Sunday, December 11, 2005


How to get personal contacts with Google employees

Quite simple, just be a person interested in the same things they are interested in. For example, you can meet some googlers in the specific IT-related mailing lists.
P2P-hackers is a well-regarded mailing list frequented by p2p developers and researchers. It brings together academics, industry developers, and gray hats, and hosts topics ranging from DHTs to error-correcting codes to punching through NATs.

I've happily subscribed since college, so when David Barrett suggested a meetup for the bay area members, I jumped at the chance. We met at Ryoko for sushi, which was a lot of fun. Any place that has a grand piano with two turntables on top of it gets my vote!

Over 20 people turned out, and the conversation was lively and far-reaching. We chatted about food, gadgets, games, movies, and of course, p2p. Lots of well-regarded universities and companies were represented, including Amicima, Berkeley,CivicSpace, Limewire, Gnutella, Gnuterra (Morpheus), NYU, Red Swoosh, andStanford.

Sure, we talk about p2p and distributed systems on list all the time. Still, it was fun to shoot the breeze about the latest developments in person, and especially to meet so many people in the community face to face.

Original post by Ryan Barrett

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