Putting the Video Dot in Sun's Dot Com
By docteger on Aug 02, 2007
I've been leading a one-person drive for a youtube type site to be hosted on our own Sun domain for a couple of months now. Yesterday there was a doc emergency. (Yes, they come up occasionally.) I had to write a down and dirty text file for a particular customer. I wanted to make it official so I decided I would stick a black and white Sun logo at the top. I navigated to logos.sun.com and lo and behold, I had to sign up for, and get approved to receive, the logo. As this was the aforementioned doc emergency I decided to contact Leslie Silva, our program (or is it project) manager, to see if she had one I could use. She pointed me in the direction of our internal MyMarketing site. MyMarketing, in turn, pointed me back to logos.sun.com. (If this were music related, it would be called a roundelay.) Since I had no time to sign up for, or get approved to receive, the logo, I ended up typing Sun Microsystems, Inc. across the type of the file. But the story doesn't end there. While I was poking around MyMarketing looking for a logo, I found SunWeb Videos, a youtube type site hosted on Sun's intranet. (My apologies to those reading this who can not access this site.) This is a find but not the find of the century. Why? I still can't upload my videos from JavaOne (or future demos and screencasts I will be producing) for our customers to view. As the technical writing community moves in the direction of new media, a video hosting site accessible externally is essential. Sun Microsystems does have a youtube channel but I'm not sure I would want to point a customer in that direction; they might skip the videos entirely and take Berta012 or sweetgirly1988 up on their offer.
NOTE: Externally, we do have the beta mediacast.sun.com which is a step in the right direction but the movie files I wanted to see were downloaded directly to my computer - not streamed. Audio files were streamed.
So, join me in this epic struggle to put the video dot in Sun's dot com. Spread the word.