Phishing Scares, Jobs, Updates and More for 4/6/2011

The internet is abuzz with the latest breach that revealed customer data, Charlie Sheen thinks you might really be that dumb, we’ve got a ton of jobs and some great discussions sitting in our LinkedIn group, there’s a Pink Slip Party just two weeks away, we got feedback galore about your thoughts on event sponsors

…yeah, it’s been busy around here.

So let’s dive on in and get started…

Let’s start with what at least one of our LinkedIn group members has referred to as a “teaching moment”.  Yes, we all know about the breach (and if you don’t…seriously?  Turn in your geek card.) that has companies across the world sending notification emails to customers that their data has been taken by as-of-yet-unknown thieves.  To be clear, it appears that two pieces of data were absconded with:

  1. Email addresses
  2. Names.  Some partial (first name only), some full (first and last).

So what’s the real danger here?  Well, as much as being the resident help desk for friends and family sucks…now’s when the whole “with great power…comes great responsibility” speech gets rolled out.  You have to tell grandma that it’s okay for her to keep checking out your kids’ pictures online.  You have to tell your whacked out sister in law that it’s still perfectly safe for her to shop for her herbal supplements and earth-friendly, made from recycled paper coffee cups or whatever the hell it is she’s trying to get you to buy to save the world this week.  You have to tell your significant other that they can still download at their leisure from iTunes…even if you hate the music they like lately.

You have to.  Because the fear that’s being generated about this is dumb.

All you have to tell people is to be smart.  You tell them that they don’t click on links in emails that say they’re coming from your bank, or your credit card company, or anything else.  You show them how to make bookmarks for all of their key sites.  You make sure they have some decent anti-virus and anti-phishing software and tools up, running and active at all times – yes, you lock them out of their own computer’s administrator functions if you have to.  We’ve all done it, it’s okay.  Sometimes you have to save people from themselves.

Remind them that a company that they’re already doing business with doesn’t need any information from them – it’s already in their system somewhere.  You tell them that if they ever get an email that appears to be from them that wants information from them…they call.  Or they go directly to their website and check it out.

It’s also a “teaching moment” for you security folks out there as well…rumor has it this wasn’t a failure on the system level, this may well have been caused by a compromise at the physical level – someone managed to snag someone’s credentials to gain access to the environment and systems.  It’ll be interesting to see how that part plays out as the story continues to evolve.

Now…Charlie Sheen.  Or, as he likes to be known now, @charliesheen  Thankfully, I had too much going on in my life and had to back out of showing up at that train wreck of a show, but I know plenty of people that were there…and the word “sucked” apparently doesn’t even begin to describe things.  He rambled.  He babbled.  He was completely incoherent.

Not that any of that should have surprised anyone – he’s been rambling, babbling and incoherent on his live webcasts, so why would he be any less so in person?

Oh, but wait…he was different…in Chicago…for his next show…after Detroit basically told him to go screw himself by booing him offstage and walking out.  He’s been talking smack about Detroit ever since.  About how much the town sucks.  Telling fans in Chicago “don’t be Detroit”.  He apparently even opened his show in Chicago with a poem bashing Detroit…and now…after talking trash about us for a week, he apparently thinks we’re all dumb enough to hop back on his #losing bandwagon and give him yet another shot.

You like poems, Charlie?  Here’s one for you:

Sorry Charlie, you’re out of luck
The Motor City doesn’t give a f…

The sad thing is that he’s a great actor who’s just spiraled completely out of control and needs to get himself put back together again.  Go get put back together, issue long and flowery apologies to CBS, Chuck Lorre, the city of Detroit and everyone who attended your show (oh, and take Alec Baldwin’s advice – buy Jon Cryer a car.  A really nice car) …and then maybe we can talk.


Now an event that you will want to be at is our Pink Slip Party on April 21st over at the Post Bar in Novi.  Lots of fun stuff shaping up for it…but we’ll start dropping more information out about that in the coming weeks.  Just know that you’re going to want to be there.

And speaking of a Pink Slip Party…jobs.  Pages and pages of jobs sitting in our LinkedIn group currently…here’s a sampling of what’s there:

Monica VanScyoc

Business Analyst Java-based eCommerce application 40.0 – 45.0/hr. Southfield, MI. Please send resume and call me as a follow up…
Primary Responsibilities: Work with business customers to design Java-based eCommerce applications. Manage the full implementation lifecycle including, define business requirements, create functional and detailed designs,…

3 HOT NEEDS!!! – 1) SAP with LO exp., 2) IT phone support 13/hr. Personality is KEY! 3) Oracle 11i, strong PL/SQL developer – 90K perm….

Lindsay Czerniak, MBA

Compuware is Hiring Java/J2EE Developers & Architects – Detroit, MI. All positions are full-time, salaried with benefits. Relocation…

Compuware is currently looking to hire Java/J2EE Developers and Architects in all divisions. These positions are full-time, salaried with benefits and are located in Detroit, MI. Relocation assistance is available for those…

Compuware is Hiring for its Mobile Development Team – Detroit, MI. All positions are full-time, salaried with benefits. Relocation…

Compuware is currently looking to add to its Mobile Development Team. These position will be part of a team that develops mobile applications which will strengthen Compuware’s Mobile Practice and position them to lead the…

Heather Gilbeau, CIR, CSSR, CDR

Oracle Applications DBA Technical Project Manager –
I am currently recruiting for an Oracle Applications DBA – Technical Project Manager ERP Infrastructure. You will be responsible for work that is less defined in scope and have the understanding and experience to execute…
General Electric – Job details

Architect Oracle ERP –
I am currently recruiting for an Oracle ERP Architect. This individual will specialize in applying Process & Oracle Application expertise related to Supply Chain and PIM. In this role, you will be responsible for working as…
General Electric – Job details

Russ Dotson

Looking for a SharePoint developer for a consulting position in Rochester. Need SP Designer and portals development. Customizing pages…

Seeking a senior J2EE Developer for a full time, work from home position.

Jim DeMaar

Urgent need for Synon programmers in Detroit and Somerset, NJ. Please contact me at

Deena Wiltsie

(2) helpdesk positions with experience working with BMC Remedy, GroupWise IM, Avaya, telephony and voice mail systems in the Lansing area.

Duties include answering telephone call inquiries and providing first level day-to-day technical support to employees for network infrastructure, telecommunications, and desktop systems. Send Qualified Resumes to:…

Melissa Lecznar PHR

I have a direct position in Detroit for a DBA that MUST have Oracle 11g RAC experience. Please e-mail me your…

Java Developer position – direct position.eclipse experience is a plus! Please send me your resume@

Melinda Reid

Interviewing TODAY for a Senior Technical SAP BI/BW Consultant. Please contact, or please call (248)440-2334….

Matt Migliaccio

Data Warehouse Project Management Positions available in Metro Detroit!

Please send your resume to

SQL Developer/Analyst Position available in Metro Detroit!

Please contact me for more information regarding this opportunity!

James Nash

.NET Developers

Multiple contract-to-hire and direct-hire .NET Developer opportunities. Primary requirements include, but are not limited to, experience in C# (or VB.NET), ASP.NET, and SQL Server. Complete SDLC of web-based products and…

Michelle Garretson

Java/J2EE developer needed ASAP – w/web service experience – long term contract or contract to hire – Southfield, MI – Great opp!…

Oracle DBA – Great company looking for a perm.Oracle DBA – please GC/Citizens only please – Looking for someone w/large database exp. -…

SAS Analyst – great perm. position located in Southfield, MI w/a growing company. Only GC/Citizens please –

Data Warehouse Developer opportunity for long term position located in Southfield, MI. Pref. someone w/ODI experienc but other ETL tool…

Mina Stanton

Symitar Analyst

We are in need of a Symitar analyst for a position in Clinton Township. It’s a 6 month contract to direct hire and the pay is negoatiable. If anyone is interested please let me know.

Jason P. Sullivan

IIS Administrator 12+ Month Contract Troy, MI Fortune 5 Client
Required Skills  IIS 6.0, IIS 7.0 Web Support Windows Server  Knowledge with IIS Resource Tools (Log Parser, IISState) and how to use tools and ability to troubleshoot complex web configurations  Experience with IIS…

Diane Mabry

Exciting System Planner 9+ month opportunity in Jackson MI. Please contact me for more information at
Fast Switch, Ltd. Corporate Web Site

Test Manager 9+ month opportunity in Jackson MI. Please contact me for more information at

Technical Specialist for 9+ month contract opportunity in Jackson MI! Please contact me for more information at

Test Lead in Jackson MI – 9+ month contract opportunity. If you would like more information, please contact

Andrea Kress

Compuware has been busy hiring and there doesn’t seem to be an end in site. We hire everyone on a full time / direct placement basis….
Contact me if there’s an interest:
How to apply for a career at Compuware

Mary Ann Nenninger

ForeSee Results is hiring! I am adding a Financial Coordinator to our corporate headquarters in Ann Arbor.
This is a great entry level opportunity for a new grad in accounting or finance to gain experience and exposure in multiple departments including our Executive Team. Apply online (link below) or contact me directlyt for…

Greg Losacco

Data Scientist Direct Position Ann Arbor,MI Interested / Qualified candidates can send resumes to
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:  Help build and shape products that are driven by applying analytical methods to big datasets, with an emphasis on data visualizations.  Continually offer thought-leadership and…

Lauren Monterey

Good Morning! I’m looking for someone with experience with HTML 5 and Java. If you are interested or know of anyone who may be email me…

Jeff Schuster

Application Production Support Analyst, full-time, leadership role (not contracting) in Livonia
We are currently looking for an Application and Environment Support Analyst on a full-time basis, for our Detroit operation. This is a lead role interfacing with IT department customers, vendors and competitors to ensure…
Perficient, Inc.

…and remember, we’ve got a ton of jobs sitting in our LinkedIn group, so get there to check out the full list, details on these jobs, some great discussions and more.

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