25 July 2005

Up Sticks

I am leaving this famous online Bank in August to join a software house specialised in Learning and Library software. Has been with this Bank for around three years, I think it is good to take in some fresh air and move on.

My new employer does Test Driven development, on .NET and Java platforms. There are loads of challenges in the eXtreme Programming software engineering, new technologies -.Net, XML parser, Web Services, Image search etc to play with. I think it is good to broaden my profile.

Happen to read Steve Jobs’ recent speech at Stanford, which couldn’t describe what I think better.

‘I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.’

I will be then driving 36 miles south down notorious M6 J10-J4 section instead of going east 35 miles down the picturesque A518 and A50. I probably will give up driving altogether with pushbike and commuter train, which saves around 2 hours a day.

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