Sun Down for a Year, Six Months at insideHPC

When Oracle took over Sun Microsystems in the USA in January, 2010, it took about 48 hours for them to let me know that I wasn’t invited along for the ride. If you’ve ever been laid off, you know what a scary feeling that can be. And even though I knew it was coming for the better part of year, part of me wanted to believe that the company was going to keep doing HPC.

Well that didn’t happen. Oracle has this strange preoccupation with making money that never got in our way at Sun.

So I went on my own with Flex Rex Communications while sending out resumes. I had interviews and offers to write at various publications, but nothing looked like it was going to pay the bills.

Then in August, John West asked me if I was interested in buying insideHPC. I had been a reader of his for years and I could not believe my good fortune.

We closed the deal and announced it on September 1, 2010, and I haven’t looked back other than to thank my lucky stars. The role just seems to fit like a glove and I look forward to working every day for the first time in recent memory.

I guess what I’m saying is that getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to me. It’s just a way of looking at the same event in a different way.

So when I had a bit of setback in my family recently, I kept thinking about that perspective thing. And just by accident, I wrote something down that ending up being very cathartic:

The World is different than I want to be. I will adjust.


About Rich
FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

One Response to Sun Down for a Year, Six Months at insideHPC

  1. Steve says:

    As one of the latter HPC people shown the door at Sun / Oracle (3 Sept. 2010):
    It’s not simply the strongest that survive, it’s the most adaptable. The technology industry teaches that. (Sun didn’t quite learn the adapt and change quickly lesson.)

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