Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Back in Google Ireland

I'm back in Ireland now and back in work. Now is time to get stuck into my new job and really find out what it's all about. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the guy heading up the catering in Google in Dublin both remembered that I was vegan and somehow knew I was coming back today. There was vegan Thai Red Vegetable Curry on the menu for lunch. Not great, but much better than I was expecting. He even checked later on to see if I liked it - I didn't want to hurt his feelings or discourage him!

We have a public tech talk come recruitment open day tomorrow evening. Apparently there's a large crowd in the offing. Ironically, even though I was on holiday for the last two weeks, I found out about it at the same time as the other guys in the office, on the ILUG mailing list. Way to go internal communication. Hopefully it'll go well, I'm sure to bump into some old friends. Here's the blurb:

On Tuesday, November 30th, Urs Hoelzle, VP of Operations with Google, will be hosting an evening tech talk for Unix/Linux sys admins and engineers at Google's headquarters on Barrow Street, Dublin 4. It will also be a chance to talk to Google about engineering jobs in Ireland. The talk will start around 7pm, and will be followed by drinks and food. They want it to be a lively session, so questions and views are welcome on the night.

Interested people can e-mail irelandengineers@google.com to register their attendance.

In the talk he will describe some of the challenges in search, discuss some of the interesting applications related to search that Google has developed over the past few years, and highlight some of the behind-the-scenes pieces of infrastructure that Google has built in order to operate Google's services. He will also cover issues from lower-level systems issues like computer architecture and distributed
systems to applied areas like information retrieval, machine learning, data mining, and user interface design.
My new domain got activated over the weekend, I have to try to find time to start putting together a new website now and migrating the existing content over, as well as getting some new stuff together. So alongside Ruby I need to get to know PHP. I guess I'm in the mood for new things this weather!

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