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Olivier Masse
Honored Contributor

So long, fellas

I'm not a daily poster but I've been following the ITRC forums almost each workday for many, many years and I didn't want to just make one last technical post and simply disappear. So I thought my last post would be to tell you that after 10 years of HP-UX system administration, I'm moving away to try new ventures.

The decision has been hard to make but is strictly business: my employer is offering me a better package if I move to a higher-level job. That means I have to stop being a technical geek if I want to gain a few bucks (and possibly start wearing a tie, but that's another story). It saddens me, but that's the way it is here, and I don't want to switch to another workplace.

I've met a lot of great people during my tenure as an HP-UX admin here in the forums, at the HPTF and other HP-related events. I think that's the part of the work I'll miss the most. But it is time to move on. Or, at least, try to. If I ever get homesick, I'll come back.

Thanks for all your help, and continue keeping the ITRC forums as a great source of information, help and insight for your peers.

Olivier S. Massé
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James R. Ferguson
Acclaimed Contributor
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Re: So long, fellas

Hi Olivier:

You will be missed, I'm sure. Good luck to you; stick your nose back in when you can and keep your hands dirty. May the road rise up to meet your feet.

Regards!

...JRF...
Hein van den Heuvel
Honored Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

Thanks for the heads up!
A nice pre-emptive answer for the eventual:
"I wonder what ever happened to..."

I for one always enjoyed your replies.
Be sure to stop by every now and then
Check out the leader board perhaps.

Cheers,
Hein
Pete Randall
Outstanding Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

Olivier,

That is indeed sad news for us. Hopefully it turns out to be very good new for you (other than the tie, that is). You've been a great asset to the Forums and will be truly missed. Best of luck and don't be a stranger - you can still keep involved a bit, even with a tie on (we won't laugh)!


Pete

Pete
Nobody's Hero
Valued Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

Thanks for the help over the years. Im sure you'll find a way to geek your way to some answers as a manager.

I wish, many times, that managers came from a technical background. Life would be so much better here.

Good luck and thanks...
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Michael Steele_2
Honored Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

I'm glad to hear that it is a step up that you are taking when so many are being laid off.

12% unemployment in NC where I had to relocate too. I see people standing on the corners begging.

At the same time I go into a fast food restuarant and every worker is an illegal alien.

In California, where I was born and raised in Berkeley, the number of homeless living in the hills crapping in people's front and back yards is staggering. The smell from sidewalks of million dollar homes is similar to the smell from waste treatment plants.

I drive by Welfare projects and they look like African villiages. And know that if it weren't for welfare payoffs the crime rate would be staggering.

Thousands of California teachers were laid off this week and last. My ex is a middle school teacher and I wonder if her head is also on the chopping block.

Again, I'm glad to hear your leaving to move up. Your story is an exception and a rarity in today's news.
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Michael Steele_2
Honored Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

Question: I wonder what ever happended to A Clay Stevensen? Have not seen a response from Clay for two years. Anyone know?
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Rita C Workman
Honored Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

Olivier,

I've enjoyed so many of your posts, so selfishly I hope you don't completely step away from the technical side.

My very best wishes to you!
Rita
Olivier Masse
Honored Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

I'm light years away from Clay's stature in the ITRC forums, but anyhow that's the reason why I voluntarily decided to say goodbye. Thanks for your comments.
Anshumali
Esteemed Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

All the best Olivier. Ironically, I am reverting to HP-UX in my new job role once again after 1 and half years of complete separation. I too felt Homesick and came back to Hp-Ux...Have been doing lots of Solaris stuff recently.
Being back in ITRC forums is giving me nice feeling already..... :)
Congrats for your new role...
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Dennis Handly
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

>That means I have to stop being a technical geek

So, you have a life and can't do both? :-)
Robert-Jan Goossens
Honored Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

Hi Oliver,

I wish you all the best in your new job. I'll hope you will enjoy your tie and the non-technical package :)

As others above I have always enjoyed reading your posts and I will mis your knowledge.

I hope you can find a few minutes per week to stick your nose in this forum.

All the best and good luck!

Robert-Jan
Michal Kapalka (mikap)
Honored Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

Hi Oliver,

congratulation to your new job,

thank you for your answers on the forum,

hope your technical blog will stay a life,

i found there lot answers and news.

Good luck.

mikap
Horia Chirculescu
Honored Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

>That means I have to stop being a technical geek

I do not agree that some tech geek can actually drop all and never come back to the first love. It is only a matter of time.

I have performed a search for your replays. Based on what I have found about you, I would give you an interval of 12-18 months.

Best regards,
Horia.
Best regards from Romania,
Horia.
Duncan Edmonstone
Honored Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

Olivier,

ex UNIX admins make the best systems architects in my (somewhat biased) opinion. They usually know enough about development and programming, and plenty about operations to get the balance right, plus all those vendors and Systems Integrators out there can't pull the wool over your eyes!

I'm sure you'll be back though - I haven't been an actual Systems Admin for nearly 10 years, and I stopped actual delivery consulting on HP-UX about 4 years ago (still talk about it froma pre-sales perspective) - but the love of it keeps me coming back to the forums!

Just make sure all those systems you go on to design and architect are built on the right OS foundation ;o)

Good luck and enjoy the new career...

Duncan

HTH

Duncan
Ron Irving
Trusted Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

It was great having you here, Oliver. I wouldn't be so down about moving up in your career. Employment Evolution, right?

Best of luck!!
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Kevin Wright
Honored Contributor

Re: So long, fellas

Best of luck Olivier.