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A Change of Pace

The past year and a half has been amazing! Not only have I grown by leaps and bounds, but have been an integral part of a team at VeriSign who put out an awesome product last month. Along the way I've met and worked with great people and this year worked for Gary Krall who is a truly amazing manager! I've grown as a presenter and evangelist from OSCON 2006 to OSCON this year where Simon Willison and I gave a three-hour OpenID Bootcamp tutorial. The OpenID community has grown and flourished from under 20-million OpenIDs and 320 sites accepting OpenID when I joined VeriSign to now over 120-million (including every AOL user) OpenIDs and almost 5,000 sites. The OpenID Authentication 2.0 specification has matured and extensions have been developed to add functionality upon OpenID in many ways. VeriSign has made great contributions such as the ability to describe stronger authentication mechanisms within an OpenID flow. Most recently I was recognized by Google and O'Reilly as the recipient of a 2007 Open Source Award for my efforts with OpenID and am the youngest recipient in the history of the award. None of these things would have been possible without the support, flexibility, and encouragement of VeriSign, my colleagues, and managers.

One of my growing interests this year has been taking the ever increasing infrastructure which is provided by OpenID and building really cool things on top of it. Now that I've helped to shape the latest VeriSign Labs PIP release, this is a good time for me to move on and follow this passion of building new things only now enabled by OpenID. The VeriSign Labs team is on a great path and I look forward to continue seeing amazing new things coming from them. This certainly is not a desire to become less involved in the OpenID community, though traveling as much as I have has grown a bit tiresome. :)

brad started thinking a lot about social network portability earlier this year and it is an extremely interesting topic to me as well. Brad describes his thoughts, which I helped him pull together and edit, as well as some goals he has to see this happen. While Brad has definitely earned his own change of pace after nine years of working on LiveJournal, it's a credit to Six Apart that all of his work on social network portability was incubated there. Combining this with all of their great open infrastructure which "powers Web 2.0" and Movable Type 4 incorporating OpenID and becoming Open Source, Six Apart certainly has made the right moves to be a leader in this space. So I'm excited to say that I'll be joining them later this month as their Open Platforms Tech Lead to help make it a reality.

So more overtime, but I'll be at BarCampBlock (along with Brad) this weekend if you're interested in discussing this further!


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Aug. 17th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Welcome back to the insanity!
Aug. 17th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Valleywag Spies Strike Out
Haha... You surprised even me!

Aug. 17th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Nicely done, dude. Keep up the great work. And may it always be fun and challenging.
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
That's awesome, and I'm terribly envious! I can't wait to see what you guys come out with.

I'm bashing my head against Yahoo Pipes at the moment in an attempt to turn my public LJ posts + public flickr posts + facebook status + del.icio.us bookmarks + everything else I create with an RSS feed into one chronological feed. I know that it should work, I just can't figure out how!
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
I totally want that as well! Really I want to be able to have all my stuff sucked into my LJ theme between my Twitter, Pownce, ScrapBook and Flickr.
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
Yes! I mean, the flickr thing is easy, because I tend to post mainly from my N95 via email, and I just use the flickr-to-blog address that flickr provides.

The real problem I'm hitting at the moment is datestamps, because it's like I have forty posts from del.icio.us, forty from LJ, forty from flickr...and so on. And I haven't figured out how to de-dupe my flickr-to-lj entries from the lj entries they end up as, again on the timestamp thing. *pokepokepoke*
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
hooray! the return of the worst. name. ever.
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Lock it up!
Aug. 18th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
good luck!
See you tomorrow at BarCamp! Looking forward to catching up.
Aug. 18th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
Welcome back, man! In recognition of your work, I'm leaving this comment with my Vox OpenID instead of my LJ account.
Aug. 18th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
We're glad to have you back!
Aug. 18th, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
So this means you're no longer at Verisign?

Darn. I was hoping to get a couple of docs from you about how the VIP tokens worked, and how to become an RP on them.

Congrats on your move!

Did you recently friend me because you used Brad's tool, and found I was on LJ from being on other systems that you are on?
Aug. 18th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)

Nope, though I forget where I found you on LJ.
Aug. 18th, 2007 08:08 am (UTC)
alex clark
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Aug. 18th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Unfreakinbelievable. You'll be awesome.
Aug. 19th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
Congratulations, David!
Welcome back to Six Apart. :)
Aug. 19th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
craziness! congrats. change is in the air
Aug. 19th, 2007 07:29 am (UTC)
I am so glad you are back!
David - when you left Six Apart a year and half ago it was a great loss. I was incredibly disappointed to hear you were leaving.

Now, you are returning wiser, smarter, and more experienced. I am so thankful to have you back and honored to work with you again.
Aug. 19th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Congrats!! Are you coming on the 2nd?
Aug. 20th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, planning on it.
Aug. 20th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
I have to say, as someone who has worked with you at VeriSign, it will be a loss. It's hard to see good people leave, but, you're going to do some awesome stuff.
Aug. 21st, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
welcome back!
Aug. 27th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
Congrats, and I'm looking forward to seeing even more cool things from you in the future!
Aug. 27th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
This is so wonderful for you.

Aug. 27th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! What a big success for you, must have been hard work...

Daniel D.
- SMF -
Dec. 30th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
great post
great post
Jun. 28th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
Excellent blog post
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