The very first UC related parties are over, and the Users Conference hasn't even started!
The first one was MÃƒÂ¥rten's traditional and well-liked MySQL staff party in his garden. The coolest and most community significant one was the MySQL Community Pre-Conference Dinner party, though, as advertised on MySQL Forge Wiki. So we dropped out of MÃƒÂ¥rten's party at six, to meet with the community.
There were 48 registered people, and I think even more turned up. And some of the guys who turned up unregistered were from Sun.
Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz crashes the party and is surrounded by community members and MySQLers alike
Rich Green, Executive VP of Software at Sun, also surrounded by Community Dinner attendees
Given that we've got record number of attendees at the UC, I think I will have to speed up my discussions, as I got to talk properly only with Florian Haas and Philipp Reisner of Linbit / DRBD, with Kai 'Oswald' Seidler of XAMPP, with Marc Delisle of phpMyAdmin, with Volker Oboda of Primebase, other than the MySQLers, ex-MySQLers and Sun employees. Note to self: Blame the jet lag, as this is my second Sunday 13 April 2008 (having got up in Tokyo at 7, and left Tokyo at 16, and arrived in San Francisco at 9 i.e. 7 hours before leaving).
And it seems I also blew my opportunity of flying Decadence Airlines again anytime soon. I was going to handle the payment using Rich Green's credit card (Rich had to leave a bit earlier), but the restaurant gave him back the credit card and left me with merely signing a receipt. This isn't going to buy me any aircraft fuel on Netjets.
Footnote 1: Yes, I was teased all evening for the four days we flew "Sun's Corporate Jet", i.e. a rental airplane by Netjets from Dublin via Stockholm, Moscow, Izhevsk, Moscow again, and Kiev to Hamburg in March. But it was good, so I suppose I deserve some teasing.
Footnote 2: I googled for "Decadence Airlines", and funnily enough, one of the links goes directly to http://www.netjetseurope.com/eng/welcome-to-netjets/. I think I will have to plead guilty to that one.