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"Don't Moon the Ogre"
Be Dope steals a few moments away from Be's Dominic Giampaolo and talks about life and work at Be, software engineering and programming naked.
Be Dope: What is your title at Be and how does it relate to what you actually do there?
How did you first hear of Be?
A friend showed me their press announcements when they publicly announced the BeBox on Oct. 1st 1995. It was pretty exciting stuff.
What/Who made you decided to work at Be?
I wanted to do more real kernel work and there just aren't a lot of places you can do that.
What was your experience in landing a job there?
Some friends and I came to see a demo at the Be offices the week after the announcement. We jokingly asked if they had job openings and soon after that I came back for an interview and got a job offer.
What is your computer background?
My first real programming was a high school class in Pascal on an Apple II. Then I graduated to Turbo Pascal on a PC and from there I got an Amiga where I cut my teeth on C programming. The Amiga was a lot of fun to program back then (87-92). Around the same time as I got my Amiga I also got hooked on Unix. I've been a command-line weenie ever since.
What is your favorite computer game?
I don't really play many games. Quake is fun sometimes but I just don't have much time to play games.
What books (work-related and otherwise) do you consider a must-read?
If the BeOS was an animal, what kind would it be?
A platypus with big tusks and horns, webbed feet in front, hooves in back, a snout like an ant-eater, and scales for skin. Why? I don't know but it sure would be a cool looking animal.
What are you wearing at work today?
Nothing. Friday is nude-programming-day at Be. We all come in nude. It's a little unusual but very exhilarating.
Who is the coolest Be employee and why?
Everyone is pretty cool.... Hiroshi is funny, Pavel is cool, Baron is a rock-star, Jon is smart, Cyril is god-like, Pierre is a coding wizard, Benoit is a total hacker, Steve S. is a good manager, JLG has the best stories, Alex is great, Ron Zilla is really sharp, Ming knows a lot about everything... the list goes on and on.
Who is your favorite muppet, if any, and why?
Animal. He was just psycho.
Finish this sentence: "Working at Be kicks ass because ______"
...because we get to work on the stuff we use everyday.
Douglas Irving Repetto
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