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Alan Noble
Works at Google
Attended Stanford University
Lives in Adelaide, Australia
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    Computer Science, 1986 - 1988
  • University of Adelaide
    Electrical Engineering, 1978 - 1982
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Head engineer for Google Australia & New Zealand
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I've been Engineering Director for Google Australia and New Zealand since 2007. I joined Google from NetPriva, a networking software company I founded in 2005 which was acquired by Expand Networks and in turn acquired by Riverbed. From 1986 until 2002 I lived in California. I worked for Schlumberger for 8 years, then in 1996 I cofounded NetMind, which developed the Internet's first change detection service.  NetMind was acquired in 2000 by Intellisync (now part of Nokia) where I was VP of Engineering until returning to Australia in 2002.

I'm also a co-founder of SA Angels and a co-founder and director of StartupAUS. I also serve on the advisory boards of several Australian universities (Adelaide, NSW, Melbourne and Carnegie Melon), the advisory committee of the Chief Scientist of Australia and the board of the South Australian MuseumI attended Adelaide University and Stanford University.

In my free time I enjoy spending as much time on the water as possible (kitesurfing, kayaking and sailing) as well as snowboarding. I've also developed the following web apps for fun:
  • Cluey Voter, an app for voting "below the line" in Australian elections.
  • KML Tools, an app for visualizing data on Google Earth and Google Maps.
  • Chart plotter, for plotting charts on Google Maps.

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Head engineer, Google Australia and New Zealand
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  • Google
    Engineering Director, 2007 - present
  • NetPriva
    CEO, 2005 - 2007
  • Foursticks
    CTO, 2002 - 2005
  • Intellisync
    VP of Engineering, 2000 - 2002
  • NetMind
    VP of Engineering, 1996 - 2000
  • Schlumberger
    Software Engineer, 1988 - 1996
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Eindhoven, Netherlands - Tokyo, Japan - Santa Cruz, USA - Sydney, Australia
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Over the weekend I had some fun programming an Arduino to talk Seatalk, and communicate with a Raymarine SmartController (autopilot remote control).
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My SmartController is now working again, but, yes, my plan is implement is to implement an Arduino alternative. I need to reverse engineer the RF link next.
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Spotted outside the National Maritime Museum & coming to a seafloor near you soon - if you live in Sydney.
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Bunch 'em together and voilà, O.R.C.A!
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Diving with the giant cuttlefish of South Australia.
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Very nice shot...
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Very excited to be part of this initiative to raise Australia's STEM capacity.
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For something a bit different, if you're interested in an off-planet take on a castaway story, you'll love The Martian.
 
I just read "The Martian" by Andy Weir, or should I say devoured it. What a great story! I started it on a sailing trip on Friday and finished Sunday morning. I even had my own mini-emergency. I awoke 3am to the sound of an annoying whine. Was my "Hab" compromised? No, but a water pump had been sucking air and was well on its way to draining my boat's batteries. Oh well, I'm awake now. Where were we again? Ares Vallis I recall.
PS Thank you autopilot for steering for 10 hours so I could read.
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Great to see the return of giant cuttlefish to their Spencer Gulf breeding grounds.
GIANT Australian cuttlefish, the colourful live-fast die-young rock stars of the sea are back for the great winter orgy at Whyalla.
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Another reason to love caffeine. Applied directly to the scalp it promotes the growth of human hair follicles. Note: Merely drinking lots of coffee is NOT sufficient.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjd.13114/abstract
Differential effects of caffeine on hair shaft elongation, matrix and outer root sheath keratinocyte proliferation, and transforming growth factor-β2/insulin-like growth factor-1-mediated regulation of the hair cycle in male and female human hair follicles in vitro ...
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Bugger. I need it to work from drinking. Waste of coffee otherwise
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There you have it. "How" trumps "why," or vice versa depending on one's perspective.
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Love it was applied to politics. As a variant of '5 whys', have used '5 hows' evaluating projects.
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Last weekend I went diving with South Australia's giant cuttlefish for the first time. Unlike cuttlefish elsewhere, cuttlefish in SA aggregate in large numbers in Spencer Gulf every winter to breed. To add to the adventure, I also managed to bog my 4WD in sand.
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The trouble is it was bogged below the high tide mark, which would have made it rather soggy.
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A 10-year technology vision piece I wrote for the Adelaide Sunday Mail last weekend.
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I just read "The Martian" by Andy Weir, or should I say devoured it. What a great story! I started it on a sailing trip on Friday and finished Sunday morning. I even had my own mini-emergency. I awoke 3am to the sound of an annoying whine. Was my "Hab" compromised? No, but a water pump had been sucking air and was well on its way to draining my boat's batteries. Oh well, I'm awake now. Where were we again? Ares Vallis I recall.
PS Thank you autopilot for steering for 10 hours so I could read.
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Will have to google to read the back cover...
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Excited to see +Good Thnx launch today.
Aussies: Try it out!
#StartupAUS
When someone does good, say thnx! Good Thnx is a thanking platform that rewards good behaviour by allowing people to say thank you, with the money going to charity in a contemporary new way.
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Excellent coffee and great location.
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Thoroughly enjoyed everything.The cerviches are all very tasty and we also enjoyed the soft shell crab, the octopus and the Peruvian style beef stir fry.
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Enjoyed breakfast here. Great ambience, good food, great coffee.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
I used to frequent Duartes a lot when I lived in nearby La Honda in the late 80s and early 90s. I went back last week for the first time in decades and it hasn't changed one bit, which is a GOOD THING. The small-town rustic ambience is unchanged and the green chilli soup and the artichoke dishes are as tasty as ever. I hope it's the same 20 years from now!
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I enjoyed the tasting menu washed down with a lovely Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The staff are excellent and the ambience is lovely. Even knowing the street address, the place is hard to find though for first timers though. A more obvious sign would be nice.
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Enjoyed the burger with the lot.
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We enjoyed everything we tasted, but the shaking beef warrants a special mention.
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