Ubuntu Demon\’s blog

June 29, 2007

I won’t be working at Google

Filed under: Uncategorized — ubuntudemon @ 1:58 pm

I was contacted by Google. The first two phone interviews went very well. But sadly the third interview didn’t go so well (I was a little bit nervous) so I won’t be working at Google.

I’m open to other interesting opportunities so if you want my Curriculum Vitae feel free to ask. You can find my e-mail on my launchpad account.

Some interesting stuff :

  • Congratulations to Mako for joining the FSF board of directors!
  • I booted from a Gutsy Tribe 2 cd. Gutsy looks to be shaping up nicely. Thumbs up to everyone who is working on Gutsy! Sometimes gnome-appearances-properties hangs my entire system. GUTSY GIBBON SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR YOUR DESKTOP UNTIL RELEASE IN OCTOBER 2007 other than for testing that is.
  • Compiz Fusion looks very nice and is enabled by default for video chipsets that support it in Gutsy (there is a fallback to metacity). Try it out yourself by downloading Tribe 2 and booting from the cd or search youtube for some nice videos.
  • I’m using Pidgin on Feisty. It looks very good! I backported it using prevu.
  • iPhone restricts users, GPLv3 frees them Today both the iPhone and GPLv3 will be launched
  • I would much rather have a MID running Ubuntu (UME) with Gnome than an iPhone running proprietary software. More links : 1 , 2
  • Gnome is taking Mobile and Embedded seriously
  • *guessing and hoping* : It’s exciting to see Intel, Canonical and Nokia working together to create something which IMHO has the potential to be an iPhone killer. It would be very cool to browse the web, read e-mail and rss and use python,ssh,voip and im on a MID running Ubuntu with Gnome. I hope this MID will also be a regular phone and will support hsdpa. I hope it will be available in Europe and will work with european frequencies and dutch providers. I hope dutch providers won’t try to prevent using voip. I hope for long battery life.

10 Comments »

  1. The OpenMoko phone is a very interesting alternative to a closed iPhone.

    Comment by Marius Gedminas — June 29, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

  2. Hey, sorry to hear about the news. As cliché as it may sound, just know there’s something better in your future.

    Comment by Geo — June 29, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

  3. What were your expectations like?

    When you look at the comments http://www.pthree.org/2007/05/27/why-blog-because-google-might-hire-you/ you see that Google sends those mails to all people that do something public in Open Source projects:


    For what that’s worth, I got a similar email couple months ago… The thing being I am not _at all_ in the IT field, and have no skills regarding what they were looking for ^^”

    for example.

    Also, it seems that those mails are somewhat the same.

    Though, I am sorry for you😦

    Comment by pirast — June 29, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

  4. “But sadly the third interview didn’t went so well”

    with grammar like that its no wonder eh?😛

    Comment by kc — June 29, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

  5. Wrong title. Add “so soon” or something like that and it’ll be better. Shame on Google, for now🙂

    Comment by Daniel — June 30, 2007 @ 3:38 am

  6. Why dont you try canonical? May very well coincide with your passion too😀

    Comment by Aanjhan — June 30, 2007 @ 8:43 am

  7. The OpenMoko phone is a very interesting alternative to a closed iPhone.

    I was just going to say that. An MID is something quite different than an iPhone. The Neo1973, the first OpenMoko powered device, looks very nice.

    http://openmoko.org/

    Good luck with finding another job.

    Comment by Vincent — June 30, 2007 @ 9:49 am

  8. Yes, those mails go everywhere, you even see them on mailing lists sometimes (although rarely, fortunately). At least you can try to get the fact that you got through two interviews already as a compliment, because not everyone can do that.🙂

    I got through all the interviews and work there for a while now … and I still don’t understand how that happened.

    But I just saw your other post. Most likely you were applying for a position in SRE (Google.com engineering) and you won’t be able to do a lot of AI there. SRE is a 50/50 sysadmin/SW engineering department. So as pirast says, you’ll probably find something that suits your education and interests a lot better.🙂

    Comment by Wilmer — June 30, 2007 @ 10:34 am

  9. Thanks everyone🙂

    to Wilmer :
    After the first two interviews we discovered “software engineer” was better suited to me than Google.com engineering.

    to Vincent :
    The MID will indeed be very different compared to an iPhone. IMHO the MID will be more “computer-like” than an iPhone. I hope this MID will also be a regular phone

    Comment by ubuntudemon — June 30, 2007 @ 11:14 am

  10. Aah das dan wel jammer om te horen roald. Maar iig door de eerste twee ronden heen.

    Comment by stephan — July 5, 2007 @ 9:25 am


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