Back at Work

I managed to keep my New Year's resolution and spend the first seven days of 2007 without reading a single email. My wife and kids bet I wouldn't be able to do it and lost. Of course it took the better part of today just to catch up, but it was worth it. I spent most of the last week skiing in Mammoth. Although the California skiing season has been off to a slow start, Mammoth received several feet of snow the last week in 2006 and about another foot last week when we where there leading to some exceptional conditions. Unfortunately, I came home with a rather banged up face due to a little mishap. I'll spare the general public any pictures, although Sun readers of my internal CEpedia page can catch some of the damage on my videolog from this morning (CEpedia is an internal Sun wikipedia type tool used by engineers to share all sorts of information, sorry, if you are not a Sun employee you can't get access to it). Yes, 850 emails were a bit too much to attack before my first cup of coffee so I grabbed Steve and recorded a quick update on our web solutions team. Steve had better luck than I skiing in China last month in an indoor ski slope, but I don't think quite as much fun.

While I didn't read email last week, I certainly didn't go without using the web, albeit only via my trusty Treo 650. Rather than wait in what seemed like an endless line, I signed my kids up for ski lessons online one morning. I also purchased root beer extract for my son which was waiting for us when we returned home, somehow an item that neither mom nor dad managed to get during holiday shopping. I also kept track of the weather forecast for the next day, not really sure why as I knew I would be out skiing no matter if it was 40 degrees and sunny or 4 degrees and blowing snow, but it somehow felt good to know. Anyone who doesn't think the web continues to be a growth market for information technology hasn't been reading cnn.com.

It is going to be another exciting year at Sun, with new web tier solutions including the second generation Niagara 2 processor, new x64 and SPARC servers, and a host of other exciting developments. Stay tuned, and always remember, skis and rocks don't mix (luckily, the cuts and bruises were limited to my face, and my marathon training is still going quite well).

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