FISL Day 2

Another day at FISL, another day full of presentations. Today we did mini-presentations every hour on the hour, most of which were very well attended. When we overlapped with the major keynote sessions, turnout tended to be low, but other than that it was very successful. We covered OpenSolaris, DTrace, FMA, SMF, Security, as well as a Java presentation (by Charlie, not Dave or myself). As usual, lots of great questions from the highly technical audience.

The highlight today was a great conversation with a group of folks very interested in starting an OpenSolaris users group in Brazil. Extremely nice group of guys, very interested in technology and helping OpenSolaris build a greater presence in Brazil (both through user groups and Solaris attendance at conferences). I have to say that after experiencing this conference and seeing the enthusiasm that everyone has for exciting technology and open source, I have to agree that Brazil is a great place to focus our OpenSolaris presence. Hopefully we'll see user groups pop up here as well as the rest of the world. We'll be doing everything we can to help from within Sun.

The other, more amusing, highlight of the day was during my DTrace demonstration. I needed an interesting java application to demonstrate the jstack() DTrace action, so I started up the only java application (apart from some internal Sun tools) that I use on a regular basis: Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball StatTracker (the classic version, not the new flash one). I tried to explain that maybe I was trying to debug why the app was lying to me about Tejada going 0-2 so far in the Sox/Orioles game; really he should have hit two homers and I should be dominating this week's scores1. I was rather amused, but I think the cultural divide was a little too wide. Not only baseball, but fantasy baseball: I don't blame the audience at all.

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1 This is clearly a lie. Despite any dreams of fantasy baseball domination, I would never root for my players in a game over the Red Sox. In the end, Ryan's 40.5 ERA was worth the bottom of the ninth comeback capped by Ortiz's 3-run shot.

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man, hitting Ryan is tough enough, but as a lefty? and after the big cut he took on 3 and 1? man, that was one hell of an ending.

Posted by stephen o'grady on June 02, 2005 at 01:04 PM PDT #

Pity you didnt have a fantasy soccer app - Brazilians are just nuts about soccer. So, i guess that would have lessened the cultural divide a bit. Even to this European, your baseball talk is like an alien language to me - then again, if i started talked about Irish hurling....

Posted by justin flavin on June 03, 2005 at 06:04 AM PDT #

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