Dienstag Dez 06, 2005

Why I care about Sun's Eco-Responsibility Initiative

Today I want to share with you why I personally care about Sun's Eco-Responsibility Initiative. All the news about our new T1 chip and our new T1000 and T2000 are very exciting.

Back in 1993 after high school I chose to do the alternative civilian service instead of spending twelve months at the military. Most people who elect to do the civilian service go to hospitals and nursing homes. I sometimes think, I should have gone there as well, simply because I don't have experience in nursing sick and elderly people. Nevertheless, I ended up at a great place. I did my civilian service at the nature reserve "Zwillbrocker Venn".

In Zwillbrock I did slide presentations about the nature reserve, led all kinds of guided tours, and helped with the research. I also visited other nature reserves, e.g. the nature reserve "Oostvaardersplassen" in the Netherlands.

During my 15-month service I got to know almost all of the local birds and amphibians. I still recognize most of the birds just by their songs. It was a great experience, which I do not want to miss.

Some people see their service time as a loss, simply because it caused them a delay of their university studies. I, however, see my service time as a big win in my life. The time taught me things, I would not have learned anywhere else. I was always interested in nature, but since then I love nature and I love to be in the nature! Actually, now my wife is even more excited about birds than me. Apparently it's contagious!

During our two years in the US, where we lived in Fremont (CA), my wife and I always enjoyed our trips to the "Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge". We loved to watch all the American Avocets and the Black-necked stilts. My wife worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and took BART from Fremont to Berkeley every morning. In the evenings she always told me when she saw any American white pelicans from the train.

The book "Birding at the Bottom of the Bay" is a great resource for finding nice bird watching locations. For identifying the birds we used "The Sibley Guide to Birds" and "The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior". In addition, we really like the smaller "pocket version" "The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America"

During our two years in the US, my wife and I also did two whale watching trips. I know that whale watching trips are not that good for the whales, but on the other hand my civilian service has taught me that it is important to give people the chance to experience the nature and to get to know the different kinds of beautiful creatures in order to love and care about them. Once people start to love nature, they are also willing to fight (and pay) for it!

After my wife and I had moved back to Germany, we immediately explored the surroundings, and fortunately found a great nature reserve nearby, the nature reserve "Duvenstedter Brook". It's a great place!

What we really miss from our time in the US though, are our camping trips with our dancing friends Eric and Kristy. Our trips to Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and Lassen Volcanic Park were amazing. Hot chocolate, sandwiches, and grilled bacon just taste so much better in the wilderness.

O.k., I admit, I have talked a lot about my nature activities, but haven't mentioned the relationship to our new servers so far. I think it is obvious, isn't it?

Since I really love nature, I love any technology, behavior and/or attitude that is targeted at preserving the nature. Thus, I'm personally really excited about Sun's recent announcements. Hopefully, we at Sun can contribute to make this a better world!
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