Month: August 2007

CTO Breakfast

It was nice today to connect with a few of Utah’s software and technology leaders at the CTO breakfast that Phil Windley organizes.

I’m by no means a CTO, but an aspiring CTO, and enjoy networking with other like-minded people. This week I got to meet about 13 others, and some of the conversation we had was around working from home, VMWare, Adobe’s AIR, Flex, DNS, Google, and a handful of other things. Here is Phil’s wrap up.

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LinuxWorld 2007 Wrap-up

The conference was a success in terms of our Supermicro Exhibition. To me, there seemed to be a smaller crowd in attendance – but I couldn’t say for sure.

Take a peek at the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) photos that I took. The laptop is considerably smaller than I had thought it might be, but makes sense for kids. I wish this was available to the general public, and available in the US. If it was, I’d pick up a couple for my kids right away.

OLPC photos on my flickr stream

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August PLUG Meeting: Mid-Career Development

Date: Wednesday Aug 8, 2007
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: United Online


This month we have a unique guest presenter coming to PLUG. Robert Merrill from SOS Technical is coming to address the group. Robert is the Technical Account Manager for Utah county. He will be discussing mid-career development, including:

  • What are recruiters good for?
  • Why are recruiters HATED? (Open source-style feedback loop).
  • Careering.
  • How to be irreplaceable (protect yourself against layoffs).

Robert has a background as a programmer and web developer. Like many of us he was caught in the dot-com burst. Frustrated with recruiters that undervalued his position and never got him a job, Robert set out to tackle the way business was done. Come take advantage of this unique opportunity that may significantly change your career. Bring your suggestions regarding Open Source and technical recruiting in our area. Come learn the secrets of salary negotiation and more. See you there!!


6:30pm – Meeting details were not returned in time, but if you’re a monger you instinctively know where to be and when. If not, just follow the camel.

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