January 20, 2003


To quote Chuq von Rospach, "Disclaimers suck, but they're also necessary and useful."

This is a personal site. This isn't my employer's site and it's not Stanford's site; it's my site. When I post things to this site, link to articles from this site, or send email from my personal email accounts, I speak only for myself. I may talk in general terms about things that happen at work, or about things my employer does, but if I do, I'm only providing my personal thoughts, and not those of my employer.

I work for Apple. I used to work for Microsoft. Prior to that, I worked for Apple while I went to school at Stanford. Not one of those organizations has ever paid me to be an official spokesman, and I'll never serve in that role. To quote Chuq again, "If my employer wants me to act as a spokesman, they'll need to pay me a lot more money to do it, and I'll do it from an official address of my employer's, not my personal systems."

What, explicitly, does all of this mean? It means that if I say something here, it isn't Apple's viewpoint, nor is it the viewpoint of my team at Apple, nor does it mean that Apple is engaged in an internal debate on the issue, nor does it mean that I don't have a completely different perspective on the issue when I'm at work. Similarly, anything I say shouldn't be construed as Microsoft or Stanford's viewpoint, or the views of my former team at Microsoft, or anything along those lines.

The fastest way to lose my respect is to quote something I say from a personal account as "an Apple engineer says X" or "an ex-Microsoft engineer says Y". I've had that happen before, by a web site that I'll never contact again. Anything I say on this site is worth as much as you paid for it, which is nothing. If you want an official comment on anything, Apple has a fine group of PR people who I'm sure would be happy to help you.

I may already have quoted Chuq twice, but he wrote an awfully good disclaimer. Everything in there applies to this site as well.

Anticipating the first day

Later today (in about seven hours, actually) I'll start work at Apple. I'm both excited and nervous, hoping that I'll enjoy it and worrying that I won't. Of course, judgments like that can hardly be made on the first day, or even in the first week.

Before I can start real work, though, I have to go through Apple's new employee orientation. I've only been through it twice before, so I'm sure it'll be fascinating. I hope I manage to stay awake. It'll probably be somewhat different from my previous times, though, since it'll almost certainly be smaller. Apple's not hiring all that many people these days, so I can't imagine they'll have more than four or five people for orientation. Intern orientations were always a dozen or more. Of course, all of that pales in comparison to Microsoft orientation, where they have to reserve a conference room each week for the 50-70 new hires. Yet another one of the differences between the two companies, I suppose....