Wednesday Nov 08, 2006

Happy Dance!

It's morning in America....finally. 

Tuesday Nov 07, 2006

EZOffering on BigAdmin!

Geez, it's November. I haven't blogged since Aug 29.....
AND.... 

It's Election day - so get out there and VOTE. 

I have a good reason for having not blogged in so long......I have been creating, editing, writing and releasing a BigAdmin "Evaluations" site to highlight MDE's "EZOffering" software bundles for Solaris/JES software.  I've been the webmaster, web-editor, content creator, etc to get this thing created and off the ground...a bit of a learning curve. It's one thing to create internal twiki and html sites and "think you know html".... and another to learn all the secret incantations and arcane techniques to make a site ready for "public viewing".  

Please go here..... BigAdmin "Evaluations"  and take a look.

You can find out more details, FAQs, System Requirements, Support, Training, links to downloads, etc. All in one website.  

Quick overview - EZOffering "bundles" are pre-configured, pre-verified software "stacks". They include S10+patches, JES+ patches and our magic "EZO" script that enables the user to install, configure and start up a complete Sun software stack in 1-2 hours (timing depends on the system you have) Fast, easy, great for evaluating the Web Infrastructure Suite, the Comms Suites as well as Solaris 10.

Take note that we can't "officially" call it EZOffering any longer, we now "officially" refer to these bundles as the "Integrated Software Stacks" ...and they are better than ever! 

We would like to get your opinion on how you want to evaluate Middleware - Please take a second and fill out our survey: Middleware Evaluation Survey

We will be offering NEW Integrated Stacks in the next couple of weeks. The Identity Suite should be available by late Nov.

If you have previously tried our EZOffering/Integrated Software Stacks - please take a look at the new offerings - they have been updated.  We also have a survey on EZO/Integrated Stack experience - take another second to fill it out:  Integrated Stack Survey

VMWare is also an option to install on Windows and Linux - Read our FAQ  

 

Cool thing of the day:

 In honor of the election - we must ask  "Who Would Batman Vote For?"

 

 


 


 

Tuesday Aug 15, 2006

Firefox Crop Circles.....and a Cool Honda commericial - Rube Goldberg would Love it!


Evidence of Aliens amongst us?.......
 http://lug.oregonstate.edu/index.php/Projects/Firefox/Firefox_Circle

Rube Goldberg would Love this.....
http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/honda.php

There are no computer graphics or digital tricks in the film.  Everything you see happened in real time exactly as you see it. The film took 606 takes. On the first 605 takes, something, usually very minor, didn't work. They would then have to set the whole thing up again. Took 3 months to make and US$ 6M.
 

 

Monday Aug 14, 2006

Cool things from MDE .....EZQual


Have you ever thought you would like try out and test your application on Solaris 10, but you don't have a machine or if you do have a machine, you don't want to have to install and configure a system? 

Then you should take a look at EZQual .....

EZQual is a program that is designed to provide easy remote access to pre-configured Sun platforms and tools to develop, test and qualify applications on Solaris 10. In addition, EZQual can also offer extended services: technology adoption (e.g Zones), Solaris Ready Logo Brand, scalability tests on T2000's.

EZQual is available worldwide.

Systems available:

30 x V20z -- 2 CPUs, 8GB RAM, 2 x 73GB internal disks
30 x V210 -- 2 CPUs, 8GB RAM, 2 x 73GB internal disks
60% of the systems are configured with zones
Software Pre-installed:
 
Solaris 10 01/06
Sun Studio 11
Sun Studio 10
J2SE 1.4.2
J2SE 1.5 (default)
Open source tools (gcc, Ant)
Postgres DB
Linux to Solaris migration kit
Solaris Ready Test Suite (srcheck)
In addition, you can install any software (source code and binary code), as long as you are either the owner or an authorized licensee and it does not infringe or violate the rights of any third party.

Access:
ssh for Terminal Access and X Windows or Full Desktop Access using Global Secure Desktop Client

EZQual is intended to reduce the barriers to adoption of Solaris 10 on both x86 and SPARC.

Interested?

Go to the Partner Advantage web http://partneradvantage.sun.com/partners/10moves/ezqual.html see if you qualify. If you do, sign up.

Once approved you can gain access to a system or systems for a maximum of 30 days, with an option to extend by 30 days on request.

And it's FREE.

Cool.



Cool Link of the Day: Calvin's Dad Explains Scientific Phenomena - From Calvin & Hobbes.




Tuesday Aug 01, 2006

The only legitimate use of the "blink" tag




Schrödinger's cat is not dead.






Monday Jul 31, 2006

Cool Things from MDE - Centripetal Force.....





Friday Jul 28, 2006

Cool Things from MDE ....Reuters RMDS 6.0 on Solaris 10 &.... Monty Python



How about this for dedication and focus -


Amjad Khan - Technical Account Manager in Sun's Market Development Engineering group - moved his entire family to Chicago for 3 months so that he could focus on the port of  Reuters widely used Market Data System (RMDS) to Sun's Solaris 10(TM) x64 platform

This extraordinary effort led to extraordinary results.  Powered by Solaris 10 & running on Sun Fire(TM) x64 servers, Sun  exceeded the one million market data updates per second benchmark on RMDS 6.0.  Read more about it at: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060620/sftu086.html?.v=60

Sun also maintains a special website for Reuters: http://www.sun.com/third-party/global/reuters/
Here, you can find the latest benchmark reports and sizing docs for RMDS6.0 from this website.


Cool Funny Link of the Day....

This is hilarious. Star Trek sings Monty Python. Who comes up with this stuff - honestly.... two snaps up!

http://www.devilducky.com/media/48608/





Thursday Jul 20, 2006

Cool Things from MDE.....making Java EE and .NET interoperate


Marina Fisher
(Staff Engineer in Sun's MDE Group),working with Rai Lai (Principal Engineer in Sun's CTO Office), Sonu Sharma (Engagement Manager in Sun's Client Network Solutions) and Laurence Moroney (Director of Technology Evangelism for Mainsoft),  has co-authored the book Java EE and .NET Interoperability

This publication presents best practices for Java EE and .NET interoperability.  It draws on experience with dozens of real-world, large-scale integration projects and offers independent guidance and proven solutions that can be used regardless of one's infrastructure and platform preferences.

Highly recommended by experts from Sun, Microsoft & Mainsoft - check out their comments & reviews of the book at : http://www.phptr.com/bookstore/product.asp?isbn=0131472232&rl=1


Cool Informative Link of the Day:  The 1% rule - http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,1823959,00.html. Discusses the "emerging rule of thumb" that suggests that if you get a group of 100 people online then one will create content, 10 will "interact" with it (commenting or offering improvements) and the other 89 will just view it. Interesting read especially in the new world of blogs, twikis, open source, "YouTube" and other collaborative efforts.

Cool Fun/Goofy/ Link of the Day: Ok, so this guy clearly has more time on his hands than I do. "How to make an x-wing fighter out of a Paris Metro Ticket"..... A must read for Star Wars or Origami fans. Don't worry, it's bilingual. http://www.cfsl.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=22455



Tuesday Jul 18, 2006

Cool Things From Sun's MDE group..

NASDAQ Pricing App To Be Deployed on Sun x64 and SPARC
As much as 70% of NASDAQ daily trades utilize the the BRASS PriceServer. The application is now supported on both Solaris SPARC (Shared ASP) and x64 for Opteron (Customer Co-Location). In addition, the BRASS Compliance application will maintain a 5-year customer searchable history of NASDAQ pricing information. All these applications are scheduled for deployment in July 2006. The production configuration will initially consist of multiple T2000's with 2 X 6920 Storage Systems (8 TB to start, eventually expanding to ~40 TB). The backup of the archive data will be achieved with the StorageTek Virtual Tape Library and StorageTek L700 Tape Library devices.

Making News at Reuters one million market data updates per second. Important products from Reuters’ next generation version of Market Data System (RMDS) and Reuters Foundation APIs product suites have been ported by MDE and successfully released by Reuters on Solaris 10 x86 (32bit). With the latest RMDS 6.0 on Solaris, it was publicly noted that "Sun has exceeded the one million market data updates per second benchmark on Reuters RMDS 6.0." According to Michael Parlapiano, executive vice president of Enterprise Information Management Solutions, Reuters: "Companies utilizing RMDS 6.0 are ensured lower latency, overall greater scalability and dramatically improved performance with the Solaris 10 OS as their operating system choice."
More

Cool Link of the Day For the bookworms among us, check out the World eBook fair: http://worldebookfair.com/

In honor of Project Gutenberg's 35th Anniversary (http://www.gutenberg.org/)
Free access to the public from July 4th to August 4th

300,000 books on line and available for your download.



Monday Jul 17, 2006

Cool Things from MDE ...EZOffering Evaluation Bundles!

A Tiny but Mighty engineering team in Sun's Market Development organization has been hard at work over the past year creating a fast way to install/configure/deploy Solaris 10 and the JES Suites.

 "The EZO Team" - located in Grenoble, France and the San Francisco Bay Area - is creating "EZOffering Evaluation Bundles" (EZO's for short). EZO's are bootable DVD's, created using the flash archive capability of Solaris 10, which can install configure and deploy S10 and a JES application in 1-2 hours (depends on your machine of course).

That's pretty cool and it's great for Demo's and Proof of Concepts (POCs). It does overwrite the system, but it can be installed into zones and partitions.

Another cool thing is that you can create EZO's for all kinds of things. We have an Web Infrastructure EZO, a Comms EZO. One for Identity is coming. We plan for a CAPS EZO, and lots more.  We can also incorporate OEM software in our EZO's. Cool stuff. Check it out. For starters go to http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/get.jsp


Link of the day: http://www.woot.com/
Woot is a cool site - they offer "a deal a day" - and only 1 item a day. Cheap. It's usually some cool techno gadget like a Roomba or a DVR, wireless gaming controls, etc. And it's only available for one day. You can't bookmark it and go back in a week. You either buy it right now or forget it.   The "hot things" (like gaming stuff ) tends to sell out early in the day. They have a blog and  user comments back.

I must say that the content and way the site is written is pretty entertaining - even if you don't buy anything. I have been a customer and have bought a couple of things. There is also a "Wine Woot".

Check it out.












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