Archive for June, 2006

Taking up a new position

Posted on June 17, 2006, under apache, general, humour.

Alas, with the way things are in Dublin these days, the unthinkable has happened. I’ve joined a US-based multinational IT company. I know, I know. What can I say? Yes, it’s a total 180 degree turn for me, and I’ve no doubt it will mean a lot of hard work, but I guess it’s just unavoidable. It’s not as bad as it could be though, as the number of Pacific-coast timezone meetings really is kept to a minimum. There is the potential for travel; as ever, the usual US destinations, but also other regional IT hubs, like Sri Lanka.

The application process was gruelling, with rigourous peer evaluation and feedback at each stage. Strong input from the teams I’ll be working with was, of course, prioritised. Challenge after challenge, test after test, and some of the toughest technical problems I have faced in my career. And that was just the screening process. The real emphasis was on how I behaved as a person, how I interact with the team, could I join in in the community, would I fit in? The usual story these days. I guess no company wants to be lumbered with bad apples.

Naturally I’ve always held a very strong interest in the company. I’ve been using their products as long as they’ve been around, and I’ve helped them out on a freelance basis here and there for the last 4 years. I even had a very small part to play in a project they later aquired, such is the nature of the market these days.

It’s yet another non-profit, so the benefits are pretty terrible and the salary is even worse, but the possibilities and prospects are pretty great. It’s an amazingly exciting opportunity for me. I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that some of most gifted people in the field are all working here.

Of course, it does come as a great pity that it happens just a few weeks before getting my new HEAnet business cards, but I’ll be equally proud of my new card and my new title:

Update: Despite the “humour” tag, it appears I may have taken the satire ever so slightly over the edge and managed to confuse quite a few people with this post. To be clear; I am still, and will continue to be, gainfully employed by HEAnet, but am now a member proper of the Apache Software Foundation.

Apachecon Talk

Posted on June 5, 2006, under general.

Owing to a calendar malfunction on my part, not having any free time until this weekend, and being in the unique position of being the only ApacheCon speaker who lives about 5 minutes walk from the venue, I’ve only just finished my presentation.

The lifetime of a single Apache request

I’ve re-done a lot of the work, using dtrace for some nifty statistics, including with brandz to get the relevant information for Linux, and it’s worked out well. Of course I usually end up tweaking a presentation even more by the time it’s actually given, but hopefully some of the new information will be useful to people. Only 3 weeks to go, so we’ll soon find out.