Month: July 2006

Sounds appliance-y, and shiney.

…pickhits…: I don’t know Chuq from Adam, wouldn’t know him if I ran into him on the street or in a hallway. I do know that he was one of those people that ‘got email and usenet’ and how some facets of online community could work for both dispersed and local teams. To me, it’s always been about community. Call it whatever you want, but it’s people sitting down and communicating with each other. Everyone understands that today, but 10 years ago when we first were firing up mailing lists at Apple for real, or 20 years ago with USENET, or (sigh) even going back almost 30 years ago in college, when people were writing things that allowed folks to email, and chat, and post messages to each other. Think about this: a computer program where you could post messages, and they were displayed in “most recently published first” order, and others could leave comments on things you posted, and everyone could get involved in talking about things. Except we’re not talking about blogs. We’re talking about something we wrote back in 1979, in fortran (god help me, using fortran for text processing), and on a CDC Cyber. In it’s widest usage, about 200 users used it, or various flavors of it. MIght even have been one of the ealiest open source projects, although we didn’t know that at...

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Reality sets in…

Today, for the first time, reality set in a bit. I’ve resigned, and I’m now working on stuff only to transition it. A bit of the “boy, I’m tired” has kicked in. At work, people are starting to hear about it and I’m gratified by the responses I’m getting — and the support. I’m focusing on one final special project that needs to get done, and other than that, it’s transition and transition issues and transition training. I’m being turned into a podcast; we’re spending a few hours a day with the current team, the team members being brought in to help, and various others while I get videotaped explaining the system and walking folks through it. 7 hours of talking this week, and we’re finally through the 30,000 foot level and starting to drill down. In my spare time, I’m trying to write up docs, bugs, features, and whatever else pops into my head that needs to be in someone else’s brain sooner or later. On the home front, I finally got the plants I got for my birthday planted.Photos shortly, and even though it got a bit delayed by heat and work and a quick trip south (last weekend was my mother’s birthday, I surprised her by driving to LA and spending Saturday with the family; it was brutally hot, of course, but so was the bay...

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If a shoe drops in a forest…

I sent out the announcement to my team today, so it’s now (relatively) safe to discuss it here. The (edited) note to my team: It is with some regret that I have to announce that I have resigned from Apple. My last day with the company is August 11. As you all know, I’ve been fighting my weight for a number of years; increasingly it’s been a losing battle, as I’ve “expanded” in the last month or so to 380 pounds. What I haven’t talked about is that over the last year, I’ve also seen my blood pressure start to rise to the point it’s now worrying my doctor (and me). When I caught that bug in April, it started me taking a serious look at my life and priorities (I now call it my “two minute warning”). Since that time, I’ve never rebuilt my energy levels and stamina. It’s been a difficult fight for me to try to get the work done expected of me, and it’s left me exhausted much of the time. I have been looking at alternatives on and off for the last few weeks in an attempt to find a way to restructure my position to reduce the stress and workloads. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to come up with I felt met my needs, was fair to Apple, and would survive the business...

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