Bye, bye Venice

by Mads
January 01, 2007 at 20:14 | categories: misc

It is only a bit more than a month ago that I posted about my current job. That job has now become a former job.
Now, after 7 months working on The Venice Project I've decided to return home and had my last day on December 31st (working well into the evening). The decision about leaving was by no means an easy one and was very long in the making. Part of the risk of joining a start-up is that sometimes a job ends up being different than it looked when you joined.
I'm going to miss the people there, and wish them all the best of luck with the project and hope that I'll get a chance to drop by once or twice for a couple of beers.

Plans for the new year are still being worked out, but so far I've got the following for January:
  • Start looking for a job
  • Write an Apache module (I'm not telling which, because all my good ideas seem to be taken before I even get started)
  • Write a bit of java (I know the basics of the language, but never found it interesting enough to do more than implement a few standard algorithms)
  • Implement an automated solaris development zone tool
  • Set up a test environment for Sun Cluster 3.2
  • Detox from dutch food (see future posting when the trauma of it is far enough in the past to not feel the horror ;)

More will get on the list as we go along, but with only 25 hours / day, something else might have to give.

UPDATE: Someone got it very wrong in: Trouble In Venice? Developer Leaves Highly Anticipated IPTV Project!. First of all, I didn't work there as a developer I was working on operations. Secondly and much more importantly; I didn't leave because of trouble, I left because over time the job turned out to not be right for me. Parts of the technology choices and the tasks I got changed over time as other people joined and we got further in the planning all in all leaving me with a less than perfect job.
Absolutely no hard feelings on my part, and I still think they're going to succeed.

The Venice Project

The Venice project is "live"

by Mads
December 12, 2006 at 15:23 | categories: misc

According to Fredrik, the first real beta is done. (I suppose that means the other betas were "unreal" ;).
With the current client only running on windows so far, and me not having a windows box, I don't often try the client. So instead of commenting on how the client will fix much of what annoys me about tv, I'll just show a few screenshots:


01_navigation.jpg 02_navigation_info.jpg 03_channel_list.jpg

04_program_list_info.jpg 05_program_list_info.jpg 06_my_venice.jpg

07_overlay.jpg

Update: I'm all out of beta invites now.


Current job

by Mads
November 19, 2006 at 15:51 | categories: misc

Since I left ... (not allowed to say who) at the end of April, I've been working on another project that I haven't been allowed to say anything about either:

The Venice Project

Rather than me saying much about it, you can read more here or Search Google News.
There's also a bit more from some of the people I work with.

US elections

by Mads
November 07, 2006 at 15:32 | categories: misc

I'm don't live there, so I shouldn't really say anything...


Sinfest has this strip today.
Last week, Scott Adams known from Dilbert wrote about Electronic Voting Machines:
The important thing with democracy - and this has always been the case - is that the citizens 
a) Believe the election result is based on the common sense and voting rights of the citizens, 
and b) Have enough handguns to wax any politicians who gets too seriously out of line (also 
known as a "check and balance").

And the day after, he follows up with Worst Politician Ever:
In summary, my platform would promote drug legalization, porn, porous borders, and robbing the poor.  
The sad part is that I'd be the only politician with a workable plan.

Pearls before swine has also been running several strips on the subject lately.

And there's plenty more of the same out there...
And a few not quite as humorous ones as one about robocalls from ElReg.

Flying the unfriendly skies

by Mads
September 24, 2006 at 22:36 | categories: security, misc

Todays PC and Pixel predicts a bleak future for airline travel.
It all fits pretty well with the wondermark comic I wrote about.
I wonder how long this can go on before people get enough? I for one don't much fancy the idea of flying to .us and I'd absolutely refuse to go there via .uk.

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