New Country and New Job

I thought when I moved my website to WordPress, I’d blog more. If anything, I’ve blogged less. But hey, I have a good reason. About 4 months ago, I moved to Dublin, Ireland. This was to start my job at The Search Engine company. Today I finish 4 months in Dublin. It feels like much more. It’s been an interesting and stressful few months. All the research we did for the months before we moved helped out. It came in especially handy while house hunting.

Ever since I got here, I feel like I’ve been trying to get things done to get my life stable. The first task was finishing up all my paperwork and initial setup tasks. So, registering with immigration, getting my PPS number, and getting setup with a phone. Once I had the essentials, the next step was finding an apartment. The Dublin rental scene is particularly stressful but thankfully, I had relocation assistance. We’re often better at research and we actually found the apartment ourselves. We used the relocation folks to negotiate the lease and help with the initial tasks of moving in.

We now live in a quiet North Dublin suburb. It’s so quiet that the loudest noise is often the sound of our ears ringing from the sheer silence. The beach is a short walk away, but we can’t see it from the apartment. My morning commute is a comfortable 45 mins by bus and train or about 25 mins by bicycle. On a good weather day, I cycle in to work. Living here, I realise how people run in the afternoon. The weather in the afternoon is actually often pleasant and not the kind that tries to kill you.

The job itself is interesting. I’m in a role that I have enjoyed a lot in the past. It’s a mix of doing ops work as a sysadmin and a bit of doing automation. The idea is to automate as much away as possible from our day to day ops work. My team has 10 of us in two different time zones who manage to do way more work than it should be possible for us. The biggest different from my previous jobs is that I work with Windows more often. It’s fun to learn new things. Everything is different and sometimes, things don’t work because Windows.

Hanging up my red fedora

Feb 12th was my last day at Red Hat. I sent a very similar version of this blog post as a note to my colleagues as well. It’s been a fun nearly 3 years working at Red Hat and wearing the Red Hat fedora[1]. I’ve had a wonderful time working for Red Hat both from the New Delhi and the Mumbai offices. I’ve enjoyed the odd visits to Bangalore over the last few years. I’m very grateful for my time here and it’s time to move onto bigger adventures elsewhere.

In 2015, I did not think that a chance conversation with Sankarshan at FUDCon Pune would lead to interviewing at Red Hat 6 months down the line and subsequently working here. Over my 11-year career, this is the first time I’ve had a fantastic manager who has been both a friend and a mentor. Remote work is challenging in general. I could not have pulled off dealing with the various challenges if it weren’t for Sankarshan’s help and encouragement. I’m grateful for the office mangers in Delhi and Mumbai for giving me a second home for when I wanted to meet people[2].

I’m leaving here with great memories, friendships, and great lessons learned. I’ve had the opportunity to help stabilise Gluster infrastructure. When I look back to how things looked, I’m grateful that it’s a sea of change. I could not have been successful at Red Hat without the help of folks in my team in Gluster and in other parts of Red Hat. In particular, I’m grateful to Sankarshan, Alfredo, Amye, Atin, Jeff Darcy, John Strunk, Nithya, and Shyam.

The fondest and funniest memory of my time at Red Hat is going to be about that time when Jenkins started speaking French. If you don’t remember or you don’t know about this, you should read the post-mortem[3] for that failure. I wrote a blog post about it last week as well.

I will no longer be a Red Hat employee, but I’m still going to be a Gluster community member. I’ve been on Freenode for than 10 years and I suspect I’ll continue to be there for many years to come. If you want to stay in touch, IRC is going to be the best way to reach me and have me respond.

[1]: I didn’t actually get my Red Hat Fedora, but let’s not get into semantics ๐Ÿ˜›
[2]: Or just sit in air conditioning.
[3]: Unless you want to talk to me about an infra issue, in which case, file a bug ๐Ÿ˜€