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From http://news.com.com/2100-1026-5146006.html

"Buyukkokten, a computer science doctoral candidate at Stanford University before joining Google, created Orkut.com in the past several months by working on it about one day a week--an amount that Google asks all of its engineers to devote to personal projects."

Sounds like a good way to hire very smart engineers....

Autocat
Monday, January 26, 2004

I'm assuming they mean Saturday or Sunday....

www.MarkTAW.com
Monday, January 26, 2004

I know of a particularly high up manager at some well known company that dedicates one day a week to coding projects, which he distributes as freeware from a semi-anonymous site.  In this way, the engineering department regularly get 'how to' stuff for their products out that marketing would rather keep shum.  Everyone just goes says 'hey, this guy worked it out in his bedroom and put it on his website!'

All in all, one very very clever way for this manager to
a) have fun
b) keep getting a buzz from 'problem solving' despite now being a pen-pusher
c) get true respect from his employees
d) put himself on the side of 'right'

i like i
Monday, January 26, 2004

I believe I read somewhere else that this is actually his third attempt at writing "social engineering" software; the first two written in university.

It's not written from scratch.

Nigel
Monday, January 26, 2004

>"who works on user interface design for Google"

that's got to be an easy job. what is it, one textbox and a submit button?

josheli
Tuesday, January 27, 2004

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