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Andrew Tomkins
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Attended MIT
Lives in Menlo Park, CA
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Just back from a quick visit to KDD in San Diego -- great to see lots of familiar faces there, and lots of interesting work!
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I hope you had a great time, I like your work and reading through your site, I like its simple construction and easy navigation, I often refer to it, however one small problem I have, your site is often down. It would be great if you could address that problem.

Keep up the good work.
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I'm a Google employee interested in web analysis, search, and personalization.
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I'm the #1 google result for the query [typical ivory tower egghead]
  • MIT
    CS, Math, 1985 - 1989
  • CMU
    CS, 1989 - 1997
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  • Google,
    2009 - present
  • Yahoo,
    2005 - 2009
  • IBM Almaden Research Center,
    1997 - 2005
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Menlo Park, CA
Manchester, UK - Fairfax, VA - San Jose, CA - Boston, MA - Pittsburgh, PA
I'm not really a shoe person, but I have a favorite pair of shoes I've worn for 10 years and plan to keep wearing for many more. I asked Joe to do some minor stitching on both shoes, and asked him if he could make it factory perfect -- if not, I'd send them back to the manufacturer instead. He said it would be no problem. I got the shoes back and where the fine factory stitching ended, he'd used some thick twine-like thread, maybe 8x the diameter of the original thread, and poked big holes through the leather. The appearance was a jagged scar for 1-1.5 inches on both shoes. I had no idea what to say. I told him the work was terrible, and showed him the factory stitching, and reminded him of our earlier discussion. He told me, I kid you not, that to get that quality of stitching I'd need to send them to the factory. Now I'm stuck, as the leather appears to be ruined, and these shoes aren't made any more. I'll send them to the manufacturer in the hopes something can be done, but not holding out much hope. He must have understood how dissatisfied I was in the quality of work, but he just smiled and charged me the original price. This is the first time I've been upset enough about service to write a review. Please don't go to this place for anything beyond shoelaces, unless you're prepared to write off the entire item.
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