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Last weekend, I got my residency permit turned down, which, to make a long story short, means that we'll be heading back to Canada. Seems like I was misdirected by the Consulat de France in Montreal, and from what I hear, it seems to be something they've done a few times (azrhey worked in a place here where they hire a lot of foreigners, due to language skills).

So, it looks like I'm going to be looking for a job back in Montreal.

My weapons of choice are C++ and Perl, but being a Unix/Linux hacker, of course, I am not limited to those, they're just the ones I'm most deadly with. I am comfortable with meta-programming (mostly, but not limited to that of C++ templates), continuations/coroutines, closures, multithreading, as well as event-driven state machines. I am quite effective at code refactoring, particularly in strongly typed languages, where I can use the typing system to my advantage.

I am deeply intimate with Unix/Linux, mainly in the area of network programming (sockets, networking protocols, other forms of IPC). On Linux, I am quite familiar with a number of the high-performance APIs. I have a deep knowledge of the HTTP protocol (and some of its derivatives). I have experience writing Apache modules. I know the difference between bandwidth and latency (and wish more people did too). I have some experience with developing distributed software. I have a higher-than-average knowledge of ELF and Mach-O binary formats, particularly of how symbol resolution works. I know a good deal about component software (dynamically loading modules, for example), and ABI stability issues. While I am not a master at it, I have some Linux kernel development experience as well. I know what make is doing, and why.

Finally, I also have some experience doing project and release management, where I feel I did a pretty good job, and would certainly like to do more of it. I am familiar with the free and open source software community, belonging to a number of projects, including some that were part of my work.


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May. 12th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
I think my company is hiring programmer types. I'll mail you details separately - hopefully the email addy I have for you is up-to-date. If you *don't* get an email from me, let me know here...
May. 12th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
heh, i was going to point this post to you this evening but i see you're here already :)
May. 12th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
Oh my.

How long can you stay?

I'm both pleased for me and dismayed for you. Good luck with the job hunt.
May. 13th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
My visa expires on June 5th, and then I fall back on the more or less automatic 90 days tourist visa (so I won't be allowed to work). Since the apartment here is pretty expensive, and the moving business isn't cheap, I'll be trying to leave as soon as possible...
May. 13th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
"La France n'est pas un pays d'immigration"

I don't invent that one, that's what they said on the phone at that consulate when I went to pick up my bushistan-compatible passport last January. I was just in the same office as that person saying that on the phone.
May. 18th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
at least pion speaks the language and is the right background... according to the new supreme ruler of france that doesn't matter though. all doors closed... regardless of french language skills. I guess Quebec cannot go home... at least Chirac in the last referendum said that they could... kinda. *giggle*
May. 13th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
i'll be in montreal up til june 17th. it'd be awesome to see you again....
May. 13th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
Well, I won't be back that quickly! My work permit is still good until June 5th, and I have to do another move...
May. 14th, 2007 11:19 am (UTC)
Linux Job
My company has positions open in Linux programming and support. The support is more like sys-admin kind of stuff but for many many clients remotely. There is also room in deployment I think.

If you want a Linux job, my company is despera... er... really wants you.

I don't have your e-mail but just e-mail Fuzzyila and I'll get back to you with the info.
May. 14th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC)
Re: Linux Job
Hehe! You can find my email in my LiveJournal profile, actually, thanks in advance!
May. 18th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
it's a good news/bad news situation. am I sad you have to leave the land of wine, cheese, and escargot? no. am I happy you will be within swatting distance? aye. *snicker* fate is a tricky bitch! that's what I sum it up as... you were meant to have a limited experience abroad. unless you favour getting hitched and refining your portuguese... *snicker*

you've been gone long enough, IMNSHO. *pokes voodoo doll in the ribs*
May. 18th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
OW! What's with all the poking?!?
May. 18th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
lock of phaneuf hair, popsicle sticks, and piece of pants... instant phaneuf voodoo doll! I should sell these on ebay...
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