Month: September 2006

Today is my last day at Apple

Today is my last day as an Apple employee. I’ve been trying to track down and say “thanks” to as many of the folks I’ve gotten to know over the years as I can, but seeing everyone is simply impossible, so I bet the list’s indulgence for a bit. As the time arrives for me to start the next leg of this journey, I felt it necessary to say thank you to some of the people here that made this place so special. I arrived to a copy of Odyssey and a T-shirt. Now, almost 18 years later, I leave having spent almost half my life on this planet at Apple. It’s not often you have the chance to change the world and make it better; Apple is a company that has found a way to do that many times. To watch it happen, to be part of the process, is a privilege and a joy. I’m proud of the work that I’ve done over the years to help make Apple the kind of company that could change the world. From one round peg to another, all I can say is — thank you. Thank you for the opportunity to make a difference, and thank you most of all for being part of something that has made me a much better and stronger person for being a part of...

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On the Downhill Side…

We are now clearly on the downhill side. Her eyes were a shade of gray between onyx and miscalculation, and the unicorn has arrived. Friday was my last “normal” day at Mama Apple, if normal ever applies to the last few weeks. It’s been this unending stream of discussions and meetings, of trying to identify and document, hand off, lecture about, fix, or script it into submission. I’m a couple of projects short of where I want to be; both of the things I wanted to get done (but won’t) are rollouts, though, that I wanted to take care of before I left; instead, the code is in someone else’s capable hands to do the rollout. That’s not bad, all things considered. I have a few small things left to do, another 100 lines of Perl to script a few minor things, a couple of short docs. the bug database has been handed over, and the issue database is empty (whew). tuesday, the new support team crawls behind the steering wheel, and then it’s their turn. All in all, we ended up with over 60 hours of taped lecture, with generally 4-8 people in lecture at any time. it’s all been put up on servers, too (I’ve asked for copies for the blog; somehow, I doubt I’ll get them…). I spent some time with one of the people at...

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