The Ponytail Guy and Other Tales of JavaOne

The day before JavaOne began, I took advantage of the CommunityOne Technical Conference which brought together those of us eager to learn more about Web 2.0 strategies, and open source solutions and tools.

After checking in and getting my JavaOne badge, I walked to the Westin on Market Street for Startup Camp 2, the un-conference. Before the camp began, I had a bagel, coffee and some fruit. Nice.

Startup Camp is a full day summit for start-up companies in which the attendees decide on the topics to be addressed. This guy with a ponytail began the day. I've shakily preserved some of his remarks.

Nice concept, the un-conference, but let's face it, I wasn't starting up anything in the near future so I walked back to Moscone Center to attend the Opening Session for CommunityOne. I had some coffee and a couple of danishes there also. (I don't eat sugar until its free.) Tim O'Reilly moderated the session.

Rich Green (the tagged man in black), Ian Murdock (who put together the CommunityOne Linux vs. Solaris sessions I attended) and Tim Bray (who blogged his CommunityOne thoughts) answered questions about the past and future of open source. Next I attended the General Session for NetBeans Day. The guy with the ponytail spoke here too. I only got a bit of his words for posterity because my arms were tired from the last, albeit unsuccessful, attempt.

I left NetBeans for the Glassfish General Session. Glassfish is the open source version of Sun Java System Application Server. There was nothing to tout OpenSSO which is the open source version of Sun Java System Access Manager and Sun Java System Federation Manager, et. al. except the t-shirt I was wearing that labeled me OpenSSOenabled. The guy with the ponytail spoke at Glassfish also.

(Just a picture of ponytail guy this time as my arm was still tired. I'm not as young as I look and he was everywhere!) Following his talk, someone asked the ponytail guy about small companies making money when they open source their software. The ponytail guy told a story about giving the CEO of another major company his home phone number to cement a deal. After the guy's story, the questioner said he probably should've known the answer as he had heard that same story last year. The ponytail guy said, "You sound like my wife."

I believe I've heard comments like those from the questioner once or twice myself but hey, a good story is a good story.

The next day the ponytail guy and some colleagues opened JavaOne, announced some stuff, and I went to work schilling for OpenSSO on the pavilion floor.


Some links regarding the announcements:


Spending Monday at Moscone, I wanted access to a computer. According to the CommunityOne map, there was a back room for the 'Sun team'. It was a great room: coffee, breakfast, Meditteranean salad lunch, Sun Rays, phones, couches, water - all for those on the Sun team. About 3 pm, after hanging up from a phone meeting, a woman walked by and saw the pictures rotating as the screensaver on my laptop.

"You have cats and dogs?"

"Max and Lucy," I said.

We started discussing our repsective four-legged friends and about two minutes on, she stopped and looked at me.

"Who are you?"

"I'm Michael. I'm a technical writer."

"Um, Michael. This room is for marketing people who are putting together the conference - not all Sun employees."

Open mouth, insert scone.

"Really? The sign outside says The Sun Team."

"I know. They are changing that. You can use the room today but tomorrow we'll be too busy and need access to all these Sun Rays."

"Oh, that's cool. I appreciate having the use of the room today. Thanks."

The next day when I came back to JavaOne, I had to buy lunch. Ham and American cheese, lettuce and tomato, white bread. $8.25.

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.


3 t-shirts that fit, one that does not, one collared-shirt, three pens, a yoyo that lights up, a bouncy ball that doesn't, 1 GB USB drive, square NERF-like thing, Motorola light necklace.


  • Malla Simhachalam
  • Pat Patterson
  • Shivaram Bhat
  • Scott Carver
  • Peter Fernandez\*
  • Alan Sommerer

\* Photographer


I spent all day Tuesday talking to people at the OpenID: OpenSSO and OpenDS booth. Alot of people came up to ask about OpenSSO; more, it seemed to me, than asked about OpenDS. Unfortunately, OpenSSO had no demo so I had to talk people through what it does. OpenDS had a demo as well as a presentation by Ludovic Poitou.

I was told that three OpenSSO presentations were submitted for consideration but none made the grade. I'm assuming these were submitted for presentation sessions and not as a demo for the booth itself. It would've been nice to have something to show the attendees regarding OpenSSO. The Identity Management booth had a demo on web services that used OpenSSO but it was more about NetBeans. The OpenID demo used OpenSSO in the background also. With that demo, and the OpenSSO web site on the screen, I was able to answer most questions. Thanks to Pat Patterson for taking on the one attendee who was getting into territory with which I was unfamiliar and to Paul Bryan who developed the OpenID Extension for OpenSSO and fielded those questions.


This is great! I feel like I was there. Oh, wait, I was there. But you were much more there. Thanks for the report.

Posted by Dixie Pine on May 15, 2007 at 06:05 AM PDT #

If only I had seen you with mine own eyes, Dixie, I would've added your name to the SPOTTED WITH SWAG list; if, of course, you had swag. Glad you enjoyed the post.

Posted by docteegs on May 15, 2007 at 09:08 AM PDT #

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