Nokia to BlackBerry

I’ve been a Nokia customer for years.

My first phone was a ‘Nokia Orange’ – the old 2140 brick.

Since then I’ve had lots of different Nokia phones; the only exception was a dreadful Motorola for a few months.

I’ve now had to make a choice – and I’m moving to a BlackBerry 8800.

Email on the move. Sad – but an indication of how things are changing.

More strategy meetings

In a room with dozens and dozens of people from across the BU and other teams – working on strategy and changing our development model.

Nice Rack!

 Half height rack – courtesy of Dan who’s moving away soon.

Nice rack

Now the servers will have a real home again!

Ouch

Never ignore the cones in the construction zone.

Seen on State Street at about 10000 South in Sandy.

Guess someone has some explaining to do. That thing wasn’t coming out of the 3 foot deep pipe trench.

Yonghegong Lama Temple

I visited the Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing yesterday with Laurence.

It is one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastries in the world; there is considerable controversy about the political freedom of the Tibetan Buddhists – certainly the monks in the monastry were all goverment approved.

That aside – it was a very tranquil and relaxing end to the day. The road to the monastry was lined with shops selling insense sticks; the smell of sandalwood was incredible.

Two more large panoramas – they are large files so download may be slow. The originals are massive.

Commuting in Beijing

Most of the visitors to the Novell office here in Beijing are from the US – and get ferried around in a company car with driver.

The first time I was here with Laurence we wanted to stay at the Marriott – a whole 15 minutes away; we got a lot of pressure from the local team to stay at the ‘company approved’ hotel just a 2 minute walk (or a 2 minute drive!) from the office.

This time we just made our own bookings and are staying about 20 minutes from the office; nearer the city center.

We’ve been commuting in on the Beijing subway. That’s an experience.

Bejing subway

Not so much “Mind the Doors” – at every door there is a uniformed subway employee who physically pushes people into the train.

The walk to the office is also interesting – every crossing has a uniformed crossing guard keeping people moving and traffic moving.

Crossing

Logging defects

I’m a-logging bugs against code.

Reminds me of the Dilbert cartoon:

Usual disclaimers – (c) Scott Adams and all that