Analyzing an Analyst

I wont bother linking to it. But if you happen to encounter an analyst's commentary on Sun and Sun Ray in a semi-popular tech magazine well... I'm thinking of the rule I learned in high school journalism, "check your sources."

Yes, I could spend all day refuting inaccuracies, exaggerations, omissions and FUD from technology publications. But this one was particularly humorous. This analyst suggested that Sun should abandon years of solid engineering development, efficient and managable technologies which are years beyond what the industry is using...to buy Yet Another Grey Box Assembly Company (YAGBAC). Right.

Update: O.K. I got the whinging out of my system and others have said it much better. Some "analysts" have such a strong attachment to X branded X86 grey boxes with a particular mediocre O.S. under the hood, that they refuse to believe anything could be better. I've met these people. Some are so blinded by brand or OS religion that they will never consider alternatives. Others are followers, they'll wait until 95% of the industry moves to a platform and then proudly recommend the platform as a solution to all problems. But there are also free thinkers out there. Sun can learn from you and I hope we can continue to work with you as customers, developers and partners in building a future where painting a grey box dark grey isn't considered the ultimate in technical innovation.

Comments:

Brian, (Sorry about the previous spelling:) This ?analyst? really upset a lot of hard working SUN personnel. Chin up! Please go to the 'Thin Guy' blog, Sun Ray 170 LCD issue, then to Dave's site for my EE answer. 'Thin Guy' stated this product uses quality LCD hardware, check the 'ground circuit' for this monitor. The Sun Ray 170 datasheet does not describe an 'on-off' switch that severs primary power while providing an isolated (functioning) 'ground' terminal. MEMCO of Appleton, WI changed their 'XMT Series' of Inverter Power Sources, lit up (30) at the Cape, do to inadaquate IGBT circuit grounding. (Proved this hypothesis, a senior project MSEE at MEMCO was very upset, his boss loved the outcome.) Remember - 'LISTEN to EVERYONE, because within every untruth lay some truth!'.

Posted by William R. Walling on July 20, 2005 at 09:08 AM GMT+00:00 #

Oh I hope most of us are willing to listen. But we get much more useful and valid information from real customers and developers than we do from grey box "analysts." And even though I don't agree with (or believe) everything I read about our CEO (e.g. telecommuting from the corporate parking lot???), he has a better understanding of Sun's strengths, weaknesses and where we need to go than these pundits who are playing games with our stock price. I don't know the internal electrical details of the Sun Ray 170. I did notice that the high quality LCDs in my powerbook and Sony laptops didn't last as long as the LCDs in the old Sun Ray 150s.

Posted by bnitz on July 20, 2005 at 04:24 PM GMT+00:00 #

Brian, I know you listen! :) Contacted JS and asked him to review this issue, the Sun Ray 170 LCD screen is integral within new hardware. Mr. Murphy say's ...... Recall that 'long evening' I discussed finishing a LCD mount? This was one concern! When I was young my dad told me 'built it like you would own one!'. Computers have not been inviting for 'gadget guys' like my father and many others, rest assured 'DCD' ware will be!

Posted by William R. Walling on July 20, 2005 at 05:43 PM GMT+00:00 #

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