Beijing Sun Tech Day 2007 wrap up

Wow ... what a day! I hung out with my friends (including Robs) at the HCTS - Hardware Certification Test Suite booth for most of the day. We were showing off the latest prototype demo of the Slim Installer LiveCD, which provided a very nice segue to the OpenSolaris Device Detection Tool. I lost track of how many people I talked to and handed out August 2007 OpenSolaris starter kits to, but it was definitely a steady stream of people.

Just after lunch we managed to trip a surge protector, so the se3320 and t2k sitting in front of me were silent. Then a bunch of students from Beijing IT Institute rocked up and wanted to know all about the t2k. So I showed them the fan trays, swung the unit around and started talking about LOM and the various interfaces.... then figured what the heck, might as well yank the cover off entirely and show them the insides.

So a good 45 minutes later after many many questions and much discussion about the benefits of multi-core computing and OpenSolaris, they invited me to visit their campus! Unfortunately I can't take them up on the offer since I'm flying home today (gee it's late as I type this!) but my Beijing colleagues will definitely visit them.

The last session of the day for us was a demo of a device driver writing utility which our team is working on as a NetBeans / Sun Studio plugin. I think it went quite well, though I did get the impression that a lot of the attendees didn't really understand what a device driver was!

Other highlights of the day were meeting Josh Berkus of PostgreSQL fame, and (finally!) meeting Jim Grisanzio in the flesh, albeit briefly.

A few photos from today:


Crowds at registration

More crowds at registration

Queueing near the PostgreSQL booth

Steve talking about xVM

Josh Berkus

Fiona talking about HCTS and HCTLive

Josh Berkus

Ryan about to start the device driver demo session

Hands on experience in the demo

Example template code from the demo

Ada explaining during the demo

Kevin explaining during the demo

Javen explaining during the demo

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Comments:

Nice shots. Thank you for sharing with us.
Especially, my photo is really funny. I like it a lot. :-)

Posted by Fiona on November 02, 2007 at 12:31 PM EST #

Hi Fiona, glad you liked the photo - unfortunately I wasn't able to get the other 6 people who you were also talking to into the frame.

Posted by James C. McPherson on November 04, 2007 at 02:06 AM EST #

Hi James, if you go to http://blogs.sun.com/ and check out the Popular Blogs right now, you will find your name and 1116 hits. Really nice.:)

Posted by Fiona on November 08, 2007 at 03:33 AM EST #

Cool! I love being useful and popular :-)

Posted by James C. McPherson on November 08, 2007 at 04:14 AM EST #

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