Ultra 20 and silly use of SunRays
By alexismp on juin 26, 2005
There are plenty of sunrays in the halls of the JavaONE conference as every year for people to access email and surf the web. Only this time, since the conference pass is a JavaCard, you can use it to connect to the sunray. The only problem is that it does not have roaming - the sessions are set to close when the person takes the card out of the sunray, which IMO take all the fun out of the whole thin client concept. I'm sure there's a good reason for that, but it's just too bad people can use it the way Sun employees use it every day, roaming among any sunray and having everything appear exactly where they left things off.
The other kind of machine that's all over the conference is the Opteron-based Ultra 20 which Sun announced today. I've been using it on the hand-on labs and Romain has used for his NetBeans Matisse demo, and from what we've seen they are very very fast. Cheap too. $895. Maybe I'll buy one and run Mac OS X on it one day...