Archive for April, 2005


April 7, 2005

This is a brief message for any Sun customers reading my blog.

First, thank you for your business–we greatly appreciate it and hope that we are exceeding your expectations as a vendor and partner.

I want to make sure you are aware of a regular conference called SUPerG that is run by Sun for its customers. This year SUPerG is being held April 18-21 at Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, USA. Agenda, reservation, and other information can be found here.

I’ve attended SUPerG many times over the years and it’s always received high marks from attendees for being very stimulating, useful and even fun. The content ranges from high-level strategic talks to very technically oriented presentations that are excellent for IT practioners interested in the details. This SUPerG will address the following themes:

  • Data Center Implementation and Optimization
  • Grid and HPTC
  • Application Infrastructure
  • Security and Networking
  • Best Practices

As an engineer I value the chance to interact with our customers and hear about their successes and challenges. Our customers, who are generally a very technically savvy crowd, seem to also enjoy being able to interact with the Sun engineers directly involved in the creation of many of the products they use on a daily basis.

We hope to see you in Virginia!


Night of the Salamander

April 3, 2005

I live in a somewhat unusual neighborhood in that it is almost entirely surrounded by the Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, which is owned and operated by the Massachusetts Audubon. Some odd things happen here.

Last night Christine Turnbull, the Sanctuary Director, invoked her power to shut down the road that passes through the Sanctuary to allow the annual salamander migration to occur. The temperature was about 45 degrees and it was wet — perfect conditions for the spotted salamanders, red efts, and spring peepers to make their way across the road to the vernal pool for a big Spring bash.

My wife and I took a very careful, flashlight-lit stroll down the road with camera in hand. Here are, in order, a spotted salamander (about 5-6″ long), a red eft (about 2″ long), and a spring peeper (about 1″ long).

spotted salamander
red eft
spring peeper