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On Leaving SixApart [Aug. 6th, 2007|02:47 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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There's a bit of accuracy in this ValleyWag story, in that I'm leaving SixApart. But the reasons ValleyWag cites for me leaving aren't so accurate.

Yes, I'm bored, but that boredom isn't SixApart's fault. I've been doing this whole LiveJournal thing for about 9 years now. Even though I haven't been working on LiveJournal itself for perhaps a year or more now, people still think I am, and it's probably time to distance myself from it and move on... I just need a change. LiveJournal's in good hands -- I'm not worried about it. I haven't touched the code or the servers in ages, so I know it's fine.

I've really enjoyed working with everybody at SixApart, especially on public projects like MogileFS, Perlbal, OpenID, djabberd, Gearman, TheSchwartz, etc. But all that stuff basically just works now[1], solving the problems they were meant to solve, and I find myself out of new things to work on.

Since I've always been just kinda been a floater engineer at SixApart, never really part of (or head of) a group, I just feel a bit detached now without something obviously broken consuming all of my time & attention. There are plenty of other groups at SixApart having fun working on other problems, so I could join one of those groups, but I think this is just a good point in my life to change directions a bit.

My apologies that there's not more drama to this whole story. :)

[1] Yes, things can always be better. But relatively good, compared to the past.

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[User Picture]From: thewinteroak
2007-08-06 09:47 pm (UTC)

Ooh!

The question that begs to be answered is what do you plan to create next?
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[User Picture]From: natalianyc
2007-08-06 09:48 pm (UTC)
Congratulations :) Перемены - это хорошо. Удачи ! Кстати, ты в Нью Йорк не собираешься приехать?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-08-06 11:19 pm (UTC)
I haven't been to New York in awhile. I'll let you know if I visit, though!
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[User Picture]From: czircon
2007-08-06 09:48 pm (UTC)
LiveJournal's in good hands

You can't be serious.
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[User Picture]From: popcultureicon
2007-08-06 09:50 pm (UTC)
It would be unprofessional to say otherwise.
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[User Picture]From: octal
2007-08-06 09:50 pm (UTC)
So the rumors of you becoming a professional dive instructor are true, then :)
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[User Picture]From: solarbird
2007-08-06 10:46 pm (UTC)
No, no. Wild river rafting.

Good luck, Brad!
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[User Picture]From: sbisson
2007-08-06 09:54 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: coffeechica
2007-08-06 09:54 pm (UTC)
9 years is a good run. Good luck with what the future holds for you! :-)
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[User Picture]From: janinedog
2007-08-06 09:54 pm (UTC)
Good luck. :)
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From: ex_debgirl0
2007-08-06 09:55 pm (UTC)
wow. You've been celebrity blogged.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2007-08-06 10:10 pm (UTC)

don't forget memcached!

Enjoy your next adventure, whatever it is. I think I'd do the same thing if my own gig was running low on interesting challenges.
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[User Picture]From: bostonsteamer
2007-08-07 06:08 pm (UTC)

Re: don't forget memcached!

I misread that as "text adventure"....

> You are in a big room with LJ servers. etc.
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[User Picture]From: joshc
2007-08-06 10:17 pm (UTC)
wow. this feels like a real end of an era. but good luck and congrats anyway.
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From: cjensen
2007-08-06 10:17 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on moving on and leaving LJ in the best hands you could find!

Please don't go into the nightclub business. I'm still trying to get over emacs making improvements in leaps and bounds for four years and then turning stagnant and staying that way for over a decade now. We want more toys!
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[User Picture]From: zonereyrie
2007-08-06 11:30 pm (UTC)
jwz still updates XScreeSaver. ;-)
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From: solteronita
2007-08-06 10:17 pm (UTC)
So, what's next?
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From: solteronita
2007-08-06 10:18 pm (UTC)
Nevermind..clicked on the link. :)
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[User Picture]From: al_evilproof
2007-08-06 10:25 pm (UTC)
Click by click.
job by job.
life by life.

Good Luck!

From Russia with respect.
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[User Picture]From: winterknight
2007-08-06 10:27 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a fantastic time. Nine years, especially at your age, is a huge commitment and achievement; congratulations. And, I hope you're right about LJ being in good hands, too. It means a lot to a lot of people. And, by proxy or directly, so do you. So good luck.
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[User Picture]From: ronebofh
2007-08-06 10:27 pm (UTC)
ValleyWag's (mostly) full of shit? It can't be! My world is crumbling!
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[User Picture]From: sinodov
2007-08-06 10:32 pm (UTC)
Фигасе.
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[User Picture]From: erik
2007-08-06 10:33 pm (UTC)
You don't directly address their assertion that you're moving to Google next. Is that true?
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[User Picture]From: niftybitch
2007-08-06 11:49 pm (UTC)
+1
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[User Picture]From: trepang
2007-08-06 10:42 pm (UTC)
may your future projects make the same success, Brad!
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[User Picture]From: hirenkoi
2007-08-06 10:43 pm (UTC)
Congrats~ and good luck! ♥

But we really miss you... T__T
6A is a nightmare for those who love LJ.
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[User Picture]From: lindner
2007-08-06 10:47 pm (UTC)

Congratulations

Good luck in all your future endeavors Brad. Keep in touch and get a hold of me if you're planning on doing interesting cross-platform, cross-company initiatives.

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[User Picture]From: kvance
2007-08-06 10:47 pm (UTC)
Good luck man!

Nine years is crazy. I got bored with PalmLJ after like 2, and I didn't even have to deal with anyone using it :P
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-08-06 10:52 pm (UTC)
heh
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[User Picture]From: yndy
2007-08-06 10:49 pm (UTC)
congrats - believe me that I'm not the only one who thinks that you leaving is not a good thing for LJ - but as long as it's a good thing for you? Go for it!

9 years is a long time for anyone to do anything!

Looking forward to reading more articles about your success!!
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[User Picture]From: myownghost
2007-08-06 10:49 pm (UTC)
best wishes to you, whatever you do. livejournal has been very, very good to me, over the last several years, and i've always felt indebted to you for that.
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[User Picture]From: brentdax
2007-08-06 10:55 pm (UTC)
My apologies that there's not more drama to this whole story. :)
Especially considering that you started LiveJournal, of all things.

Good luck.
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[User Picture]From: anjenue
2007-08-06 10:59 pm (UTC)
Good luck, and thank you for creating such an amazing site and facilitating the building of this community.
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