foobar on computers, software and the rest of the world


Back again - in 11 days around the world

, posted: 8-Nov-2007 13:58

Some of you have noticed that I fell silent for a while there. I just came back from a trip that saw me fly once around the world: California, Europe and back to New Zealand via Asia. Interesting. It would have been even better if it wouldn't have been in economy class all the way. Sigh...

The first week was spent in California, working with my client there. Then for a few days to Europe where I had a chance to give a guest lecture about open source software, its history, business and development models. Talking to a big room full of CS students about this was very interesting. Quite astonishing also what kinds of questions are asked: So, you say it is possible to actually earn money with open source software? Yes, my friend, indeed it is. Smile

The way back then saw many different airports and also problems with airplanes: After pushing back from the gate almost an hour late you have taxied all the way to the runway... just to be informed that we have to return back to the gate because the plane leaks! Another hour to fix it. Sigh...

Even though I'm not so lucky to be able to fly in business class, I can at least visit various business class lounges on those trips because in a previous life I had to fly a lot and still have that frequent flyer status thanks to that (just for a few more weeks, though). Anyway, so I am wondering: Why can I get free WiFi in the OneWorld lounge in Sydney and in the British Airways lounge in Bangkok, but not in their lounges in Frankfurt, London or (gasp!) San Francisco? How very annoying...

After observing the people in those lounges for a bit, I think it's safe to say: If you see someone with a laptop in a business class lounge in the San Francisco airport that person is most likely in software. If you see someone in Heathrow with a laptop the person is most likely a banker. Interesting.

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Comment by freitasm, on 8-Nov-2007 20:24

Hmmm. Interesting how people come together in different places in different situations. Good spotting ...


Comment by TinyTim, on 9-Nov-2007 10:06

You turned back because your plane leaked? Lucky you! I was in the front of one of the old 747s (where first is on the 747-400s), waiting to depart in the pouring rain, and when we started to move buckets of water fell from the ceiling and landed next to some woman in the second row. Never mind said the crew, it happens every time... (she wasn't so convinced, it was everything they could do to stop her climbing out the window...)


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  • Who I am: Software developer and consultant.
  • What I do: System level programming, Linux/Unix. C, C++, Java, Python, and a long time ago even Assembler.
  • What I like: I'm a big fan of free and open source software. I'm Windows-free, running Ubuntu on my laptop. To a somewhat lesser degree, I also follow the SaaS industry.
  • Where I have been: Here and there, all over the place.




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