Getting to know (you)

Immersion Week was fun. We are all getting "immersed" to uplevel our knowledge to some base level. We all have depth in one area or another, but this was a level-setting event for areas we haven't had time to spend on.

I was a recipient of Dan Price's excellent transfer of information. He has a personality that is easy to like and he gets information across in a way that leaves you enjoying going back to school. I think the coolest thing he said was that after class he was on the phone to engineering delivering information about how the installation experience could be improved through our feedback. Dan said he was going to use the container demo at LISA which makes me really, really nervous :)

As I have blogged before, these events are as useful for building and maintaining relationships as they are for technical value. "So your John Clingan!" My response: "So your Jeff Victor!". "So your Wayne Vincent" "So your Dan Price". I could keep going but I'd be going all day and I apologize for leaving many of you out. Many of these events tend to be regional. This one was national.

I must say thank you to those who like and use the Container Demo. One person said "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you" for creating the demo. That alone made it worth the work I put in to it.

Comments:

You're supposed to reply "I'm John Clingan and I play for Team USA!" :-)

BTW, I presented Zones for Wave 2 of Immersion Week. In all of my sessions, I've been sending folks to your extremely handy zones demo. One minor suggestion for improvement: change the zone names to something 8 characters or less so that ps -Z can distinguish them from each other.

Thanks for the great work!
--SCott

Posted by Scott Dickson on November 18, 2004 at 05:14 AM PST #

Hey Scott, my bad. "I play for Team USA!". Everyone else: I guess you had to be there :)

Thanks for the feedback on the demo. Lots of things are going to change in the demo, although most of them will be the guts. I'll look into changing the names of the zones as well.

Posted by John Clingan on November 18, 2004 at 11:56 PM PST #

Thanks for the kind words John. Also, the containers demo was a big hit at LISA and installed and worked flawlessly. Apparently people are irresistably drawn to 3D pie charts... One bit of feedback-- since the containers demo knows how to install zones, have you thought about not doing that as part of the installation script? This would allow you to untar, and get the GUI going right away, and then click "install" to get the zones up and running. On the other hand, maybe it's less confusing to have things "just work" at the outset.

Posted by Dan Price on November 20, 2004 at 03:22 AM PST #

Dan, I figured it was best to create two zones up front and leave the 3rd as an exercise to the user. There's not a whole lot to demo with no zones created and pre-installing lets the field person install and run off to an account and have something concrete to demo.

Posted by John Clingan on November 21, 2004 at 02:55 AM PST #

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