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Monday, March 14, 2005

Do I Yahoo!? Of course!

"So do you Yahoo!?", he asked.

"Do I Yahoo!? Of course I do. Would I be applying for this job if I didn't?", I replied.

"How do you Yahoo!?", he challenged.

"Well today I used maps dot Yahoo! dot com to get directions to find this place. I like that it associates my search history with my Yahoo! ID so that I can access it from a computer that doesn't have my cookies in the cache and still get quick access to My Yahoo! Searches. And, the navigation algorithms are much more efficient than those of competing web sites. I have My Yahoo! customized with weather from Powder Springs where I live and Atlanta where I spend a lot of my time. I have show times from the movie theaters which I frequent, as well as the news categories that interest me. When I used to carry a PDA I would keep it synced with My Yahoo!. I use Yahoo messenger to chat with colleagues to maximize our programming efficiency. Yes, Yahoo! is a lifestyle and I Yahoo!", I confirmed.

In the next hour I did everything in my power to sell myself. Ten years of paid professional programming skills and business communication skills were my product. But were they buying? I did not have the luxury of time, and I made it clear that in the next 29 hours I had 4 more interviews. Each were followup interviews and I was told that 3 were going to present an offer. Yahoo! was not coy about it's interest in me, and I had received a phone call by the time I could make it to the interstate. They wanted me to put all offers on hold until my background check could clear, and they could make their offer which they were sure I would be pleased to accept.

Today I received the offer. I am pleased to say that I am the newest Technical Yahoo!, Senior in the organization. I am sure that I will bring value to the organization, and I will be challenged and educated greatly. If I'm going to work for a Dot Com company it's going to be Yahoo! If I'm going to work for a computer hardware or software company it's going to be Apple. I strive to be the best. But to be the best, you must serve the best. In context of God, Country, and Career this holds true. Today I have taken a very important step.

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Believe it or not, I've never been to jail. Not even for a night. I quit going to bars by the time my fake ID was unnecessary, and I quit hacking into businesses and governments once they started paying me.

Now I just provide for my family and try not to notice politics. I get too angry when I watch how much of my income is taken from me, how it is used, and who is doing it. For the same reason, I can't bear to acknowledge celebrities.

After high school, I went to U of K but the outdated computer engineering curriculum and the seemingly endless amounts of money to be made with my internet specific skills drew me to larger tech markets. I have worked in Silicon Valley, New York City, and have settled in Atlanta.