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February 10, 2006

Feb quickies

It seems that all my journal entries recently are quickies. It doesn’t bother me; does it bother you?

  • Renzo’s blog is innundated with comment spam.
  • A friend of mine working at a Big Company is part of their recruiting team. He took an in-house course in how to be a recruiter to learn all the rules, etc. The following rules boggle my mind — what has our society come to?
    • You can’t ask a recruit how their drive in was — for fear of offending them if they can’t/don’t drive.
    • You can’t ask a recruit how long their drive in was, not only for the reason above, but also because if it’s a “long” drive and you end up not hiring them, they have grounds to sue (discrimination — favoring those with shorter drives to those with longer drives [and presumably less availability])
  • The munchkins play an interesting game when going to bed at night — it’s called Whack-A-Mole. You lay the first one down in her crib and go to lay the other one down in her crib. The first one then stands up in her crib. When you walk over to put her back down, the first one [literally] dives and lays back down again. The second one then stands up. So you walk over to the second one. And so on. Bethany and I ususally give up at one round (or less), but they usually goad Tracy into playing several rounds before staying down.
  • Since I telecommute, the munchkins are used to having me around the house, but not necessarily in sight. Sometimes they’ll hear me and say “Daddy!”. Bethany/Tracy will say something like “Yes, that was Daddy walking upstairs” / “Yes, that was Daddy talking on the phone” / “Yes, that was Daddy closing a door.” The word “Daddy” has therefore now come to mean “any unexplained / non-visually-attributable noise.”
    Kathryn heard a plane going by the other day — “Daddy!”
  • Per my prior entry, we broke our digital camera at Christmas; we’re still waiting for it to come back. In the meantime, I put up 2 short munchkin videos:
    • Horsey (thanks Gramms and Grandad for the horsey)
    • Sunglasses (thanks to the munchkins’ favorite Great Aunt Mary for the rose-colored sunglasses!)
  • We had a quarterly Open MPI meeting at the University of Houston 2 weeks ago. It was good to see everyone again; much progress was made. We planned out a roadmap to v1.1 and squashed a bunch of bugs. Josh was so excited about the meeting that he got there a day early.
  • This previous week was the OpenIB workshop in Sonoma. We gave a good presentation about Open MPI’s progress in the OpenIB realm and were joined with Cisco to announce an Open MPI developer’s workshop at Cisco’s facilities in April (details will soon be on the Open MPI web site).
  • While I was in the Bay Area, I got to see D&D again for two dinners. It’s always great to see them (and their spazzy dog ☺). Darrell’s doing always-fascinating things at Yahoo!; Dian is pursuing her love of birds and animals by working in a veterinary office.

February 18, 2006

How much does $1,000 cost?

  • Tracy’s been away all week on a business trip to India; she returns this evening.
  • Just in time for her to return home, the munchkins have added a few new words (and signs!) to their vocabulary: “momma” (they’ve been saying “daddy” for a long time, and only just recently starting saying “momma” with any regularity), “all gone”, “snow”, and perhaps most importantly, “doggie”.
  • I got a surprise with my Tivo this morning — all kinds of Yahoo! stuff on the network menu. Weather, traffic (not including Louisville traffic, sadly), etc. I can also stream music from live365.com. Very cool, and very useful!

February 20, 2006

A Tale of Two Telephones

I’ve been using Vonage as a second (business) phone at home for several months now. On the whole, it’s been great — Vonage was a cheap way to add a second line (much cheaper than any of the traditional 2nd phone line routes), I had a local phone number in the city of my employer, unlimited long distance calling, etc.

The feature that I love the best, however, (and I think I’ve mentioned it here on my journal before) is their SimulRing™ thingy: you can input several different phone numbers on the Vonage web site and when someone calls your Vonage number, all the phone numbers you input will ring simultaneously. Whichever number answers the call first gets it. This is extremely handy for me. I have my cell phone in the SimulRing list, so if anyone calls my “work” phone number, it rings both on my desk and my cell phone. Since I travel a fair amount, this means that I only have to give one phone number and it’ll reach me wherever I am.

To make this all work, I have a Vonage ethernet router that my phone plugs into. Unfortunately, last Monday, it stopped working. That is: pick up the phone and get no dial tone. The internet side of the router was working just fine — I could see web pages, do e-mail, etc. — but the phone side was [seemingly] kaput. There’s a little light on the front of the router indicating that the phone is correctly configured, and it stubbornly refused to be lit. I reset the router a few times with no luck. Bonk.

So I called Vonage tech support. We went through a whole bunch of steps and the tech finally concluded that my router was dead and they would need to send me a new one. The only catch was that I had to pay $100 (plus shipping) for the new router. Yow! Since my employer pays for my Vonage line, I told them not to send it — I had to get various approvals before this could happen.

Last week was absolutely crazy, and I never got around to getting the approvals. Which turned out to be a Good Thing because yesterday (Sunday), I randomly looked at my Vonage router and whoa! The phone light was lit. I picked up my phone and lo and behold, there was a dial tone. I did absolutely nothing to fix this — I don’t know how it started working again. I’m quite sure that it was not working in the latter half of last week (e.g,. I would pick up the phone and still get no dial tone). It’s still working today, too. I guess that I appeased the VOIP Gods somehow.

[shrug]

February 24, 2006

New job

Let’s cut to the chase: I am leaving IU and taking the position of “Chief Cat Herder of Cisco Open MPI Efforts” effective 13 March (2 weeks from now). Specifically, I will be responsible for all Open MPI development and coordination at Cisco.

Wwwoooooo hhhooooooo!!

The Open MPI project has been working hard to involve the entire HPC community — to include HPC vendors — in Open MPI over the last 2 years. Bringing Cisco into the group is an excellent technical and strategic move for the project. Since I have been working with the Open MPI core group since it was founded, I feel well-qualified to create a solid integration between the current core group and the vendors who are starting to come on board. It’ll take some work and discussion with all involved parties, but I think it will be fun, I think that the project will be better for it, and I think that the entire HPC community will benefit.

I’ve always known that I would someday leave academia and go to industry. I just never realized that it could happen so fast! Indeed, although I am tremendously excited about my new job at Cisco, I feel sadness and nostalgia at leaving Indiana University because it has been a really great place to work. Here is what I said in my letter of resignation:

It is with mixed feelings that I formally give two weeks notice of leaving my job at Indiana University.

I am excited because I am taking advantage of a great opportunity that was unexpectedly presented to me (I will be accepting a position at Cisco Systems to lead their Open MPI development efforts). I am saddened, however, because Indiana University has been a wonderful job and home to me for the past several years. I have learned so much working with the great people in the Pervasive Technology Labs, the University Information Technology Services, the Computer Science Department, the Open Systems Laboratory, and particularly with my boss, Andrew Lumsdaine, that I am at a loss for words to express my gratitude and thanks. I am truly humbled to have worked alongside people who genuinely cared about the technology, research, and human side of it all – everyone at IU made my job all that much more wonderful.

It has been a pleasure and an honor. A million thank you’s are not enough, so one will have to suffice: thank you for everything.

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