By beuchelt on Jan 23, 2009
Copied from my now only blog: http://blog.beuchelt.com/
It was great at Sun - good luck to you all!
Wow - what a week this was... I have been through quite some ups and downs, and that is not even mentioning the fact that the U.S. got a new
Bad news first: not only did I have a mild
form of food poisining (not that there was anything 'mild' about it,
but I heard it can be much worse), but I am also affected by the
workforce reduction at Sun. Yes, that's right... after a meager 11+
years I am on to new adventures elsewhere. To all those that I have
been working with: it was a very interesting and mostly fun ride. I
really had a sense of being able to work on something big and
accomplish a lot, but the energy and the creativity at Sun was very
inspiring. I met a lot of smart people there, and I hope that I will
have the chance to continue working with them, one way or another.
Going forward, I see myself continuing on the themes that I have been dealing with for a while now: interoperability, web-centric (now cloud) computing, and the related identity and security aspects. There is a lot of work ahead, and I am quite determined to continue contributing.
my age-old email at Sun will cease to work soon, you will now be able
to reach me though an interim alias: work-at-removethispart.beuchelt.com. I am also on Facebook and LinkedIn, so please feel free to connect with me:
more time on my hands for now, I will also start spamming your RSS
readers... just kidding - but I will write more here now, so stay
But now for the good news: yesterday my application
to become a U.S. citizen was approved and - assuming all goes well - I
will take my Oath in early March. Contrary to its horrible reputation
my experience with USCIS (formerly INS) was actually quite good: yes,
they are bureaucratic (you should have seen the piles of files they had
on me), but overall the process was quite efficient and fast: it will
have taken less than 6 months from sending in the application to my
Interestingly enough, my becoming a U.S.
citizen will also open new doors on the job market: as of March I will
be able to get a security clearance, work on certain government
contracts, etc. The timing could not have been better.