Why is hiring people so hard?

When I switched from medicine to software engineering I was really surprised by the interviewing process. During my first interview I answered all of the questions correctly, but the CEO did not want to hire me over concerns around: “How can a nurse be good at computers?”. Roll the clock forward and the same person did his very best to prevent me from leaving. With the best of intentions, the interviewing process is like speed dating.

I'm all about trying new stuff lately

It seems lately I’m all about trying new things. First I tried Ubuntu even though I’m a devout Gentoo user. Yesterday I gave Paludis a test drive. First off let me go ahead and express my admiration love for Portage. Quite simply Portage allows me to do things that I simply couldn’t do on my own. Sure I could compile things myself. Sure I could use very specialized compiles to get the precise binaries that I need… but I could never do it across multiple machines (I’m responsible for ~9) consistently.