I loved this article Craig! Took me right down memory lane!
As you thanked many people in your article I must take the time to thank you.
Thank you for showing me how to run packet captures so I could reverse engineering a commercial AP to build the first set of wifi security protocols used on the first wifi Blackberry. You very kindly sat beside me for hours while we tried to figure out what was wrong with my wifi protocols. It was my first year of full time work and I was so grateful that you spent that time with me. As a senior engineer at the time you could have brushed me off and told me to figure it out. But you didn’t. You taught me your tips and tricks and made me a better developer!
Later on when we both worked at DL2 I was again able to learn from your experience. This time it was leadership skills vs technical ones that I gleaned from you.
I am always sad when I think about the path that BlackBerry ultimately took. But I wouldn’t change those 8 years for anything. Not many people get the opportunity to land their dream job out of university and thanks to Herb Little taking a chance on me in 2004, exactly 15 years ago this month, I did!
I loved working on the bleeding edge of mobile security and being part of something that legitimately changed the world. It was exhilarating, hard word, and profoundly satisfying. I was also able to work with some of the smartest people in tech and learn from them. You can’t ask for more in a first job!