirred together by my manager and then results in a rating of some sort and possibly an annual raise.

I usually have no trouble providing peer feedback. As long as I've worked with someone more than a trivial amount, I can usually think of something positive and negative to say about 'em. But when it comes to do the self-assessment, I'm always a bit stumped.

I really have no concept of what the expectations are--for me. I never really have and maybe I never will. I mean, it's me. Myself. I've with me 24 hours a day. How do I rate me?

Does everyone find this process exceptionally difficult? Or is it just me?

(Oh, I can't help but to comment on how odd it is that Yahoo! and my previous employer seem to use nearly the same assessment system. It's a bit spooky, really.)

Posted by jzawodn at 10:40 PM

How To Fix Your Yahoo! Messenger Unix Client

As the result of a recent server-side change, anyone using the Unix Yahoo! Messenger client may connecting to the wrong (read: legacy, unsupported) group of servers. This may result in random disconnects.

To solve this, you have two options:

  1. The easy way. Exit messenger and remove your ~/.ymessenger/preferences file. Restart messenger.

  2. The harder way. Exit messenger. Edit your ~/.ymessenger/preferences, replacing with on the ConnectionServerline and restart your messenger client.

In short, you preferences file should say this:

ConnectionServer ""

Why there's no built-in facility for doing this and no automatic warning when you connect to the wrong server group is a bit of a mystery to me.

Posted by jzawodn at 04:56 PM