Yearly Archives: 2007

Brussels: business & pleasure

I have visited Brussels twice on NESSI business and on holiday with Mrs. L. These trips were originally blogged on my sun/oracle blog as series of article, I have brought the articles across here, and presented them as two articles, This article chronicles the social visit, including the European Parliament meeting, the “Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts” and the Comics museum.

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NESSI AGM (2007)

I have visited Brussels twice on NESSI business and on holiday with Mrs. L. These trips were originally blogged on my sun/oracle blog as series of article, I have brought the articles across here, and presented them as two articles, This article chronicles the NESSI AGM. I wrote about NESSI last time I visited Brussels in November, but it is having its AGM over the next two days.

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Sun, the most generous Opensource company on the planet!

Oddly, it is the 1st Anniversary of the EU’s publication of their report, “Economic impact of open source software on innovation and the competitiveness of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in the EU”. In this report, they identified Sun as the single largest corporate publisher of open source code in the world

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We’re all in Europe now!

I travelled over to Brussels for a meeting of the NESSI steering committee, to which I have just been appointed; its one of the EU’s NGOs in the IT industry, representing major IT vendors, which advises the commission on its ICT R&D budget. Its a long time since I have been in Brussels,

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Look at what Google won’t put in a press release

Last month, just before travelling to the West Coast, I practised my latest presentation,”Six reasons to choose Solaris”, in which I have a slide with some company logos of the users of Solaris 10. One of my audience asked why Google wasn’t on the slide

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The right to be wrong in public

Reading the New Statesman, over the last few days, and they state that in the UK, journalists can defend themselves against the allegation of inaccuracy. Judges will test them on how hard they worked to verify the quality/accuracy of the information, was there an urgent need to publish, did the journalist/publisher present it as fact or with caveats and was the other side of the story presented. (For more see, “Truth, Lies & Fools“.)

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Originally published on my sun/oracle blog, republished here in June 2016.

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How real is virtuality

We travelled north up the strip, and had dinner at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. It was a bit of a European thing with a bunch of Brits, French and Germans. This cafe has an excellent if more limited wine list and we were fortunate to have the advice of Eric Bezille and Dave Tong. Our waiter was excellent, knew what he was selling and very patient. It must be hard selling to a bunch of opinionated engineers. We talked about a number of things, of which one was “Second Life”.

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The biggest wine rack in the world.

I went down to the Mandalay Bay again to visit the Aureole. This is a wine bar with a four story wine rack. The bar staff use a trapeze to retrieve the wine. It has to be seen to be believed. And now, you can see it!

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Sun CEC 2007

I visited California (& Nevada) for training and conferences with Sun, the first part was at Seascape, Monteray and was the bi-annual Distinguished Engineers conference, we ended up in Las Vegas for the Customer Engineering Conference. I led a team that built and ran a messaging service for managing questions to the presenters. I did a bit of blogging which can be picked up at my sun/oracle blog. It would seem that the technical stuff about how we built and ran the messaging system was hosted on an internal site and so is unavailable; the blog on question quality remains quite interesting.

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Monteray Bay

I checked in last night at Seascape Resort in Aptos, California. It’s between Santa Cruz and Monterey itself and on the cliffs above the beach.

This picture was taken a day or two later, from the beach.

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EU 10, Microsoft 0

An exciting day in many ways yesterday! The European Court have confirmed the European Commission’s fine on Microsoft for ant-competitive activities. The Guardian have reported it with the head line “European appeal court opens Windows to the world and shakes the superdominant“.

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Discover remarkable things, in a remarkable way

I wrote a piece on a colleague’s product. It was a crowd sourced content discovery tool called Slynkr; it looked remarkably like DIGG which was exceptionally hot at the time, and  I was very excited by its tagging functionality.

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Hot Stuff

Over the weekend, I went to the West Dean “Chilli Festival”. I had no idea what a big industry chilli growing was in this country.

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