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    Quote Originally Posted by UtwigMU View Post
    Do you think Intel will make a comeback again and get their stuff in order?
    Honestly? No. Their best talent was let go/ retired-out in 2012-2016. That kind of engineering expertise is very hard to replace. The problems with Meltdown and Specter have also seriously hampered development cycles... there is LOTS more to test and the test criteria is ever more burdensome and exhaustive. AMD and a raft of other chip makers are in the same boat. With nearly all National Intelligence agencies/ organizations looking at chips for Hardware-Introduced/Firmware Introduced backdoors now, there is further pressure on the pool of skilled engineers in this space. UEFI has turned out to be a real security nightmare, not as secure as hoped and far easier to subvert and weaponize than envisioned. Most folks warned Intel about this but Chipzilla was steadfast on incrementalism. And now, we are paying for it.
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    So I changed the job. I had one more interview with app company but I was in the process of signing for automation company already.

    The way things are done here is completely different from previous company:
    I got a company managed Chromebook and Chromebox and 49" monitor that I'll install at home once I fully move. While Chromebook chokes with dual screens, i7 Chromebox with 8G is responsive and has no problem with multiple tabs.
    They take security very seriously, 2FA for everything, all work is done over VPN from Linux jumpboxes, production is all RHEL family Linux. They only have one Windows VM for testing.
    Almost all work from home, typically there are only couple of people in the office in a given day. There is a 15' min video company meeting in the morning and then you use meetings or Slack to communicate, Jira for timekeeping, email is hardly used.
    Owner is French, very technical (he told me to become guru in Linux pam.d and explain it to him) and usually available for questions. Company has a startup culture, guys are down to Earth, swear and joke during meets, didn't notice highheadedness you see in some startups. Had a pizza-beer meet with Slovenian team. The guys I work with are very knowledgeable but I also brought some new ideas so while I'm a noob, I'm not a complete noob.

    Our clients are big industrial companies and this means physical servers in factories. For now they've put me to work on research and writing Ansible playbooks for their infra, need to do a lot of reading on stuff I don't know. The tempo of work is higher here compared to previous job but a lot more interesting. I already rented apartment very close to new job but It will take around 2 months to fully move.

    So far it looks like I made the right choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UtwigMU View Post
    So I changed the job. I had one more interview with app company but I was in the process of signing for automation company already.

    The way things are done here is completely different from previous company:
    I got a company managed Chromebook and Chromebox and 49" monitor that I'll install at home once I fully move. While Chromebook chokes with dual screens, i7 Chromebox with 8G is responsive and has no problem with multiple tabs.
    They take security very seriously, 2FA for everything, all work is done over VPN from Linux jumpboxes, production is all RHEL family Linux. They only have one Windows VM for testing.
    Almost all work from home, typically there are only couple of people in the office in a given day. There is a 15' min video company meeting in the morning and then you use meetings or Slack to communicate, Jira for timekeeping, email is hardly used.
    Owner is French, very technical (he told me to become guru in Linux pam.d and explain it to him) and usually available for questions. Company has a startup culture, guys are down to Earth, swear and joke during meets, didn't notice highheadedness you see in some startups. Had a pizza-beer meet with Slovenian team. The guys I work with are very knowledgeable but I also brought some new ideas so while I'm a noob, I'm not a complete noob.

    Our clients are big industrial companies and this means physical servers in factories. For now they've put me to work on research and writing Ansible playbooks for their infra, need to do a lot of reading on stuff I don't know. The tempo of work is higher here compared to previous job but a lot more interesting. I already rented apartment very close to new job but It will take around 2 months to fully move.

    So far it looks like I made the right choice.
    Congrats on the new job!

    Good to hear you work with Ansible; I see Ansible Tower and Hashicorp's Terraform everywhere nowadays.

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    Great news, congrats!
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    Congrats! Best of luck!
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    Good luck with the new job!!!
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