Small vacation

by Mads
June 28, 2009 at 21:40 | categories: soulfood

Legoland - entrance

Last week I took 4 days off from work and headed to Legoland with part of my family. Come to think of it, that's the longest time I've been away since my vacation last january - with the Busy times lately, it was long overdue. Going without email and net access is quite enjoyable (except for the hassle of sorting through an overflooding mailbox when you get back).
We stayed at Lalandia which is right next to Legoland and the airport. It's brand new and everything was really nicely done - we rented a really nice house with room for 8 people and it fit 6 people quite comfortably.


Legoland - reflection

Legoland - mill

Legoland - castle

And don't forget to bring one or more kids to enjoy the experience!


Anna - so where are we on this map?

I don't know when or where my next vacation will be, but I know it's not going to be many months from now and I'm already looking for somewhere that'd let me relax and perhaps shoot one or two pictures along the way.



Busy times

by Mads Toftum
June 03, 2009 at 23:59 | categories: soulfood

"Time flies when you're having fun". Based on empirical studies carried out over the last couple of months, time also flies when you're busy at work. If I had to guess without checking a calendar, we can't have been going at it for more than a couple of weeks ... except for the fact that the weather is now a lot warmer than when we started 3 months ago.
Luckily we're only 10 days away from ramping down for the summer. I'm looking forward to getting caught up on life outside work once more. Spring cleaning is long overdue, I need to catch up on an ever growing pile of reading and emails, there's 4 or 5 blog entries to write...
Another thing that's high on the todo list is finding a bit more time to take pictures. Last weekend was the first time in ages I got to shoot a few pics in the park. Weather permitting, I'll be back at my favorite spot, listening to the waterfall and ignoring the phone.


My favorite spot


OpenSolaris Storage Platform - Storage revolution in the making

by Mads
November 10, 2008 at 10:24 | categories: sun, solaris

Thursday November 13th 17.00 - 18.30 at DTU in building 308 aud. 12.

This talk will be an introduction to some of the storage technologies available today or in the near future in Solaris:

  • In-kernel CIFS support
  • Remote replication with AVS
  • Iscsi and scsi (comstar) target support
  • SamFS hierarchical storage management
  • Highly scalable filesystems such as QFS and pNFS.

It is a slightly updated version of my talk from OpenSource Days. I don't have to hurry as much and have added a couple of additional slides.


Open Source Days - Saturday

by Mads
October 05, 2008 at 19:45 | categories: opensource

Back at ITU for another day of conferencing. This was more of a community day than Friday. I had big plans for going to presentations over the day, but ended up spending most of my time catching up with people and talking about OpenSolaris at the Danish OpenSolaris user groups booth. We had a really great turnout and probably handed out a couple of hundred opensolaris kits.

My own talk went better than I'd feared but not nearly as well as I'd hoped. I'm used to talking about technical stuff and trying to be a lot less serious was very different, but got a fair number of laughs.
I'd love another chance to try this talk being more prepared. Not sure whether I should submit it to ApacheCon EU or not.

The one talk I did manage to catch was Dan Kleins "Security As If Your Life Depended On It (because it might!)". Yet another great talk by him. Very entertaining but also a very serious issue. If you missed the talk, I strongly suggest checking back for slides and video later on.

Overall, Open Source Days 2008 was a great success and I really enjoyed it. I'm alreadt looking forward to next year. I'd better start thinking about presentation ideas.


Open Source Days - Friday

by Mads
October 03, 2008 at 22:11 | categories: opensource

Today was the first day of Open Source Days. The new venue is at the IT-University of Copenhagen. The place is not very old and it shows, very nice auditoriums with all the right gear to make life easier for the speaker.
My own talk OpenSolaris Storage Platform went really well except that I had to rush it a bit towards the end and I had to skip a few points I wanted to make. It was a good turnout and I've had some great feedback. Most positive of all, some of the reactions were genuine interest from people who saw a use for the software. I've already promised to do the presentation once more and have been talking to the Sun campus ambassadors at DTU and DIKU about that.
I got hit by a surprise Interview (in danish) as well. Not what I'd been expecting, but it turned out reasonably well (I hope my numbers aren't too far off).

I got there too late in the morning to catch much of Steve McKintys OHAC talk, but I think I got most of that talk yesterday. Steve certainly knew what he was talking about and I was very happy to see High Availability clustering get some airtime as opposed to the usual HPC clusters.
I also managed to catch Dave Johnsons talk about Roller and Jens Nyrup along with Jorgen Olsen both from Sun presenting xVM server with a broken demo.

All in all a great day even if it was a bit rushed for me.
I'm looking forward to Saturday (even if I'm having very serious doubts about the talk I'm giving. It is going to be very, very different from any talks I've ever given before. I could use another month or two to rewrite it and practice a tiny bit).


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