Looking for my replacement

It’s been nearly three years since I joined Cycle Computing as a Senior Support Engineer. Initially, I led a team of me, but since then we’ve grown the organization. I’d like to think I did a good job of growing not only the team, but the tooling and processes to enable my company to provide excellent support to enterprise customers across a variety of fields.

But now, it is time to hire my replacement. I’m taking my talents across the (proverbial) hall to being working as a Technical Evangelist. I’ll be working on technical marketing materials, conferences, blog posts, and all kinds of neat stuff like that. I think it’s a good overlap of my skills and interests, and it will certainly be a new set of challenges.

So while this move is good for me, and good for Cycle Computing’s marketing efforts, it also means we need a new person to manage our support team. The job has been posted to our job board. If you’re interested, I encourage you to apply. It’s a great team at a great company. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to talk to you about it.

Black and Gold and Green

I normally leave environmental blogging to my wife, but I have been personally affected by the environment, so I’ll jump in this time.  My employer, being a large university, generates a lot of trash.  Only recently has there been a big push to improve the sustainability of campus.  A while back, the bathrooms switched to those neat foam soaps and paper made from recycled products.  The new addition to the Mechanical Engineering Building is being designed and built to meet LEED certification.  Now my building is one of the first to participate in a new project: no more trash cans.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Building Services staff removed the trash cans from all of the offices in the building.  Instead, each office now has a recycling bin.  There’s a separate compartment for office paper, and mixed recyclables go in the big part.  The janitor will empty the recycling bins twice a week, but everyone’s responsible for taking their own trash to the public cans in the hallways.  The idea is to reduce the trash by 65%.

So far, it seems pretty well received.  I think most people can probably recycle most of the stuff they throw out. I’m totally in favor of this, and frankly I’m a bit surprised that it took so long for campus to make it easy to recycle.