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The Art of The Farewell Email 703

With so many people losing their jobs, the farewell email, letting colleagues and contacts know where you are moving and how you can be reached, has become common. Writing a really good one, whether it be funny, sad or just plain mad is an art form. Chris Kula, a receptionist at a New York engineering firm, wrote: "For nearly as long as I've worked here, I've hoped that I might one day leave this company. And now that this dream has become a reality, please know that I could not have reached this goal without your unending lack of support." In May, lawyer Shinyung Oh was let go from the San Francisco branch of the Paul Hastings law firm six days after losing a baby. "If this response seems particularly emotional," she wrote to the partners, "perhaps an associate's emotional vulnerability after a recent miscarriage is a factor you should consider the next time you fire or lay someone off. It shows startlingly poor judgment and management skills — and cowardice — on your parts." Let's hear the best and worst goodbye emails you've seen.
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Submission + - Google Desktop for Mac OS released today

manastungare writes: "Google released version 1 of their Google Desktop for Mac today. The primary interface is via an on-screen search box à la QuickSilver, and more results are available via a web UI. It indexes the most common file types and GMail, plus every file type that has a metadata importer for Spotlight. In preliminary tests, search performance was much better than Spotlight, but the app requires administrator privileges to install and run, which is a major setback for an otherwise decent release. It does not include features such as the sidebar or the widgets that the Windows version has."

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