Well tomorrow I'll be joining the morning rush hour down I880 from Newark to Santa Clara, which is where the Sun Engineering Conference is on. This is where Dan Lacher
is going to be. I'm looking forward to meeting him, the DTrace guys Bryan, Michael
and if I can manage it, Greg Papadopoulos
It'll all be a bit hectic for the next 10 days or so, because after SunEngCon it's off up the peninsula for CEC, our Customer Engineering Conference. (How does one engineer a customer? Maybe we could start with Sun Preventive Services
I'm going to be assisting one of the PTS-Kernel engineers with presenting new features in Solaris CAT
. That's the crash dump analysis tool which is developed by Sun's Support Services people including myself. Yes, we do know about adb and mdb, but we come at crash dump analysis from a different angle: supporting customers who are not necessarily running the latest and greatest version of Solaris, and making it easy for support engineers to quickly triage a crash dump.
The Solaris CAT
team is great bunch of people spread over the US and Australia. It's a great thing to be able to work directly with people on the other side of the world. Without good telecommunications (voice and data) it just would not be possible.
To round out my trip I'll go direct from CEC05 to StorageAces05, back in Newark. This year there are going to be some partner vendor presentations which I'm really looking forward to.
Why do I like going to Sun's conferences? Three reasons: you get to learn about new things which are coming your way, you get to meet people from all over the world, and most importantly you get to network with the people who actually develop the products and solutions which make a difference to your day to day life.
When I get back to Australia I think I'm going to need a holiday....