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If you’ve been following me, you’re aware that I’ve been working at Zynga for the past two weeks. Well, they’re still hiring more people (and not just iPhone developers). You can see the available positions at zynga.com/jobs. If you’re interested in any of them, please contact me and I’ll send your info along to the right person.
Update: Every now and then people keep coming to me and asking me about Zynga. To clarify, I don’t work there any more. I left at the end of 2009.
Earlier today Yahoo! finally released Yahoo! Messenger for OS X 3.0 beta 1, with an incredibly positive reaction from the general public. This is the app that I’ve spent the last 8 months working on, and I’m really proud to have finally released our first public beta. Even if you don’t use the old client, you should check it out. It’s a 100% rewrite in Cocoa, with a brand new spiffy UI, Growl support, avatar support, and more.
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Posted by: Kevin Ballard in Miscellaneous, Personal, tags: Animal Crossing, California, Colloquy, flickr, friends, movie, Nintendo DS, weekend, work
I haven’t really talked about life here in California much, so hopefully this post will do something to rectify this omission.
I’m really enjoying living here. It’s certainly warmer than back home (although it’s still cold when I go home in the evenings), and although I love snow, I don’t miss snow-blowing the driveway. Work is going really well. My coworkers are great and the work itself is good (although I can’t really talk about it). I’m really enjoying having a real programming job.
Outside of work I haven’t been doing a whole lot. I finally met in person two people I’ve known online for almost two years (the lead dev of Colloquy and his wife) and we’re hanging out a lot—every weekend I’m spending at their house (it sure beats sitting on my computer all weekend) talking, playing games, and watching movies. Tristan hangs out with us sometimes as well. And the past two fridays we’ve all gone out to see a movie at the theaters (last friday was Chronicles of Narnia, and the previous friday was Aeon Flux). Both movies were excellent—I may write about them later. All in all, I’m really enjoying myself here.
I also recently set up a Flickr account (and got free Pro status as a perk of working for Yahoo!); you can view my photostream here.
The most recent bit of news is that I finally picked up Animal Crossing DS a couple days ago and it’s really fun. I’m thinking about leaving my town borders open during the day while I’m at work so people can come visit me. My friend also got it at the same time as me, so we’re playing together a bit.
If I think of anything else, I’ll post it.
Well, yesterday was my first day at my new job. For those of you who don’t know, I’m now working at Yahoo! as a Macintosh programmer. Interestingly, my coworker (co-Macintosh programmer) is a FOAF that I met at WWDC (our mutual friend is Karl Adam, a.k.a. PantherMachina).
Anyway, I flew out here 2 days ago and am staying (for the short-term) with my older brother Rick, who works at Apple. I’m looking into getting an apartment with my coworker (his name is Tristan), but we need to find something appropriate first. In any case, the work here looks to be quite interesting and enjoyable - last night Tristan and I stayed until, I believe, 9:30 PM. Granted, I was just customizing my computer to have all the things I want/need on it, but he was actually doing some work.
For those of you who use the Yahoo! Instant Messenger network, you’ll be happy to learn that the project I’m working on is the Yahoo! Instant Messenger client. However, I think that’s all I can tell you, so don’t bother asking for details.
I just realized, I referenced my new job when talking about The Matchmaker, but I never actually talked about the job itself.
For those not in the know, I’m currently taking a year off from school. I left halfway through Sophomore year, and I’m planning on going back this January. In the past 6 months I’ve been looking for a job, but unfortunately nobody wants to hire somebody for less than a year for any real job, so I finally gave up and got a job as a waiter at the Colonial Inn. And then I quit 2 weeks later, because the job was so terrible.
So anyway, about a week and a half ago, my brother’s friend Jessie asked me if I wanted a job - turns out his mother works for a company called InkTec Zone and was looking to hire somebody, and my brother told her I was jobless. So that’s what I’m doing now. InkTec Zone is a company that takes empty printer ink cartridges and refills them for you while you wait (or you can drop them off and pick them up later). We also sell remanufactured ink cartridges and toner cartridges (although we can’t refill toner). It’s a pretty nice job - my coworkers are nice and the work isn’t bad. The company’s only been in existence for a few months; only one store exists yet, so the CEO works about 20 feet away from the storefront, which is neat. This means that we’re not too popular yet, but word is spreading as more and more people are made aware of the company. And it’s a good thing, too, because re-using ink cartridges is far better for the environment and for your wallet (it costs about half as much as a new one) than tossing it and buying another one. And we also recycle cartridges (both ink and toner) that can’t be refilled.
InkTec Zone is in Central Square in Cambridge, so if you need printer ink and you’re nearby, come check us out!