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Title: Moving on
Post by: jo on May 07, 2014, 05:44:40 AM
Hi everyone,

I'd like to announce that I'm moving on from my role at Planetside. Planetside and Terragen have been a big part of my life. I've been working with Matt for something like 15 years and I spent some time as a user before that. It was a very tough decision to move on but it's time for me to try something a bit different.

When I think back to when I started working with Matt (as opposed to being a user), around the TG Classic v0.7 timeframe if I recall correctly (hard to remember back that far!), I'm very proud of what we've accomplished with TG to date. It's been a great experience working with Matt, John in the past and Oshyan in more recent years.

The thing I will miss the most, apart from the work, is the user community. I think Planetside's user community has always been one of the best I've come across. The enthusiasm, helpfulness and above all friendliness of the user community is exceptional. The users have always been a big motivator for me and I've felt a keen sense of responsibility towards the community. I've really enjoyed working closely with people on various projects over the years. I've also had the privilege to meet some users in person but not as many as I would have liked!

I still plan to be involved with Planetside in a more limited capacity. Initially I will be settling into my new job and won't be around the forums so much perhaps, but in the not-too-distant future I'll still be around and helping TG move forward.

Although this is not a final farewell I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the users, past and present, for helping to make the last 15 years such an interesting and rewarding time.


Jo Meder
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: Matt on May 07, 2014, 06:00:04 AM
Likewise, Jo, it's been a pleasure working with you over the years, and we've achieved some amazing things. Your hard work, attention to detail and passion for Terragen and the community have helped shape it into the success it is today. I've learned a lot from you along the way. So thank you.

I'm sure that many who read this will have questions about how this affects the future of Terragen. I'll cover that in another thread.

Best of luck with the new job! I look forward to continuing to work with you as time allows.

Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: kaedorg on May 07, 2014, 06:16:45 AM
Thanks a lot for your huge contribution to terragen
and best of luck for the future.

Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: Dune on May 07, 2014, 06:56:53 AM
You can't go, Jo! We'd miss you terribly. How can you do that to us?  :(

But if you insist, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Terragen has been an important part of my recent life (never imagined that some software would dominate my life  ;) ) and you've been a terrific help and programmer. Hope to see you back some time, but do drop in once in a while. What are you going to do, by the way?

All the best to you, Jo,

Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: yossam on May 07, 2014, 06:59:28 AM
Best for the future.........don't be a stranger.  :)
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: Hannes on May 07, 2014, 09:43:59 AM
Oh boy, this is sad news!
Anyway I wish you all the best. Thanks a lot for everything!
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: Kadri on May 07, 2014, 12:31:29 PM

Jo this is sad to hear.
When i think about Terragen there is always 3 people behind it i think about immediately.
But i hope and wish you all the best in your new job and still see you here around :)

Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: archonforest on May 07, 2014, 12:52:40 PM
Ohhh....noo :'(

Anycow, thx for your work for TG and for your help on the Forum.
Wish u good luck on the new place ;)
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: chris_x422 on May 07, 2014, 03:09:50 PM
Sad to see you leave Jo, and thanks for all the hard work over the years.

Hope the new job works out for you.

All the very best

Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: cyphyr on May 07, 2014, 05:53:43 PM
"The times they are a changing..."  n, stuff :)
Sorry to see you go but congratulations on your new direction, I hope it's full of adventure chocolate and good wine.
Cheers for all your dedication and hard work.

Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: otakar on May 07, 2014, 05:55:29 PM
Jo you can be proud of what you built with the team. Good luck and hope you'll keep checking in here!
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: zaxxon on May 07, 2014, 10:40:17 PM
I always thought that the real master Artists here were the folks who created Terragen. You must feel a great deal of honest pride for having a hand in making and improving this most amazing piece of software. I wish you ongoing success, and thank you again for the incredible gift that is Terragen!
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: fleetwood on May 07, 2014, 11:07:40 PM
Thanks Jo for all your work on Terragen and all the insights you've provided on the forum. Best of fortune in your new endeavors.
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: jaf on May 07, 2014, 11:27:15 PM
Thanks for everything Jo and good luck!
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: TheBadger on May 08, 2014, 12:45:02 AM
Thank you for all the help and advice Jo. Sorry to see you go. Hope you are happy and have everything you love in the world. Cheers man!

By the way Jo, you know you don't have to be working to come around and just say hi!
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: Upon Infinity on May 08, 2014, 04:43:45 AM
I'm going to miss your often timely responses to inquiries.  Good luck in your new venture.
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: Tangled-Universe on May 08, 2014, 07:25:24 AM
Hi Jo,

Congratulations with your new job! :)
What's the job about, if I may ask?
I'm pretty sure your new employee will appreciate your precision and communication skills as evident to this community.
Thank you for all your involvement, effort and patience in discussions with me.
Good luck with your new job and enjoy!

Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: jo on May 08, 2014, 11:37:43 PM
Hi everyone,

Thanks very much for the kind words.

A couple of people have asked about the job I'm moving to. I'm going to work for a company called Trimble Navigation. Specifically I'll be working on software which controls earthmoving and construction machinery. The unit I'll work for is a joint venture with Caterpillar, the machinery manufacturer. The software helps the machine operators work more accurately and efficiently. In some cases the software controls parts of the machinery to maintain accuracy, for example it might move the blade of a bulldozer around while the operator drives in a certain direction. Very different to TG in many ways, but also has some similarities, moving things around in 3D space for example. There's a chance I'll get to learn how to drive a bulldozer, so I'm quite looking forward to that!


Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: Dune on May 09, 2014, 07:18:05 AM
Have fun, Jo!
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: Tangled-Universe on May 09, 2014, 07:26:11 AM
Sounds like an interesting and exciting challenge Jo :)

There's a chance I'll get to learn how to drive a bulldozer, so I'm quite looking forward to that!

Southern man ;D
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: Kadri on May 09, 2014, 07:52:39 AM

3D manipulating in real world. Nice :)
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: N-drju on May 09, 2014, 11:10:48 AM

I've been in this community for a rather short time but I do appreciate your help and I am certain that the friendliness you mentioned was also your contribution as well. If you ever happen to visit Belgium or Poland you can still have a chance to meet yet another user in person. ;D

For now, congratulations and all best at your new job.
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: choronr on May 11, 2014, 03:54:00 PM
Congratulations on your move Jo; and, the very best for you in the future.
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: Danny on May 11, 2014, 07:46:34 PM
Best of luck Jo !!
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: lat 64 on May 14, 2014, 04:02:32 PM

Thanks for all the advice on my operating system a couple years back.

So, now you're going to be a real terraformer! Trimble owns Sketchup now, and I use it to make some fun models for TG objects. Somehow you may still be in the game.

I am coming to New Zealand this December to do the camper van thing for three weeks. Just saying that in case you want to have a beer 8)

Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: inkydigit on May 27, 2014, 08:26:17 PM
congrats on the new job! Have fun Jo, no doubt we'll be seeing you about!
all the very best
what can go wrong in a bulldozer anyway!
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: mhaze on May 31, 2014, 02:33:05 PM
Shocked and sad to see you go - you've done so much for TG and its users. You will be missed! Good luck in your new job and we hope to see you lurking around here from time to time
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: JimB on June 03, 2014, 12:15:20 PM
Good luck Jo. Thanks for all the hard work over the years.
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: PabloMack on August 30, 2014, 02:17:15 AM
Good luck to you Jo. It should be fulfilling to write code that actually moves things around in the real world. I guess you will be doing some embedded stuff maybe using some ARM variant?
Title: Re: Moving on
Post by: bobbystahr on April 23, 2016, 01:58:43 PM
Damn, does that mean we'll never see the likes of Water Works for TG3-4? C'est la vie I guess and many thanks for all your contributions since classic...and congrats on the new career move.
Your help in the forums has been invaluable to myself and many others so you can rest easy that your job was/is a success. Sorry to be posting this 2 years later but at that time I was rehearsing for a tour with a younger than me at least, female singer/songwriter, and post tour came home to bury my ex wife so I wasn't here a lot. As an aside, pal of mine learned to drive a front end loader on you tube in 20 min. so I'm guessing that the type of work you're engaged in is what made that possible...the possibilities are endless.