Tuesday Nov 17, 2009

Moving On....

It's quite hard to write goodbye blog posts or emails, and here I find myself embarking on such a task. It's always hard to say goodbye, but sometimes it needs to be said just to bring some closure.

It's been a extremely interesting ride for me at Sun over the last 9 years as a contractor and an employee. They say, 'once a unix geek, always a unix geek'. Well, for me it's kinda slightly different, it's "once a sun geek, always a sun geek". The spirit lives on. It's easy to take a geek out of sun, but It would be very hard to take the "sun" outta a geek !

As I type this post with a rock on my chest, I also breathe a sigh of relief. A sigh of relief from the topsy-turvy ride we have all been on for a long long time. I've lived through several RIF's and survived them all... And now I find myself making this bold move of moving out and onwards on my own.

I think it's time for me to take my destiny into my own hands, and carve out my own future. It's high time I pursue my dreams, and am moving on from here to pursue that dream.

I've have had the opportunity to work alongside some of the industry's most brilliant, coolest and fun'est folks, the opportunity to live and learn new technologies, the opportunity to work for a company that had a vision, a true vision ! These moments will be cherished forever.

In the last several months i've been involved in some fascinating projects which span healthcare, banking and telecommunications verticals. The lessons learnt have been simply wonderful (both on a technical and personal note).

I am sure all our paths would cross again, and having said that I'd prefer to not say goodbye but rather use a line from an old Bollywood favorite of mine "DASVIDANIYA" (from the movie Mera Naam Joker), which means "Until We Meet Again".

Now, before any of you jump to any conclusions or concoct any conspiracy theories, the reasons for me moving on are quite simple. I am moving on to carve out my own future. I shall be a continuing my participation on the advisory board of BastionHost. Apart from this, my primary day-job would be quite different from what I've been used to all along. I'm finally switching gears from my telecommute role that Ive been so used to over the years, to work behind a desk and be involved in spearheading the development of SaaS enabled infrastructures for the wealth management sector.

Sometimes in life one comes by opportunities that are rare, and if one does not act upon them regret is all one be left with, and that is something I refuse to live with.

If you would like to continue being in touch, you can follow my ramblings on tumblr. I am always available through Facebook, LinkedIn and twitter. I could also be reached via email at rohan[@]rohanpinto[.]com.

Last but not the least, I'm not gone yet.. ! I would be continuing in my role at Sun until the end of the month. From now on until then I'll be tying up loose ends and enabling transition what I currently have on my plate on to other folks on my team. (and I hope to make the MOST of the time I spend with my colleagues during this time).

For all those folks in the Identity Practice... I will be hanging around this arena of technology for a quite while folks, So Stay Strong, Live Large, and do keep in touch. You will find my continued participation in the OpenSSO and OpenDS Alias's. I am not sure whats gonna happen to these product lines after the Oracle Acquisition, but regardless of the outcome, lets keep the community going and the continue contributing to the project. I know "I Will", I hope you will too...

This blog at Sun Microsystems will no longer be updated.

Tuesday Jun 10, 2008

The Most Important Part of our Body

Writer: Anonymous

My mother used to ask me what the most important part of the body is.
Through the years I would take a guess at what I thought was the correct Answer.

When I was younger, I thought sound was very important to us as humans, so I said, "My ears, Mommy."

She said, "No. Many people are deaf. But you keep thinking about it and I will ask you again soon."

Several years passed before she asked me again. Since making my first attempt, I had contemplated the correct answer.

So this time I told her, "Mommy, sight is very important to everybody, so it must be our eyes."

She looked at me and told me, "You are learning fast, but the answer is not correct because there are many people who are blind."

Stumped again, I continued my quest for knowledge and over the years, Mother asked me a couple more times and always her answer was, "No. But you are getting smarter every year, my child."

Then one year, my grandfather died. Everybody was hurt. Everybody was crying. Even my father cried. I remember that especially because it was only the second time I saw him cry.

My Mom looked at me when it was our turn to say our final good-bye to my Grandfather. She asked me, "Do you know the most important body part yet, my dear?" I was shocked when she asked me this now. I always thought this was a game between her and me.

She saw the confusion on my face and told me, "This question is very important. It shows that you have really lived in your life. For every body part you gave me in the past, I have told you were wrong and I have given you an example why.

But today is the day you need to learn this important lesson."

She looked down at me as only a mother can. I saw her eyes well up with tears. She said, "My dear, the most important body part is your shoulder."

I asked, "Is it because it holds up my head?"

She replied, "No, it is because it can hold the head of a friend or a loved one when they cry. Everybody needs a shoulder to cry on sometime in life, my dear. I only hope that you have enough love and friends that you will always have a shoulder to cry on when you need it."

Then and there I knew the most important body part is not a selfish one.

It is made for others and not for yourself. It is sympathetic to the pain of others.

People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did . But people will NEVER forget how you made them feel.

The origin of this letter is unknown, but it brings a blessing to everyone who passes it on. Good friends are like stars...You don't always see them, but you always know they are there.

I'll take this opportunity to thank you for being there for me whenever I needed you...THANKS A LOT...

Tuesday Dec 05, 2006

Ja... Va...

Ja VA

Tuesday Nov 14, 2006

I'm back

Hi folks, I'm back to blogdom...

yes after moving away from b.s.c to my own wordpress hosted service which I really got to enjoy for a while, a OS reinstall on my server caused me to loose all data on the server, all blog posts and more importanly "valuable data". But however, like someone had told me before... shit happens, we gotto move on....

I've tried revamping my lost data, but was not successfull in doing so.. and have lost hope in being able to revamp it...

I'm back blogging on b.s.c and hey !! there's not gonna be an OS reinstall here... so stay tuned.. and please update your bookmarks...

note: I would be refraining from blogging about "certain" subject matters from here on forward....

Tuesday Apr 11, 2006

Blog Migration In Progress

With Debashish's Help I am moving all posts from this blog on rollerweblogger to wordpress. I hopefuly should complete this migration by this weekend. Once all the posts including comments are migrated over I hope you would continute reading my new wordpress hosted blog.

UPDATE : The reason for migrating the blog over is because I wish to enable yadis/lid/openid/sxore and infocard (PHP & JAVA) authentication on the blog. And it's not possible with a hosted service. So That was my only reason.

Monday Apr 10, 2006

Redhat to Acquire JBOSS

According to this news report, Red Hat announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire JBoss Inc. The aquistion was being speculated for a while, But now, I believe that it's time to stop speculating as it's official. Reuters reported the deal to be worth an initial $350 Million.
WOW !!
Red Hat also said that they would pay another $70 Million if performance metrics were met.

Sweeet deal aye ?

Looks like the times of aquisions and mergers are back.. the dot com boom was really a "proof of concept".... And everybody seems to be capitalizing on it now.

I wonder whats gonna happen to JBOSS's user base who are using it especially because it's "Open Source". or maybe another Fedora App Server would be out soon... just so that it stays Open Source.

UPDATE : Links to Market Rumble on this topic available here...

Wednesday Apr 05, 2006

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Tuesday Apr 04, 2006

smoni - ReceiveDatagram error 10054

My laptop started behaving weird today. everytime I restart it I get a error window popup with the word "smoni" in the title and the message "ReceiveDatagram error # 10054". A screenshot of the error message is as below:


Does anybody have any idea what this could possible be from ? I'm clueless... I'd appreciate any help I can get to eliminate this error window from popping up on every reboot...

Sunday Apr 02, 2006

infocard: Do you want a Girl toy or a Boy toy with that ?

I was chatting with a friend recently about "successful marketing strategies". and I was told that one of the most successfull ones had been the Mc Donalds Happy Meal. Yes, true, the Happy Meal really is one of the best. & then I thought... "infocard"... is this a "stratergy" that microsoft had ?

But InfoCard will only succeed if there are innovative people like you who are willing to take the time to build interesting relying parties and identity providers.

Microsoft is known for it's marketing strategies. They succeeded in making "windows" the defacto standard for desktops. I really dont care how the did it, but the bottom line is that they did it !! Well, I then remembered that "infocard" can be only as successful as it's adoption.

Well, Here's what I think. (my perception)
Microsoft has generated so much interest and buzz in the marketspace with the "Laws of Identity", The "Identity Metasystem" and "infocard" that everybody wanted to know what it was and how to use it. I was one of them....

Microsoft didnt want to make "infocard" implementation a "insert CD..., click next...(a few times), and then click finish..." procedure.. They wanted folks to adopt it. They also wanted the "community" to show that they could do it on their own with Java, PHP, etc... Basically they showed us a "carrot" and made us run for it... Once the "community" showed that they could easily do it, it would make everybody believe that implementing it is not a complex task. It's not expensive and it's do-able. Well, They sure succeeded at that.

PS: Kim, if that was the strategy, Hats off to you. You did it !!!(extremely well planned). Now you know why I idolize you. ;-)

Your Thoughts ?

Monday Mar 27, 2006

Hello... Who's Speaking ?

Rick Ross writes:

Not only does it matter greatly "who" the speaker of a statement is, it also matters when, where, how and to whom they are saying it. All of these factors give us context which guides our interpretation at deeply significant levels. I cannot imagine how anyone could suggest that it doesn't matter who the speaker of a statement is, but rather that the only important thing is the words and ideas? The good-hearted drive to feel like Internet egalitarians seems to have eclipsed fundamental judgement.
Just look at the following. The very same words would have different levels of credibility and importance depending on which of the following people was speaking them. This same function is always at work in all human speech, whether in person, on television, or here in the blogging world. I hope nobody will continue to suggest that it makes no difference who is making a statement. It's crystal clear that it does.

Read Rick's entire post @ .....


I'm Trying To Think, But Nuthin' Happens!


Nice One Ross, I just couldnt think of anything more innovative than that !!! That was a masterpiece of a post. I loved it. & thought that it was worth cross-posting. I do not have much to add, or rather, do not want to add anything more as Your post is just simply HILARIOUSLY "COMPLETE".

Tuesday Mar 21, 2006

Google Finance - Live or DEAD ?

Google Finance is LIVE !!!. neat stuff.. The other players in streaming stock quotes markets are not surprised. It seems that this was long expected. In a internetnews.com interview, Peggy White, Yahoo Finance General Manager, said "We've faced one competitor after another over the years, We've been doing this for 10 years. We do it very well"

I'm not surprised. For a organization like google to go live, with DEAD LINKS is pretty shocking (especially on their go live date).


Try it out for yourselves. Go to Google Finance, Type in GOOG as the ticker symbol, scroll to the bottom, and click on any of the discussions.... Interetsing.... C'mon Google you could do better than that...

Google Finance's got an Interesting interface... But I like yahoo better...

Wednesday Mar 01, 2006

Blogrolled By Kim

Am I ecstatic or what!!!! Kim blogrolled me today

{{{smiles}}} {{{smiles}}} {{{smiles}}}

PS: Thanks Johannes for that heart warming reference to "one of the world's most action-oriented identity integration people". That made me feel even more ecstatic.

You folks know how to make someone grin from ear to ear. Thanks a million guys.

I never thought that I would ever do this. But here goes anyway.

~XOXOXO

Friday Feb 24, 2006

Happy Birthday Sun

24 Moments From Sun's First 24 Years. Have you seen the splash page on sun.com today ?

And here's a history on how we continued making history for the last 24 years.

PS : Hey ! if anybody plans to send birthday gifts, here's a good one.

Thursday Jan 19, 2006

Google & Failure

it's very interesting to see the results of someone typing the term "failure" into google and hitting the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button....

Google & Failure

it's very interesting to see the results of someone typing the term "failure" into google and hitting the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button....

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