Leaving Sun

Seems like I've been seeing a lot of these posts lately, and now I guess I get to write my own. Today is my last day at Sun. I'm moving on to a new opportunity. It's not really anything to do with the pending acquisition, it's more that it's a good time for me to make the move.

Before I go, though, I wanted to say thanks to some people who made my ten years (and two months!) at Sun really great. Bill Woods (now at ITA software) and Bob Sproull took a chance on a kid (well, I was 31 — grad school takes a looooong time) who'd never had a real job and I really do appreciate it. I learned a lot working here in Sun Labs. I've had a great time working with Jeff Alexander, who started at Sun Labs to work on the Advanced Search Technologies project and the Minion search engine, and went on to do a great job of designing and implementing the Data Store for the AURA Project. Thanks to Bill, Geoff, Karl, Meg, and Miriam (and then Karl again) for managing (or at least, attempting to manage) me over the years. Thanks to Josh Simons for being my SEED mentor and for lots of great discussions over the years. Thanks, too to Jim Waldo who was always willing to give me the straight dope. This one's for you, Jim!

I don't think any of them are left any more, but I owe the Portal Server team a real debt of gratitude. They were also willing to take a chance: on a search engine written by some weird labs guy. Thanks Mark, Ashok and everyone else.

All in all, it's hard to overstate what a great group of people Sun Labs is, especially the Labs here in Burlington ("Large enough to be interesting, small enough to be fun"). I mean, you give a guy an earworm from 30 Rock and he actually makes Cheesy Blasters:

That's pretty amazing right there. Also, Cheesy Blasters are awesome. I'm going to continue blogging (perhaps less sporadically) over at the new blog, if you would like to continue to read about search stuff.

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This is Stephen Green's blog. It's about the theory and practice of text search engines, with occasional forays into recommendation and other technologies that can use a good text search engine. Steve is the PI of the Information Retrieval and Machine Learning project in Oracle Labs.

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