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I was drawing out our product’s leadership topology to our new marketing intern today. It was pretty amazing saying it aloud. It sounded something like this…

So, I have been on the product off and on for 15 years. I’m in Raleigh-Durham. Well, sorta. I work from home about an hour from here.

We have a product general manager called a Product Owner. He lives in Ohio. Our marketing person… she also works from home in Ohio.

We have a technical marketing dude… he lives in Philly.

Intern: “We have an office in Philly?”
Me: “No, he just works from home from there.”

I work from home near here, but there is another Product Manager on the team. He lives in Massachusetts. And we both work for a dude who lives in Chicago. We all report to a business unit exec who lives in New Jersey. Yes, we have an office there. You don’t want to visit.

Our Engineering Manager lives here. He has four engineering managers that work for him. One here in Raleigh, another in Portland. Another in Israel. And another in the Czech Republic. That’s our 2nd largest office.

Our QE management is also here, but has members of the team all over the place, to include Pune India.

Our head of documentation is in Australia. His team is there and in the USA.

Finally, our Program Manager who keeps us true to the schedule is located in Boulder Colorado.

So, the leadership team, let alone the members of the team live in…
– Ohio, Chicago, New Jersey*, Massachusetts*, Raleigh-Durham*
– Portland, Ra’anana Israel*, Brno Czech Republic*
– Brisbane*, Philly, and Boulder CO

* = We have an office there, though not everyone works from the office.

Pretty neat. Sometimes I forget how cool and unusual this company is.

So, you got it? 🙂

She was… wowed. And to be honest, when I said it aloud. I was kind of wowed. The world has certainly changed.

So, want to come work with us?


My son has a week off, and is interested in learning how to write an iPhone App. He has worked with various visual programming environments like Scratch, Lego Robotics, etc. I put together a quick lesson plan for working up to iPhone apps. It walks him through HTML, Javascript, Ruby, Rails and then onto Objective C and XCode. It pulls together tutorials from code academy, kahn, w3schools, and

If anyone has any experience with this, or better paths, I would love to hear them. Thanks!

Over the break, Jenny and I finally finished watching the West Wing. We had seen about 5 seasons when it originally aired. However, we never saw the last seasons. It is amazing, or sad, how well the politics of the show still resonate today. The first few seasons were gay rights, faith in government, social vs fiscal conservatism, and issues in the middle east. All things which dominate the airwaves now. Thanks to all the folks who worked on the show, it was alot of fun to watch. And if you were a writer on the show, Jenny and I would like to hire you to be writers for our lives. You did a great job, and we feel you would improve how we communicate with our kids and co workers.

At my kid’s school, a couple of times a year the parents are invited in to teach electives to the kids. I thought it would be fun to try to introduce the kids to something fun, and along the way expose them a bit to the open source world.

Now, I am not a graphics person. I have no mad photo editing skills. However, every once in a while I take photos of my kids and swap their heads to just to get a laugh. I figured this was a skill I could teach kids to do that in about an hour. The next step was to incorporate open source. I figured I would not be allowed to install the Gimp on the machines. So, I decided to create a live image for the kids to try on the school computers. I went out to the Fedora Spins Page and created a variation of Fedora 17 which included the Gimp and defaulted the background to the school logo. The desktop looked like:


The next step was to get my live image into school. I made the image small enough to fit onto a CD, but I figured it would be fun if the kids could save their work. I went to work, explained what I was going to do, and begged for donations. I got great support from Mairin Duffy and Robyn Bergeron from the Fedora Project; Theron Conrey from the Ovirt Project; John Adams, David Huff, and Paula Weigel from Red Hat. They were all very generous:


With a bunch of USB keys, I went to work burning the images onto the keys. My son did a couple of test runs for me to make sure things worked, and I learned a bunch about burning live usbs. For example, now know where my laptops hard drive is mounted because I blew it away :). I ended up building the images with the following command:

livecd-iso-to-disk –reset-mbr –home-size-mb 45 –delete-home –force –noverify –unencrypted-home /home/bkearney/code/spin-kickstarts/Lourdes.iso /dev/sdb1

The day of the electives, I ended up having about 20 students over two classes. In each class, I explained about open source, and what Fedora is. I also explained what a live USB was and that they would be running Fedora. We then powered up the Gimp and went through a quick tutorial of putting Darth Vader’s head on top of Tony Stark’s Body. The end product looked like this:


Then they were allowed to play around with a set of faces on the images. I saw things like Taylor-Maximus:


Beyonce Obama, Sorcerer Tim Sherlock Holmes, and Terminator Black Widow. The usb keys would freeze up if they kids saved them. I am not sure if it was how I built the keys, or the hardware.

All and all I think the class had fun. They got to learn a couple of basic photo editing skills, they were introduced to Fedora, and they got to take  home the USB keys and maybe show it to their friends and family. In case you were wondering, I did hide the “Install to Hard drive” option. Although it would be cool to have them use Fedora at home, I figured I may get an upset parent or two. It is still in there tho, so who knows!

Shadowman in Lego

Posted: June 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

After 2 Brick Magic lego conventions, and a few orders from Brink Link I finally finished a small Shadowman Lego picture. Not too bad for a first time out:Image



New Bimini Top

Posted: May 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

The big ticket item for this year was a new bimini. Jenny really wanted one so that we could stay out on the boat longer during the summer months without getting burned. I was all for it as it would dress up the tower a bit more. However, I was a bit nervous about loosing headroom. Nothing is worse than having to duck or hit your head on a boat. We agreed to look for a over the tower bimini.

We did some research, and only found one place which would do this style. It is Tower Biminis out of California. We called them up, told them what we were looking for, and the type of boat we have. Ours is an older boat (2003) so the did not have a pattern for our tower. It was no issue tho. They sent out some measurements for us to take, we did so, and we were on our way. To make sure it would be a good fit, they even found a local place with a boat with our tower to double check the manufacturing.

2 weeks later, we had a new bimini. Blue to match the boat, with a white racing stripe. As you can see, it looks great:



When stowing it, it sits up high on the tower so that it is out of the way:



All and all, a great addition to the boat. Next year… LED lights!

First Try at Boat Detailing

Posted: February 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Last season was our first season with the new boat. The boat was new to us so there is a bunch of fix fix it up work that needed to get done. When the boat was being winterized, I asked about having it detailed. I heard BLAH, BLAH, Wet sand, BLAH BLAH $1500. Needless to say, that inspired me to learn how to do it myself. So, I grabbed a 50% off coupon for Harbour Freight and order a Meguiars gel coat kit off of Amazon. I was in for $60 and ready to go.

ImageThis is what I had to start with. The boat had been sitting in the water with only the fitted cover, so there was a fair amount of oxidation in the gel coat.


I followed the instructions pretty religiously. I would do a round of the oxidation remover with terry cloth buffers, and then let it sit and “dry out” for a week or so. Sometimes I had to wait a bit more for the weekend with no hockey to line up with nice weather. I then touch up where I missed with the oxidation remover, and then go over the polish with a sheepskin cover and the wax with a microfiber cover of by hand. This is what I ended up with:


The good new is that I can see my reflection in the gelcoat. The bad new is that the oxidtion was covering a few gel coat scratches :(. I may try and pick up some gel coat repair at some point and try and clean it up. Along the way I got some great help from Jenny, who was more interested in how above the rub rail looked. So, here are a couple of photos to show off her work as well:



At the end of the day, I think we paid about $100 in product and covers. I would estimate about 15 hours of work over 3-4 weekends. We could have done it in a day and a half if weather and hockey had not gotten in the way. All and all, very rewarding!