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Mulesoft Summit in Boston 2012

I was invited to Mulesoft Summit in Boston. I took the T (Red line) into Boston and met my friend at Charles MGH. We walked from Charles MGH to Museum of Science. Nice weather. The walk along the river was pleasant but took us a while as we ended up crossing the bridge.

I attended the morning sessions

Networking with attendees was the best part. Met some folks already using Mule ESB, some who just started using Mule, some who were evaluating ESB’s. Overall people were pretty excited about Mule ESB. Some people had found issues with MuleStudio 3.3 beta IDE where it would not preserve content when they switched from code view to design view. Some were getting false compile errors. Some were running into limitations of the IDE but the ESB itself was quite feature rich. Lots of folks thought that using event based integration for loosely coupled systems was the right architectural approach to integrate systems.

Mule expression language was new and people were not familiar with its java like syntax. Why did they introduce yet another language? Apparently this language unifies xpath along with the EL syntax.

Some people were concerned with the pace at which product was changing and not being able to keep up with the new features for enterprise applications.

Some people were looking at migrating from Websphere/Weblogic ESB to Mule ESB - take big bang  or incremental migration approach. Burden of maintaining both for extended period of time.

Mule Foundations lets companies establish conventions and best practices to make the best use while adopting Mule ESB.

I attended 2 lab track sessions on Developing with Mule Studio. Unfortunately they made use of MuleStudio 3.3 beta and people didn’t have the software installed. The session was quite informative and fast paced. The demo application was an integration between salesforce, get satisfaction, jira, twilio sms. The second session was demo of Mule ESB high availability, failover, monitoring capabilities. The demo was done using a custom application with lots of charts and Mule ESB Admin Console found in Enterprise Edition.

I missed the sessions upstairs on Major IT trends, Measuring effectiveness of ESB initiative.

Apple’s iPhone 4S launch event (We will miss you Steve)
Watch Apple’s iPhone 4S launch event video. Skip to 53 minute mark. Phil Schiller announces iPhone 4S. See the expression on Phil’s face. Its a mix of regret and unhappiness. The camera shows the audience clapping and the empty “Reserved” seat. We will miss you Steve.

Apple’s iPhone 4S launch event (We will miss you Steve)

Watch Apple’s iPhone 4S launch event video. Skip to 53 minute mark. Phil Schiller announces iPhone 4S. See the expression on Phil’s face. Its a mix of regret and unhappiness. The camera shows the audience clapping and the empty “Reserved” seat. We will miss you Steve.

How to buy a Hyundai?

I know this blog post title sounds like a bait link but its not. This is written by a real car shopper. Its Sunday morning on Sept 4th, 2011 (labor day weekend 2011) as I sit here and watch my 3 year old eat her breakfast while asking me “I have to see my father today” and I reply back in a Darth Vader imitated voice “I am your father”. 

Can’t get any more real than that?

The problem faced by Hyundai car shoppers this labor day weekend - There are no Elantra Sedan and Accent Sedan cars in stock at the dealers. If you check the stock on the dealers website they list dozen’s of Elantra/Accent sedan’s in stock. But the reality is if you go and ask them they will tell you they have maybe 1 or 2 Limited or GL manual drive left. 

Problem is the Demand greater than Supply. 

Can you imagine a Hyundai car whose demand is more than supply? How did Hyundai manage to achieve this? I don’t know but all I can tell you is that it started with the Sonata. The Sonata redesign WOWed everybody. I don’t know what it was in the design - maybe the lines and curves outside, the flowing interior, or maybe just the new Hyundai logo - slanted “H”?

I think its a combination of things - Design, MPG, Standard Features, Price, Car Reviews, Newly remodeled dealers showrooms, Keeping things fresh by introducing more car models..  You get the point. A perfect combination of ingredients to create a delicious recipe which everyone talks about and tells their friends about.

Sonata, Elantra, Accent and coming soon Veloster. You think this is a fluke? I think not. This is the new Hyundai.

So How do you buy a Hyundai in 2011?

You can call or most likely drive to the dealers in your area and see who has them in stock. If they don’t then pre-order it. Yes! Reserve a Hyundai car even before its made. The dealers are getting cars in small numbers rationed out to them. So you can cut a deal on the price at your local dealer and then wait. It could take unto 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks. Is it worth the wait? If you like the car then yes it is.

If you cannot wait then compromise - get a different model like the Limited or manual. Or get another brand altogether for which you can get special labor day weekend rebates.

Update - The Hyundai Veloster has finally arrived in showrooms.

Source Code was one Twisted sci-fi movie. Didn’t recognize that Russell Peters (comedian) was in it too.

Source Code was one Twisted sci-fi movie. Didn’t recognize that Russell Peters (comedian) was in it too.

Thinking of upgrading to SSD - no brainer

I went from XBench Disk Test score of 20 to 300. An increase of 15X. Thinking of upgrading to SSD? Its a no brainer. Ofcourse ask me 6 months from now when my SSD crashes. And that’s why I am backing up to Time Machine ;-)