I certainly hadn’t expected as much attention as I got for my departure of Nature Blogs. I’ve had supportive comments, rude comments, and a few in between. Regardless, however, I feel comfortable with the move. I never was sure who was reading my posts at Nature Blogs, and the lack of knowledge of who my audience is left me somewhat hesitant to write posts over there. I suspect I’ll be happier back in my own little corner.
Regardless of what people think, I want to make one thing clear: I’m not leaving because I think Microsoft or Microsoft employees do not have a right to blog at Nature Blogs. They do, and they can write about whatever they want while they’re there.
I left for the single fact that where ever Microsoft is, I don’t want to be. I don’t believe that the editors of the 4th paradigm blog will be able to completely divorce themselves from their work with Microsoft projects. Further, I don’t think it’s their intent to try – nor do I expect them to. I just don’t want to be around for it. This is a personal decision and I’m standing up for the things that matter to me. That is to say, I don’t expect it to matter to anyone else, and I certainly don’t intend to change the behaviour and plans of anyone at Nature Blogs – let alone Microsoft.
Frankly, it would have been hypocritical of me to stay. Anyone who knows me will be aware of my ability to launch into several hour long tirades about Microsoft’s lack of ethics and long list of illegal behaviours dating back to their founding. Its just a serious part of who I am. I do not tolerate Microsoft’s behaviour and I will continue to cut them out of my life at every opportunity.
Right, and now that that’s cleared up, I have some code changes to make, some research to do, and a lot of very interesting results to make sense of – Not to mention an Application Note to polish off today. For those who’ve followed me here, thanks for your support!