As some of you know, I left Teragram about 2 months ago. It was a great job that I had for about 3.5 years. I really miss the guys there and the work. Trying to meet up with some of them for billiards has thus-far proven difficult :)
It was time to move on, though. No matter how much I loved my job, my prospects for career advancement (pay raises, promotions, etc.) were fairly limited by the relatively small size of the company (~20 people, ~6 engineers) and its flat hierarchy (it went from me->president).
So, now I'm at ZoomInfo and enjoying things so far. They're a NLP-based search engine company based in Waltham, a suburb of Boston. The transition was a little longer and rougher than I had hoped, but things are smoothing out nicely. I've done the majority of my work on Win32 using MFC (mostly for STL-like container classes and database connectivity, which beats the heck out of straight ODBC), instead of POSIX as I had in my previous jobs. The culture shock was pretty big :) At least I have Mingw/MSYS and Win32 ports of Emacs and GVim. People look at me funny around here. But not as funny as I look at them when they make outlandish claims like "most of our code is cross-platform already. Porting it to Linux should be easy!" [/famous-last-words]
I managed to finish my first project last week, and have it shipped off to a happy client. And I finally got rolling on my 2nd project, which had been stalled for a while due to scheduling conflicts with an Israeli teammate. I hope to really kick butt on this project - this next week is my chance to prove myself to my new boss. Wish me luck!
Oh, and if anyone in the greater Boston area wants to meet up for billiards, there's this sports bar/pool hall nearby called "The Wave" that has about 20 tables and is free from 5pm-7pm on Fridays. It has decent food and drinks and some other amenities. It's a great way to cap off the work-week. Email me for more information.