Arriving in Manila

We flew to Manila, from Los Angeles, on Sunday the 21st.  One of
the first things that was nice was the free wireless Internet provided
by the Asian carriers in the LA terminal.  Getting there early we
were able to get our seats (nice big aisle exit-rows!) and then hang
out and get work done.

The Philippines Airlines flight over left at ~10:00pm, so we flew into
the darkness, being chased by the sun.  The flight actually landed
at ~4:00am in Guam for refueling, and then continued its way to
Manila.  We approached the Philippines at daybreak, just before
sunrise.  As we crossed over the first edges of the Philippines,
it was a combination of islands and then the mountains of Luzon. 
The mountains turned into a large flat valley, and then the density of
grey structures began to grow.  Slowly, the grey started to
overwhelm the green and we had started to cross over the outer edges of
Manila.  As we continued to descend, the grey color took over …
it was impressive to see the sprawl of Manila below us.

We landed and got off of the plane, walked into the terminal and passed
through immigration … very uneventful.  We had both packed in
only carry-on, so we had no luggage to claim … instead we headed
right out into the hot and humid air to look for our car.

The first thing that hit me as the humidity wrapped all around me was
the smell of smoke.  Everywhere.  Like a fireplace nearby
kicking out the smoke of burning wood.  I had been told about this
… it was the smell of forests being burned in Indonesia.  Some
of my contacts here indicated that a month ago it was a constant haze
that was almost unbearable.  Even today in Iloilo I am greeted
each morning to the same smell as I leave my hotel room.

I’ll write more later … have to catch the high speed boat to Bacolod!

Blogging from Iloilo, Philippines

I’ve been telling myself each day this week that I was going to post
… and I’m only getting to it right now. I’m sitting in the
Amigo Terrace Hotel in Iloilo, Philippines … and after completing a
whole ton of work, I’m now ready to post. I’m in the lobby
restaurant … on wireless.

I’ll probably break this into a whole set of posts … there is too
much to write about. It’s been a very cool trip so far, and a lot
has changed since the last time I travelled in this region. I’ve
never been to the Philippines before, but when I was with Novell I
visited a number of Asian countries … Singapore, Sri Lanka, Pakistan,
India, Nepal, Thailand … all amazing places. But these trips
were in the early 1990’s and predated the penetration of the
Internet. What a huge difference. I’m floored. The
Internet is everywhere.

So where exactly am I right now? I’m at the hotel here in Iloilo. I’ve been here a few days after visiting Manila … we stayed in Makati … then visited Baguio City. Tomorrow we’ll be heading over to Bacolod for the day … then another day back here in Iloilo, before heading back to Manila and home.

I’ll write more … it’s been eye opening. An amazing trip.

May CTO Breakfast

It is time for another Phil Windley
CTO Breakfast. It was a smaller
group, but some good conversations – both technical and
philosophical. Some good talk about business and team management.

I walked in and there was a conversation about “in the net” storage. Bruce Fryer from DiGiSENSE brought up JungleDisk
… which looks very cool! This solves one of the things that I have
wanted for a while now. I’ve been backing up my various laptops
and home computers to a server at my house. On Windows I’m using
a very cool tool called Second Copy
that I found years back. Second Copy provides very customizable
copying profiles to mirror date from my hard disk to almost
anywhere. So each night when I go to bed I ensure that I set up a
Samba share to my Linux server in the basement. Second Copy kicks
off after 2:00am and replicates several designated subdirectories from
my machine to the server. It also will create “archive” copies of
any changed files … keeping the last {x} copies of changed
files. The one hole in my model is that I don’t currently have
“off-site” backup. With JungleDisk it appears that I can now
consider automating the replication of my server storage to Amazons S3
storage in the net!

I really didn’t take too many notes today … the conversations were
too fun! I started to fall quite behind in my typing. We talked
about Identity, and that VeriSign has added an OpenID service. This is a good thing as it is showing the growing momentum in Internet Identity.

The web site World Mapper
was brought up. This is a very cool site that shifts the sizes of the
various countries based on a number of criteria. I really like
maps and checking out the statistics of the world … this site has
great information.

Someone brought up the “the Lost experience
… which is a very interesting way that the TV show Lost is now
attracting people to the commercials by embedding puzzles into these
commercials. Hollywood and the Networks are now starting to
learn how to leverage the net … finally.

Too many other conversations … I just wasn’t committted to blogging
it all today. It was fun to be with the group, and I look forward
to next month!