In parting Lycos, I'd like to thank them for the great challenges I had while there. I designed and developed, along with my team members in the web publishing and support from the OPs group, PHP offerings for Tripod users, a long-awaited feature that premium users can use to install numerous PHP applications. Also, with that was a great interface I developed for installing applications. It required some work on the applications themselves to make them as easy to install as possible (similar to APS). The other task while there was to switch Tripod and Angelfire blogs from Oracle to MySQL. Thank you Lycos -- It was a pleasure working with all of you!
Now, I'm excited to announce I'm working with NorthScale. This is a great team of people -- including Dustin Sallings, Steve Yen, Matt Ingenthron, Rod Ebrahimi, Sally Sheward, Dave Nielsen and several others that I'm really excited to work with (sorry if I forgot to mention any names!). As stated on NorthScale's website, NorthScale "creates innovative applications and services to help web sites scale data usage". In particular with memcached (and other KV stores), but also any project/application that will fulfill this goal. Also, all of us at NorthScale are committed to contributing to open source. This is manifestly evident with the work by me and my fellow members on the team on memcached, moxi (memcached proxy), the memcached UDFs for both Drizzle and MySQL Drizzle itself, DBD::(drizzle && mysql), FederatedX (yes, there will be more time for this to be worked on now!).
The projects I have loved working on early morning and late evenings before and after work, I will now be able to work on as part of my job -- which means more frequent release announcements!
Thank you NorthScale for this opportunity!