Friday, May 21, 2010

Last Day

So, today's my last day as a Sun^WOracle employee.

While I'm excited to be starting at Nexenta, I want to reiterate what I've already said, which is that I've really enjoyed working with the great folks at S'noracle, and that they made this decision to leave quite difficult. Its been quite a ride over the years, and its been fun and exciting. Thanks everyone!

Of course, my old e-mail address(es) at Oracle won't reach me after about noon today.

To reach me for matters pertaining to OpenSolaris, will continue to work. For matters pertaining to my new employer, Nexenta, you can use My personal e-mail address of remains unchanged. Now please standby while I go reinforce the spam filters...

New Computer

As part of the process of changing employers, I needed to get a new computer for the new job (and return the old desktop to Oracle.)

I wound up picking this one... I didn't seem to be able to build it any cheaper (as of the date of this post) myself. And guess what... someone goofed! Instead of the 3 GHz Core i7 950, it came with a 3.2 GHz Core i7 960. Bonus! (Other goofs relative to the ad: the system has 9 GB -- but that's spelled out in the details, comes with a black aluminum chassis, and ships with a cheap logitech keyboard.)

I'm still using the stock load of Windows 7, and I'm both surprised (and maybe a bit embarrassed) to admit that the Windows environment (especially when replacing IE with Chrome) is actually quite nice -- fast and usable. Maybe running this environment (and running OpenSolaris in a VM) might not be so bad after all! (Ok, I'll go find some soap to wash my mouth out for blaspheming....) If I do this, besides being able to use Skype for work, I'll be able to use my Phoenix RC flight simulator without having to resort to borrowing the wife's computer...

Engines arrived for Squat yesterday

The Squat is a 4" diameter short high power rocket with a 54mm engine mount. My engines, 54mm hardware (including the higher end Aeropack retainer), and 38 mm adapter arrived from What's Up Hobbies yesterday. Timothy's going to fly it at the LDRS mass launch on a G67 redline -- this will be his first reloadable engine. Later that day I'll fly it on an I140 skidmark, which represents both my first 54mm engine, and my first Caeseroni engine.

Timothy and I put the rocket together last night; I must say, the higher end metal hardware and thicker fins on this rocket are definitely a step up even from the LOC IV I flew previously on my Level 1 flight (go to about 1:30 in the video link -- I haven't figured out how to edit the video file yet).

I also received the propellant for the J350W, which I'll be flying in my LOC IV as part of my Level 2 certification attempt. OpenRocket says the LOC IV will be approaching 700 mph with this particular engine! Guess I will be glassing the fins on it to help strengthen them for transonic speeds. (I'm open to alternative suggestions from the experts, as well.)

LDRS is going to be fun, indeed!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Greener pastures

I've recently made a major decision -- I'll be leaving Oracle. My last day as an Oracle employee will be on May 21, 2010. Leaving such a great group of people at Sun will be difficult indeed.

However, I hope to be able to continue as a significant contributor to the OpenSolaris community, as I'll be joining the team at Nexenta. At Nexenta, my responsibility will be to lead a group of engineers working on the OpenSolaris kernel. As such, I'm excited that I'll be able to continue to work on finest operating system kernel on the planet, and I look forward to further collaboration with some of the best software engineers on the planet.

My first day at Nexenta will be on May 24, 2010.