I attended QCon a few weeks back and Gregor Hohpe of Google was the host of the Architecture track. This ended with a panel and each had a Rubik’s cube, only Gregor got anywhere near solving it; i think he could have done it if he had any time to look at it. Anyway, for the past week Ive been trying to solve it and now succeed on every attempt in less than 3 mins. I’m pretty happy about this as i remember first seeing one on my granddads key chain in the 80′s, at which point i managed one layer and gave up . So twenty years is not much of a record, but goes to show you can return and conquer at any time.