well the offer officially arrived on friday, and it looks pretty good. there was alot to read over the weekend and it did raise some questions. today i’ve been talking with them about a few details related to the offer, in particular the copyright and invention agreement. in the broadest terms, this could basically make everything i do (even on my own time) the property of ibm, and at best i’d have to discuss any software projects with them for approval. there’s even the question of whether i’d be able to continue working on existing projects (including gamp, viewer, and wallview). could be fun working out all the details of that. i understand where they’re coming from with this, but i’d also hate to have to stop working on anything but “work”.
aside from this, the rest of the offer looks good. they’re covering relocation, and the relocation package looks very nice. i feel like we should be able to work out the questions i have. at least at this point i know that they want me there and they’re going to work (and have been) to make sure i’m happy. with any luck we’ll get this sorted out and i’ll be on track for my july 5 start date.