Monday, June 28, 2004

"So, what do you do for a living?"

Like most people I am forever being asked to explain what I do for a living. Answering that question got harder when I started my current job.

My last job was with a company called Braintree, who make world class communication gateways --- mainly for the eftpos and financial industry. So I could always answer "I help design boxes to connect old EFTPOS machines to the bank using new technologies". It glosses over a lot, is largely incomplete, but remains something most people could comprehend. The worst job I've had to try and explain was my first. "I am writing the user-interface to an Electron Paramagnetic Resonance simulation"? I've seen geeks eyes glaze over on that one :).

So far for my current job I've had to revert to the classic "I'm a programmer in an IT company", which is sufficiently devoid of information to be mutually unsatisfying. So what am I currently working on? I am employed by Tucana Technologies to work on an open-source RDF database Kowari. Kowari is used by Tucana as the base on which we build our enterprise rdf-datastore TKS. OTOH, if having difficuty explaining my job is the price to pay for having this much fun I suppose it's worth it. Tucana is a great company to work for, and Kowari is really fun engineering. Still, if anyone can think of a one or two sentence description that isn't quite as insipid I would appreciate it.

1 comment:

paul sam said...

This revolution, the information revoultion, is a revolution of free energy as well, but of another kind: free intellectual energy. It's very crude today, yet our Macintosh computer takes less power than a 100-watt bulb to run it and it can save you hours a day. What will it be able to do ten or 20 years from now, or 50 years from now?
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