Tuesday Feb 02, 2010

Moving my blog...

Opening a blog was one of the first few things I did, sitting on my temporary cubicle on the 2nd Floor of Sun Microsystems, India Engineering Center, Divyasree Chambers, Bangalore on that morning of September 05, 2005. I wasn't assigned any work, having joined Sun on August 31 2005. It took about a week to get my Sun Badge (those days they used to be printed and shipped from Singapore, I believe). I was thrilled to find out that a Sun employee could have his/her own blog at http://blogs.sun.com. In a moment of dwarfed imagination (something that I have gotten used to), I named this blog - Gridbag. I could tell you a 100 excuses regarding the naming, but honestly, I thought I would use the blog as some kind of a research diary about my learnings of Swing UI Toolkit and hence named the blog after the GridBagLayout.

4.5 years have passed, myself and two others are the only remaining members of my first team of 15 at Sun Microsystems, India, the second floor at Divyasree Chambers was given up by Sun about an year ago (I managed to sneak in there before it was closed and sit on my temporary cubicle for a couple of minutes), the product that I worked for when I joined Sun is gone and Sun itself has now been taken over by Oracle.

These years have taught me a lot and gave me a chance to meet and work with some very bright folks, and above all, a chance to work on some great stuff. I don't know whether I made a difference to Sun, but Sun definitely made a difference to me. There have been frustrations, but something has kept me here for all these four years. Thanks Sun, it has been a privilege.

Though I continue to be an employee of Sun (now a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle), I will not be blogging here anymore. I am in the process of migrating this blog over to http://gridbag.wordpress.com . Hope to see you there.

Signing off...

Rohan Ranade

Tuesday Sep 15, 2009

Value of IM

One of the most innovative usage of GTalk to date has been as an ice breaker when me and my wife were sitting, poring into our notebooks, ignoring each other, after a petty quarrel. I wasn't talking to her, and she wasn't talking to me. So, there, I opened up GTalk, sent her a "hi" and we started chatting on GTalk, sitting almost next to each other. And what do you know! A smile appeared on her highness' face in a matter of minutes.

I love technology :)

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