Transition Time at Sun

April 25, 2006 at 8:49 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

Of all the Unix workstations I have ever worked with at school and work, the well-balanced ones were always the Sun workstations. Before Linux, SunOS was a “Unix reference platform” due to their marketshare and mindshare.

As of today, Scott McNealy is the ex-CEO of Sun Microsystems. The new CEO is Jonathan Schwartz who has written kind words about Mr. McNealy. Unlike Apple, Sun’s customers are businesses, and there is no room for sentimentality or reflection in corporate corridors.

Sun’s vision is the same now as it was when it was founded by four graduate students at Stanford, and it will be the same 10 to 20 years from now, because it isn’t even close to being fulfilled:

The Network Is The Computer.

Homeland Insecurity

April 13, 2006 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

In this post 9/11 environment, many have thought that Intenet-based attacks from terrorists or their allies would be limited in scope and damage. I’ve always assumed that critical infrastructure like nuclear power plants and air traffic control were not connected to the Internet in such a way that they could be compromised.

Unfortunately, this Wired article shows that it is possible to launch a coordinated action using the Internet to disable or divert resources before the acutal (physical) attacks takes place. This is more an example of government incompetence than it is about Microsoft’s insecure operating systems.

Mac Alarm

April 8, 2006 at 12:57 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

This has got to be the coolest Mac software released so far this year. Using the built-in motion sensor used to protect hard drives, the iAlertU software simulates a car alarm, complete with sounds and flashing lights.

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