Archive for November, 2006

Back in the Rat Race

First Days at FileMaker
A collection of hats from places I’ve worked.

Well, it’s been a while, but after a nice little vacation in Mexico, I started my first week at FileMaker. It’s always tough driving to work on a regular Monday, but this time was espeically hard after a vacation. The thrill of starting a new job made it easier though. Coming from McAfee’s large operation, it’s kind of nice to see that FileMaker’s website and web team is smaller. Each of us has more responsibility, and as far as I can tell, the web team enjoys working with each other, and they just click.

I will be taking Photoshop mockup designs from the web designer and coding them into the web standard xhtml and css, which I love so much. I will also be responsible for going through the website and fixing bugs and making sure that it adheres to the style guide. As with any first week on the job, it’s been a whirlwind of names, places, user accounts, procedures, and other things I’m supposed to remember, but everyone has been great, and I couldn’t ask for a better web team!

Though its no Googleplex, the Apple main campus is pretty impressive in its own right, with a cafeteria that’s so good and so cheap, it makes me wish I worked at the main building! It’s also just inspiring to be walking around the place whose people are responsible for my favorite computer products. It put an Apple fanboi like myself in the state of awe.

Being an Apple employee definitely has its perks! I don’t think I’ve ever been with a company that does so much for their employees. Besides the discount on Apple products, there’s discounts all over the place on non-Apple products and services, free stuff, top-notch fitness centers, and last but not least–beer every Friday! And I love my Macbook Pro work machine! Oh, and since Apple did so well during the last fiscal year, Steve went ahead and gave everybody the week of Thanksgiving as paid-time off. So after working for a week I have a week off already!

I’m loving it so far, and I’m excited to be a part of such a great team and solid company.

Gaming Madness

On another note, the cousins and I were at the new Best Buy in Vallejo yesterday afternoon and saw some crazies lined up in front for the Nintendo Wii launching at midnight that night. There were 3 of them. I wondered if I drove over there at 11:59, I would probably be 10th in line, walk in, grab my Wii (haha) and get out of there with having to sit in front of a Best Buy all day. Or even go the next day, walk in and buy the thing. Nintendo was smarter and there won’t be a horrible shortage like there was for the Xbox 360 or the PS3 launch last week, where each store only got 8 units and people were literally killing each other for them. Dave thinks they’re crazy too.