James Gosling, The Father of Java, Unwinds

James Gosling, The Father of Java, was in San Francisco las week during the JavaOne conference. The folks over at basementcoders did a podcast with him in a coffee shop during the JavaOne conference.

In a raw and no-holds-barred interview, James let loose on Oracle, the Google Lawsuit, and his experience with IBM. You know its going to be good when he starts out saying, "I eventually graduated in '83. Went to work for IBM which is, you know, is within the top 10 of my stupidest career decisions I've made."

The podcast was fully transcribed here and is presented here by The Basement Coders.

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How to Always Get to the Airport On Time

Source: LifeHacker:

While there are better places to be than sitting at your gate, running from the clutches of airport security to make your flight is no fun either. Here's a guide for showing up at your gate with James Bond timing.

The Easy Stuff

Google for "Airline Name Checking Cutoff"
This'll find the minimum amount of time the airline will allow between checking in and the plane departing (e.g. Continental.com's guidelines).

Rather not search? Go to SeatGuru.com, select the airline you want, and then click the "Check-in" tab at the top.

If You're Going Global, Go Early
This often-repeated advice has some truth to it: arrive earlier for international travel. It's not just because you have to deal with more shenanigans (e.g., passport checks), but also because the airlines require it. You'll notice in the Continental.com page above, for example, that flying out of Micronesia has a cutoff of 90 minutes before departure (if you're checking bags), as compared to much lower in the US.

Avoid Checking Bags if You Can
You won't have to check in as far in advance, as evidenced by the cutoff times above.

Online Instead of In Line
If at all possible, check-in online and print your boarding pass at home (or have it on your smartphone). That'll give you the freedom to arrive even after the check-in cutoff.

The Pro Tips

Delayed Flights Don't Mean You Can Delay
Airlines may not look kindly on you arriving after the check-in time for the flight had it not been delayed. There's a reason for this: delayed flights sometimes get their issues taken care of and end up leaving on time. So suck it up and arrive on time even for delayed flights.

Public Transit Isn't Perfect
Subways, buses, and the like can break down, or have construction, or strike, etc. This is particularly a problem in cities that have good public transit links to their airports—like Boston and San Francisco—because you can come to rely on them and then they fail.

Sometimes public transit isn't running early enough or late enough to get you to your flight. Example: You can't realistically catch a 6:00 AM flight from Logan Airport and take the T to get there.

Be Wary of the Roads, Too
Granted, driving/cabbing can suck too due to construction, accidents, traffic, or just bad timing. Try getting a cab in downtown New York around 4:00 PM (when shifts change) for a flight out of JFK.

Check-in Agents Can Save Your Butt
Even if you miss the check-in cutoff, some agents may be receptive to checking you in anyway if a) the flight still has room, b) you can plausibly make it through security in time and c) you're not checking bags. It especially helps if you have "status" with the airline for frequent flying with them or their partners a lot in the past year.

It's tempting to be in a foul mood, but if you can put on a smile you'll often be surprised with how receptive people can be—especially given what they're typically subjected to.

Know Your Options
In advance of your flight, see what other flights are available so you know how badly you're screwed if things don't work out. Be extra conservative if you're on the last (or only) flight of the day to where you're going. Here are some mobile apps to help.

Worst Case: There Might be a Policy for That
If you miss the flight despite your best efforts, some airlines have a formal or informal policy that may help you.

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Season's Best Wishes To Our Hindu Brethren on Ganesh Chaturthi

Heartiest greetings on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi to all our Hindu friends around the globe and other planets!

In many parts of India, Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavathi. Lord Ganesha is the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati and the brother of lord murugan. It is celebrated in honors of the birth of elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesha, with great joy and passion for 10 days.

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great devotion all over India. People bring home murtis of Lord Ganesha and celebrate the festival by worshiping the Lord in a special way for a day and a half, 5 days, 7 days or 11 days depending on the family tradition and commitment of each individual. On the last day of worship the idol is taken out in a colorful and musical procession to be immersed traditionally at a beach.

This is, by far one of the most popular festivals in India. There are several reasons for this. Ganpati is after all a popular God. His blessings are invoked at most religious ceremonies as He is the one who can remove all obstacles to success. He is the giver of fortune and can help to avoid natural calamities.

Lord Ganesh is worshipped as God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Ganpati is the herald of auspicious beginnings and is the beloved deity of all.

May this Ganesh Chaturthi bring everlasting peace on our planet!

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Season’s Best Wishes To Our Muslim Brethren on Eid ul-Fitr

Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim friends around the globe and other planets!


May this Eid ul-Fitr bring everlasting peace on our planet!

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Season’s Best Wishes To Our Jewish Brethren on Rosh HaShanah

A very Happy and Prosperous New Year (שנה טובה Shana Tova Umetukah) to all our Jewish friends around the globe and other planets!


May this Rosh HaShanah bring everlasting peace on our planet!

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