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May 1, 2006

time off and a new chapter…

My last day at Mozilla Corp. will be May 15th. People are going to ask why I’m leaving. Chase may have set the standard for this as far as farewell notes go. My reasons for leaving aren’t the same as his though.

(Note: I’m not leaving the project just taking some time off from that too. You’ll see me causing trouble again soon and my bugzilla account will still be the same it’s not tied to so you can still file bugs against me).

Here are my reasons:

  • I’ve been at this for 7 years! since February 1999. Netscape->Mozilla Corp I count it all as the same thing since it’s all been browser work off of NGL. The most I’ve had off in those 7 years was 2 weeks off that I took last year. Time for a break. For real.*
  • I’d like two hours of my day back. This is more or less my commute the last 7+ years. HQ is a little far. I have 23,000 miles on the car I bought just last year.
  • I set out to help establish Mozilla Corp (done), to ship phoenix/Firefox, which I wanted to do all the way back in 2002 (done), help gain market share for Firefox and restore some balance on the Web (done/mostly done). I think I did an ok job.

What am I going to do next:

  • Take some time off. Watch my wife argue in her first trial in front of her former Judge that she clerked for. She’s going after the big bad insurance companies.
  • I’m going to garden and landscape our front yard, and coordinate getting the porch fixed.
  • Hang out with family and friends. See my niece, call friends up.
  • Train for my third Ironman in August and try and raise some more money for Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

I’m not sure what I’m doing next work wise, e.g. I’m not going to Google, or Flock/Microsoft (please don’t insult me). One thing for sure, I’ll still be participating w/ down the road. Too much fun, too much invested, and too important not to be where all the action is. :)

*For the old timers…I never did get my sabbatical from way back when.


  1. Hey Rafael,

    Oh noes, we’re not like Microsoft! Seriously though, I’m sure you’ll be a great addition to any team you join. Just don’t count us out or chalk us up as evil without getting to know us a little better first ;)

    Hope you enjoy your time off and that your training goes well. I’ve always wanted to do an Ironman, but I think I need a few years of training before I could even consider it.

    It was nice meeting you at Steve Rubel’s geek dinner in SF. You seem like a cool guy.


    Will Pate
    Community Ambassador, Flock

    Comment by Will Pate — May 1, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

  2. Rafael, best of luck. I think you meant to say “Google, Flock or Microsoft”. Much appreciate you putting us in the same category with those.

    Comment by bart — May 2, 2006 @ 10:25 am

  3. No, I think it was clear what I meant.  And Flock is in a category all by itself.

    Comment by rebron — May 2, 2006 @ 1:33 pm

  4. Ok forget my comment on last release: why.

    I just whould read all you posts first ;o)

    Good luck with the future ventures (and adventures). Let us know were your heading.

    sfx+ member

    Comment by marco (up_north) — May 3, 2006 @ 12:26 am

  5. i don’t get it. why would you openly insult three companies like that? you never know what the future holds. now your insults are saved in perpetuity and your reputation is tied to that. to me that seems unprofessional–and short sighted. good luck.

    and i don’t work for google microsoft or flock. i don’t live in silicon valley or seattle.

    Comment by Tim — May 26, 2006 @ 7:44 am

  6. I would work for Google, that comment wasn’t meant for them. I’m not a fan of either Microsoft or Flock and I commented that I’d prefer to not work for either. My reputation? Perpetuity? Unprofessional and short-sighted? That’s a tad dramatic.

    Believe me. I could say far worse and show you what unprofessional really means.

    Comment by rebron — May 26, 2006 @ 12:24 pm

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