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Heading to New Job at Barracuda Networks

I've accepted a contractor position at Barracuda Networks as a Cloud Network Engineer.  I'll be starting pretty much immediately.

What does this mean for Mozdev?  Well, a mix of things.  I'm not going away will be the first thing I can assure everyone.  I've really enjoyed my time here and I feel that I've been able to bring a lot of great features to the community.  Of course, Mozdev itself is going through some changes which I plan on being a part of.

Moving to a new position is exciting for me.  Doubly so because I get to work with my friends again (even if remotely).  I'm looking forward to working with a team of people again and getting back into sysadmin.  My divergence into development the past 4 years has been very enjoyable and I've learned a lot about proper development techniques and design and I think my experience there will help out a lot as I move forward.

My big tasks at Mozdev right now are trying to slim down our server infrastructure; mainly getting rid of any servers that we pay for (AWS and our development server).  My other big task is documenting my day-to-day activities and try to organize tasks in a way that others can easily jump in and help out.

If you're interested in helping out at Mozdev, please let us know.  We're really hoping Mozdev can continue supporting the Mozilla community.

As for my new job, I'm excited to be starting a new career with some old friends.  I'm sure it's going to be a blast!

On the Eve of Your Second Birthday, Jocelyn

You'll be two years old tomorrow, and it's been an amazing experience watching you grow.

Your first birthday was lots of fun, but you were just beginning to interact with people around you.  You had a great time smashing your cake, but you didn't really "get" what was going on.  I imagine this birthday will be much different.

In the past year you've gained a tremendous amount of independance.  You can walk up and down stairs without help. You can tell us what you want with words (and some signs) instead of fussing as much.  You know where your toys, books, and colors are and will pull out what you would like to do (whether we want you to or not).

Your vocabulary has grown every day, learning new words and phrases making us ask, "where did you learn that?" For example: <finger on chin>, "Hmm", followed by <finger pointing in air beside head> "I have an idea!" At your last birthday you loved having us sing to you, where now you can sing the songs yourself, sing along with my clarinet to tunes you recognize (with correct intonation), and even make up your own songs such as the "Candy Cane Song" or the "Blue Song" (which frequently just repeats the subject of the song over and over in various pitches, speeds, and lengths).  You can sing the entire ABC Song and count to thirteen (fourteen and fifteen are added on, but don't sound right yet).  You know all your primary colors and can sign them.

Understanding emotions aren't out of your grasp, either.  "No cry; [it's] okay," you tell Jared.  When Mom or I pretend to be sad you run over right away to give us a hug.  You tell us when you're "so happy."  If Mom and I are having a "discussion" you interrupt with, "No Mommy! No Daddy!" to tell us we need to be quieter.

You've also grown so much.  5 inches in a year doesn't sound like much, but it means you can reach many more things you couldn't previously; the running water in the bathroom from your step-stool, the markers and crayons, and you can put Jared's bottles in the sink.  You've thinned out a good bit.  So far you have kept your curly, blonde hair, but it's gotten long enough that Mom has had to trim your bangs a couple times to keep them out of your face.  And you're so cute in pig-tails or a pony-tail!  On top of that, you got your ears pierced this last weekend and are doing a great job with letting them alone so they can heal properly.

Things you love?  Books.  You go through phases with which ones you like; earlier it was these animal board-books we had, then Christmas ones, then the "Pigeon" books, and now Dr. Seuss books.  You used to love to sit on our laps and have us read them to you, and while you still like that, now you love to tell us the stories. "LET [ME] DRIVE [THE] BUS!" you'll tell us while reading "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus."  You also love coloring; definitely with markers (the ones with the special paper are nice, but not as exciting as real ones - thank god they're washable!) but also with crayons and colored pencils.  Last year you mostly just scribbled, but you progressed to "snakes" (lines) and circles.  Now your scribbling is starting to become pictures in your mind (that Mommy and Daddy need to label on your picture so we don't forget).  You also love clouds and pointing them out.  It'll be warm out soon and we can go out and see them again.

So much has changed in the last year, and it's just the beginning for you.  I know this next year you will enjoy spending time with your brother more as he learns to sit, then crawl, then walk.  I'm sure you'll love playing with him and teaching things.  In your own right, you'll be making new friends when you move to a new class in Day Care and will probably start making friends on the playground when we go out.  And you'll continue to grow and learn, and we'll be there to help you.

7 Things Meme

I've been tagged by Brian.

Seven things:

  1. I was completely new to the Mozilla community when I started at Mozdev.  I barely even used Firefox (gasp! I used konqueror, so it wasn't all bad).  Now I know my way around a bit, but still seem to be too involved in Mozdev-dev to get to know the larger community much.
  2. I was a band geek in high school.  I marched snare drum and went along with our band to the Atlantic Coast Championship for the Tournament of Bands in Group 2 my senior year.  We were also quite successful in our Indoor Percussion group both my junior and senior year.  I also played clarinet, bass clarinet, and dabbled in the basoon in concert band and played electric bass in jazz band.  I was also ran the lighting side of our high school "tech crew" since I was a freshman for all plays, musicals, and presentations and knew all the ins-and-outs of the massive light box and spot room we had.  Man I wish I had some pictures of those times.
  3. I met my wife in band in high school and we started dating my senior year (over 11 years ago).
  4. I've been working with computers since 1988, web technologies since 1997 (first web company - webgaia.com in 1998, first blog on tripod in 1998), and Linux since 1999.  This stuff just facinates me and I sink way too much time into trying to Do It Myself.
  5. My first computer was a Commodore PC10 w/ an 8088 processor running MS-DOS 3.2.  I learned programming by transcribing programs for GW-BASIC from a 3-2-1 Contact magazine.
  6. I'm an Air Force Brat, but have now lived in the same area for 20+ years now.  The South-Central PA area may not be very tech-savvy, but does seem to have a small group of us that know better.
  7. I'm an introvert. Wait; maybe you knew that.

The rules:

  1. Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
  2. Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
  3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  4. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

I think most of the people I'd prefer to know more about have been tagged and I don't want to spread this disease to other circles.

About

My personal web space started out on tripod at http://silfreed.tripod.com. It eventually moved to its own domain at silfreed.net and was there from 2000 to 2009. Douglas E. Warner has been an Internet enthusiast since 1997. A co-founder of Gaia Web Designs and avid HTML3 coder, Doug enjoyed designing feature-rich sites that brought users the content they needed quickly and easily. Currently Doug is still an Internet enthusiast with background and experience in a variety of Internet systems and services.

9/11

What a messed up tragedy. Knocking out the world trade centers with our own commercial jetliners. To quote my good friend [Brady],
" good night to look out at the night sky. prolly the last time in our lifetimes that there will be no planes..."
That is so true. Very sad, but true.