Hard to believe it, but my last day has finally arrived and, much as it saddens me to say it, this is my last post to Good Morning Silicon Valley (see "GMSV author to "pursue other interests"").
Seven years. Good God. What a time I’ve had. I spent the better part of Thursday afternoon trolling around the Internet Archive compiling material for a final post about the historic time that I’ve borne witness to here each morning. Some sort of comment on the valley, its successes and impressively well realized failures, and perhaps a thought or two about what’s to come. But why bother? If you’re a reader of Good Morning Silicon Valley and you care about tech, you too have seen what I’ve seen and perhaps had a laugh over it as well. So really, there’s little need for further exposition — and no need whatsoever for exposition in the interest of sentimentality. Anyway, I’m not nearly wise enough to predict in any detail what will happen in the years ahead. Just imprudent - and impudent - enough to poke fun as it happens, which, with any luck, I’ll be doing over at allthingsd.com come March.
And that brings me to the headlines, which is, I imagine, the reason most of you read GMSV anyway — certainly it’s the reason I’ve written it for as long as I have. A few of my favorites:
- HP, Vatican to develop new "Holy See Plus Plus" programming language
- 24 hours after Apple/Pepsi announcement, John Sculley still laughing
- In bold variation, defense will argue that Ebbers is a twinkie
- Turn-ons: Win XP, Steve Ballmer; Turn-offs: Linux, European Union …
- Kaguya has two mommies
- "Oh geez! Has this brie been in Carly’s desk since she left?"
- Prosecutor: Former WorldCom CEO’s pants on fire
- Google guys to Playboy: They’re real and they’re fabulous … no, our options, you idiots
- Wicked, tricksy, false! WE hates Open Source! Noooo, Open Source is my friend!
- Judge rejects Quattrone offer to take prison system public
- $5 and a Swarovski-encrusted dunce cap says her password was Tinkerbell.
- The .xxx subcommittee keeps insisting on more research, but frankly, sir, I’m getting suspicious
- You have to understand, Mr. Jobs is very sensitive about premature elaboration
- New from Symantec: Norton Gaping Hole 2006
- Interactive toilet pronounces renowned scatologist dead on arrival
- So we named it "The Throttler," after Carly …
- Needless to say, the "blazing speed" ad campaign is dead
- 3.1415926535 GHz Prescott omitted from Intel roadmap
- Conway’s dog breathing easier after Ellison speech
- 40 percent decline in retail PC sales not so bad if ignored
- Personally, I like "Brinternet." But if you really want to call it "SergeyCom," go ahead.
- You know the rule, Billy: no consensual sex with prostitutes. Now kill her and take the extra points.
There are more, of course — and other bits and pieces as well. There were the contests — The Microsoft Divestiture-Naming Competition and The Great Recording Industry Business Model Contest come to mind here; the Interviews and the Roundtables (here’s an early one on "Shared Source" with Microsoft’s Craig Mundie, Bruce Perens, et al). But I’ve already gone on too long here and there’s news to write about today. So in case we don’t run into one another again, in case I’m not able to say this to you later: thanks for reading my work. Thanks, too, for your comments and kind words these past seven years. I am very grateful.
Reach me at john.paczkowski AT gmail.com beginning tomorrow and at allthingsd.com in March. And take good care of my colleague and dear friend Dr. Murrell; I’m sure he will do the same for you.
Posted by John Paczkowski at 5:05 am