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Browsing HTTP headers can get you a job

I have a habit, but it’s not unhealthy, and could possibly even lead to helping you get a job. How you ask? How will viewing the HTTP Headers of random websites you visit, possibly help you get a job?

Here are a couple of examples:

X-hacker: If you’re reading this, you should visit automattic.com/jobs and apply to join the fun, mention this header.

or

X-Recruiting: If you’re reading this, maybe you should be working at Zappos instead.  Check out jobs.zappos.com

And how does one get this info? You can use “curl” from the command line of a linux machine, and if the machine is a web server, it will more than likely contain this package.

For example: curl -I techcrunch.com

Which will result in:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Server: nginx

Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2010 17:37:43 GMT

Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

Connection: close

Last-Modified: Mon, 08 Nov 2010 17:35:53 +0000

Cache-Control: max-age=190, must-revalidate

Vary: Cookie

X-hacker: If you’re reading this, you should visit automattic.com/jobs and apply to join the fun, mention this header.

X-Pingback: http://techcrunch.com/xmlrpc.php

Link: <http://wp.me/NaxW&gt;; rel=shortlink

X-nananana: Batcache

 

So the above header basically informs you, or more correctly, your web browser that the server is Nginx, the date of the reply, content type of html,  keep-alive is not enabled or advertised to the browser as being enabled, cache control that requires validation, and a couple of random X-headers. The funny one is last, which is probably coming from their cache layer, the X-nanananana BatCache – great sense of humor, love it 🙂

Till next time.

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