A Farewell To IBM

As of now, I am officially unemployed for the first time in about nine years (most of my last few jobs have had an overlap period where I’ve had two jobs at once, for poverty or contractual reasons).

But as of Monday I become, officially, a full-time writer. Not (yet) a freelance, write-whatever-I-want writer, but at least being paid for thinking of words and typing them — I’ll be working as a technical writer.

As is my general policy, I’m not going to name my new employer here, but I can now say, having left, that I have worked since January 18 2008 for first Transitive then, once it was acquired in September that year, IBM. I worked as a software engineer, doing test and also writing perl scripts and doing bits of infrastructure coding.

During that time I worked on six releases of PowerVM-Lx86, a handful of releases of QuickTransit for Solaris/SPARC-to-Linux/x86-64 and for Solaris/SPARC-to-Solaris/x86-64, some AIX stuff that I can’t find any reference to online at all, the addition of LDAP to IBM’s storage offerings, and the Storwize V3500 and V3700 storage products. I also helped with the documentation for many of these.

I also co-wrote this masterpiece of Western literature while there.

Anyway, now you know what I’ve been doing as a day job in that time. The new job should be more fun, better suited to my skills, better for my health, and pay slightly more money, but I wouldn’t have got it without the people at Transitive (as was) taking a chance on me, and I met some great people through working there.

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3 Responses to A Farewell To IBM

  1. Oliver Townshend says:

    Good luck! As I often have to do documentation in my technical jobs, I must say it can be the least interesting part, if only because I find it hard to strike the balance between providing information and going to far and overwhelming the reader. When some of the “editors” of my work don’t actually understand what I’m writing, I get frustrated, when they alternately complain “too much”, “too little”, “explain what this means” when I know for sure they really don’t have a clue anyway. So I wouldn’t have your job for anything, although my cousin does it and she enjoys it.

  2. rashfeather says:

    Best of luck to you!

  3. rashfeather says:

    Best of luck to you! I wish I could get out of the tech writing myself. I miss the code.

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