Meanderings of Z.

Location: United States

Sunday, July 23, 2006


Tomorrow I start version 4.0 of my career. After nine years of various point releases in the v3.x sequence I figured it was time for a major overhaul. Stepping into the unknown is always a bit unnerving, but at the same time invigorating. I am excited about experiencing new challenges, meeting new people, and learning from new co-workers.

Although I will be staying in the software arena, I will be moving into large scale government and commercial solutions focused on digital libraries. The amount of information that flows electronically is mind boggling. The need to preserve it, centralize it, control it, secure it, and search it has never been more challenging nor more necessary. Personally, when I heard about this work I was intrigued by the complexities of bringing together data from heterogenous systems into a single repository. The whole project reminds me of a comment I read once on the future of miniaturization. That at some point in our lifetimes we will have devices as small as a watch with the contents of the library of congress at our fingertips. But if you can't find what you are looking for what good is it?

I am hoping that my experience in commercial software development, UI design, human factors, software architecture and my love of searching technologies and everything Google will serve me well. I have had the pleasure of working on some really amazing systems in my career. I feel certain that this is the next one.

Of course with any new challenge there are sacrifices. The largest of which is the completely insane commute that I will have to trek everyday. My hope is to work at home a few days a week or out of a more local facility once I get involved in the project. They seem to have vary understanding telecommuting policy based on other employees I have talked with.

Well, time to get things together for the first day of the rest of V4.0.