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Web 2.0 – Developer and Enterprise Architect Internship – PHP / MySQL (Santa Monica, CA)

March31
This posting is for a PHP Web Developer Internship at a Web 2.0 content delivery and networking company called TwitFS (twitfs.com).

TwitFS provides an easy way to share files on Twitter and leverages both Amazon EC2 cloud computing along with localized data centers for long term storage and web caching.

Our site is pending launch and can be visited at http://dev.twitfs.com


TwitFS is seeking candidates with extensive experience in PHP & MySQL web development.
* If you are new to working with PHP & MySQL, please do not apply.

You will work in both production and development environments while following the Agile programming principle.

Our team has run several internet companies since 1996 and worked along side founding internet pioneers at ISI.edu in Marina Del Rey. We are also actively involved in the Santa Monica tech and startup community.


Skills and Qualifications:

PHP - 4+ years
MySQL - 4+ years
Linux CentOS or Other Sysadmin skills - 2+ years
Completed or nearing completion of 4 year college degree


You will work with and learn about:

- Agile development with SVN, CruiseControl and server clustering
- Implementation of a web service (API)
- Twitter and Facebook integration
- Cloud Computing (auto scaling, load balancing)
- Virtualization - via Amazon EC2, VMware and XEN
- Deployment and managing instances in the Amazon EC2 Cloud US and EU locations
- Amazon EBS block storage and S3 storage
- High Performance Web Caching
- Setup and management of infrastructure for today's Web 2.0 companies
- Shared storage with SAN, NAS and NFS

You should live in the Santa Monica or West LA area.

This is for a paid internship at $10/hour in which 50% of the work must be completed at our office in Santa Monica (Broadway and 6th St). Remaining hours may be completed off-site.

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Jr. Web Developer (Santa Monica, CA)

March31
Join us and learn more in a week than most places will teach you in a year!

Mahalo.com is a human-powered search service. It is one of the hottest startups on the planet right now. We're well-funded by the same people that backed Google, Yahoo and YouTube (Sequoia), a well as Newscorp, Mark Cuban, Elon Musk (Paypal) and CBS. Our human-curated results (and Answers) are the very best starting page for any topic you can think of, blowing away machine-only search engines. Our growth curve last year was phenomenal, and 2009 is already downright amazing.

We're looking for a few Jr. Front-End Web Developers (please note: this is a *technical* position, not a design position). You'll implement features for Mahalo.com, Mahalo Answers and several new projects we're working on. And those features will go live on the production site. A lot of other companies would stick you in 'tech support' or 'testing' as a Junior person. Not us. We'll throw you in the deep end and expect you to swim -- with a little guidance from us, of course. Here, you'll be a developer, working directly on the live product.

We're looking for people who are excited and eager to learn. We look for raw talent and make superstars. And we're a Silicon Valley-style company that happens to be in LA: this kind of opportunity is VERY rare. The rewards are potentially life-changing.

You should be be familiar with:
- HTML
- CSS
- PHP
- Python
- AJAX
- Javascript
- Django

Pluses: MySQL

You are a HANDS ON implementor, a get-it-done kind of person. You are the kind of person who shows up everyday absolutely ready to 'kill it'.

Although we work hard, we offer a laid-back environment, competitive salary, benefits and stock options.

Please send a RESUME.

NO RECRUITERS!! NO JOB SHOPS!!!!

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Web Developer mid level (Culver City)

March31
Looking for a developer for per project contract position at a exciting interactive agency. The developer will be developing the back end to RIA, widgets and cms. Developer will be required to help in html/css development as well as some ajax and js. Must be willing to work in a fast pace, dynamic environment with minimal over site. Some flash experience or experience developing back end for flash is a plus. Must be a team player. The work is on site in Culver City.



Experience and Responsibilities:
* Experience developing web LAMP applications using PHP 5, AJAX, JavaScript XML
* Strong foundation in MySQL & relational databases
* Knowledge of web technologies such as HTML and CSS
* Provide PHP5 programming and functional testing for our website
* Create web applications and maintain website (and mobile website)
* Management of system architecture
* Database development and management
* Makes development recommendations as necessary
* Testing, debugging and troubleshooting

Required Qualifications/Education:

* Solid understanding of Data Structures, Algorithms, and Modular/ Object-Oriented design
* Strong knowledge of relational databases, SQL, database design, and normalization techniques
* Experience with command line shell scripting in Linux based environment
* Ability to multi-task when required
* Ability to meet deadlines on projects tasks
* Ability to work well independently and under pressure
* Strong documentation practices and attention to detail
* Strong desire to learn emerging technologies and to innovate new solutions

Local developers only! DO NOT bother if your over seas or out of town!
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DBA/ Database Developer (Culver City CA)

March31
We are Genex, an Internet solutions provider. We are searching for an experienced onsite contract SQL DBA and T-SQL Developer to design, implement and maintain highly scalable, transactional databases for high traffic web applications.

To be considered for the role, candidates must have the following qualities:
• Must reside in the greater Los Angeles area. This is an onsite position. Offshore/Outsourcing will not be considered.
• Excellent written, verbal and visual communication skills
• Team player with the willingness and ability to put in the extra effort to support our client’s needs
• Extremely well organized and detail oriented
• Ability to multi-task
• Strong problem solving skills

Our candidate must have the following skill set:

• Advanced knowledge of SQL Server 2000/2005: Standard/Enterprise Edition
• Strong experience and knowledge of how to use SQL Server Enterprise Manager, SQL Server 2005 Management Studio and Query Analyzer
• Advanced knowledge of authoring T-SQL Stored Procedures, conducting SPROC code reviews, and SPROC performance tuning
• Strong knowledge and experience designing database schemas from the ground up
• Strong knowledge of best practices for OLTP DB design and normalization schemes for production environments
• Intermediate knowledge of designing, managing, scheduling DTS Packages, and SQL Agent Jobs and SQL Server 2005 Integration Services Solutions
• Working knowledge of SQL Profiler
• Working knowledge of database backup and recovery best practices
• Basic Programming Experience in VB/VB.NET/C++/C# preferred, but not required
• Experience with relational database design using tools such as Erwin
• Working knowledge of SQL Server database replication (Snapshot, Merge, Transactional) preferred
• Knowledge of SQL Server 2000/2005 Reporting Services and OLAP Services a plus
• Knowledge of how to implement and manage SQL Server 2000/2005 Cluster a plus
• MCDBA Certification a plus
• SQL Server 2008 experience a plus

To apply, send your cover letter, resume and salary history to bthorp@genex.com,
Ref: DBA/ “your name”. No agencies or calls please.
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Natural Luge Added To Winter Games NZ Programme

March31
Winter Games NZ today announced natural luge has been added to the Winter Games NZ (WGNZ) programme as a demonstration sport on the Southern Hemisphere's only natural luge track in Naseby, Central Otago.

A variation of the more commonly known Olympic luge that takes place on an artificially refrigerated track, natural luge is the ‘4WD' of the sport, taking place on an un-banked track with a base of hard-packed snow covered in a layer of ice, enclosed within low wooden walls.

The sport is as exciting for spectators as it is for participants with competitors descending on their back, feet first, expecting to reach speeds of up to 70kph on Naseby's 360, 10-curve track. The sled is flexible and directed down the course by the skill of the athlete applying pressure to the runners on the bottom of the sled, together with a rein to provide additional steering control.

"We are continually approached by sports wanting to be part of the Games but have been very selective for our first Games,” said WGNZ CEO, Arthur Klap. "However, natural luge has that intrigue factor that will make it a positive addition to the programme. Once again it is the community of Naseby that has taken the initiative and built a track that finishes outside the ice stadium that will host the curling.”

New Zealand Luge president, Geoff Balme, has long been advocating for his sport and is delighted at the sport being included.

"We know that natural luge has wide appeal and the location is just magic,” he said after demonstration sport status was confirmed by the Winter Games NZ board.

The natural luge will be held on Sunday August 23rd with a training day on Saturday 22nd August.

For more details on this news, please contact Victoria Murray-Orr at victoria@wintergamesnz.com or +64 3 443 2700.

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Kitzsteinhorn Mellow Park: Ride’n’Shoot!

March31
Ride'n'Shoot enters the critical phase: up to the 26th of April 2009, you still have the chance to send in your best Kitzsteinhorn snow park picture of this season and win ! 350 cash. And talking of snow parks: DC Central Park and Roxy Park are ready for a great season's finish presenting themselves in perfect shape. And with the Glacier Park being open until late May, there's still two months to shred the kickers and rails of the Kitzsteinhorn!

Ride'n'Shoot is the sickest photo comp of the season! Anybody who wants to take part just has to send his best snow park picture of this season to foto@kitzsteinhorn.at until the 26th of April 2009. The pic must have been taken at the Kitzsteinhorn Mellow Park in the course of the current season between October 08 and April 09. Every participant is allowed to send three pictures in, each as a JPG with maximum 2 MB. A top-notch jury will judge the pictures: snowboard pro Bjoern Hartweger, freeski pro Patrick Hollaus, snow park specialist Tommi "Mellow" Marsh and photographer Florian Jaeger. The photographers of the best pictures in the snowboard and freeski categories will win ! 350 cash each. Plus, non-cash prizes by DC and Roxy are up for grabs and all participants have the chance to win one of the eleven all-day ski passes for the Kitzsteinhorn that will be raffled. The fat award ceremony will take place at the Castle Kaprun on the 2nd of May 2009 from 11 pm.

Springtime finish at the Kitzsteinhorn Mellow Park At present, the Kitzsteinhorn Mellow Park offers perfect conditions for a cool photo shooting. For example, the highlights at the DC Central Park are two pro kickers with 18-metre tables, a 15-metre long and 3-metre wide A-Box and a cliff jump. Here, also the daily Volvo XC ICE CAMP Style Sessions take place: local pros and coaches show riders how to improve their park shredding. The DC Central Park with its 19 obstacles will be open until late April at least – just as the 80-metre long and 5-metre high half-pipe and the Roxy Park at the Sonnenkarbahn. With its four jumps and eleven jib obstacles, the Roxy Park is the perfect park for beginners and intermediates. When the DC Central Park and the Roxy Park will close, the Glacier Park up at the glacier will open its doors again offering several kickers and jib obstacles until late May.

With the legendary X-Over Ride freeride and slopestyle contest on the 11th and 12th of April 2009, the School of Style freestyle & new school camp from the 13th to the 17th of April 2009 and the Ride'n'Roll slopestyle contest on the 02nd of May 2009, enough competitions will happen at the Kitzsteinhorn to once again put down the throttle at the end of the season – with loads of snow and spring sun!

For more details on this news, please visit www.snowpark.kitzsteinhorn.at.

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Honda thinks up robot mind control

March31
Honda Research Institute and Shimadzu demonstrated a technology that lets humans control a bot through thought alone. But don't start trying to think your Scooba into writing your thesis just yet.
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MySQL and the freedom to fork

March31
MySQL is becoming an umbrella for all sorts of forks. Here's what that could be good for Sun.
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Bracing for Conficker: Will it be Y2K redux?

March31
IT security experts are bracing for the unexpected as the clock counts down to Conficker's expected launch. Then again, it could be much ado about nothing, as CNET News' Elinor Mills explains.
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Facebook CFO Gideon Yu is out

March31
The former Google employee will ideally be replaced by someone with experience at a public company, representatives from the social network confirmed Tuesday.
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