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.