Not just in Silicon Valley.

Jim's blog reminded me of another interesting conversation that I had with a cab driver in London.  I was at Sun's GMP office about 2 weeks ago.  The cab (or taxi if you prefer) ride from my hotel to Heathrow was about 45 minutes.   As part way of breaking the ice I guess the cab driver asked me if I had an enjoyable vacation.  To which I snorted since I was there for a "deep dive" on Solaris Volume Manager.  No, I replied I was there on work at Sun.  His interest perked and he started asking me what I did.  As the conversation progressed, I was amazed that this cabbie, knew about Solaris 10!!! Even more interesting was his comment as to why Vodafone had not moved to Solaris 10.  He knew about OpenSolaris.  When he started rattling off the Galaxy model numbers, I began to wonder if he had worked at Sun before.   It turned out that he was just a investor. Wow!! He had bought Sun stock and had kept track of the trends.  He was convinced that we were on the upward trajectory!!!

Now that's  a smart London'er.  So sorry Jim, I think this one has you beat :-)


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I think this is the case in most western countries where we have immigrants who, due to language limitations have trouble selling themselves to local companies. The amount of proficient c programmers driving taxi's in sydney amazes me...alot of these guys are out here trying to get work as the indian job market doesn't give them the respect they deserve.

Posted by che on May 11, 2006 at 02:01 PM MDT #

This guy was from New Zealand and was the owner of that little taxi business which comprised of a few cars. He learnt this stuff since he was ferrying people who work in the HiTech business back and forth to the airport. He was never in the "computer business"...just business savvy I guess.

Posted by Sanjay on May 11, 2006 at 03:28 PM MDT #

Amazing ... :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on May 13, 2006 at 05:41 PM MDT #

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