The real definition of Sun Ray At Home
By bobd on Nov 20, 2005
In my house, I have a Sun Ray server with a few Sun Rays (bought and paid for) around my house for my family and I to use. I frankly got sick and tired of being a Windows Sys Admin for the 4 PCs on my home LAN. I got sick of constantly researching how to remove the latest virus. Sick of trying to diagnose why a PC got slower and slower and less and less stable over time (due mostly, I believe, to adware/spyware). This was on a network with a hardware firewall as well as software firewalls on all PCs, and the latest virus protection and periodic adware scans/removal. It's a vicious world out there. Actually, just as with the biological sort, I think kids are the main vector for computer viruses as well. They just don't have good Internet hygiene.
Since I installed the Sun Rays I no longer spend my time on this nonsense. My wife is perfectly pleased with StarOffice for her writing/presentations, and my daughter and she have problem-free experiences with the firefox browser on 95% of the websites they visit. The Sun Rays are always on, and instantly available for small tasks such as to find a local business, get driving directions, buy movie tickets, or lookup a grade on a test. When not in use they use very little power - about the same as a decent monitor in power-save mode. They don't make any sound - no disk or fan. Any of us can sit down at whatever Sun Ray we like and pick up our work where we left off, without waiting for bootup. I've plugged in some speakers into a few of them, and we can listen to our mp3 collections wherever we are, and the sound quality is great.
Of course, this isn't our target market, and the cost of the licensing probably prevents us from rolling out Sun Ray servers in people's homes, particularly since the Windows Administrator works for free, so it's hard to make the TCO argument . But it wouldn't be hard to justify at all in a business where you had to pay your workers.
'nuff said. On to content.