Category Archives: Career

Joined DataStax Engineering Team

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In April I joined DataStax as a director of engineering on the DataStax Enterprise engineering team. I meant to post something here during my first week, but have been kind of busy since I started (understatement!). We sell an enterprise-class version of the open-source Cassandra database, along with service, support, and training. We also support the Cassandra community and the open-source project itself (the Apache Cassandra committee chair and many committers are all DataStax employees).

My first five week have been both busy and exciting. Here are some observations and highlights so far:

  • It’s great to work for a smaller company once again – everyone is very motivated and focused on the mission, and it’s a very small circle of decision-makers.
  • I’ve worked for companies with remote workers before (especially Citrix), but here we take it to a whole new level. We just call it a “distributed” workforce. In particular the engineering team is spread literally around the world. Many of our job postings list the location as “Anywhere, World” which is quite appropriate.
  • We really like using SaaS based products, and have hardly any “infrastructure” hardware/servers of our own (just a few systems for Engineering & QA). Everything else is “in the cloud”.
  • I’ve had a big learning curve on distributed NoSQL databases in general, Cassandra, and all of the DataStax products.

DataStax is really growing quickly and we’re looking for strong people in a variety of areas. Check out the DataStax Careers page for current openings and let me know if I can help make a referral for you.

In particular these are some key open positions in my group:

  • Driver & Tools Engineer
  • Java Engineer
  • Software Engineer in Test

This Jobvite link will take you to the details page for those 3 positions.

Yahoo! Open Hack Day Videos

Reminiscing about the good old days at Yahoo, I’m enjoying watching again the “Hackumentary” movie that Ricky Montalvo made for the 2008 Open Hack day at Yahoo:

What if the world’s largest online media corporation opened its doors to “hackers” allowed them access to some of its most important features to see what they could create?

That’s what happened in September 2008, when over 300 developers descended on Yahoo!’s campus for an event that is every coder’s dream.

This first Yahoo! short film documentary will present the intense, fun and real-life Hack culture as illustrated by the Open Hack Day attendees. The short will show the lives of the participating hackers as they hack and compete in the ultimate in developer/coder showdown, discovering not only their obsessive “hack” habits and personalities, but also share what the developer community is all about.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

How to Remove Yourself from www.Spoke.com and Center.Spoke.com

This is an update to my 2010 article about removing yourself from Spoke. Since that time, the original Spoke service split into two variants: www.Spoke.com and Center.Spoke.com.

To remove your profile from both services, their FAQ provides the steps needed:

I found my Profile in search engines like Google and I don’t want it there. How do I remove it?

Both members and non-members of Center.Spoke have the choice to remove their profile from being viewed in search engines, although the process for each is different. Members can remove their information using functionality for managing their profile. Simply edit your privacy settings to ‘Private’ and the profile will be removed from any Search Engine results.

If you would prefer to remove your profile from search engines, but are not a member, access your profile by searching for your name on Center.Spoke.com and choosing the profile you would like to remove. When viewing the profile, click the “This is me” button. On the next page, locate the ‘To suppress your profile, click here’ link on the right side of the next page and follow the instructions.

Please note, you will need access to a corporate email address to remove a profile, but that access to the email address associated with the profile you would like to remove is not mandatory. Center.Spoke requires a corporate email address to remove profiles so that identities can be verified and fraudulent claims can be avoided. If you do not have a corporate email address, please log a support ticket for further assistance.

How do I remove my profile from the new service, WWW.Spoke.com?

Removing member information from www.spoke.com is easy. We ask that you do so sparingly, as the collective value to the business information ecosystem is made greater by every relevant piece of data that we are able to provide it with. However, that being said, we are sensitive to the fact that not every business professional wants to have a presence on the internet and for these cases, we’ve put in place a process that you can use to request suppression.

First start from a page on www.spoke.com (note that if you are reading this, you are on center.spoke.com, not www.spoke.com). Simply go to your profile page, click the link at the bottom that will initiate this removal process, and submit the completed form. After we have approved your request, it is important to note that it can take from a few days to several weeks for links to a profile to be fully removed from search engines’ rankings. Unfortunately this part of the process is not under our control and is dependent upon the indexing activities of the search engines.

After following these steps, your Spoke.com page will probably appear up in search results for a little while, but should eventually clear stop. In any case, anyone clicking on my profile will just see the message “This profile is no longer available”.

I recommend not installing their toolbar or providing any further information on the site. You should be able to give just enough to “claim” your profile, then disable the public view of it.

Work Shifting

Now that I’m working at Citrix Online, I’m coming up to speed on the ways in which our collaboration products like GoToMeeting are being used. One of the interesting outreach efforts is workshifting.com, based on a new term workshifting:

If you work out of coffee shops, hotels, airports and your home every bit as much as the office, workshifting.com is for you. We share resources on telecommuting, online tools, travel, technology, business & virtual offices to help you shift when, where & how you work.

If you want to follow along with the latest, subscribe to the website feed and/or follow along on Twitter: @workshifting.

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Joining Citrix Online

After 6.5 years at Yahoo (working with the engineering teams behind Yahoo! Messenger and the Yahoo! Developer Network), I’ve made a career move this month and joined Citrix Online. I’ll be part of the engineering management team for the collaboration products which include GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToTraining.

I’m excited to work with this new team and hopefully put my desktop and internet experiences to good use. I’m also looking forward to again work on a product with paying customers. (Not ad-supported.)

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