Devops Downunder is just two weeks away now, and Anchor is excited to be a gold sponsor. In addition to being a sponsor, our very own Geek Supreme Matt Palmer will be speaking. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that we love us some APIs, and Matt will be talking all about building a service-oriented architecture from them. Devops is about bringing together the best parts of software development and professional operations. We can guarantee that there’ll be smart minds in abundance at Devops Downunder, so whichever side of the fence you’re from there are shoulders worth rubbing. Still not convinced? Anchorites will be in attendance, and you know we’re good for a yarn over some refreshments. 😀 Devops Downunder is on the week after next, Friday and Saturday…
Sharif Olorin has a reputation around the office for 3 things: his deadpan sense of humour, his numerous tattoos and piercings, and his obsession with Russian Caravan tea. So far, the best Russian Caravan he’s found is at the Glebe markets in Sydney’s Inner-West, an area he now calls home. In many ways, Sharif is stereotypical of inner-Western Sydney. He’s young, wicked-smart and tech-savvy. He doesn’t wear a suit to work and he cares more about getting the job done than whose responsibility it is. He has a lambda – the Greek letter λ often used in mathematics and science – tattooed on his right forearm, and even uses the symbol as his signature!
Michael Sampson has a reputation for being the office Linux nut. No small feat, when you consider that everyone at Anchor is a Linux nut. He works as a Systems Admin with Chris and Ryan. How did you come to be working at Anchor? “I was attending PyCon AU in Tasmania. I saw the Anchor banner next to the food table. When I got back, I checked out their company blog. I’d never worked on high-availability stacks or a lot of the other technologies mentioned and I thought that would be fairly interesting. So I applied for a job. I’ve been here since January. What did you do before working at Anchor? I spent the last 7 years working in an IT position in the education sector in Armidale. I’m from Tamworth…
Congratulations to Evan Tanuhardja from Hybris. Evan has won an iPad mini just by visiting our booth at the e-Commerce Show which was held in Melbourne last week. Anchor will also be attending Online Retailer in August. Be sure to drop by our booth for your chance to win other cool prizes!
In a departure from our usual technical posts, we thought we’d share with you a little of what it’s like to be a network admin here at Anchor. A properly functioning network is critical for a internet services company, and our net-ops team does a fantastic job of ensuring that things keep running smoothly. When they’re not dealing with problems (which are rare) they’re hard at work improving and upgrading our network. Just last week they extended our VoIP PABX to the US and enabled QoS support from end to end. A bit of late-night work was needed to avoid disrupting the support team, but it came off without a hitch. Hang on a moment. What is that, is that… a pony? Zoom in and enhance it.
Anchor’s Keiran Holloway, Jessica Field and Phillip Pace are heading down to Melbourne to attend the eCommerce Show. The event is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center on Wednesday and Thursday. Our booth is no 6006. If you’re in the area, come down to say hi – and enter the draw to win an iPad mini! We hope to see you there.
Cameron Wood was seemingly born with a pool cue in his hands. His colleagues and I watch in awe as he coolly lines up a shot and sinks yet another ball. “Yeah, I’m not too bad at it I guess. When I was at uni, I lived across the road from a snooker place and I spent a fair bit of time there.” Cameron’s approach to technical support is just as clinical – he recently joined Anchor as a Systems Administrator and currently works alongside Chris and Jez. Originally from Melbourne, Cameron moved to Sydney as a teenager and later graduated with a Bachelor of Science (IT) from the University of Technology Sydney. What most people don’t realise is this is not the first time Cameron has been involved with Anchor.
In true Anchor style, our Anchorites celebrated St Patrick’s day by dressing in green and drinking Guinness. Given that St Patrick’s day fell on a Sunday, we started early on Friday. It looks like the celebrations will be continuing into this week, as the decorations are still up, and there’s still some Guinness left over!
Anchor’s co-founder Andrew Rogers and CEO Keiran Holloway are flying over to the United States to attend SXSW during March. Along the way, they will also be visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego (the above image shows the exact dates they will be in each location). If you’re in the US and would like to meet with them during their trip, please give us a call so we can try to fit you in. They have a pretty busy schedule – so let us know ASAP! Be sure to check back to our blog periodically for exciting updates on their trip!
Drupalcon was held at the Crown Plaza in Coogee last week, and Anchor was a silver sponsor. It was a great opportunity for us to mix with members of the open source Drupal community to have a chat, and for us to learn more about it’s users. There were lots of interesting sessions taking place at this event, including a Keynote presentation by Senator Kate Lundy. Other exciting events included the Drupal girls dinner, beach cricket and of course – lots of freebies and prizes! Congratulations to our lucky winner John Kennedy, Regional Director at Commerce Guys. John has won a new Nexus 7 tablet just for visiting our booth! Remember to check out the Sydney Drupal Users Group for future events – we hope to see you there.