Getting Back in Touch/Looking for Work

There is one upside to looking for a new job, you get to speak to a lot of friends and colleagues you haven’t spoken to for some time. I try to stay in touch with people and there’s quite a few I do manage to speak to regularly (and one I keep finding jobs for and owes me more than a few *cough* *cough*) but there are those few that I have not been in touch with for some time. So, today I sent out an email to a large number of people looking for ideas/leads/encouragement/whatever and I’m getting all these great emails back from people and getting caught up on their lives. So, silver lining.

The flipside, of course, is that I am, in fact, looking for new work. I’ve had a wonderful 3 years leading the development team at Ozmott but by April 1, I need a new job. I’ve learned a great deal these past few years that I can bring to my new employers and am looking forward to learning new things there as well. So, there it is. Resume available on request, just drop me an email at Andy at the domain of this website (really not that hard an email to figure out…)

Oh, and if you did not get an email from me (and you think you should have) then I humbly apologize and invite you to chastise me in an email (where I will blame an out of date email address for the problem.)

Email Forwards

It seems to be that time of year again where my inbox is getting filled with well meaning emails from people warning me about viruses, why God exists, that are the funniest things ever, that will bring me good luck if I inflict them on other people in my address book, and that will protect PBS from the latest round of evil funding cutting. My standard response is generally something along the lines of:

Hi! Please remove me from your distribution list. Forwarded email is an ineffective way of informing people about anything because they are almost universally incorrect or, worse, hoaxes. I get my news, laughs, and heartwarming stories from other sources and like to keep my email to a minimum so as not to overwhelm me. Thanks, I appreciate it!

If it’s especially pernicious, I’ll include a link to or And I always try to link to a debunking of the particular email hoping that the person will forward the debunking around to their distribution letting them know that the email they just sent was wrong and not to forward it (they never do).

I’ve noticed a disturbing new trend lately though. The email forwards are saying things like, “This was checked with and is real,” and even provide a link. Ironically, the links invariably start with, “This is a real threat,” and then go on to talk about how it was a real threat from 5 years ago and now is just leftovers floating around. No one ever reads below the fold to where it is debunked. So, the forward goes on and people think they are helping others when, in fact, they are just making more of a mess of things.

I used to be a lot more direct about this. I was pointed about them being hoaxes and pointless, I often replied to all so that everyone who got the latest round of forwards knew it was a hoax and not to forward it on, and I made it perfectly clear that email forwards were near the top rung on the “road to hell is paved with good intentions” ladder. But for professional and political reasons, I tread much more softly these days.

But the rule should simply be: don’t forward emails. I found this recent posting on a website to be particularly good: The five rules of forwarding emails. I would add a sixth: don’t forward emails. Especially in light of #5 which I hadn’t even considered: by forwarding emails, you expose my email address to the open Internet which exposes me to spam from people who harvest email addresses. I realized that one address that I created to be my private address for friends only has gotten out and will likely start collecting spam in greater quantities. Wonderful. Thanks. 

Please, don’t forward emails. It’s really that simple.