To all our friends at Micros..always welcome?

Everytime someone from Sun talks with someone from Microsoft, conspiracy theories make the rounds of the tech blog sites and forums. (For that matter every time Sun does anything the theories make their rounds.) Well imagine my surprise when I saw a handwritten thank you note in our canteen which read something like this:

To our friends at Microsoft, thank you. You are always welcome here.

When I first saw the note I just assumed that it was a personal note to a talented former Sun employee who joined Microsoft a while back. Yesterday I looked more closely and saw that it was a thank you note to volunteers from "Microsoft" a.k.a. Sun Microsystems. A few weeks ago volunteers from Sun Ireland worked on some Dublin community projects. It seems the author of the thoughtful note just spelled "Sun Microsystems" with too much "soft" and not enough "Sun." Which, coincidently is exactly the problem we have with the weather in Ireland. I can imagine it now, "Who were those volunteers?", "They were from "Micro-uh-something." "Microsoft?" "Yeah, that's it."

Oh well, kudos to the volunteers from Sun Microsystems Ireland, and hiya K.B., how's the craic at Microsoft?
Comments:

Whenever I give my company name to people filling out forms, they invariably echo back "Sun Microsoft?"

Posted by Dan Mick on May 13, 2005 at 09:06 PM GMT+00:00 #

Yes, I'd forgotten how unknown we are outside the high power computing and network telecom industry. Every now and then I'll run into someone who heard of Sun through the old "glowing dot in the conference room" ads. But most of them would say "I never understood those weird ads." I once shared a trade show booth with Cray research and heard dozens of people ask, "does it run DOS?"

Posted by bnitz on May 15, 2005 at 04:55 PM GMT+00:00 #

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