Tuesday Oct 28, 2008

Desktop Dinner II

We are planning another desktop dinner during CEC.  If you are coming to CEC and are a desktop person (or a fan of Sun Ray, SGD, Sun VDI, or this blog), leave me a comment or send me some mail (first.last@sun.com).  I'll post the location and final time and date when we get final word.  We are trying to narrow it down to Monday or Tuesday night.  Looking forward to see my virtual desktop friends once again from across the globe.  #goodtimes

Friday Oct 19, 2007

Virtual Dinner

On the last night of CEC 2007 I hosted a dinner (with the financial OK from my boss) for a few of my Sun Desktop Virtualization co-workers and partners.  We had dinner at a great Tapas bar (not topless as some people mistook the verbal invite for) called FireFly\* On Paradise.  The no-shows (you know who you are!) missed out on a great evening.

From left to right: Mike Jansen from Dataman.nl (They do SAP training centers using Sun Rays), Lou Springer, John Pither, Paul Shore, Johnathan Mills, Shawn Ferry, Denae (My Wife), Brad Lackey, Art Peck, and Ansco Van Rooyen from Cards Engineering in the Netherlands (They do Sun Ray for the PowerPC platform)

 Another group shot

 The UK Team in the house!  John Pither, Paul Shore, and Johnathan Mills.

 Brad Lackey

 Mike Jansen and Lou Springer

 Brad Lackey and my wife.

 Art Peck

 Shawn Ferry and his awesome camera gear

 Shawn Ferry again.  I like this picture.  Much better than the post mojito one with mint on his tooth.

 Lou Springer and me.

 Ansco and Me

 Group shot, Lou flirting with my wife.

 And finally one more of me and Ansco with what my wife calls the "Iguana Eye".  Happens after the Mojitos kick in. 


Thursday Jul 26, 2007

Vegas Tips for ASM/GEH/CEC Attendees

I had a comment on my last entry regarding some tips for some of my Las Vegas bound colleagues.  We have three big internal meetings here this year (starting this week-end) with thousands of Sun folks coming to Sin City. 

Taxi Service:  If the queue is long (it almost always is), do the following:  Grab a Sky Cap (porter) and ask them for help with your bags.  It doesn't matter if you only have carry on luggage.  They will walk you right up to a waiting taxi and you bypass the line.  Tip $5-10 per person.  The longer the queue, the bigger the tip.

Departure: It depends on when you leave but if you have a Sunday or Monday morning departure, plan on being at the airport 2 hours early (at least).  If you luck out and there is no line, you can always play the slots.  :)

Shows: Must see shows include Love, O, Blue Man Group, Penn and Teller, Wayne Brady, and Lance Burton.  You probably can't go wrong with any Cirque show, but I wasn't a fan of Zumanity and have heard the same about Ka.  Have heard the Celine show is great, I won't tell anyone if you go.  OK, maybe I will.  I will however camp out and see who I recognize going to Barry Manilow and I will blog that.  See who is going to be in concert that week and you might want to go see one of those.  However, keep in mind that you will pay a premium for seeing the show in Las Vegas.  You also probably can't go wrong with many of the comedy shows in town. 

Eats:  If you want a local taste find a Robertos Taco Shop or Faustos Mexican Grill (same menu/food).  If you like Subs find a Capriottis (also on the east coast, same family).  For some of the best pizza in the world (yes, the world) find a Metro Pizza.  If you get a chance try the buffet @ Bellagio.  Expensive, but amazing.  There is so much good food here, just leave a comment for with your tastes and I'll try to find something good.  We also have this little local coffee shop we are proud of, it's called Starbucks (I joke, I joke).

Finer Eats: Prime (Bellagio), Picasso's (Bellagio), N9NE (Palms), Antonio's Italian Ristorante (Rio), again just too many to choose from.  There a lot of cool trendy places, especially @ the Hard Rock.  Try the Pink Taco or AJ's if in the mood for a Steak.

After Hours:  Almost every resort has a stellar and crowded nightclub.  The Rio has the Voodoo Lounge, The Palms has the Ghost Bar and Playboy Club.   Both are close. Dress nice, not geeky.

Other things:  Red Rock Canyon and Hoover Dam.  Worth seeing both.  If you have access to a car, Valley of Fire and Lake Mead are pretty cool too.  Pretty much any thrill ride (like at the Stratosphere or NY, NY) are going to be fun.

Fitness:  If the Rio Fitness/Spa isn't up to your speed and you want a real gym, Golds Gym and Las Vegas Athletic Club have a lot of locations.  Some pretty close and if you come to the Golds on Eastern & Serene around 5:30 AM we can work out together.

Things to avoid:  Cheap shows (non-headliners i.e. Splash, American Superstars, etc), strip bars, etc.  Not that I should have (or want) to mention this, but prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas.  I only mention this because I hear so many comments to the contrary.  I'm not trying to blog morality here, just trying to keep my fellow colleagues out of trouble.  If you are into that type of thing make sure you are not in Clark County.

Golf:  Too many good courses to choose from, all expensive.  There are a few local gems and if you pay for me, I can get us a locals rate. (Hint, hint)

I'm sure I missed some topics, if you have a question just drop me a comment and I'll respond as best I can.




My name is Craig Bender aka ThinGuy. I'm a Principal Software Developer for Oracle's Virtual Desktop Engineering group.

I architect and evangelize the use of Oracle's Desktop technology including Sun Ray, Secure Global Desktop, and Oracle VDI.


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