Thursday Mar 20, 2008

Spring Operating System

Spring.

What's the first thing that comes to mind?

For some, it is the promise of a new season of flowers, gardening, grass, lawn mowing, mud, hay fever, and more.   For some, it may remind them of an integral part of an assembly they build at work.   For some, it may transport their spirit to a beautiful mountain location where crystal clear water bubbles out of the rocks.

As I look out my office winter at yet another new layer of snow and grey skies, the fact that today is the first day of Spring is rather lost on me.

But I recall a promise of Spring from many years ago...   A technical promise.   In the 1990's, people were talking about the next OS.   Something smaller, smarter, faster.   Modular.   Clever.   Something very exciting.   Rumours were flying.   Every tale told got better, as they sometimes do.
:-)

In the field, we didn't get to hear too much about it.   But we had heard the name.   It was a new OS called Spring.

While never an OS offering, many excellent technologies literally Sprang from Spring over time.   Technologies, concepts, and new methodologies now used in lots of Sun products.   And that in itself is very cool.

And typical of Sun.

Great engineers.   Great ideas.   Great products.   Disruptive technologies.

Wikipedia has a brief tale of the Spring Operating System and links to several papers by Sun Fellow & VP Jim Mitchell about Spring.   If you're not yet into the flower scene side of Spring, maybe reading & reminiscing about the Spring OS sounds like fun.

Meanwhile, winter continues to drag on in New Hampshire.   Happy Spring!

Monday Mar 17, 2008

Change Your Password

It's truly a pain in the tush, but on a regular basis, per corporate policy, Sun employees must change their UNIX login passwords.   And when one delves deeper to learn the reasoning behind this, sure, it makes sense.

However, with each change, there is the headache of trying to create a new password which had not been used before, meets the stringent requirements of being difficult to crack, and is still useable and rememberable....

... one which ultimately will NOT end up being taped to the underside of the keyboard, written into a note book, or tucked into a wallet.

For this user, the pleasure of changing passwords ranks right up there with paying taxes and going to the dentist.   Oh joy.

Now that I've changed my password yet again, I just hope I will remember it tomorrow!     :-)

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