Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

Time to move on

April 6, 2007 ·

After 7 1/2 years with the same company, Global Cloud, it is finally really time to move on. I spent considerable time over the years challenging myself to make things better here, challenging myself to define new strong roles here, and hoping for changes that would both re-energize me and re-invigorate the company. A number of years ago, I started putting together my resume, and then we went through a massive strategic planning process, spending several months with a high-powered consulting company to redefine and refocus the company. Great work, great results, and a clear plan.

Which wasn't followed. I spent over a year working with other programmers to identify and start work on a new framework, since the company uses an archaic methodology for all its programming. That work was then circular filed for no clear reason, and the company continues to limp along, losing people, losing clients, and making thin-edge profits.

There is new hope, however, in the most focused product move to date, and I wish them all the very best. As for me, today is my last day, and Monday I move on to become a consultant with Cardinal Solutions Group, starting my first project for National City Mortgage. I'll be away from code and away from servers, acting as a pure project manager in the implementation phase of product updates and National enters the last 9-10 months of a 4-year project. Should be a heck of a change and a monster challenge, so I'm really looking forward to it.


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