I talked to a few recruiters in my recently concluded job search. Two of them stood out from the pack…

Kathi Jones, founder of 3DegreesTalent, spent a lot of time working an opening, even after it became clear that the company might not pay her a commission.

I contacted Matt Chung, of West500 Partners, late in my search, when I already had companies in play. He gave me great résumé advice, and displayed a personal touch that is unfortunately less common today.

There are many other fine recruiters in the Seattle area. These two went the extra mile (they had great insights into the local market, etc., etc. — that should go without saying!), and I recommend them if you’re engaged in a software job search here.

I’ve resigned from IP Street. Tomorrow is my last day.

I’ve worked at IP Street since it launched nearly five years ago, and I loved contributing to the company in big and small ways. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve worked with great people.

I’m very proud of the team we built, the product we built, and how we rose to meet every challenge. When you create a product and watch it grow and adapt over time to include features that weren’t even dreamt of when you started, it’s wondrous!

Alas, there’s a season to everything, and now’s the right time to move on to my next career adventure.

Going in to work tomorrow will feel odd.

If your cookbook contains a cheesecake recipe, and it says to bake the cake for 10 minutes so a light skin forms on top so the Heath Bar Toffee chunks you now add will stay on top while the cake continues to bake and form a delicious and visually appealing topping, and in fact no skin has formed and the Heath Bar Toffee chunks sink into the cake like naval depth charges, because the “10” should have been a “40,” then your book was sloppily edited and you deserve to have raw ginger pounded up your nose.

I’ve used Aquamacs for the past four years or so. It has its strong points.

But I’ve always been a little unhappy with its slow performance relative to native Emacs (I use a MacBook Pro), and its unique initialization and behaviors. I’m sure there are good reasons for every difference. But each difference, no matter how small, is a little more cognitive load. E.g., I never got used to M-x Info opening up in a new window somewhere on my screen…

Today, I decided to try Emacs for Mac OS X. Whoa! I love it! It’s Emacs, the whole Emacs, and nothing but the Emacs.  Win!

I even donated $50 to the project. So there!


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