__/ [ Big Bill ] on Sunday 14 May 2006 23:22 \__
> On 14 May 2006 14:02:48 -0700, "NullBock" <loyal_caper@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>But this doesn't answer my (fairly mundane) question of what they are
>>building in The Dalles. The dark web talk is interesting, but the
>>Cringely articles talk about installing plug n play data centers at
>>primary peering points. It looks like they're building a multi-million
>>dollar campus outside The Dalles, which doesn't necessarily play into
>>Currently, estimates of 50, 100 or 150 high-tech positions being
>>created at The Dalles are being floated. What I'd *really* like to
>>know is what flavor of high tech.
> Go and apply then!
Ahhh... now I get you, Walter.
The jobs that one Googleplex accommodates are rather diverse. At some
stage in the past, our Linux Users Group spoke of some openings, but these
were non-technical jobs. Apart from housekeeping, there are marketers,
developers and some system administration type of folks. Development is
bound to and is closely correlated to Web technologies, as you can
imagine. Even desktop software is merely a front end interface to services
(with the exclusion of Picasa and 3-D Sketching perhaps). In other words,
skill-wide, much is focused traffic that comes from data centres down the
Google opened or are opening some new 'branches' ("Googleplexes" as they
are called) in Dublin and Zurich. I don't know about the States. In the
past (when I was speaking to Google recruiters), I was under the clear
impression that skills of value include Debian Linux. Much of this
involved sysadmining at some back room. That's the aspect which involves
getting things to run, and run persistently.
Then comes desktop development and creation of future services to
penetrare the market (e.g. Google Labs). The staff develops software and
sticks to that 'code monkey' culture using Goobuntu, an housebred Ubuntu
derivative. This applied to the very large majority of staff there. So, my
advice to you would be to embrace Open Source. The demand for such skills
is known to be higher than what's available out there in the market. There
are more GNU/Linux machines out there than staff who can handle them
(without reading some "for dummies" manual and staring at the monitor
Just don't brag in your application about MSWord and .NET skills...
Best wishes and good luck,
*Unless _Wireless_, which is something they are getting more vigorously
into. Announcement on collaboration with Nokia on the 770 model (Internet
tablet) is due out by Tuesday.
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