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J. Daniel Ashton

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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, —Ecclesiastes 9:10a NIV
The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands:
"See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
and humbly obey your God." —Micah 6:8, CEV
With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment.
Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. —Proverbs 3:5,6 CEV

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Friday, September 10, 2004

San Jose Interview Update

I just finished the interview for the exciting position based (in name) in San Jose. The three gents who interviewed me all work remotely (!!) and appreciated my enthusiasm for Linux and my experience with VMware. And their server farm is on this side of the country, about 25 miles from the Amtrak station in Boston. If the hardware needed manual maintenance, I could hop on an Acela Express and avoid all that airport unpleasantness.

(This has special meaning for me: while working on CADE in New Carrollton I often rode the MARC trains to and from work. This commute involved a transfer at Union Station in DC, and there I would often see an Acela train waiting on another platform, or cruising out of the station. Our building in New Carrollton was right across the street from the MARC and Metro station, and at various times throughout the day I could look across the street and watch Acela trains flying by. Every time I saw one I would ask God if He planned to give me a reason, someday, to ride Acela.)

I felt that the interview went very well, and I received warm responses from the interviewers. I'm trying hard to ignore or supress my excitement about this opportunity, because I don't want to fall in love with the wrong job. But based on initial appearances and this interview, I think this would be a great fit for my skills and interests.

For any IBMers who may be reading this and curious about the opening, one of the job postings that led me to interview with this team is K091730. I'm not sure whether I would be hired for that specific opening or for one of their other opportunities.


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