Tackle the big problems

At the ScotlandISDeveloper Conference and Business Forum this year we were treated to a fantastic after dinner close by Sir Frank Dick. As well as amusing and thought provoking anecdotes he had a lot of motivational points that rallied the room to be confident and make the change we want to see in the world.

As I think about my next Business potentially being global this particular point sticks in my mind:

No point of going into the world arena if you don’t intend to win

So go out there and solve the big problems – don’t wait for someone else!

Catching up on Enlightenment

LinuxCon Europe 2013 was in Edinburgh – seriously – it makes sense given our city’s increasing relevance in the global tech scene but a surprise nonetheless. The event brought such celebrities as Linus Torvalds, Chris Aniszczyk, Carsten Haitzler (rasterman) and some of the coding stars who heroically released Enlightenment 0.17 less than a year earlier.

It was with excitement that I found there was to be an E Dev Day running the day before so I quickly signed up and looked forward to the event. As expected it was fantastic to hear what the team have been working on and their grand visions for the future. After the event we all headed out to the pub for a slap up meal sponsored by Samsung. A couple of drinks later and it was clear that I still shared many ideals with the team and, whilst my code may not all still be used, a lot of things I worked on could help to achieve their vision.

Having a beer with raster!

Follow this space for more exciting episodes of my attempts to return to Linux, C and the open source community.

JavaOne Celebrities

JavaOne Celebrities

Hello from San Francisco!

The JavaOne conference went very well indeed. Sonatype managed to meet with all those we had planned and as a bonus we all got a day pass into the pavillion. There was a lot of crazyness there including Java powered robots and submarines but the rest was rather as expected. I got given a cool tshirt from one of the stands that reads “Phuck 0xFF, I’m coding” tee hee.

A complete shock was when Kenney, Eirik and I were shown on the front page of the JavaOne Today paper (Thursday edition) how cool is that? 🙂 Picture here is approximately the same.

More excititing things to come in our SanFran trip I’m sure, today we are working with some other developers (Brett, Carlos and Edwin) so that should be fun.

Meeting Tim Berners Lee

Wow, what a lecture!

Professer Sir Tim Berners Lee (the
creator of the internet) was talking at the university about the
symantic web, which was very interesting indeed.

Afterwards my boss (who was amoungst the attendees) invited me to the reception afterwards to meet the big-wigs 😉

I was introduced to Tim and we chatted for a while about Geo-Data Services (which I work on) and their use on the symantic web.

Great conversation, clever man – quite an event for a geeks diary!