Meet the Bears Interview: Paul Jimenez
Develop | Posted May 25, 2009

Pj Meet Paul Jimenez. Also known as PJ, he's the Senior QA Manager at Smart Bear and quite the popular bear. If you've ever called our Austin office for a CodeCollaborator question or problem, chances are you've heard his friendly voice. So, get to know who's on the other side of the line.

Describe a typical day for you at the office.

A typical day at the office involves one or more of: writing, features, fixing bugs, figuring out how to better test our software, wrangling with our Continuous Integration server, or putting on my other hat of System Administrator and wrangling with the bug tracker, the Xen install, various hardware, or the phone system.

Where were you and what did you do before Smart Bear?

Just before coming to Smart Bear I was a Senior System Administrator for a local hedge fund, building out and managing their network and compute cluster. Before that... well, it's basically been linux and system and network administration with smatterings of perl, java, and python since around the time of the first ISPs.

How did you come to Smart Bear?

I knew one of the other bears, Roy, via a local juggling club, so when I went looking and he said they were hiring, I jumped at the chance.

What is your favorite thing about Smart Bear?

The other bears - they're all smart and engaged in what we're doing. It's great to be part of a team that cares about the product we're creating and the customers who will be using it.

What are some of your favorite websites?

I spend more time than I probably should with a browser pointed at Google Reader, scanning a couple of hundred newsfeeds, mostly by prominent net personalities (Lawrence Lessig, Seth Godin, Tim Bray, Bre Pettis, Jamie Zawinski, Wil Wheaton, Guido vonRossum, etc) or on topics I'm interested in (Linux Weekly News, Groklaw, The Java Posse, etc).

What are your favorite activities? Hobbies?

My family gets most of my time these days, but I still find some time to write software for fun, contribute to open source projects, read whatever's handy, and juggle.

Favorite music bands?

I've got wide musical tastes, from 80s rock to country to trance to irish/celtic and reggae, but few favorites. They Might Be Giants is always fun, but I go for trance or house music when I'm working since anything with vocals distracts me.

Favorite spots in Austin?

The various dog parks with our dogs, or the playground with my son, or (much more rarely) Opal Divine's (either Marina or downtown) with a single malt neat, tall water back.


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