Re: Trouble in paradise?

From: Noons <>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:47:59 +1000
Message-ID: <nr5q40$mee$>

On 12/09/2016 12:16 _at_wiz, Mladen Gogala wrote:

>> The exit from Oracle by the "cognoscenti" reminds me of rats abandoning
>> the sinking ship. Started nearly 3 years ago, and if anything it's
>> accelerating at an alarming pace now.
>> But of course all is well and it's those alerting to the situation that
>> are completely wrong.
>> No wonder HP and SUN went down the tubes: the same kind were running
>> things there...
> The strangest one of all is the disappearance of Tom Kyte, who has
> allegedly "took sabatical" and relinquuished the AskTom site to
> Connor McDonald. How does one take a sabatical? Does the company
> pay him to go hiking for a year?
> I am not sure that any company would be so generous toward anyone,
> even toward a senior VP. This looks like a hushed departure from
> Oracle Corp.

Dunno. Tom was obviously worn out with all the hard work of running that site on his own plus all the other huge work he did on user groups, constant traveling, conferences, magazine, books, etcetc. I know that had a huge impact on his private family life.

I suffered from that in the mid-90s and took the conscious decision of removing myself from the user groups and other public activities: I didn't want my kids to ever accuse me of doing exactly what my dad did (for many years I only saw him occasionally...). Truly hope that was not the main reason for Tom as I wouldn't wish that on anyone else.

But the years he has given to the community would be, IMHO, the main reason for this break. Hopefully he'll write a few more books or at least one more. And let's hope all those miles in the air didn't expose him to too much radiation... Intense flying is one of the main reasons of radiation-caused cancers even though no air line will ever admit that!

Ah well, we'll eventually know what truly happened, I'm quite sure. Hopefully nothing drastic or terminal.

But there are quite a few others who never had his level of involvement (although they all claimed "intense Oracle activities") and who all of a sudden have "wooshed" out of that universe. Quite a sure indicator of "trouble in paradise", if past history of similar situations I've seen in over 40 years of IT is any teacher. Received on Mon Sep 12 2016 - 10:47:59 CEST

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