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I am Jack’s travel agent

I just booked my flights to Houston. Following Sun policy, I phoned Amex Travel instead of booking with an online travel agent. After 10 minutes on hold, I booked $868.59 worth of flights. This would have cost $666.44 via So yeah, big companies suck.

Mon Jan 28,  6:00: UA 7635, YUL-ORD, arr  7:36
8:15: UA 7569, ORD-IAH, arr 11:04
Sat Feb 02,  6:35: UA 7510, IAH-ORD, arr  9:06
10:40: UA 7630, ORD-YUL, arr 13:46

Acquisition; Oktoberfest!

My employer is being bought by Sun Microsystems. Overall, I think this is a good thing. I know Sun hasn’t been the best Linux / Open Source player, but they have done a lot of good when you look at it. We’re going to be part of the systems group, whose mission is basically “Sell Sun hardware – we don’t care what it runs.” So we’re not going to be dropping Linux support any time soon, and the acquisition should free us up to work on Lustre more. I was in SFO about a month ago to meet with Sun (it was a secret at the time) and the environment there seems very positive towards CFS and what we’re doing.

In other news, I’m going to Oktoberfest from September 24-30. I should still be able to make tree climbing and baprime and mricon‘s reception. Surprisingly, a few cheap plane tickets were still available as of this morning, and I’ve found a couple of campgrounds that are a short train ride from the festival grounds.

Why this trip? Well, for the past few weeks, I’ve had a growing desire to “go somewhere, do something.” On Monday especially, I could hear aircraft fairly loudly from my office and I kept thinking “Why am I not on that flight? Where’s it going? Is that the direct flight to Munich?” Also, the deciding factor was yesterday, when I found out CFS is buying out our vacation (which I’ve been hoarding) so I have to use it or lose it :) Anyway, I like doing things at the last minute. This should be fun!

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