File APIs for Java Developers
Manipulate DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF and many others from your application.
The moose likes Jobs Discussion and the fly likes Bluetooth technology and finding that perfect job Big Moose Saloon
  Search | Java FAQ | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies
Register / Login
JavaRanch » Java Forums » Careers » Jobs Discussion
Bookmark "Bluetooth technology and finding that perfect job" Watch "Bluetooth technology and finding that perfect job" New topic

Bluetooth technology and finding that perfect job

Helen Thomas
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 13, 2004
Posts: 1759
Would that be possible soon ? And how much should a bog-standard resume change ? Everyone's betting on Bluetooth

Here are some thoughts...

Need a term - Jobcashing?

Forget JobHunting, JobCashing has arrived.

Jobcashing is an entertaining adventure game for bluetooth users. Participating in a cash hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a bluetooth chip. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. Bluetooth users can then use matches to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.

So what's the big deal? You gave me the coordinates so I know where it is. Seems pretty easy.

It is deceptively easy. It's one thing to see where a job is, it's a totally different story to actually get there.

What is bluetooth ?

Anyone care to jump in on this question...?

You don't need to know all the technical mumbo jumbo about bluetooth chips to play Jobocashing. All you need to do is be able to enter what is called a "waypoint" where the jobcash is hidden.

How do GPS devices work?

If you're interested in finding more information about Global Positioning Systems, check out GPS: The New Navigation by PBS. They have an excellent Shockwave and/or web page that explains how GPS works!

So if I have a bluetooth chip, someone can track where I am (and where I'm going)?

No! they do not actually broadcast your location. The satellites using radio frequencies actually broadcast their own position. Your unit takes that information to figure out where you are (triangulation).

Unless you have a tracking system implanted by aliens, you should be safe from the satellites above. As an extra precaution, however, you can put aluminum foil on your head to deflect the "gamma" beams.

Seriously, if you want to check out some neat technology that does do tracking (and uses GPS units), visit the SecuraTrak web site. They're designing systems to track Alzheimers patients, asset management, fleet management, etc.

To play, you'll need to know how to enter waypoints into your GPS unit. We're currently working on instructions for each particular GPS unit. In the meantime, your GPS should come with instructions on how to enter a waypoint. If you have any problems, try the online forums. There's always someone to help.

What are the rules in Jobcashing?

Jobcashing is a relatively new phenomenon. Therefore, the rules are very simple:

1. Take something from the cache

2. Leave something in the cache

3. Write about it in the logbook

Where you place a cache is up to you.

What is usually in a cache?

A cache can come in many forms but the first item should always be the logbook. In its simplest form a cache can be just a logbook and nothing else. The logbook contains information from the founder of the cache and notes from the cache's visitors.

The logbook can contain much valuable, rewarding, and entertaining information. A logbook might contain information about nearby attractions, coordinates to other unpublished caches, and even jokes written by visitors. If you get some information from a logbook you should give some back. At the very least you can leave the date and time you visited the cache.

Larger caches may contain the logbook and any number of more or less valuable items. These items turn the cache into a true treasure hunt. You never know what the founder or other visitors of the cache may have left there for you to enjoy. Remember, if you take something, its only fair for you to leave something in return. Items in a cache could be: Maps, books, software, hardware, CD's, videos, pictures, money, jewelry, tickets, antiques, tools, games, etc. It is recommended that items in a cache be individually packaged in a clear zipped plastic bag to protect them.

What shouldn't be in a cache?

Use your common sense in most cases. Explosives, ammo, knives, drugs, and alcohol shouldn't be made available in a cache. Respect the local laws. All ages of people hide and seek caches, so use some thought before placing an item into a cache.

Food items are ALWAYS a BAD IDEA.

Where are caches found?

The location of a cache can be very entertaining indeed. As many say, location, location, location! The location of a cache demonstrates the founder's skill and possibly even daring. A cache located on the side of a rocky cliff accessible only by rock climbing equipment may be hard to find. An underwater cache may only be accessed by scuba. Other caches may require long difficult hiking, orienteering, and special equipment to get to. Caches may be located in cities both above and below ground, inside and outside buildings. The skillful placement of a small logbook in an urban environment may be quite challenging to find even with the accuracy of a gps. That little logbook may have a hundred dollar bill in it or a map to greater treasure. It could even contain clues or riddles to solve that may lead to other caches. Rich people could have fun with their money by making lucrative caches that could be better than winning the lottery when you find it. Just hope that the person that found the cache just before you left a real big prize!

Oh OK ! None of the immediately above.

Can I move a cache once I find it?

Unless there's a note in the cache containing instructions on moving it to a new location, don't move the cache! Responsible cache owners check on their caches occasionally and would be alarmed to find theirs missing.

An alternative would be to have a hitchiker, which is an item that you can move from cache to cache. An example of this is a candle that has travelled from Australia to Arizona, and a Mr. Potato head that leaps from cache to cache. All you need to do to create a hitchiker is to attach a note to it for folks to move it to a new place.

Are there any variations in the game?

YES! We strongly encourage it, actually. Jobcashing is a game that constantly reinvents itself, and the rules are very flexible.

Some examples -

* Offset Caches - They're not found by simply going to some coordinates and finding a cache there. With the Offset Cache the published coordinates are that of an existing historical monument, plaque, or even a benchmark that you would like to have your cache hunter visit. From this site the cache hunter must look around and find offset numbers stamped/written in or on some part of the marker site, or continue based on instructions posted to
* Multi-caches - The first cache gives coordinates (or partial coordinates) to the next location, or multiple caches have hints to the final cache.
* Virtual caches - A cache is actually an existing landmark, such as a tombstone or statue. You have to answer a question from the landmark and let the "cache" owner know as proof that you were there.

How long do caches exist?

It all depends on the location of the cache and its impact on the environment and the surrounding areas. Caches could be permanent, or temporary. It's up to the cache owner to periodically inspect the cache and the area to ensure that impact is minimal, if not nonexistant. When you find a cache, it's always a good idea to let the cache owner know the condition as well.

Periodically, each cache will be reviewed to ensure that everything is still current. We cannot guarantee that a cache will exist at any given time, but we'll do our best to ensure the list is as current as possible.

If you do find that a cache is missing/defaced, please let the cache owner know as soon as possible!

If I post a new cache, how long does it take to be listed on the web site?

Because each cache is reviewed by a volunteer, it may take up to 2 days to have your cache posted to the web site. Usually it takes much much less time - but be patient! Someone will approve your cache shortly. It does take longer on the weekends since we receive a larger volume of caches during this time.

Does (or a volunteer) physically check the cache before approving it?

We wish! We'd love to head out to all those countries and states to check on each and every cache to ensure that they are placed properly. Based on the growth of the sport, however, this would be impossible. If you're not sure about a cache, wait for someone else to check on it and report back to the site.

Before a cache is posted, volunteers check the page for innacuracies, bad coordinates, and appropriateness before posting the cache to the site.

What do I do if I find out that a cache has gone missing?

If you visit a cache location and the cache is missing, always make sure to log the cache as "not found" on the web site so the cache owner knows. If you notice that the logs show an unusual number of "not found" logs, please inform this web site so we can check on the cache page. The cache can be temporarily disabled so the cache owner can check in on it. Sometimes, though rarely, when the cache owner cannot be contacted we can either allow folks to adopt the cache or have the cache removed completely from the site. We rely a lot on the caching community to let us know the status of caches in their area.

And no the cache owner is NOT an agency.
[ May 20, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]

Le Cafe Mouse - Helen's musings on the web - Java Skills and Thrills
"God who creates and is nature is very difficult to understand, but he is not arbitrary or malicious." OR "God does not play dice." - Einstein
Helen Thomas
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 13, 2004
Posts: 1759
Doesn't this sound remarkably like Open source with money in it ?
eing bluetooth , location, location is paramount but not fixed.
[ May 20, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]
Mark Herschberg

Joined: Dec 04, 2000
Posts: 6037
I've got two questions...

1. Did you write that, or copy and paste it. If the latter, it may be copyrighted material, in which case we prefer that you just use a link.

2. What does this have to do with jobs or the job market?

Helen Thomas
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 13, 2004
Posts: 1759
A twist to the new sport of geocaching. Well they did ask for new ideas.

Cutting out the middlemen , jobs of the future by "word of mouth" and injecting creativity and funding at the same time.

Why can't bluetooth be used to find/do/promote/invest in jobs, Mark ? A particularly good idea is to leave a logbook entry or a cache of money ( funding at the same time). That way each punter would know that which went before.
[ May 21, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]
Jeroen Wenting
Ranch Hand

Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 5093
and what's the use of bluetooth in this?
Reads to me just like any other geocaching fad...
Nowhere does it mention how bluetooth is used at all.
Would be rather difficult too to incorporate a device that needs constant electrical power in a cache at a remote location.
Batteries wear out, you'd need to either seal it against moisture or use highly expensive sealed devices, etc. etc.

Helen Thomas
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 13, 2004
Posts: 1759
So you reckon this
cannot also be used for exciting job searches ?

Bluetooth is going to be used for finding that perfect mate so why not jobs?
Jeroen Wenting
Ranch Hand

Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 5093
I was wondering about the use of bluetooth in conjunction with geocaching, where the technology would fit in.

I think companies setting up geocaches to lure in prospective employees is SOOOOO .COM, I doubt it'll fly
Helen Thomas
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 13, 2004
Posts: 1759
Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
I was wondering about the use of bluetooth in conjunction with geocaching, where the technology would fit in.

I think companies setting up geocaches to lure in prospective employees is SOOOOO .COM, I doubt it'll fly

Well, it would be a change to those psychometric tests.

Would you consider yourself to be a) a team leader or b) a supporter from the sides or c) do you just get on with it and don't influence anyone's decisions really ?

Instead of chess clues, use java problems or literature or current affairs. Show them by scrambling through Buckinghamshire country. Voracious readers could have bookmarks placed in books in stores / Amazon if they'sd participate. The cache at the end would of course include an interview at a selected venue. Bluetooth would help with the team playing aspect - not sure about the range of the technology. A novel way of selecting whole teams even. Note how caches can be reused and a great way of selling a location. Virgin Branson may just go for this idea.

Disclaimer: Each one participates at their own risk.
[ May 24, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]
I agree. Here's the link:
subject: Bluetooth technology and finding that perfect job
It's not a secret anymore!