Tuesday Sep 30, 2008

Storage Networking Dictionary

When I attended the SNIA conference last week, I was fortunate to pick up a hardcopy of their 2008 dictionary.  It is a really exhaustive list and a good reference. 

Here's the online version:

http://www.snia.org/education/dictionary/

I was nice to see that Sun is one of the sponsors that make the dictionary possible.

Wednesday Aug 06, 2008

Open Work, Keeping Fit, and Lawn Care

I've been participating in Sun's Open Work program now for about 4 years.  I used to live in Colorado and worked at Sun's Broomfield campus, but I wanted to be closer to my extended family as I started my own family.  And, Sun's work-from-home program allowed me to do just that.

Two kids later, I am still enjoying the benefits of working from home and it has really worked well for me.  There are a number of advantages about working from home, but one downside is the tendency to keep working through the day without ever leaving the house...or your chair.  This is bad for both your mental and physical health.

Another problem I have is that my lawn is getting out of control.  The weeds outnumber the blades of grass and it's starting to become kind of embarrassing. 

So, to combat these multiple problems, I'm going to start a new lawn care fitness routine.  Every day, I'm going to try to take 30 minutes out of my day to go outside and do yard work.  I'll get some exercise, get some fresh air, clear my head, and start making my yard look better. 

I'll let give an update in the next few weeks to see how things are going.


Tuesday Jul 15, 2008

Giving Feels Good

I was feeling kind of down today and I opened an email from one of my coworkers with a pointer to http://blogs.sun.com/datacharmer/. One of our own MySQL engineers has a son who is in need of a bone marrow transplant, which is terribly expensive - $200k, approximately.

This story made all of my problems that I was fixating on seem pretty lame and I donated some of my secret stash of paypal money. 

Ivan, keep fighting and get better soon. 

Thursday Apr 17, 2008

15 Years at Sun

Well, this Monday, April 14, 2008, was my 15th year anniversary at Sun.  For starters, I can't believe I've been working that long. And, I can't believe I've been fortunate enough to work for a technology company for that long...especially a great company like Sun.

Throughout my 15 years, I've seen a lot of changes happen at Sun.  I've been at Sun during the good times and the not so good times. I started my career working on the Solaris 2.4 installation documentation, I was fortunate enough to write a retail book for Sun, I was one of the initial architects of the Sun System Handbook (which is still my proudest accomplishment at Sun), and now I am helping to drive the OpenSolaris storage community

I started working for Sun in Colorado Springs, moved to Broomfield, CO when Sun built a new campus in 1997, and now I currently work from Woodbury, Minnesota, due to Sun's flexible work-from-home program.  The ability to work from home in Minnesota gives me the opportunity to be closer to my extended family and to spend more time with my two little girls. 

While at Sun, I've worked with a lot of great people and have forged life-long friendships.  Sun has been a big part of my life and I hope I can continue to make Sun a success for many more years.

Here are a few pictures of the Sun campus ground-breaking ceremony in Broomfield, Colorado, in 1997.  I couldn't find a current picture of the campus...if someone has one, please leave a comment. 

Many of these people are still at Sun today!

Here I am more than 10 years ago...I haven't aged a bit!  ;)

Not a bad view!

Wednesday Apr 09, 2008

"Five by Five" - Episode #1: Adding Comments on wikis.sun.com

Here's my first attempt at doing a screencast.  I used the free version of Jing, but I hope to use iShowU in later episodes...

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.



Wednesday Apr 02, 2008

Check out wikis.sun.com!

As you can tell from my last entry, it's been a long time since my last post.  I've been busy at work, but I also found that I really didn't have anything to talk about.

But, I hope to change that with a series of updates on the new Sun wiki...wikis.sun.com. This new wiki is still in beta and was launched late last year.  It is based on the Confluence wiki, an enterprise wiki that provides a lot of very cool features.

Although I don't get to work on wikis.sun.com as much as I'd like to in my current position, I like to use it when I can and to help others make good use of it.

So, stay tuned on this blog to get tips and tricks on using wikis.sun.com and anything else related to this new information portal.

 

Wednesday Apr 25, 2007

Temple of the Sun is Cool

I'm a big fan of games of any type and my day job consists of helping get information out to users. So, what could be better than a web-based game that helps users learn in a fun way?  That's exactly what the new Temple of the Sun game does.

This game does a great job of promoting the use of the Solaris Express Developer Edition and specifically the Sun Studio software developer tools. It uses an Indiana Jones theme (o.k., it is Indiana Jones) and it's a old-school, 2-D game that puts your C/C++ coding skills to the test.

If you are computer nerd, then this is for you. And, you'll end up playing for at least 5-10 minutes.

I hope to see more of this type of multimedia from Sun, and it would be even better if I could work on one of these projects.  It would be fun to be part of the test team.  :) 

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