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Alan Noble
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Lives in Adelaide, Australia
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  • Stanford University
    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, overseeing the rapid growth of our engineering center in Sydney. 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 (acquired by Nokia) where I was VP of Engineering until returning to Australia in 2002.

I'm also co-founder and director of StartupAUS. I also serve on the advisory boards of several Australian universities, the advisory committee of the Chief Scientist of Australia, the board of the South Australian Museum and I'm a Fellow of Engineers Australia. I 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.
  • 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.
Finally, when I'm not working, not coding, not volunteering and not on the water, I enjoy blogging.

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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 - Stanford, USA - Santa Cruz, USA - Sydney, Australia
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Go Go! In the IEEE's annual list of popular programming languages, Go has made the top 10 for the first year.
C is No. 1, but big data is still the big winner
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We should take a closer look at what our friends across the Tasman are doing. #StartupAUS
WE’VE always looked at New Zealand like our daggy younger brother, but it turns out the country has a few things to teach us.
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Tomorrow is a double-dissolution election in Australia & the senate quota is only 7.7%. Smart voters vote below the line. Try Cluey Voter. #ausvotes   #auspol  
First, select your election. This takes you to the Order Groups page where you specify your support for various groups (parties and independents) according to the following simple scale: Support a lot; Support a little; Don't care; Against a little; Against a lot.
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I love the vote minimisation.

Without that I wanted more ratings (top choice, other choices above major party a, major party a, choices between major parties, major party b, choices worse than either major party > 5 levels), but vote minimisation revealed that my vote would probably expire early enough that that wasn't necessary.
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You don't have to be crossing oceans to enjoy the pleasures of fishing while sailing...
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Super yachts just keep getting bigger...
Built for Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, 'Sailing Yacht A,' is taking its test voyage in Kiel, northern Germany.
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All improved Boat Alarm. Free and open source too!
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It's winter down under, but there is still some great sailing to be had. (Just a bit chillier than usual.)
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Australia wakes up to vote, and Cluey Voter kicks in.
Gotta love the cloud. https://www.clueyvoter.com #ausvotes  
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There you go. Be conscientious.
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Excited to be one of Redflow's first customers (via +GizmodoAU)
Aussie company Redflow announced its innovative zinc-bromine ZCell battery earlier this year, and tomorrow it’s getting its first public debut a...
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Looks great, might have to reserve one myself!
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Boobook owl caught mid-flight, taken at Raptor Domain on Kangaroo Island. Such amazing eyes! (NX2000 f/5.6 1/250) #photography
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+Anton van den Hengel 1/250 is plenty fast enough for handheld. Nice catch, +Alan Noble 
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Very interesting museum for those both nautically inclined or those interested in the maritime history of South Australia.
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Tasty pastries, decent coffee and friendly service. I frequently drop in often on my way to Wirrina Cove and order to go. Not much in the way of atmosphere though.
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This modern hotel is in a super convenient location if you're visiting businesses near Arnulfpark, and a relatively short tram or S-bahn ride to central Munich.
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KI has attractions aplenty, but I rate this as one of the "must sees." The In-Flight Birds Of Prey Show is both entertaining and informative, for kids and adults alike. You even get a chance to hold a wedge-tailed eagle, Australia's largest bird of prey.
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Friendly, helpful service, "Brucie's," has pretty much everything the boatie needs.
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Kangaroo Island, or “KI”, is a wildlife mecca and Flinder's Chase National Park is its heart. The park makes up the western portion of KI, so you'll need a couple of days to really enjoy it. Start at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre and Café. The Remarkable Rocks Walk is an easy short walk with spectacular views. Also visit Admirals Arch and Cape du Couedic Lightstation. For longer hikes, I recommend the Rocky River Mouth hike and the Ravine de Casoars hike.
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We enjoyed a lovely 2 days at Sea Loft in late April. Although only a few minutes outside of Kingscote, the location is private and feels quite secluded. The distant view over the Bay of Shoals is quite beautiful. And the wood stove was more than adequate to make the place toasty. PS The Bay of Shoals Wines is only 5 minutes away, so stock up with some tasty KI wines.
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