Oracle People and Alumni: Share Your Memories

Scotty gave me an idea with his comment on my nostalgic post on Oracle PowerBrowser.

So many people in tech have come through Oracle in the past 30+ years, and there are more than 70,000 here now. That makes for a lot of nostalgia and memories that we can share among ourselves and with anyone who cares.

Photo by (nz)dave on Flickr used under Creative Commons

Photo by (nz)dave on Flickr used under Creative Commons

Outsiders are usually astounded by a) how many products Oracle sells and b) the number of areas in which Oracle has product.

Oracle PowerBrowser is a great example. Did you know it also can function as a personal web server?

Scotty mentioned two other oldies, Office (16-bit)  and InterOffice (32-bit), the mail clients we used before IMAP was implemented.

After spending 10+ years at Oracle in several different areas of the business, I have a pretty long memory for all things Oracle, dating back to 1996 when IT first opened the firewall. Before that, access was controlled by SNK; remember those little random number generating credit card size fobs? Or the infamous billboard?

I’ve met people at Oracle with 15+ years of service, and I know they have stories to tell. I’m sure this will be fun for those of us who’ve been here a while, as well as all the people who came by acquisition (2/3 according to what I remember from OpenWorld 2008),  those people who have left and all the outsiders.

After all, David’s little post on the America’s Cup yacht beached at corporate HQ is still his most highly viewed post. I remember seeing it cross Digg at one point too. This stuff is interesting. Plus, it’s the time of year when nostalgia is 83% more common than any other time of year.

Totally fabricated that, but statistics make people 67% more likely to believe what you say.

There are a couple obvious ground rules. First, nothing confidential, natch because this is the ‘tubes. Second, if this spawns an Oracle meme, a la eight things, don’t waste your breath flaming me.

Third and most importantly, have fun with this.

So, find the comments and share your nostalgic memories of all things Oracle.



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