✍ Home, Pele Permitted

By way of explanation for my preoccupation and paucity of publication of late, I finally made it back home today after my trip to the US with ForgeRock. We had a varied and busy trip that included several visits to potential customers and partners. I also had the chance of dinner with James Gosling and an interview with Robert Scoble, as well as many press engagements. There’s no doubt that interest in OpenAM is strong.

The Long Way RoundBoth journeys were affected by the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano. On the way out, we had to route round the ash cloud, so the plane was 4 hours late departing due to the inbound flight doing the same, and then we flew first almost to Stavanger (home of so many colleagues) and then north of Iceland – you can see the route from the airshow screenshot. We eventually arrived in San Francisco about 7 hours late.

On the way back, the flight Monday was canceled completely and I found myself in an airport hotel at SFO. Then Monday morning I went to the United check-in and was faced with a day on standby. Fortunately I’d already browsed flight alternatives and was able to “help” the agent find a pairing with standby seats via Washington DC. Providentially, both segments not only cleared but also upgraded and I was able to fly home in relative comfort. Thanks to Jasmine at SFO Red Carpet Club, who was able to achieve in moments what a Global Services agent found too hard.

✍ New Week, New Column, New Job

Norwegian SwordsYou may have noticed I was a bit quiet last week. The reason? I was in Norway at a company summit for my new job, which actually starts today. More than that, I also have a new column in ComputerWeeklyUK, joining the esteemed Glyn Moody in providing their coverage of free and open source software. Glyn’s view is as an observer and (in the best sense) critic. Mine is as a practitioner, reporting from the field – a little like Matt Asay on CNet in the US. I’ll keep on blogging here, but anything with a tone of reportage is likely to end up over there.

The first post for the new column is today – read about my new job over there now.

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