Richard, Ci vediamo dopo

Richard Monson-Haefel has recently blogged about his new role in the Java industry. He has accepted a Sr.Analyst position in Burton group. The nature of the new job has forced him to resign from the various JSR’s and open source projects he has been involved. He could have stayed until the release of EJB 3.0 specification and Apache Geronimo has achieved the J2EE certification. But time and tide waits for none.

I wonder whether he will be able to continue writing. I still remember that I and many of my friends were introduced to EJB through his book. The cover page of the book, comes with the photo of a small wooden train and we all fondly named the book as “Train book” 🙂

Richard, thanks for your contribution to the Java community and good luck on your new job.

Gmail fanatics

Gmail has kickstarted a revolution in the webmail arena. The Gmail offer of 1GB eventhough if it's still in the beta with limited invitations, has created a shockwave among the leaders in the market space. Yahoo and Hotmail have come up with their new increased storage plans. Even localised providers like have silently come up with a 1 GB offering. And there are numerous sites that have popped up recently to facilitate trading of Gmail invites like,, and so on. People trade for money, return of favour, good will and all kinds of weird things one could imagine. Although Google has banned the trading of invites, there is still a fleshy market for Gmail invites in ebay auction site. Infact I got one for $6.After all,who doesn't want a fancy gmail account?

I wonder whether there will be a similar war for the among the free webspace providers.Only time can answer

– A Gmail fanatic