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Two more days… (207.2) - Mark's Journal
Two more days… (207.2)
This is the first public post on the subject, but at this point it's pretty much common knowledge that my job at Cornell ends this Friday. I've unearthed quite a few interesting items in cleaning out my office, which to a large extent -- even though it's my fifth office since I started working at Cornell almost twelve years ago -- is an accumulation of stuff over that whole time. There are even a handful of items that date back farther, including a Farallon EtherWave AAUI 10base-T daisy-chaining adapter. Back in the early days of Ethernet leaving behind coax, back before hublets were $20, this was slick.

There's also a PowerBook 1400C that boots up just fine -- running Mac OS 8.6. A Palm Tungsten C that I probably no longer have a dock or charging cable for. Zip disks. That's not counting the years of software. Yes, it's a veritable technology museum, and much of it is being tossed. (I'm gathering a few useful-looking cables, a mouse or two, etc. to send to a California school where I'm told it can be put to good use.)

Tomorrow I'm throwing myself a casual going-away gathering, and Friday my manager and assistant director are taking me out to lunch. Friday night, I think I'll just leave work, get a bite to eat, and go to the women's hockey game. Heading to Quinnipiac and Princeton for the men's away games this weekend didn't seem to make sense. "So, um, can I have my last day off?"

I've been waking up earlier than I need to, or want to, and mostly not falling asleep again. I should be able to sleep late over the weekend, and for that matter, next week.
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From: sylrayj Date: January 11th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* Love you, hon. You're a good man.
f4f3 From: f4f3 Date: January 12th, 2012 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I had one of those PowerBooks - went from that to a Pismo, back in the day (no I didn't - there was another Powerbook inbetween).
Good luck tomorrow - it's just another door to walk through.
retrev From: retrev Date: January 12th, 2012 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I think everyone had one of those...
blueinatl From: blueinatl Date: January 12th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope you had fun tonight. Wish I could have been there!
wpfleischmann From: wpfleischmann Date: January 13th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

All the best, my friend

I just threw out from my former home in Michigan material that was boxed since the early-to-mid '90s, including a complete-up-to-a-point collection of 4th Dimension developer notes.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 1st, 2012 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: All the best, my friend

You know, it wouldn't occur to me to include it on a resume now, but I was quite a 4D whiz back in the day.
Joel Bender From: Joel Bender Date: January 13th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't be there (grumble grumble), I hope it was an over the top celebration of everything you've accomplished and shows you what impact you've had on us all. I'm keeping my 6.0.5 disk set, and Phil and Dave's Excellent CD (you should get a discount to the developers conference by having one), and @wpfleischmann damn if I didn't throw out my copy of Silver Surfer!
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