I’ve been getting a lot of traffic about this offline/e-mail/IM, so I thought I would save some bother and post here:
Practically speaking, barring extraordinary events, around the end of July I shall leave Sun; there’ll still be some admin to be sorted out beyond that, but to all intents and purposes July 31 is it. [edit: august 31 for bureaucratic purposes]
I’m fine. In the grand scheme of things there are others about whom it is far more worthwhile to worry.
I will have been at Sun 6134 days (a number which factorises into primes 2 x 3067) – or 16.8 years; there is no hope of “boomeranging” because by the time my paperwork is done there will not be a Sun Microsystems to come back to.
I read somewhere that if a relationship breaks-up, a good plan is to spend 1 month per year “off”; on that basis I plan to spend 17 months getting back to what I love doing: coding, blogging, security and open-source. I have a number of projects lined up: expect blog and twitter traffic to increase, and watch for a number of software developments.
So this is an unparalleled opportunity – I intend to start treating Dropsafe as prime (less Twitter → Blog, more Blog → Twitter) and write rather a lot more; plus there’s a bunch of podcasts I really ought to be doing.
Guys, I wish you well, and the best of luck in all your endeavours.