12 years marks a time for some positive affirmations

12 years ago to the day I turned up 90 minutes late for my 1st day in the OS Group (clearly a lad from the country who underestimated M25 traffic by quite a lot) at Watchmoor Park. So lets play one of those NLP type positive affirmation games listing the 1st 12 things which come into my head about what has been great about the last 12 years at Sun and hence in no particular order
  • CS-CTE, the people, the legacy(not just the mid week beers email alias) and its unspoken philosophy for solving hard problems broadly similar to a synthesis of Von Neumann, Buddhism, a curious Jack Russell Terrier and The Rammones. If it was a religion, I would devote my life to it.
  • Rob Hulme
  • People called Phil, Andrew and Wayne who appeared at 1st meeting to have larger than life minerals, but in reality don't.
  • DTrace
  • Hyperactive children called White, Nash and Haslam
  • ATS/SGRT/SR/Rational Process/KT
  • The Melanson and Gardiner show
  • The post cuddly OS Group
  • Punjabi National Bank
  • Being an OS Ambassador before the program was castrated and had it limbs removed.
  • UK Academic customers, even the ones who expect you to commit Harakiri for the C compiler being removed from Solaris 2.0
  • Work from Home
Looking forward to more of the same, just different as the scale of change steps up a notch or two.
Comments:

Can relate to many of those, Phil, plus:

- the stark contrast between the US West' use of language and humour, and the US East, UK, Aus (i.e. the ones that seem normal to me).

Larger than life minerals...

Posted by Tim C on October 13, 2009 at 04:47 PM BST #

Wish I could edit my first comment and fix the name... :-(

Posted by Tim C on October 13, 2009 at 04:48 PM BST #

I think I have a vague recollection of your first day but the person who's first day in the SunService (yes no space back then!) UK OS Group I remember most was "Mr "I'll call my machine hal2000"". I'll see if I can remember to do the same task on 2nd December this year!

Posted by Darren Moffat on October 14, 2009 at 09:54 AM BST #

Darren, I think said engineer started a week after me, which made not looking like a complete muppet a good deal easier.

With reference to Tim C's comment, some clarification to a set of words which are in part intentionally cryptic unless you were part of the scene at the time. We are all actors to an extent and the computer industry has many larger than life characters. I have observed over a number of years individuals who exhibit those larger than life traits for very good business reasons which makes them quite hard to get to know and very easy to draw the wrong initial conclusion. Under the larger than life facade are super human beings who I have learned a great deal from and hope I will know for many years to come.

Posted by Clive King on October 14, 2009 at 10:53 AM BST #

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