What do these three things have in common? They were all in my car the other day as I set out to meet with various buyers for all three. If you hadn’t heard I’m going to be leaving Charlotte soon and heading for Seattle. After living in the south east for 25 years and here in Charlotte for about 13 of those it’s a pretty big deal. There are good reasons for doing it though… beyond just a change of scenery. I’ll be joining the Amazon Web Services team once I get moved. At first it will be in an operations role to help keep things running smoothly on their gigantic cloud platform and later.. who knows. They are fairly secretive about their internal goings-on.. and for good reason. You can just about count on one hand the number of companies or groups operating on the scale of Amazon. Most people who aren’t in the biz only associate Amazon with their web store but by current estimations the store (as big as it is) is only responsible for a small fraction of their revenue… much of the rest is coming from AWS which was first launched in 2002. From the standpoint of my career… a self taught, self proclaimed ‘linuxguy’ in Charlotte an opportunity like this doesn’t get much better.