Saturday, May 20, 2006

Life as a Noogler

It's the end of my first week at Google. It was a fairly mundane week. The first day I set a password, got a Google badge, and filled out forms (they have a very nice automated system that made filling out 16 forms a quick job). The food is, simply put, fantastic. A typical Google lunch would be a $20 dinner. The menu at Charlies, Google's primary eating establishment, has a wide varity of selections. The snacks are just as good. It's like I'm living in Whole Foods.

There are a few things I'm getting used to at Google. It's really different than the world I'm used to. The oddest thing is how hush hush everything is. Every meeting starts out with "this is confidential". Sure, at Novell I had to deal with some things that were under NDA. In Google, you presume all knowledge is under NDA by default. Second, everyone at Google is new, or so it seems. When a social event is done, it seems like a common exercise is for people to raise their hand if they are new. A large number of people do this. The introductory training sessions are huge. Google is growing at a rapid rate, it's really exciting.

One of the most exciting parts of being at Google is the fun stuff to explore. Interns have access to almost all of the Google code base (interns fall into a bucket called nonconfs who have a few restrictions, such as not being able to see the pagerank code). It's hard to resist the urge to explore code when there is work to be done.

In other news: GStreamer was loading too many plugins in each process. This caused a few extra MB of private dirty memory for gstreamer using programs, like the settings daemon and mixer_applet2. This should be fixed now.

ps noogler == new googler


Ola said...


Joey said...

Perhaps the setup of Google's codebase is confidential too?

Anonymous said...

Amazing how much of a disconnect can exist between the public face of an "open" company and the internal culture of that company.

Mike said...

Thanks for sharing :)

Tom said...

Hey, I'm looking to start interning at Google in a few weeks and was wondering if you would be willing to share your experience. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Is there any slogan or words specialy used within google?