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Help Promote SCALE

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The SCALE team has made available several banners/buttons and other promotional materials available on our website. Please consider running them on your site to help promote this year’s event.

The So Cal Linux Expo will be held February 25-27, 2011 at the LAX Hilton. We appreciate your help in spread the word about our open source conference

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Trying out the Nexus One

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

I just got back from OSCON,  which was fantastic as always.  Its always a great opportunity to learn from some very bright people in the community, as well as to meet with friends, colleagues, and partners in crime.  Hopefully I’ll do an event review post at some pointer this weekend.

Today, I am excited to be playing with a new Nexus one thanks to Qualcomm Innovation Center and Rikki Kite.  This is going to be my second attempt at replacing my constantly crashing Blackberry with a Android based phone.   Last year at OSCON, I came home with a G1 Dev Kit, and while it made a fun phone to hack around on and use while on vacation, I encountered two issues that made it difficult to use day to day.

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  • Battery Life –  The latest cyanogen mods made this MUCH better, but still not a full day of use on a single charge)
  • Little to no exchange support.  No I’m not a freedom hater.  Its just that my employer uses exchange heavily for calendaring and e-mail.  Cyanogen eventually added ActiveSync support with “Work Email”, but it left a bit to be desired.  Touchdown for whatever reason never worked either.

Other than those I loved the phone. The keyboard was great, it made a great phone for Internet use and apps, but my primary use of a phone at this point is email and calendaring for work.  So for anything other than hacking projects, or trips where I wanted to use the data / GPS features I mostly left it sitting on my desk.

So far I’ve been using the Nexus One for about 24 hours.  Having come with FroYo (Android 2.2) I was pleasantly surprised to find it included built in support for both Email and Calendar sync via Exchange’s ActiveSync.  So far most, if not all, of the issues I had with the G1 have been resolved.  The only thing I miss from my Blackberry / Android G1 experience is a real keyboard.  I’m mostly fumbling about on the touch screen still.

Things to try out next / Pending Questions:

  • Is the $20 Touchdown app still needed? So far I haven’t used the native ActiveSync support long enough to know if its sufficient. I’m going to stick with it and see what features I’m missing.  It would be nice if someone had a table comparing the two feature sets.
  • How to filter what e-mail shows up on my phone. Theres a lot of crap I mean low priority e-mail that I’d prefer to ignore until I get back to my desk.
  • Music Sync – Looks like Rhythm Box supports the NexusOne pretty well.  Going to give that a shot later.
  • Tethering – I know it can be done. there seems to be a button for it. I just haven’t tried it out with Ubuntu yet. I’m sure it will work.
  • Find a decent jabber client for non-gtalk use.

Hoping I’ll be able to stick with this one!

Open Positions at Edmunds.com

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Edmunds.com currently has a number of technical and non-technical positions open at our Santa Monica offices.  I’m including a quick snapshot of the current openings bellow, although our jobs website is updated frequently with new positions.   If any of the roles bellow or on the Edmunds’ jobs site are of interest to you please drop me a line, and I will be more than happy to pass your resume along to the appropriate team.

My own team, Production Engineering, has a few spots open at the moment as well.  If you are interested in systems engineering roles focusing on J2EE applications on Linux, systems/application design, and automation they might be worth a closer look.

Advertising Inventory Specialist Santa Monica, CA
Automotive Editor Santa Monica, CA
Data Research Associate – Automotive Safety Bulletins Santa Monica, CA
Data/Digital Image Editor Santa Monica, CA
Database Developer Santa Monica, CA
Director of Video Santa Monica, CA
Director, Data Warehousing Santa Monica, CA
Network Engineer Santa Monica, CA
Product Manager Santa Monica, CA
Security Engineer Santa Monica, CA
Software Engineer – Web Santa Monica, CA
Software Test Engineer Santa Monica, CA
Sr. Business Analyst – Tier III Santa Monica, CA
Sr. Database Administrator (Development) Santa Monica, CA
Sr. Front-End Engineer Santa Monica, CA
Sr. Manager, Business Analytics Santa Monica, CA
Sr. Software Test Engineer – Performance Santa Monica, CA
Sr. Systems Administrator – Applications Santa Monica, CA
Sr. Systems Engineer – Production Engineering Santa Monica, CA
Technical Project Manager Santa Monica, CA
Vehicle Data Editor

Linux Fund giving away a free pass to OSCON ’09

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Linux Fund is giving away (2) free passes to OSCON! OSCON will be held July 20-24, 2009 in San Jose.   To enter all you need to do is follow @LinuxFund on Identi.ca or Twitter. For more details see the Linux Fund website.

Also, if you are at OSCON, please drop by the Linux Fund booth on Wednesday for a t-shirt invitation to our 10th Anniversary party, sponsored by Stonehenge, Mindtouch and Kaltura.

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