Sunday Mar 08, 2009

The crested butte of Crested Butte

Last week I was off attending my first Java Posse Roundup in scenic Crested Butte Colorado, pictured below. There were many good discussions related to JDK 7 and other programming, and non-programming, topics.

Unfortunately, there were some difficulties with my flight back. Once again, the plane I was flying on had to be rebooted, but at least this time the passengers didn't need to be reinstalled! I missed my scheduled connection in Denver and caught the next flight to the bay area a few hours later. The wait in Denver was made more pleasant by the airport's free-after-a-short-ad wi-fi and recharging stations for electronic gear. More airports should have those amenities!

Monday Feb 09, 2009

The Three R's of Airplane Maintenance

Complementing the three grade school R's of reading, writing, and 'rithmetic, I've heard it said there are three R's of Windows system administration, retry, reboot, and reinstall. When flying recently, I experienced the Windows R's being applied to airplane maintenance too. After everyone had boarded the plane, the pilot announced there was a problem with the navigation system and they were trying repeatedly to clear the problem. After that didn't work, the pilot came back on to say the maintenance crew was going to power down the entire plane so it could be restarted; even the emergency lighting blinked off for several minutes. Finally, with the fault still showing after the plane booted back up, the airline reinstalled us passengers on a spare plane and we were on our way with just a two hour delay.

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