Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Smiling Googlist

Yup, I did not have bad timing! Google just acquired JotSpot (that's where I work)! You might be thinking "Um, didn't you just change jobs like 2 months ago?" and indeed I did. I also said I wasn't gonna change jobs for a while, and technically the job sort of changed under me :) I must admit that it was a shock to learn after a few weeks that the tiny startup I just joined was going to be acquired by a Big Company. That shock quickly turned into curiosity after I met the folks over there (and, um, had a free lunch). It seems like a fascinating place and one where there will be much opportunity to explore technology. And the best part, I will be working somewhere that everyone has actually heard of! In celebration of that, let me present:

My Work History: A retrospective told as party conversations
  • 1996
    • Drunken Party-Goer: "What do you do?"
    • Long Haired Hippi Me: "I build torpedo simulators for the undersea warfare center!"
    • Drunker Party-Goer: "Um, is that punch over there..."
  • 1998
    • Wine-Drinking 30-something: "May I ask how you spend your time?"
    • Frazzled Overworked Me: "I work for a small startup called Spectra Science building software for laser-tracking systems"
    • Wine-Drinking 30-something: "Oh how fascinating! You work."
  • 2000
    • Silicon Valley Someone: "So, what is going to make you 20 Billion Dollars?"
    • California Me: "I work for a company making process streamlining and automation software"
    • Silicon Valley Someone: "..."
  • 2002
    • San Francisco-ite: "You have a job????"
    • Climber Me: "I work for Nimblefish!"
    • San Francisco-ite: "Don't they store my photos?"
  • 2004
    • New Yorker: "Get the hell out of my way."
    • Nomadic Me: "I do best practice management for an IT Governance Company"
    • New Yorker: "Where did that guy go, he was just standing here..."
  • 2006
    • Random Street Person: "And you do?"
    • Me: "I work for Google"
    • Random Street Person: "Really? Can you tell me where I can find restaurants in El Paso"
So, when do we get a chip in our head that hooks us up to their search engine??? I look forward to kicking ass at Scrabble.

Google, here I come!


Monday, October 30, 2006

New news reader?

I often ponder how the oddest things push me over the cliff of effort that actually gets me to post to a blog that I can't imagine anyone reads anymore. But there ya go. So, I used NewsGator as my news reader for ages (thanks for the recommendation Josh!) but I've now moved over to Google Reader. To give you insight into my quirks, when I've found a solution to a problem that really works for me (which is incredibly rare, I typically am slightly dissatisfied with most solutions), I am usually loathe to actually change, but I've been convinced for the following reasons:
- Web based: Works across pc/mac and home/office
- Mobile: The mobile version works incredibly well on my Treo and since it is web based (see above) I don't have to figure out what I have and have not read.
- Shared Items: this is the best part and what I actually wanted to post about.

See, the way the reader works, you can tag any article as a "Shared Item" which means that it gets added to my personal feed of articles that I think are worth sharing. Now although I'm usually too lazy to write a whole 200 words in a blog post I am not too lazy to hit ctrl-S and share an interesting article. So, if you are interested in seeing articles that I find interesting (understanding that covers gadgets, oddities, and politics - in that order) you can check it out at:


If your doing the same, post your reader feed for pete's sake!