Goodbye John (Felius), LibraryThing’s long-time sysadmin.
John’s been great to us. He took on a system under severe scaling strain, going down all the time and held together with string, and he sized it up and made it reliable. He moved the whole system from Portland to Boston, and made it both safer and faster (example, example). After almost four years with LibraryThing, John is moving on to Engine Yard, a Ruby-on-Rails cloud-hosting provider. His work and his company—John was a lot of fun to chat with at night—will be sorely missed. John promises to hang around as a member. He’s been one since 2005—long before we hired him.
We finished hiring John’s successor. More news soon.
PS: John managed to time his exit to System Administrator Appreciation Day. Believe me, we appreciate ‘em.