Welcome and background info
By Gary Zellerbach on Sep 26, 2005
I guess a bit about myself and why I'm creating this blog would be a good place to start!
I've been at Sun over 8 years now and spent almost the entire time focused on ESD (no, not Electrostatic Discharge!) -- Electronic Software Distribution. In that time, we've scaled up our download applications and infrastructure to current levels that handle millions of downloads and terabytes of throughput each week. It's been a great learning experience and wonderful to be part of the team that develops and manages what is surely one of the busiest download sites in the world.
For the last couple of years, my title has been "Strategic Analyst, Electronic Software Distribution". What that actually means is that I split my time between being a Project Manager (developing or upgrading ESD systems) and looking for new, better ways to deliver software over the Internet. I do a lot of research, try to keep current and even ahead of the curve, and bring new technologies back to our team for evaluation and consideration.
Since strategy is a key part of my job, it's really helpful to find as many resources as possible relating to my field. Search as I might, however, I haven't found many resources for us "ESD Professionals." I'm not aware of trade journals nor web sites dedicated to ESD. I always enjoy meeting and speaking with my peers at Sun and other companies but wish there was more interaction, more sharing of best practices, and the myriad other benefits that come from knowledge sharing in a particular field. This blog is intended to be a small outreach -- who knows, perhaps it can help create some more cross-fertilization among people and companies interested in ESD. Please let me know if this subject piques your interest!
Now to complete the quick background...
Working at Sun is my third career. When I graduated college, I became a professional guitar player. I worked around Boston and then moved to Hollywood to make my fortune. You know how that goes... But I still maintain a passion for jazz guitar and expect to write about that subject from time to time.
Once I recovered from 3 years in Hollywood, I went in to the holography business. I started Holos Gallery, the first hologram art gallery in the United States. Funny, but Holos Gallery Online was the first web site I ever created (back in 1994) and helped launch my third (and current) career in high tech.
I still have a keen interest in all three areas so will write about each as time and inspiration dictate.