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Exciting times

Posted on June 24, 2006, under apache, general.

So, Apachecon Europe 2006 is upon us. It’s been a somewhat hectic time preparing for it, but it looks like it’s going to be totally worth it. We’re going to have several hundred Apache developers and enthusiasts in the Burlington during the week.

The keynotes are going to be great too, we have Canonical and Ubuntu’s Mark Shuttleworth to give the opening plenary, and – somewhat unusually – we’re going to have Microsoft Ireland’s Robert Burke delivering a sponsored keynote on Microsoft Atlas, their AJAX framework (which is permissively licenced).

There’s going to be a hackathon, and a docathon too, which Noirin is particularly looking forward to helping with. Sun are very kindly sponsoring Noirin to be at the Con, and are putting her up in the hotel, so I’ll be staying with her, despite only living about 10 minutes walk away. Now that’s lazy!

It’s not too late to register for the con, and if you’re based in Ireland, you can still just turn up as late as the Wednesday or Thursday and pay there and then. If you havn’t been to an Apachecon before, keep an eye on the wiki for the KeySigning event, as that’s one of the best ways to get to know people (it’s what I did!).

Some shoes

On a completely unrelated note, a new Lidl opened right around the corner from my parents’ house, where I grew up. As usual, it’s got some cool deals, and I bought some shoes. Normally I dislike shoe shopping, to the point where my last two pairs have been bought online. But the lidl shoes are great, really comfortable and they seem durable and well made. Best of all, they cost me a mere €12.99!

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.