OK, it's been too long since I've blogged. Things have been busy here at Sun these last months (which you all know if you've been reading the papers). Equally so, things have been very busy here in engineering, and we've continued to put out several new virtualization and systems management products. It's time to catch up on this. Later this week I'll be posting a blog updating on everything that's been happening the last few months and giving some insight into where we're headed.
I've been spending the week in Maui with my family. On July 4th (the Independence Day holiday in the US) they shut down Front Street on the water front in the town of Lahaina and put on quite a party. A barge in the harbor launches a great fireworks display. I captured a bit of the evening on my pocket camera. Here are some highlights.
I just got my Clear Card! After applying over six months ago, and giving them more personal information than you can possibly imagine (everthing from next-of-kin to finger prints to a retinal scan -- yes, a retinal scan) I am now authorized to zip past security lines at a range of airports around the US. I can't wait to try this on my next trip out of SJC.
A few of us took the opportunity to do something a little unusual during the Asia-Pacific Executive Advisory Council in New Zealand a couple weeks back. Mark Tremblay (Sun's Chief Chip Designer), the CIO of a large Indian Bank, and I went Bungy Jumping at Kawarau Bridge. Bungy jumping (or Bungee depending on your spelling) originated in New Zealand, and Kawarau was the first bungy site. Jumping was a blast. For a few extra bucks they give you a DVD of your jump. I ripped the video off the DVD and re-edited it to just keep the interesting parts. Check it out.
Rich Green tagged me in the Five Things meme game. I thought about replying immediately, but so many people are playing this that the responses have all started to look alike. I thought I'd be a little different and reply with a video. I figured I'd crank it out quickly, but these things always seem to take time. So, three weeks later, here are my five things in two-and-a-half minutes.
After arriving very early Sunday morning (think 1 am) I got to head out today and see some of the sights. I'm glad I got a day to find my way around a bit before I dive into two days of meetings at Sun's offices here in Bangalore. Here is some video of what I saw and heard today.
This city really is a study in contrast. Thanks to Avinash and Harish (and our driver Mani) for showing me around.
Friday I'm leaving on my first trip to India. My team has about 30 engineers there from the N1 group and it's my first time to get over and meet them. I'm really looking forward to it. The only part I'm not looking forward to is the plane flight. I'm flying through Frankfurt. It's 10 hours to Germany, and then another 10 or so to Bangalore!
It's going to be a pretty quick trip and I'm coming back Wednesday. I don't know if I'll be blogging at all between now and when I get back, but I'm bringing my camera and I'll be posting some pictures or videos from the trip at some point.
Wednesday and Thursday I made a quick cross-country trip. I flew from
my home in San Jose to Dulles (near D.C.) so I could attend a meeting
at Sun's office in Ashburn, Virginia. Sun's Ashburn office is an
unassuming building in a smallish office park -- not at all like Sun's
sprawling campuses in Menlo Park, Santa Clara or Broomfield. There's
good reason for this. It came along with the acquisition of a small
company Sun made a couple years back. The company, called SevenSpace,
brought the technology for Sun's Managed Operations service. The
ultimate in connected service, it allows Sun to completely run a
customer's data center remotely.
My meeting on Thursday was very successful, but only lasted half the
day. I decided I'd drive back to the airport early and just camp out
in United's club lounge -- they have good Wi-Fi and comfy chairs. Just before I turned
into the airport exit off the expressway I saw a sign that said the
Udvar-Hazy Museum was just a couple miles further up the road. I'd
read about it when it opened, but never had the chance to check it
out. I made a split-second decision and merged back onto the freeway
(using an almost legal maneuver). I'm sure glad I did.
It took only a few minutes to get to the museum, which is an extension
to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (one of my favorite places).
The museum has a striking modern architecture, and is cavernous on the
inside. It needs to be big to hold all the cool airplanes and
My wife bought me my Cannon Elph for Christmas so I'd have a small
camera I could carry on trips when I stumbled across interesting
things. I was sure glad I had it. I even threw it into Movie mode and
took some short movies. Over the holiday break I'd threatened (half
jokingly) that I should start video blogging. Well, why not give it a
I spent about an hour at the museum and then headed to the airport. At
the airport I popped the SD card from my camera into my laptop and
downloaded the movie clips. Then I grabbed some "open source"
classical music off a site I found on Google (that good wi-fi comes in
handy). On the plane I finished assembling a short collection of neat
things from the museum and put the sound track with it. Here's what I
manged to pull together. I hope you enjoy it.