First world country, third world airport

I'm sure few poeple can have missed the recent events that marked the rather less than successful opening of Terminal 5 at Heathrow. Things just really don't seem to get better, do they?

I returned from South Africa last week and flew in to Terminal 3, arriving at just after seven in the morning. This is an especially busy time at that terminal with several loang haul flights all arriving very close together. Forget problems with luggage, just getting past passport control was a complete nightmare. When we came down to the immigration hall the queue for European passports was even longer than non-EEC and it was total chaos (as usual). The reason? Only two desks open and checking EEC passports. The wisdom of whoever plans staffing here defies comprehension.

This week I'm in Russia for the TechDays and had my first experience of Terminal 5 on Tuesday morning. Thankfully this was a painless experience and I and my luggage made it to St Petersburg only half an hour later than scheduled. It did feel weird though; I've been travelling from Heathrow for over twenty years so a new and unfamiliar terminal was quite something.

Let's wait and see if the return journey tomorrow is as smooth and the luggage arrives at the same time...

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Dear Mr. Ritter,

I have read in your archived blogs of a project you once had to build up a utility that uses DTrace in order to build up a call graph of a program. I am interested in producing such a call graph that also features the time spent in each of the functions. Would you know of any existing tool that does that, or should I start from scratch and build my own?

Thanks in advance,
Shiry Ginosar
Software Engineer
Endeca

Posted by Shiry Ginosar on April 04, 2008 at 10:42 AM BST #

Thank you for your excellent work at Sun Tech Days, it was awesome. Hope to see you there again next year!

Posted by Maria Kroupski on April 05, 2008 at 06:34 AM BST #

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