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dean
2009-09-01, 08:20
Dear friends,

You may have noticed a change in the title under my name. Today marks my last day as a paid employee of Logitech. I've been working on Squeezebox (and before that, SLIMP3) since 2001 and it's time to take a break and slow down a little bit.

It's been an incredible experience, meeting so many unbelievably passionate and brilliant people in this community, collaborating on some great products and making music fun again for myself and for a few other folks. Thank you to everyone!

But you haven't seen the last of me. I started out as a customer, community member and open source contributor, and while I'm not getting paid for it anymore, I'm incredibly excited about the new products that are on the horizon and plan to stay an active member of the community.

I don't have any specific plans for the future, except to finish cleaning the basement, see if I can remember how to program, and to spend a bit more time with my family (until they tell me to get out of the house and find a job!)

So again, thank you, I'll see you around!

All the best,

dean

autopilot
2009-09-01, 08:34
Cheers old bean.

I hope that basements full of cash :)

Ben Sandee
2009-09-01, 08:35
Awesome, good for you Dean. Thanks for your hard work.

Ben

ddewey
2009-09-01, 08:38
Quoting dean (dean.3xubqn1251818521 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com):

>
> Dear friends,
>
> You may have noticed a change in the title under my name. Today marks
> my last day as a paid employee of Logitech. I've been working on
> Squeezebox (and before that, SLIMP3) since 2001 and it's time to take a
> break and slow down a little bit.
>
> It's been an incredible experience, meeting so many unbelievably
> passionate and brilliant people in this community, collaborating on some
> great products and making music fun again for myself and for a few other
> folks. Thank you to everyone!
>
> But you haven't seen the last of me. I started out as a customer,
> community member and open source contributor, and while I'm not getting
> paid for it anymore, I'm incredibly excited about the new products that
> are on the horizon and plan to stay an active member of the community.
>
> I don't have any specific plans for the future, except to finish
> cleaning the basement, see if I can remember how to program, and to
> spend a bit more time with my family (until they tell me to get out of
> the house and find a job!)
>
> So again, thank you, I'll see you around!

Good luck to you and thanks for all your hard work! We've all
benefited greatly from it. Enjoy your breather.

dd

snarlydwarf
2009-09-01, 08:46
You may have noticed a change in the title under my name.

Hey, not that fast. You're not a 'Former Founder', you can't get out of it that easy. (Though I have no clue what the proper way to say "founder but no longer an employee" is... You can't lose your credits that easy.)

Thanks for the work over the years, the various permutations of SlimServer/SqueezeCenter/SqueezeboxServer/Whatever are part of what makes the sb what it is.

Enjoy the time off.

autopilot
2009-09-01, 08:49
You're not a 'Former Founder'

That's a good point, bit of an oxymoron! :)

aubuti
2009-09-01, 08:53
Congrats on this latest transition, and many thanks for all that you have done to create and sustain this product line, and especially this community. Enjoy the time in the slow lane, and I hope you don't find anything too scary in that basement. Cheers.

Pale Blue Ego
2009-09-01, 08:57
Logitech's acquisition of Slim Devices is now complete.

ajkidle
2009-09-01, 09:32
Thanks for all of you've done, Dean. Squeezebox has revolutionalized how I consume music. Best of luck to you!

maggior
2009-09-01, 09:50
Best of luck to you in whatever endeavor you embark on once you've decompressed (and cleaned up the basement). And thanks for what you've done with these products! Like you, this product made music really fun again for me.

Hopefully the passion that you have will continue with the development team and whomever takes over their leadership.

iPhone
2009-09-01, 09:50
You guys changed the way this community enjoys music, not just for yourself and the few folks, but for the Thousands of us (and counting)!

And don't kid yourself, you will be missed everyday. Keep us posted as to what your working on after the basement project (or is that a code name for your next venture?).

Enjoy the time off with the family and best wishes for continued success.

erland
2009-09-01, 10:28
"you haven't seen the last of me."
"plan to stay an active member of the community."
"see if I can remember how to program"

I'm sure I'm not the only one that can't way to see what these parts of your post means.
Now we are all waiting to see some really cool fun stuff which you couldn't do when you were restricted by economical decisions. However, first enjoy some time with the family and clean the basement to gather some inspiration and ideas.

Thanks for everything, Slim Devices has totally changed the way I listen to music, so even if you decide to move on to something completely different your work here will be remembered. If you decides to stay in this business, I'm exited to see what your next success will be.

dean
2009-09-01, 10:30
That's a good point, bit of an oxymoron! :)

I've never had the prefix "oxy-" applied to me.

Sike
2009-09-01, 11:11
Thanks Dean!

The merger is certainly over and it is a shame to see you go..

You're da man... then again, you and sean are actually "de men", but it's your hour now! Do what you need to do and enjoy life for a while! Hope all goes well and we hear of Sean and your next project (Hope this is not an Oasis kind of thing :)

All the best

Sike/Sebastian

PS: If you get bored after cleaning your basement and need some cash (off the books.. nudge nudge..) I have a cellar full of gadgets that need to go .. then again, it would be a waste of your creative mind!

PPS: Gadfly... Nice one!

4mula1
2009-09-01, 11:21
Sometime in March, 2010...

Mrs. Blacketter: "Hi, Sean? Since Dean left Logitech he's been hanging around the house and he's driving me nuts! He did a great job on the basement but he needs something more compelling to work on, and of course, off-site. Are you working on anything that he can help you with?"

toby10
2009-09-01, 11:48
Dean, thanks for all of your creativity and incredible design concepts from myself and a grateful community. You will be missed.

For me the prospect of cleaning my basement is *precisely* why I WON'T retire! :)
What on earth do you have in this basement?? Converting it to a home theatre setup?

Anyway, good luck and thanks again.

p.s. It so happens I'm going to be in SF and LA the next three weeks (I leave tomorrow) so don't throw out anything "interesting". Old SB beta units laying around you are tossing??
Heck, I've never even seen a Slimp unit other than pics. :)

Paul Webster
2009-09-01, 11:54
I'm incredibly excited about the new products that are on the horizon
Was that the first official public acknowledgement ;)

Well done Dean and others - you endeavours have given me hours of fun, bith listening and tinkering.
I hope you enjoy whatever you get up to next.

pippin
2009-09-01, 11:54
The really, really interesting thing for me as a European is to learn that you actually do have a basement. I always had the impression that concept was unheard of on that side of the pacific.

Good luck, Dean! I'm anxious for what's coming when you start to get bored and your kids are in school...

autopilot
2009-09-01, 12:02
The really, really interesting thing for me as a European is to learn that you actually do have a basement. I always has the impression that concept was unheard of on that side of the pacific.


Oh my god, have you never seen any 80's American horror movies?

pippin
2009-09-01, 12:05
Oh my god, have you never seen any 80's American horror movies?

Yes. And I've seen moon landing videos. So what?

iPhone
2009-09-01, 12:35
Yes. And I've seen moon landing videos. So what?

You guys are killing me, LOL. Don't they get "That 70's Show" over in the EU? Half the episodes take place in the basement.

Yes we have basements here in the States and even on the west coast where allowed. Some places don't make sense for basements like Florida or on a fault line. The States is a big place with just about every kind of landscape imaginable. Even the type that could stage a moon landing!

So if the moon landings didn't happen, where did all that money go and get spent on? We did get more then just Tang out of all the research it took to land a man on the moon. Also why bother to launch the Saturn 5 if you're just going to fake it? I was there and saw the hug mother leave the pad.

Back on topic, Dean how about some before and after pictures of the basement for the folks in the EU? Again best wishes and thanks to Sean and you for the solution to my Music Listening obsession!

erland
2009-09-01, 12:42
You guys are killing me, LOL. Don't they get "That 70's Show" over in the EU? Half the episodes take place in the basement.

So you are saying that you are really living and behaving the same way as the people in all the TV shows produced on your side of the pacific ?
Things must be a lot worse than I though over there... ;-)

pippin
2009-09-01, 12:44
So if the moon landings didn't happen, where did all that money go and get spent on?

Oh, well...


We did get more then just Tang out of all the research it took to land a man on the moon. Also why bother to launch the Saturn 5 if you're just going to fake it? I was there and saw the hug mother leave the pad.

That's the one thing that I really adore about this: It's so much more difficult to actually FAKE a moon landing than to just do it: All the tens of thousands of people you have to silence. Including the Russians. I bet it's even more expensive. A real masterpiece. And you have to admit the only thing that must be even more cool than a Saturn V launch is a Saturn V launch for NOTHING!
Basements, OTOH...

autopilot
2009-09-01, 13:02
Dean, if you hear any strange noises coming from your basement at night (baby inexplicably crying, things like that), don't go down there alone. Especially if the light does not work and you only have a torch with half flat batteries. The problem will only be compounded if you keep power tools down there. It never turns out well mate.

gorman
2009-09-01, 13:13
I started out as a customer, community member and open source contributor, and while I'm not getting paid for it anymore, I'm incredibly excited about the new products that are on the horizon and plan to stay an active member of the community.Thank you Dean. Having had to leave the work of my dreams, I completely understand the feeling and totally respect and appreciate your desire to keep on being part of the community.

Thanks for developing something that completely changed my way of enjoying music. Music is life!

Cheers!

Sike
2009-09-01, 13:14
Yes. And I've seen moon landing videos. So what?

LOL!!

I vote: best thread ever! And even maybe worth a thread of its own:)

BTW: Over here in Switzerland we have bomb shelters in our cellars with 12" thick concrete doors, air filters.. the works... Strange thing to have in a neutral country...

mherger
2009-09-01, 13:27
> BTW: Over here in Switzerland we have bomb shelters in our cellars with
> 12" thick concrete doors, air filters.. the works... Strange thing to
> have in a neutral country...

Hey Dean, if you make it over here, I'll show you and your family these
remnants of the cold war! They've amazed all visitors we've had from
abroad over the past decades :-)

Michael (who's living in an old building without bomb shelter)

Matt Wise
2009-09-01, 14:14
Was that the first official public acknowledgement ;)

Well done Dean and others - you endeavours have given me hours of fun, bith listening and tinkering.
I hope you enjoy whatever you get up to next.

Remember, there are **always** new products on the horizon. Often more than one at a time... so when our "next" product ships, its likely we're already working on the "next next" product.

toby10
2009-09-01, 15:27
Remember, there are **always** new products on the horizon. Often more than one at a time... so when our "next" product ships, its likely we're already working on the "next next" product.

Or....maybe you guys are faking these upcoming product launches.....hmmmmmm.....

ajkidle
2009-09-01, 16:34
Or....maybe you guys are faking these upcoming product launches.....hmmmmmm.....

Brilliant!

Goodsounds
2009-09-01, 16:48
Dean,

Congrats and best wishes for the future. Thank you for your contributions to such a great product line. Sean's good bye to the forum was disappointing, for his failure to publicly acknowledge all the great co-workers who helped him make it happen. I hope that you pass along (and you probably already have) your thanks to them in an appropriate way.

Pippin,
I can tell you from my own travels and far flung acquaintances that basements seem to be pretty common in the midwestern and eastern US. They're not common in California, and are usually found only in old(er) houses. Dean's header says he lives in SF, so for sure there are many older houses with basements up there. For houses built in the last 60 years (which I believe is the majority of existing structures in the state), a basement is pretty rare, with the exception of very upscale structures that purposefully have wine cellars.

Matt Wise
2009-09-01, 17:42
Or....maybe you guys are faking these upcoming product launches.....hmmmmmm.....

We're even lying to Marketing/Sales... its all a ploy to keep our jobs, but not actually do anything productive! :)

dsdreamer
2009-09-01, 20:57
Dean,

Glad you are willing to stick around in the forums and to continue the great tradition of "share and enjoy." ^H^H^H^H^H^H, I mean "Free your music!"

Sike
2009-09-01, 23:38
>
Hey Dean, if you make it over here, I'll show you and your family these
remnants of the cold war! They've amazed all visitors we've had from
abroad over the past decades :-)

And I'll buy you a beer or two!


>
Michael (who's living in an old building without bomb shelter)

I don't have one either, so we're probably going to be amoung the first to bite the dust when the commies attack. The goverment was however kind enough to send me potassium-iodide tablets in case an atomic power plant would explode..

Nonreality
2009-09-02, 00:09
Brilliant!

Is the use of Brilliant, art imitating life or life imitating Guinness? Glad to have you on our side now Dean. Consumer that is. Best of luck.

Edit: I have a basement as do a large percentage of homes in the Northwest of the states.

mherger
2009-09-02, 00:14
> The goverment was however kind
> enough to send me potassium-iodide tablets in case an atomic power plant
> would explode..

I knew you must be living in Bern too :-) (and where the heck are my
tablets again?...)

Michael

st2lemans
2009-09-02, 00:17
I don't have one either, neither at home nor work.

Of course, this is Ticino, so we don't worry about attack.

Tom


Sike wrote:
> mherger;453883 Wrote:
>
>> Hey Dean, if you make it over here, I'll show you and your family these
>>
>> remnants of the cold war! They've amazed all visitors we've had from
>> abroad over the past decades :-)
>>
>
> And I'll buy you a beer or two!
>
> mherger;453883 Wrote:
>
>> Michael (who's living in an old building without bomb shelter)
>>
>
> I don't have one either, so we're probably going to be amoung the first
> to bite the dust when the commies attack. The goverment was however kind
> enough to send me potassium-iodide tablets in case an atomic power plant
> would explode..
>
>
>

dwc
2009-09-02, 10:47
Dean thanks for all your hard work, and grats to SlimDevices.
Best of luck in your next gig.

[Is Sean still there or not?]

-Dan

autopilot
2009-09-02, 12:38
Maybe Seans in Deans basement?

ftlight
2009-09-02, 13:21
On 9/2/2009 3:38 PM, autopilot wrote:
>
> Maybe Seans in Deans basement?

Searching for apostrophes?

--
Bill Burns
Long Island NY USA
http://ftldesign.com

autopilot
2009-09-02, 13:51
On 9/2/2009 3:38 PM, autopilot wrote:
>
> Maybe Seans in Deans basement?

Searching for apostrophes?

--
Bill Burns
Long Island NY USA
http://ftldesign.com

Hey, you have to take some short cuts when you are using opera mini on a nokia 6220.

toby10
2009-09-02, 15:48
We're even lying to Marketing/Sales... its all a ploy to keep our jobs, but not actually do anything productive! :)

Ha! :)

Andy8421
2009-09-02, 21:21
Dean,

Sorry to see you go. I had figured that the senior Slim team would be departing when the earn-out came to an end. Congratulations to both you and Sean for the product line you created and your success in building the company up and selling it on - no small achievement.

Just one question, with you and Sean gone - who is going to fix the Duet?

schiegl
2009-09-06, 03:15
Dean,

much has been said, so i'd just like to add/repeat: thanks for your work in the past years. SD changed my way i listen to music/audio. Together with the great community support this was a shining example of what could happen if many ingredients are put together the right way.

Now you should do the things which have waited a long time.

kind regards,
Markus

P.S. Excuse the past tense, no offense to the present company/team :-)

Kyle
2009-09-17, 10:16
Best of luck, Dean! BTW, you're not a "former founder"; you're still a founder and always will be, despite your disassociation from Logitech.

arztde
2009-10-07, 04:44
Just after one month after you leave Logitech it seems to me the management break with the 7.4 all rules you are standing for since years. Rush to press new products before christmass on the market with a instable Update. I do not remember in the past inside the Logitech forums to see so much concerns and confusion. Maybee you can be reactivate by Logitech to help?

I hope you and they like to do...

toby10
2009-10-07, 06:27
....... I do not remember in the past inside the Logitech forums to see so much concerns and confusion....

Probably, in part, due to several big things happening all at once:
- New server program including new name and new features
- New SN (MySB) including new features and migration issues
- New product launch (Radio) including new features and hardware
- New product announcement (Touch) including even MORE new features and hardware

The only thing even remotely close to this scenario (that I am aware of) was introducing the Duet with it's appropriate SC version.