Balancing geekness and being social
By John Clingan on Oct 30, 2004
I'm back from my (non-jxta) rendezvous with my (non-jxta) peers and partners held in Scottsdale, AZ. In many ways, it was boatloads of fun. The only bummer was rain on our only full day there. This was a Partner Forum held by Sun partners in the government industry. The goal of this Partner Forum is for government sales teams to get to know partners, their value propositions, and match our opportunities to their expertise. Win-win for everyone. Sun wants to be the most partnered company on the planet, and this was a good forum to support that goal. I met some partners. Had free drinks, too! Relative to my college days, I am an alcohol lightweight. It doesn't take much these days to get a buzz going.
Someone at the hotel charged $30 to my room. When I challenged the hotel on it, they conceded (graciously) when they couldn't find the receipt. I wasn't the only one who had this happen.
I got funny looks Wednesday night when I was walking around the hotel with my laptop looking for a wireless connection (which the hotel supposedly had). I hadn't had enough drinks (4 Screwdrivers) during a partner-sponsored gathering to be "staggering" around the hotel. Everyone else was socializing and I actually had a laptop. After hearing remarks about being an anti-social geek, I explained that I found a rather important bug in my Zones demo that I wanted to get out before a (non-jxta) peer of mine gave the demo to partners to demo to their customers. Nothing like having your name tied to a demo that only worked after you ran it, exited it, and ran it again (hey, at least there was a work-around). If you don't get the message on the work-around, it'll simply not work :(
I finally gave up on finding the wireless connection. I wonder if the front desk was playing a joke on a somewhat tipsy customer ("I told him we had wireless ... hee hee"). I finally went to the room, and clicked "charge $10 to room" for the wired internet connection. The good and bad news is that they had so many problems with their internet connection that they didn't charge us for our room connection! I uploaded the bug fix to CVS and posted the new bits. After that, it was time to switch from geek mode to social animal. Of course, animal for me in this context is something close to a panda bear ... :)