At lunch on Friday at SCALE, I struck up a conversation with an attendee. It was illuminating, and as a result I asked Steve Garcia from CSU Bakersfield how he came to be at SCALE. This interview was the result.
Google has been a sponsor and/or participant at SCALE events for over 5 years now. Leading up to SCALE 8x we had the opportunity to speak with Thomas Williams at their Santa Monica office to learn a bit about the types of positions Google recruits for at SCALE, as well as tips for potential candidates.
SCALE: Can you share a little about your background and current position with Google?
Two of SCALE8X's three days are complete. Attendance has been excellent; somewhat more than last year, although we'll have to wait until Registration has closed Sunday to do the final year over year comparison.
And the weather cooperated - while we had showers overnight Friday into Saturday, Saturday dawned clear with scattered clouds.
Traffic on the Expo floor has been so heavy that several of the vendors had run out of their giveaway items by Saturday midafternoon.
Submitted by guest interviewer Matthew Sacks, of TheBitSource.
Russell Miller has been a systems administrator and engineer for 12 years, and has worked in every IT environment from mom-and-pop companies up to multi-datacenter high-traffic Internet companies having up to 4 thousand servers.
Eric Hammond is an expert in the practical aspects of running Ubuntu on Amazon EC2. Since 2007, Eric has supported this platform creating public Amazon Machine Images (AMI's), publishing articles, guiding users in public forums, and occasional private consulting.
While it's always dangerous making predictions about attendance at SCALE, the SCALE staff watches pre-registrations closely. That's not only for revenue purposes, but to get a sense of how successful the Expo may be (we really CARE about the show - can you tell??)
SCALE had the priviledge to sit down with long time free & open source software contributor Christrian Hergert. Christian shared his views & opinions on the current state and future of the FOSS desktop, as well as what the FOSS community can learn from the commercial powerhouses.