Shorts and flip flops: Tech companies in 2016

Below is an actual email I received from a technical recruiter. I’ve changed the company’s name to “ACME” to protect the innocent:

Subject: Nice profile!

Hi Kevin,

After reading through your profile 3 times, I couldn’t help but reach out.

We’re ACME, a Los Angeles based tech company shaking things up in the Programmatic Advertising space.

We’re growing at 70% annually and have a new role for an Information Security Engineer. You’re probably not actively looking but so are 90% of the people I reach out to. But once they learn more about ACME, they’re very happy I reached out.

We have a pingpong table, pool table, foosball, and the people here are awesome. Dress code: ties and jackets are not allowed, shorts and flip flops are common.

Come see for yourself, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Can we talk?

If I was 30, and it was 1999, this job might have sounded interesting to me. But these days the last place I would want to work is a marketing company with a fraternity like atmosphere.

Are you in town for E3? Here is were to eat.

  • The Original Pantry Cafe is an old greasy spoon diner close to the convention center. Great for breakfast. It’s owned by one of our previous mayors. (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)
  • Philippe the Original is the inventor of the French Dip. Coffee is $0.45, very old school menu. A must for all visitors to LA. (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)
  • Wurstkuche (“Sausage Kitchen” in German, pronounced Verst-Kuke) is Awesome. Grilled sausages of all types (my favorite is the rabbit and rattle snake), and just about every single German beer available.
  • Cole’s – Another old, speakeasy-like bar that that is also famous for it’s french dip sandwiches. It’s near skid row (LA’s demilitarized zone) so you may see a few crack addicts walk by.
  • The Golden Gopher is an old-timey bar thats been spruced up and restored. Great for dinner and cocktails.
  • The Redwood Bar and Grill – great for dinner and drinks. Small and cozy with an interesting ‘pirate’ theme.
  • Casa La Golondrina, located on Olvera St. is housed in the oldest brick building in California. The food is good too. I love their Mole!
  • Bridged networking with KVM / qemu

    First off, I cannot recommend Peter Membrey’s “The Definitive Guide to CentOS” enough. If you’re a new admin or just want to make sure
    you’re doing it right, this is the book to get.

    Some of the scientists I support at work rely on software that requires an old, defunct version of Ubuntu (6, Edgy). And because it’s starting to get hard to find hardware that will still run that old version of Linux I’m now using virtualization technology (KVM and CentOS 5.7). These instructions should work with Redhat and it’s derivatives.

    The tricky part of all this (for me at least) was setting up the network. I need the virtual Ubuntu machine to appear on the network as if it were a separate host with a public IP, rather then behind a NAT router. Thus I used a bridged network setup. The method bellow worked for me, but it’s not necessarily the only or best way to accomplish this… I’ve tested these procedures on CentOS 5.7 and 6.2. Before we get started, you need to add two CentOS packages via the yum command: bridge-utils and tunctl.

    Step One: Create a virtual network bridge (br0)
    This particular server has one physical interface (eth0). What you have to do is create a virtual network bridge (br0), give it your public IP/GATEWAY/etc, and then add the physical interface to the bridge…

    First, backup /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 to another directory. My original ifcfg-eth0 looked like this
    # Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5722 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express

    Now copy /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 to /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-br0. Edit the two files so that they look like so… notice that the IP and GATEWAY are now in ifcfg-br0 and not ifcfg-eth0.

    /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-br0 (I had do add my GATEWAY as well as copy over IPADDR)


    Now reboot, or simply restart the network via the /etc/init.d/network script. If all is working properly, your host will still have a functioning network connection. You’re half way done…

    Step two: Create a virtual, TUN/TAP interface (tap0) for your first VM.

    To create the tap0 interface:
    /usr/sbin/tunctl -b

    Bring up the new interface:
    /sbin/ifconfig tap0 up

    Now add tap0 to the bridge so it has access to your physical network:
    /usr/sbin/brctl addif br0 tap0

    Thats it!
    Now, when you install or start your qemu vm, just make sure your “-net” option looks like the one bellow so that your vm has access to the tap0 interface. Most examples I’ve found on the net do these last steps in a script that then launches qemu…
    /usr/sbin/tunctl -b
    /sbin/ifconfig tap0 up
    /usr/sbin/brctl addif br0 tap0
    qemu-system-x86_64 -hda disk.img -boot d -m 1024 -net nic -net tap,ifname=tap0,script=no -no-acpi

    Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

    Great Moments with Mr Lincoln

    Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is easily one of my favorite attractions at Disneyland. For me, the show represents Walt Disney’s patriotism, as well as his love for Americana and technology.

    The photo above was taken with my little Leica D-LUX 4. I prefer to take this little camera to the park, rather then haul around an SLR. Really love it’s “Dynamic / B&W” mode.