The deal being now more or less wrapped up, it seems appropriate to announce it here first. I’m taking early retirement from OUCS, and moving on after (count them) thirty-six years in academic computing support. When you start thinking more about the decades that have disappeared than those which are yet to come, it’s usually a sign that you need to shake things up a bit, so that’s my plan. A touch regretfully of course, because Oxford University has been a very good employer, and I have thrived here in ways I couldn’t begin to imagine being possible elsewhere. Thanks for everything chaps: you’ve all been wonderful. There are loose ends to be sorted out in the next few weeks, but my leaving date is fixed for 30 September, so those that don’t get sorted by then probably won’t.