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Michael Jackson & daughter

  1. What’s your job title?
    Customer Service Representative
  2. How long have you been with Extensis?
    7 years
  3. Where is your cog in the Extensis machine?
    Creating repeat business.
  4. What is your favorite Extensis product?
    Portfolio 8
  5. If you were a font, which font would you be?
    Arial Black
  6. What’s at the top of your iPod playlist?
    Ol’ School Hip-Hop (Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J.)
  7. When were you most happy?
    My daughter’s birth
  8. What is your greatest accomplishment?
    Becoming a Father, buying my properties.
  9. What is your biggest regret?
    I didn’t finish college in my early 20’s.
  10. What is your biggest passion?
    My daughter’s speech development, writing, Inspiring kids to excel, music, basketball (playing, coaching and The Tar Heels of North Carolina).
  11. What do you like to read?
    My poetry and short stories.
  12. What is your most treasured possession?
    My published poetry works.
  13. What food can you not live without?
    Spaghetti
  14. How are you a weekend warrior?
    Father, coach, mentor, hoop player
  15. What’s the strangest thing on your desk?
    A toss up of 3 things: a spinwheel, a “King Sunny Ade” cassette tape and/or a bottle of wine from the xmas party in 2004.
  16. What is one thing that people don’t generally know about you?
    I am the announcer for Grant Basketball, I have coached youth football for 7yrs (2 Championships) and I am a student at Concordia majoring in English Lit.
  17. Which website do you visit daily?
    dimemag.com
  18. In another life you were…?
    A multi talented performer.
  19. What’s your ultimate destination?
    Book Author/Football/Basketball specialty coach.
  20. What do you want your dying words to be?
    Thank You Savior for my life’s blessings. Thank you for the gift of Kymora Jael.

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  1. What’s your job title?
    Accounting Supervisor
  2. How long have you been with Extensis?
    1+ year
  3. Where is your cog in the Extensis machine?
    Huh?
  4. What is your favorite Extensis product?
    The one with the highest revenue!
  5. If you were a font, which font would you be?
    Hhhmmmm… I suppose I’ve never really given it much thought.
  6. What’s at the top of your iPod playlist?
    Regina Spektor – Fidelity
  7. When were you most happy?
    Honeymooning in Hawaii with my best friend in the world
  8. What is your greatest accomplishment?
    I hope this isn’t my greatest accomplishment, but my husband and I bought our first home last October, and it was really exciting.
  9. What is your biggest regret?
    No regrets…why focus on the negative?
  10. What is your biggest passion?
    All things dance
  11. What do you like to read?
    US Weekly – celebrity gossip.
  12. What is your most treasured possession?
    My house
  13. What food can you not live without?
    Chocolate
  14. How are you a weekend warrior?
    I’m currently studying for the CPA exam, so I think I’m more like a weekend accountant, not so much a warrior.
  15. What’s the strangest thing on your desk?
    A jar of peanut butter
  16. What is one thing that people don’t generally know about you?
    I love movies that make me cry (it doesn’t take much).
  17. Which website do you visit daily?
    Google. How did we live before Google?
  18. In another life you were…?
    Do we get more than one? If so, I would like to put in a request to be a millionaire in my next one.
  19. What’s your ultimate destination?
    Hawaii
  20. What do you want your dying words to be?
    Way too much thought required for this question. Sorry, I’m out of time.

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I recently moved offices – I now have an awesome view of the river here in Portland, and Mount Hood on clear days. My new next door neighbor Cole brought in a Christmas gift he got – a bobble head Dwight:

Bottlehead dwight

Life is good when you have Dwight at work!

Ok, back to localizing resources for our next generation font management product.


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Alphonse Goettler

  1. What’s your job title?
    Sr. Channel Manager for the Americas, Australia and New Zealand
  2. How long have you been with Extensis?
    10 Years
  3. Where is your cog in the Extensis machine?
    Sales baby and never enough of them.
  4. What is your favorite Extensis product?
    Portfolio 8. I use it every day, I love photography and couldn’t imagine life without it… seriously, I’m not just saying that.
  5. If you were a font, which font would you be?
    Zapfino
  6. What’s at the top of your iPod playlist?
    Bands that begin with ‘A’ oh wait… bands that begin with numbers. 10,000 Maniacs shows up first. I truly love the Random feature and use that 99.9% of the time. If I had to pick one musician it would be Bob Marley, he’s a God to me. My musical tastes go from Acoustic Junction to Zero 7. Love the Gotan Project, Ben Harper, Pink Martini, Beth Orton, Cowboy Junkies, Colin Hay, etc….
  7. When were you most happy?
    When I ski bummed in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for 5 years.
  8. What is your greatest accomplishment?
    Being a ski bum.
  9. What is your biggest regret?
    Not being a ski bum longer.
  10. What is your biggest passion?
    Skiing
  11. What do you like to read?
    Michael Crichton. I need something that is easy to read, I’m pretty sure I’ve got ADD and if I don’t get hooked right away in a book, forgetaboutit. Michael Crichton is a novelist that always tells a good story that you can learn something from, usually scientific, which I love.
  12. What is your most treasured possession?
    My wife and two daughters. Alia, Fiona and Ava.
  13. What food can you not live without?
    Chocolate
  14. How are you a weekend warrior?
    Pre Kids it was windsurfing, golfing and skiing. Now it’s the Zoo, playgrounds, Golfing and skiing
  15. Coffee or tea?
    Most definitely Coffee
  16. Trigonometric functions or the decorative arts?
    Je ne comprends pas… Decorative arts
  17. Which website do you visit daily?
    www.nytimes.com, premierleague.com (English Fantasy Football (soccer) web site)
  18. In another life you were…?
    A fish. I love the water.
  19. What’s your ultimate destination?
    Val D’Isere, France or St. Moritz, Switzerland
  20. What do you want your dying words to be?
    All we are is a result of what we thought.

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This is the newest installment of Technical Support representative Pete Soloway’s whiteboard art collection.

Pete Soloway's whiteboard art

We’ve previously featured Pete’s whiteboard art on the blog. Fun stuff. Keep it up Pete!


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Extensis LogoAre you a Mac-o-phile, zealot, or just nuts enough to forsake your firstborn for the latestest-and-greatest Apple release? Well, not that last one exactly, but if you’re a Mac programmer who is interested in joining an intelligent and agile engineering team, be sure to check out our most recent job posting.

Extensis is a fun environment in which your creative talents can be nourished.
Heck there’s not even a uniform required – unless you call t-shirts and jeans a uniform.


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Kari and Monica

  1. What’s your job title?
    Regional Sales Manager
  2. How long have you been with Extensis?
    3 years and 10 months
  3. To how many Extensis products have you been a contributor?
    Only the best…
  4. What is your favorite Extensis project?
    Our Customer User Conference in Lake George, New York last year. It was great meeting so many customers in one location and at a beautiful resort in the Adirondack Mountains – Talk about a captive audience in a captivating location!
  5. If you were a font, which font would you be?
    Comic Sans, Impact, or Broadway – Whatever font it would have to be in BOLD!
  6. What are your top five desert island CDs?
    Thankfully there’s this cool technology now where you can put thousands of songs in one little device… called an iPod. (Does sarcasm work on a blog?) My iPod would have The Beatles, Neil Young, the Moulin Rouge Soundtrack, Sheryl Crow, U2, Imogen Heap, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Queen, Catie Curtis, KD Lang, Barbra Streisand, and tons of songs that I can sing along with – so I can entertain myself while I build my escape raft.
  7. When were you most happy?
    The day my daughter was born and the day my son was born.
  8. What is your greatest accomplishment?
    What kind of mother would I be if I didn’t say giving birth to two beautiful children — I mean, there’s nothing quite like it. It is quite a strenuous and life changing process.
  9. What is your biggest regret?
    Not moving to Hollywood when I was young (I mean younger) to realize my dream to rule the big screen – and where the celebrity magazines would splash the cover of their rags with my name combined with a famous actor’s name – for example had I gone to Tinsel Town and ended up with Johnny Depp – the newsstands would shout “Johnnica Adopts 7th Child from the Brangelina Adoption Agency” or something like that.
  10. What is your biggest passion?
    Am I allowed to talk about my biggest passion in a work blog?
  11. What do you like to read?
    Everything! I am a voracious reader and I’m usually reading 2 to 3 books at a time — fiction and non-fiction. If it’s a topic I want to know about, or if I want to escape, I’ll pick up a book.
  12. What is your most treasured possession?
    Family pictures.
  13. What food can you not live without?
    Cheese (anything tastes good with melted cheese on top).
  14. How are you a weekend warrior?
    Weekend Warrior makes doing my laundry and household chores – while eking out time to spend quality time with my family — sound a lot more exciting than it feels like on Sunday afternoons when it’s already almost over.
  15. Coffee or tea?
    Definitely Coffee! Black, strong, coffee with more coffee on the side – and then about 4 Red Bulls before the day is out.
  16. Function or fashion?
    Fashion.
  17. Which website do you visit daily?
    Yahoo News
  18. In another life you were…?
    An Amazon Woman
  19. What’s your ultimate destination?
    Nirvana
  20. What do you want your dying words to be?
    Which way to Nirvana?

Macworld dial-log

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As a software developer, we have limited ability to witness users actually using our products. Software is not like a cell phone or an iPod. We can’t see you walking down the street with it, watch you interact with it and see how it factors into your life. We have to rely on other means of gathering this information- like tradeshows.

Here’s the thing.  I’m so conflicted.  I love tradeshows.  I hate tradeshows.

While filled with the promise of connecting with users, a larger show like Macworld can miss the mark. That elusive user dialogue can get lost in the noise of tens of thousands.  So we’re shaking things up. This time we’re going to ‘dial you in’ to the conversation.

Perception AnalyzerFor the first time we’re integrating a wireless technology to get audience feedback during our presentations. It is a hand-held dial that is used for polling questions among other things. (Officially, the technology is called the Perception Analyzer (PA), but friends just call them ‘dials’.)

If you’ll attend the show, this is your chance to tell us your knowledge level so we can tailor the presentation content on the fly. Plus, we’ve incorporated a nifty game show competition to challenge your smarts.

If you won’t be at the show, just stay dialed-in to Manage This. We’ll give you a sampling of the interesting tidbits shared by our users each day.

Let’s see how this plays out. This may just get me to love tradeshows again. 


Macworld or bust

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Portland, OregonHere I am sitting at Portland Airport (that’s Portland, Oregon) waiting on my flight. A lot of prep goes in to this one, 4-day event. So we’re approaching the moment of truth. I like this part the least. The work is done, and you’re just waiting.  Sort of like watching glue dry. Will it hold or won’t it? Our crack event team has been on the ground in San Francisco since late last week. I may be delusional, but I’m not stressed (yet).


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Howdy – my name is Lucien W. Dupont, and I’m a Macintosh software engineer at Extensis. I started in September of 2006, so I’ve been here a scant 4 months and a few days. I am working on, as a coworker said “the future of font management”. 🙂 Let’s just say that it’s sweet. It’s an app that will have all the polish of an Apple or local company Panic production. I’ll see if I can post some more tidbits in the coming months about it.

Inspired by a few day in the life posts at the Mac BU blog, I’m going to let you know what a day in the life of a developer is here at Extensis, or at least one that works downtown but lives on the outskirts of a suburb here in the Portland area.

(Of course all these times are ‘ish’ 🙂 Sometimes my wife Jennifer drives me to the MAX station, in this case these times all get shifted out by about 20 minutes.)

6:30am – wake up, or try to.. try to get out of bed, don’t manage until probably 6:45

6:45am – shower, dress, shave.. quietly, as my wife is still sleeping (she hates mornings, I like them).

7:10am – downstairs, eat some cereal because it’s quick, maybe some eggs if I’m ahead of schedule. Friday’s, no breakfast (more on that later).

7:45am – hop in the car, head to the Max station near me (Beaverton Creek most often, sometimes Millikan Way).

8:10 to 8:15am – catch the MAX Blue Line train to Gresham.. So that I can miss this traffic on 26:

Traffic On 26

I guess that doesn’t look too bad, but it’s 4 miles, and takes about 15 – 20 minutes.

8:50ish – hop off the train at the Yamhill stop, and walk to the Extensis building, about 10 blocks. On the way there I walk through a cool bamboo grove along the sidewalk (I love bamboo):

Bamboo almost to work

Then up the elevator to the fifth floor, and enter in my side of the building:

Front Office Sign at Extensis

And down the hall to my office:

Lucien's Office at Extensis

Ok, enough pictures, how about some text!

9:10am – I arrive at the office, unsleep the Mac Pro, and get to checking email and a few key Mac websites. Often on the train I ponder what I want to get done today, kinda set some internal, personal goals for myself, so when I get to work I jot those down so I don’t forget them. Right now I’m in the midst of working on a brand new application (written in Cocoa), so I might pick off something fun to accomplish in the morning, just to start the day off on the right foot, you know? 🙂

10:30am – my one meeting of the day, a daily stand up type meeting. Basically we go around the room, say what we’re working on, if we are blocked on anything, etc. Not terribly formal, which is nice, but also not a traditional stand up meeting, for those of you familiar with them. Then back to coding in Cocoa.

Noonish – I start getting hungry. We’re in an office building, so no cafteria ala Google or Mac BU, but we’ve got a lot of nice small places around the area, either food carts or hole in the wall places or chains. I’ll go out and grab something if I didn’t bring lunch in. My new years ‘goal’ is to go to the gym more often, so sometimes I will head to the gym a few blocks away.

1pm to 5pm – no meetings, prime productive “flow” time. As I said, a lot of my time these days is spent coding a new application in Cocoa. I’ve also been helping the tech lead with some paper prototyping of UI ideas to do two things: see if what we are thinking makes sense, and to show other people to get their feedback. (Faster than creating something using actual pixels on the screen, which gives us more agreement on functionality and the UI concept and less arguing about pixels)

5pm sharp – walk to the MAX station, hopefully to catch a 5:07pm train.

5:50pm – get to the train station, hop in my car, and hit a local grocery store on the way home to buy something for dinner. (Mental note, plan ahead in the dinner department)

6:45pmish – Get home, start cooking!!

7:30pm (if we’re lucky) – eat dinner.

8pm to 11pm – do some homework, or catch up on some TiVo’d shows. (I’m getting an MBA, and I have one class left. If you’ve read this far, and are interested in why, ask in the comments).

11pm – go to bed.. although we really normally get to bed at 11:30pm.

Boy.. after typing this, no wonder I am always tired by the end of the week, I need to get more sleep!!

That’s a day in the life for me, more or less. I have a few other ideas I’d like to blog about development wise, but I don’t want to bore the designer folk out there with code talk. What would you like to know about Extensis development?

Update: My sister Michelle wants to know why no breakfast friday – we get donuts every Friday morning. 🙂 Not good for those new year resolutions, but they are pretty yummy. As for the weirdest thing I’ve seen on the MAX, nothing too crazy yet.. there are some ‘characters’ for sure, but that’s just adding spice to life, ya know?


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