Career Stagnation – Early Detection and Treatment

#Stagnation – #Detect #Early

Job Tips For Geeks

Have you ever been on LinkedIn and stumbled on one of their work anniversary announcements? In case you haven’t, they look something like this:

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The announcements are generated by LinkedIn and typically followed by a predictable handful of likes, congratulatory words, and positive sentiments. I’m yet to see a comment that generally reflects my knee-jerk reaction to at least some of these posts.

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Longevity and career stability obviously don’t have to be a bad thing, but I’ve seen far too many programmers become so comfortable in a job that they don’t bother to take a look outside to see what changes are going on outside of their bubble. When these professionals eventually decide to seek new employment, usually by way of some triggering event such as a layoff,they are usually stunned by how much the hiring landscape has changed since their last job search. This is a conversation I’ve had hundreds of times, where my role begins as educator (

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Extracting Data From Excel with SSIS

Working with SSIS packages deployment. Ran into Excel connections problems.

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If seen quite a lot of questions on forums around extracting data from Excel workbooks using SSIS.  I therefore decided to write this post to demonstrate how to extract data from and excel workbook. When extracting data from Excel, driver errors are frequently encountered that relate to 32-bit vs 64-bit drivers, e.g.:

Error at Extract data from Excel [Connection manager “Excel Connection Manager”]: The requested OLE DB provider Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0 is not registered. If the 32-bit driver is not installed, run the package in 64-bit mode.

This article will explain what causes these error messages and how to get around them.


  • SSIS 2012 (although the process is very similar in 2008)
  • Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0 provider (both 32 and 64-bit)
  • An Excel 2010 or 2013 file with data on two sheets.


  1. Create a new SSIS project and package.
  2. Right click in the Connection Managers tab and select New Connection…
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  3. On the Add…

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Spain: Lleida’s 14th-century Jewish community

How this relates to me?

Tracing the Tribe - The Jewish Genealogy Blog

Does the city Lleida or Lerida, in Catalunya ring a bell for Sephardic researchers?

There were two Jewish neighborhoods in the town – Cuirassa and Cuirassola – some 140km northwest of Barcelona.

The Lleida community was virtually destroyed in the 1391 riots, massacres and mass forced conversions; an attempt to reconstitute it years later never got very far.

There were Jewish communities in nearby villages as well – such as Alfés – which has numerous buildings with six-pointed symbols – una estrella de 6 puntes – above their entrance doors (see photos at left and below right). Some scholars and historians believe that these symbols were substituted for the six-pointed magen david.

In Converso communities elsewhere in the world – such as in New Mexico (according to Dr. Stanley Hordes and other historians), similar images are carved on gravestones.

Lleida’s archives, housed in the Cathedral, are a treasure trove…

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