Microsoft sings ‘Incubator Blues’ at ApacheCon

Microsoft sings ‘Incubator Blues’ at ApacheCon

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While out at Apache Conference last week in Oakland California. We had an opportunity to participate in the Lightning Talks, and it was a real break from the regular conference proceeding and business as per related to our contributions to the Apache Software Foundation.

The Lightning Talks was held during a reception with plenty of popcorn, beer and wine on Thursday evening, November 5.  The talks are a lively, spontaneous ApacheCon tradition with speakers getting about 5 minutes to poke at each other, the projects, technology, community etc … and have a bit of fun!

Team Microsoft was led by Kent Brown, Product Manager for Windows Communication Foundation, was our singer, songwriter and guitar player, wrote Incubator Blues’ inspired by his experience participating in the Stonehenge Project and working with the community. He was joined by his backup singers; Peter Galli, our open source community manager; Tanya Young, our chief cat herder at the conference; and me. It was great fun and we hope you enjoy it!

Video courtesy of  Mladen Turk from Redhat, thanks!

Incubator Blues
Lyrics by Kent Brown to the music of ‘Walkin’ Blues” by Robert Johnson

Woke up one mornin', said I want a project at Apache
If you build it they’ll come, a great community!
Woke up one mornin', said I want a project at Apache
If you build it they’ll come, just how hard can it be?

People tell me, Incubator blues ain't bad
It's the worst old feeling, I most ever had
People tell me, Incubator blues ain't bad
It's the worst old feeling, Lordie most ever had

They said we need a name, one that no one has used
Cause if you’re not careful, then you’ll get us all sued!
They said we need a name, one that no one has used
Cause if you’re not careful, then you’ll get us all sued!

Hoped for volunteers; thought they'd code it for fun
But soon found out, nothing’s done without funds!
Hoped for volunteers; thought they'd code it for fun
But soon found out, nothing’s done without funds!

I posted my spec, said jump on the boat
But they said dude here you gotta take a vote.
I posted my spec, said jump on the boat
But they said dude here you gotta take a vote.

I asked for a server, place to hold all my stuff
They said “You want Windows?” well that's gonna be tough
I asked for a server, a place to host all my stuff
They said “You want Windows?” well that's gonna be tough

Woke up this morning, to release version 22
That's when I knew I had them Incubator blues
Woke up this morning, to release version 22
That's when I knew I had them Incubator blues

Old Seb found a problem; somethings wrong with the build
Nothing gets by him, that guy is skilled!
Old Seb found a problem; somethings wrong with the build
Gotta do it again, oh man am I thrilled!

People tell me, Incubator blues ain't bad
It's the worst old feeling, I most ever had
People tell me, Incubator blues ain't bad
It's the worst old feeling, Lordie most ever had

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Jas Sandhu
Technical Evangelist, Interop Vendor Alliance Manager, Interoperability Strategy Team
Twitter@jassand, FriendFeed@jassand

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