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Addendum Ad Infinitum

Any addenda to the manoeuvrings of JavaOne last week run the risk of trying to round off and actually complete a fully comprehensive report on what was, quite simply, a huge event. So, passing nod to inevitable fallibility aside, I’ll make the extra notes I have had in mind since leaving Sun’s developer-fest last week.
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Written by Adrian Bridgwater on

Any addenda to the manoeuvrings of JavaOne last week run the risk of trying to round off and actually complete a fully comprehensive report on what was, quite simply, a huge event. So, passing nod to inevitable fallibility aside, I’ll make the extra notes I have had in mind since leaving Sun’s developer-fest last week.

Firstly – and most technically important – Sun has said that it plans on new releases of its OpenSolaris operating system every six months. Although the company is undecided as to which version will form the next ‘foundation’ of the mainstream release, it is clearly keen to whip up and maintain momentum behind the product now that it has officially been released to open source – which in itself should ensure that this end of the product’s development experiences faster (than previously seen) development. It sounds fairly promising doesn’t it?

Next, did you know that a food bug hit the Moscone Centre on the last day of the conference? Fair play to Sun for making it known to us all – but I bet they’re secretly glad it didn’t hit on day one… can you imagine the cheesy “virus” headlines from us so-called ‘creative writers’ eh?

Oh, did I mention that Smash Mouth played the end of show gig with their hit that goes, “you might as well be walking on the sun…” - and that nobody (to the best of my knowledge) made mention of this and tried for a cheap laugh? Oops, I just did.

Also, I bumped into a lot of people using Verizon (and the like) mobile broadband USB modems. The Americans typically pay up to about US$70 bucks for these services as compared to what I believe are much cheaper deals for us in the UK.

On that point, after leaving the conference I was re-routed out of San Francisco into Los Angeles – and then had my SouthWest plane go “technical” with a faulty fuel pump to the left engine (they can fly on one can’t they?) and then get delayed and re-routed to Chattanooga, Tennessee before finally getting routed back to Baltimore for a 3am landing. We stopped in Dallas, Fort Worth too if I think back on the whole nightmare. My fault, I booked it – but boy was I glad I borrowed a Vodaphone mobile broadband USB wotnot so I could log on from the plane (on the apron I hasten to add) and tell my wife’s parents not to bother picking us up at the airport.

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Lastly, did I not mention that I queued up to get a picture with Duke? Of course I did.

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