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Wanted: A few good engineers

Published on: 2004-02-27

Over at WireSpring, we're getting ready to hire a few additional softare programmers right now. Maintaining a Linux-based operating system for kiosks and digital signage is no small task, nevermind the fact that we're constantly adding new features into the mix. We often look for people with very particular skill sets, but when it comes down to it, what we really need are jacks (or jills) of all trades in the computer world. If a customer calls up with a problem or a feature request, I need my team to be able to stop what they're doing and change direction.

What amazes me, though, is how hard it actually is to find what you want. Part of it is obviously the fact that people want jobs, especially these days. But if I ask for a programmer who can write code in both C++ and Perl, I really do want to see people who actually have those skills.

Even though there is a wealth of talent available today, the other part of the interviewing process is really trying to figure out if the person is going to work well with your existing corporate environment and culture. And while many people have written books on the subject, the bottom line is that you don't really know if it's going to work until you try.

An amazing amount of technology goes into making our FireCast product line work. And with more features and modifications being added each day, our list of requirements for new technical hires only increases. On the flip side, our sales and support staff has to become increasingly more technical as well, in order to be able to sell and support all of the new stuff the programmers are throwing in.

So the bottom line is:

If you're familiar with the inner workings of Linux-based operating systems, including modifying large open source projects (e.g. Mozilla or Xfree86), preferably with prior experience patching the Linux kernel, writing device drivers and interfaces, and writing console and GUI applications (GTK 1.2 and GTK2 preferred), we want to talk to you.

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