Travel Genie

Well I've been traveling , traveling, traveling for the last 1.5 months. End of Jan I visited a Tech Fest at IIT Bombay(Mumbai) to talk about OpenSolaris and on the same day I traveled to Pune, a city in the Western Ghats hills. This was on occasion of the GnUnify07 event where I gave 2 talks on OpenSolaris features and installation. I met a whole crowd of interested students and outside visitors. Some very good questions were asked and overall I had interesting conversations.

Within a few days of returning to Bangalore I visited my hometown of Calcutta and from there to National Institute of Durgapur for talks at yet another Tech Fest. I met an intrepid gang of hackers there who also conducted a Java coding competition on Netbeans on Solaris. These folks had little prior exposure to Solaris and yet they managed to get it installed on 10 boxes and deal with Xorg issues with just a little telephonic support from me. They were very happy with the smooth responsiveness of JDS.

2 more days in office after than and I land up at Hyderabad at the SUN Tech Days. This was one of the largest Corporate conferences ever in India amassing a delegate count of over 7000 at Hyderabad alone. There were a sea of people and Rich Green's keynote was attended by 6000 people in a 5000+ seater hall! The Hyderabad International Convention Center facilities was world class and I enjoyed my time there - though tiring.

Just 1 day after my return from Hyderabad I was in the air again. This time I visited Berlin to speak on OpenSolaris LiveMedia technologies at the OpenSolaris Developer Conference 2007. This was my very first visit to Europe and I thoroughly enjoyed both the conference and roaming around Berlin in the excellent Subway network. I saw some of the historic places and gorged on the fabulous food and Wine.

From Berlin I took the train to Prague. It was like a fairytale ride through the German and Czech countryside, the train line running parallel to a river for the most part. I met the SUN Prague folks and delivered the same LiveMedia talk at a CZOSUG meet. The prague office is full of brilliant hackers with a fine sense of humor.

I was accompanied in the Europe trip by my colleague Vineeth Pillai who delivered a Virtualiztion tutorial at the OsDevCon and a BrandZ demo at the CZOSUG. Finally we made the long journey home: Prague -> Berlin by train, overnight waiting pain at Tegel airport Berlin, Berlin to Frankfurt by Lufthansa, Frankfurt to Bangalore by Lufthansa again.

I have a bunch of snaps from my Europe trip but on old style film. I will have those scanned and uploaded shortly.

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