engineer, yahoo

Making a difference in the large corporate world

While chatting informally with some co-workers, I heard some of them talking about their frustrations about not feeling recognized for their work or working on projects they don’t think makes a difference. Corporations, which usually mean people in management roles, value those individuals who go beyond doing what they are told to do and look […]

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engineer, inspiration, yahoo

What Makes Us Happy And Motivated At Work?

It’s that time of year for me to reflect on why we are here working everyday.  Please chime in with your thoughts. What motivates us to be happy and motivated at work? Money Recognition Being valued Making a difference in the world and self motivation Money is a great motivator, it’s an enabler for future […]

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wow: Happy 17th Birthday Yahoo!

Yahoo! as a company is 17 years old today. I am very proud to be part of this ship for the last 13 years. Thank you for allowing me to join as employee ~900. I’ve learn so much from being thrown into the fire. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to build Yahoo! News. […]

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inspiration, yahoo

Making Annual Reviews Easier

  Annual Reviews It’s one of the most important task people in large organizations need to do. But often we don’t spend enough effort and thought compared with the importance of annual reviews to their careers Most People Hate Reviews I’ve been doing my self review for over 12 years now at Yahoo! For the […]

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My New Role At Yahoo! : Solution Architect

Today I have formally taken up the role of a Solution Architect to help Yahoo! properties on board with a new solution that I help create for Global News My role is defined as follows Solution Architect Expediter – identifies support needed Expert – determines the best solution for a given engagement Consultant – identifies […]

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Profile Of a Typical Yahoo! Engineer (2005)

The Typical Yahoo!  Engineer from this point known as Y!E. (this is all my personal ramblings, if it doesn’t fit you, sorry.. it fits me) Y!E is someone who drools when his needs to design his software to work for 30 millions users.   Potentially growing at 40% every year. Y!E designs software with no upper […]

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Daily Life Of A Yahoo! Engineer (2005)

(Bringing back an old post from 2005) A Yahoo! Engineer (Y!E) is a very lucky person. Y!E gets into the office anywhere from 6:00am to 10:00am. If this was a bell curve, 80% fall under 9:30-10 Y!E gets to eat freshly cooked omelettes, hot cereal for under $3.00 Y!E gets free espresso drinks all day […]

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Why Am I Still Working At Y! News After 8 Years? (2007)

I have been getting the same question recently. Wow, you have been around for 8 years at Yahoo News? What makes you stay? I think I’ll have to write it down to clear it up for myself. The grass is not always greener over at Google, Amazon, the next startup. Look yourself in the mirror […]

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Flips and Jumps at Acrosports Gym in San Francico : My First Published And Paid Writing on Yahoo! Contributor Network

Yahoo! bought a company named Associated Content, which was recently changed to Yahoo! Contributor Network. I am the software architect on the backend content management system for Yahoo! Media and actively working with the engineer trying to integrate the great tools from Associated Content into the Yahoo! infrastructure. In order to truly understand the power […]

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Dream Big

Yahoo! News reached 40 million unique users per month recently. Today I was sitting around the conference with my co-workers chewing the fat. I was telling them that in my mind, we are at a second phase of Yahoo! News. It’s a phase of large numbers.In the next 3-5 years we can grow to 80 […]

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Obsessed with Y!

I admit I’m a bit obsessed with working at Yahoo!  I don’t work very very long hours but I spend a lot of my free time thinking about Yahoo!   I don’t believe I’m a workaholic, just someone who loves his job. I used to apologize for being so obsessed, but now I’ve come to terms […]

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The right way to say goodbye

Today a fellow Yahoo! engineer ping’ed me on IM and asked to shoot some 9-ball.   While we were playing, he mentioned that he was leaving in 2 days for the greener pasture of smaller startups. While I was still taking in the news, I finished shooting in the first 7 balls straight and was about […]

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Yahoo!’s History Matters, Damn It!

Sometimes software engineers forget the importance of history. I often sit in meetings at Yahoo! when someone goes on a rant about how bad some of the legacy Yahoo! technology was. I’m referring to HF2K and another technology known as idaho. Which were written almost completely in house and are the equivalent of PHP today. […]

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How to have fun running

I admit it, running sometimes gets boring and tiring, so I try to throw a little twist to my weekend long runs.  I always have a food or a tourist destination that I run to.  This way I have something to look forward to and it makes the run fun instead of a drag. On […]

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Work To Live or Live To Work?

Work To Live or Live To Work? It’s an age old question and people have different perspectives on this. Of course there is your family and friends who see a completely different side of you for like 4 hours a day and weekend time and of course those are the people who will always be […]

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Daily Life Of A Yahoo! Engineer (archive 2005)

A Yahoo! Engineer (Y!E) is a very lucky person. Y!E gets into the office anywhere from 6:00am to 10:00am. If this was a bell curve, 80% fall under 9:30-10 Y!E gets to eat freshly cooked omelettes, hot cereal for under $3.00 Y!E gets free espresso drinks all day Y!E gets free pool tables, ping pong, […]

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Y!, how I love thee

My current yahoo id was registered on Mon Mar 24 17:41:20 1997. I remember when I was working at SGI back then and our lunch conversations were alway about how we thought Yahoo does it’s magic.  How it was always up, always fast.  We were a bunch of geeks in awe of what we saw […]

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A Retrospective On 6 Years Of Yahoo! News

I joined Yahoo! in May of 1999.  I had my pick of either Y! News or Y! Sweepstakes.   Lucky for me, I picked Y! News Very soon, we are about to launch biggest redesign of Yahoo! News ever and I wanted to look back at what I remember of the history. As I understood it […]

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What I Want For Yahoo! News

Yahoo! News is among the top 3 news web sites in the world competing with CNN and MSNBC for the #1 spot. It’s a pretty simple and barebones web site operating with a small team of engineers and editors. The goal is to partner with the major news wire service as well as some big […]

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