Views from Beijing
By was on Oct 09, 2007
I've spent several productive days here in Beijing, meeting many people, getting to know
the way things work here. I'm very excited to be creating a new team here. Sun has many
folks here already, but our little (ha) web engineering team has no presence here.
The Beijing office is very nice - apparently much nicer than the last time my boss was here - they build things quickly here.
And for evidence of speed, they've decided to tear down a smoke stack from a steam generation plan right next to the office. It started out 150' tall on Monday, and I bet it will be completely gone by the time I leave.
Just to let Rama know, I've struggled finding good coffee. Luckily, right outside the office is a small boutique tea and coffee place... They ground and brewed me a cup of coffee in a few minutes. They even had Blue Mountain coffee (for $20!!). Needless to say, I just had something more pedestrian.
The energy in Beijing is electric - it's really amazing at all the things going on everywhere. Not a block goes by that doesn't have some major construction. My pet peave is cell phone coverage - which is a joke here. I've not gone \*less\* than 5 bars of signal since I got here. And if you like food - it's a great place to try some "interesting" things - like scorpion, grasshopper, etc.
Of course my favorite thing has to be the method of delivery here. . Yep, laptops on the back of a bike. And it's not like this is an isolated incident. I saw this \*everywhere\*. Heck, I might resort to this for Sun servers - it sure seemed fast, and you get some exercise too!
ps. sorry for this uglified posting. I'll get it fixed shortly. (will)