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I spent today at Sun, tidying up loose ends. I returned my library book 😉 , packed up my books, and shifted large quantities of paper to the Secure recycling box. (I’d kept a paper copy of ever performance review I’d received or written for the last 10+ years, along with tons of specs, proposals,…

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I’ve received so many emails and blog comments about my departure from Sun that I decided to put together a little FAQ on the subject. Obviously these are my opinions; I don’t speak for Sun 🙂 Q. Why the RIF?A. That’s easy: Sun wasn’t achieving the profitability that was expected. The Q2FY06 numbers were significantly…

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Well, after 20.63 years at Sun, I have been caught up in today’s RIF (Reduction In Force). As of 5pm today, I’m out of here.* So far the most common reaction is “You’re kidding!!!” Sadly, no. However between now and then I’m hosting the regular Thursday afternoon SunLabs tea, so I’d better get on with…

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Suppose that you’re driving down a four lane, non-divided suburban street in the USA, with a sidewalk on each side. In decreasing order of frequency, you’d expect to encounter:– cars– trucks– buses– pedestrians– motorcycles– bicycles In India, the corresponding list would be something like:– bicycles– pedestrians (with or without pushcarts)– motor scooters– motorcycles (with up…

Read More My thoughts on Indian traffic

In Craig McMurty’s blog entry that stirred up discussion of Indigo and Jini, he mentions a piece by Don Box, in which “the four fundamental tenets” of service-oriented development are laid down. Craig further asserted that ‘The “services” that one can construct with Jini do not conform to any of those four tenets’. Really? Well,…

Read More Jini, Indigo and the "Highlander Fallacy"