Thursday Dec 14, 2006

#9 - A Single Installable Package

Not so long ago, SGD, or Tarantella as it was then, came like a piece of IKEA flatpack furniture.
There were separate installable components for:
  • Base component
  • Windows Connectivity Pack
  • Mainframe Connectivity Pack
  • AS/400 Connectivity Pack
  • Security Pack
...in addition to the separately downloadable Enhancement modules and clients.
And all of these used a special non-standard SHell eXecutable (shx) install mechanism.

So Cool Thing about SGD 4.3 Number 9 is a single Solaris package (pkgadd) or Linux rpm package that contains everything.
One download, one install and away you go. Nice one.

My Top 10 of new stuff with SGD 4.3

We fat blokes are seldom emotional. However, sometimes we stumble across something which so impresses us we grudgingly raise an eyebrow.
A week after downloading and playing with the latest SGD release, I've decided to bare my soul and expose my Top 10 list of cool stuff about version 4.3.
Doing so in one go would be far too traumatic for me, so I take it one blog entry at a time, beginning with, in reverse order, at number 10...

#10 - Automatic Proxy Detection
Unless you ran a Windows client, SGD 4.2 was never able to detect this. So poor old fat bloke, with his  trusty MacBook, and the myriad of Sun Ray users inside Sun, had to manually change proxy settings when jumping on and off the corporate network to access SGD servers that are located on the Internet, such as the Sun Demo SGD Server.
With Firefox 2 still insisting on having its own settings, but  Safari using the Location System Settings, life was getting complicated. 

So thank you the engineer that fixed this.

Wednesday Dec 06, 2006

Good things come to those who wait?

You can't rush a good pint or a software release, it seems.
At long last those patient SGD engineers have finally unveiled the latest model, Version 4.3.
So now you can not only read about What's New but you can go download it and try it too.

Tuesday Nov 28, 2006

Does size really matter when it comes to URLs?

I wonder...
In the mind of the reader, is there a relationship between the length of a URL and the perceived importance of a page?

For example, would a reader think that info on a page such as:
http://www.example.com/topdog
...is more important to the business than info on:
http://www.example.com/animals/dogs/oldmutt

Just a thought.

BTW Sun Secure Global Desktop now lives at http://www.sun.com/sgd ;-)

Monday Nov 27, 2006

Who is this guy?

Right then, time I pulled my finger out and set things straight...
I'm the Fat Bloke and this is what I stand for:
\*Football - real football as played by real men.
\*Beer - real ale as drunk in Yorkshire .
\*Sun Secure Global Desktop Software - server-based computing for fat or thin clients.

Hope this gives you all the context you need.

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