For everything there is a season
By jmcp on Aug 08, 2006
I'm annoyed, angry, disappointed, saddened, disheartened and yet surprisingly upbeat.
Why? Well since the rumours started flying a few weeks ago that August 3rd was D-Day I've had a lot of sleepless nights worrying about what might happen, and what I could do if I got retrenched. I managed to do a lot (a heckuvalot) of introspection, and realised that for all the hard work I've put into this company over the past ~ 7 years, I have actually gained more than I realised.
I've worked my way up from frontline phone support, through backline kernel/storage, to CPRE and PTS, where I dealt directly with engineering contacts within Sun, within Oracle and within Veritas.... I also got my appetite for coding whetted by working on bugfixes for some of the scsi hba drivers, discovered the joy of kernel crash dump analysis, tape diagnostics and how to read and interpret the FC and SCSI standards.
From there, last year, I made the leap to NWS...DMG... no, Storage! software development, where until today I was working on the protocol layer for what we fondly called "leadville" which is available under CDDL on cvs.opensolaris.org.
I've had a ball. I've experienced Sun's software design and engineering processes and principles first hand. I've worked with people across the entire planet (yes, I do mean that), built up professional relationships with some of the smartest people in the company (and also the planet), and revelled in having (for me) the absolutely coolest email address ever.
So while I'm cooling my heels and working out what I do next, I'll still be active in the OpenSolaris community. I'll be reading up on all those things I was putting off for my Christmas/New Year holiday, cutting a bit of code in ON and working on porting a few drivers.
Once that cool-off time is up I expect I'll be doing contract sysadmin work in Sydney - there is, after all, a lot of it about right now.... but I'd much rather be developing kernel code for Solaris!
So to all the people who've been online with me in irc channels internal and external (especially in the last week when I've been stressing out), to all the people who I've worked with over the last ~ 7 years, I'd just like to say thankyou.
If I play my cards right and the opportunities arise then one day I hope to be back @Sun.COM. Until then....
[In a few days I'll be re-hosting this blog on my own server. When I do, I'll update this site]