Sunday Jan 25, 2009

Doodle & Sun

Via the Doodle Blog, this made me happy. Doodle, one of my favorite sites -- & one that I use at least once daily -- is a member of Sun's Start Up Essentials Program.

"The Sun Startup Essentials program is designed to help startups get off the ground fast, at lower cost, primed for rapid growth and success. Sun supports startups with hardware, software, training, and support. The partnership with Sun is an obvious step for Doodle because major components of our technical architecture are maintained by Sun: Java and MySQL."

If you haven't used Doodle to poll meeting/event participants for a meeting time that works for the majority, you must try it out at least once. It's super quick & easy to use.

Thursday Nov 20, 2008

Professing an even deeper love for Wikipedia

I love Wikipedia. I have since the moment I first set eyes on it. I use it everyday. I have it email me informational love notes. I even gave my grandmother a Wikimedia donation in her name for Christmas one year. Her reaction was unforgettable. "What is this? Why didn't you just give me the cash instead?!" So, she doesn't give a hoot about Wikipedia. That won't stop me from loving it. Ever. (Side note: I can talk like that because she doesn't read this blog, but if you run into her, let's keep the re-enactment on the down low.)

So, why the "even deeper love", you ask? Well, as Rafe Needleman so eloquently puts it, "Wikimedia is buying truckloads of Sun servers". Here's why:

"The new Sun platform will enable Wikipedia to enable users to seamlessly upload files up to 100MB. The free encyclopedia is one of the five most popular web properties in the world, with more than 250 million unique visitors each month and a 100,000-strong community of active volunteer editors. Wikipedia uses MySQL as its primary database software. The Wikimedia Foundation is also a Sun Startup Essentials program member, which has enabled it to get high-performance, enterprise-grade systems at attractive startup prices."

As Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia, says "Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge."

I'm glad Sun will have a part in enabling the delivery of that knowledge in rich media form.

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Monday Nov 17, 2008

StarOffice 9 with Mac OS X Support Released Today

Pretty cool news that StarOffice now runs on Mac OS X (in addition to Solaris, Windows, and Linux).

"With the new features in 9.0, businesses get an open standards-based, enterprise-class office productivity suite that is compatible with Microsoft Office but costs significantly less. With its ability to read MS Office Open XML files, support for MS Access 2007 .accdb files and improved VBA macro support, StarOffice 9 is a great option for companies looking to reduce their IT costs in these tough economic times." ~Jim Parkinson, Vice President, Developer, Tools and Services at Sun

Download it here for $34.95 (enterprise volume pricing starts at $25/user).

Congrats to the StarOffice team!

Monday Nov 10, 2008

A Pivital Change in the Storage World

I'm no storage expert, but when one of my favorite uber geeks (a term of endearment used to describe a guy who has run massive sites for decades) tells me "This is the greatest [bleeping] thing since sliced bread!", I know it's a big deal -- not the kind of "Oh, Sun released another new product" kind of deal, but more of a "This has never been done before and changes the whole ball game" kind of deal.

The beauty of the new Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems is it solves for major cost AND efficiency issues...the coolness factor is the icing on the cake.

Anywho, check out the video below for more info. If you're on Twitter, you saw that Hal is memorizing his notes to present at CEC, but if you're not there, you can join a discussion with him & the storage engineers on Blog Talk Radio at 5PM PT today.

For those bargain bin shoppers, like me, you can try the new storage systems for free for 60 days then, get a discount OR...check out the fine print on the Big Cheese's blog post for a chance to win one for F-R-E-E (as in no I.O.U...ever). Good luck!

Thursday Nov 06, 2008

New Design now L-I-V-E

The new look for just rolled out! Be sure to check out the "Community Voices" link in the upper left corner -- that's where the good stuff is (per my biased opinion :-)).

Huge props and congrats to the extended Team!

Friday Oct 17, 2008

Have you seen Tim Bray's "Getting Through the Tough Times" video?

By now, many of us have possibly met our saturation point on the topic of weathering the economic storm, but if you have room for one more perspective, this one is worth a look.

It's not all gloom and doom, but is a solid perspective with some practical ideas that individuals and companies (of various sizes) can do to find stability and perhaps prosperity in the current economic climate.

Tim has a few blog posts on the topic in case you are interested in joining the conversation.

Tuesday Sep 30, 2008

Cool Eco-friendly Messenger Bag

My new "every-one-is-unique" messenger bag made of recycled billboard material, with a wickedly cool seat belt strap, is getting a lot of ogling eyes here at the mother ship (props to Will for hooking me up!).

Thursday Sep 25, 2008

Pace and Delivery

It's always good to lift one's head up from the trenches, take a look back and soak in the glory of progress. That's what I did today on behalf of the amazing engineering team I get to work with and here's what I saw:

Over the last two quarters, between 4 Application Engineers, 1 Development Manager, 1 QA Engineer, 1 Program Manager (me!) & one part-time Search Program Manager, working on 6 applications, the team drove the following to fruition:

  • 30 application upgrades
  • 225 change requests
  • supported 6 of Sun's applications that saw ~60 million page views and 21.4 million search results

All while infusing respect and humor into our day-to-day activities. I consider myself lucky to be on a team with these guys. Congrats Allen, Igor, Matthew, Rama, Ramsci, Rob, Shawn and our leader who enables our pace and delivery, Will!

To see the goodness for yourself, check out Sun Forums, Wikis, Mediacast, Planets, Search and of course this very site Sun Blogs.

Thursday Sep 18, 2008 Better, stronger, faster, & cooler has gotten a lot of love in the form of new hardware, a database upgrade, and today it will receive a new look and new highly demanded features -- my favorite is the embed code feature that enables users to easily copy code for embedding mediacast-hosted media into their blogs, websites, etc. Full release notes are posted on the wiki, but here's a before (top) and after (bottom) glimpse:

Wednesday Sep 10, 2008

Congrats Mark Bristow, Gold Medalist & Sun Employee

Via @brianherman, Mark Bristow claimed the gold and a new world record time of one minute 8.873 seconds in the LC1 1km event this week in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. More details here and here.

Congrats Mark!!! :-D

Tuesday Sep 09, 2008

HIRING: Sun Community Sites Engineer

Oooooo...Rama just posted a job opening for some lucky soul who is passionate/knowledgeable about the community/social networking space and is a stellar engineer who will get to work on Sun sites like this, this, this, this and/or this. The job description is somehow missing the super cool benefit of having me as your program manager, but I'm sure that was just caused by some formatting fluke. ;-)

Interested? If you, or someone you know, meet the qualifications, but may not have the listed 12 years of experience, you/they are still encouraged to apply.


Exciting opportunity for a talented Java Developer to join Sun's experienced, high-energy Web Engineering Team. We value great design, speed, passion for Web applications, critical thinking, flexibility, and effective communication. Primary Responsibilities:
  • Design, develop and implement enhancements to Web applications including, but not limited to blogs, wikis, forums, and other "community" driven applications
  • Test, troubleshoot and debug software issues
  • Define concrete project proposals and solutions
  • Fluent in emerging technologies
  • Exhibit strong leadership skills Secondary Responsibilities
  • Document all new development output
  • Work with PM to effectively scope deliverables and timelines
  • Java/Java Servlet/JSP
  • Web technologies (XML, HTML, JavaScript, CSS)
  • Experience working with relational databases (MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL)
  • Strong familiarity with UNIX
  • Good understanding of high-performance, high-availability, scalable servers and systems
  • Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to deliver under pressure
  • Experience in Webservices development
  • Familiarity with Web 2.0 and emerging technologies
  • Solaris System Administration
  • Ability to write comprehensive, clear system documentation

Tuesday Aug 26, 2008

A must watch Sun Ray video

I was just chatting with ThinGuy about the following video. Truth be told, I'm turned off by many technology videos because I find them boring, but you have to watch this one. Scott McNealy (Sun Chairman) and Terry Matthews (Mitel Chairman) are such compelling communicators, they could be talking about dirt and the conversation would be worth a listen. But, that's not all. ;-) Following their intro, is an incredibly cool demo of the Sun Ray and Mitel telephony system solution -- I WANT ONE!

Which reminds me (apologies for the side note) of a conversation I had with another colleague today about how Sun and non Sun social networks have triggered me to have a deeper awareness of Sun initiatives (like this one) that are not directly related to the focus of my role. I got to know ThinGuy through his blog which triggered an opportunity to meet him and his lovely wife for dinner. Though we live in different states, my husband and I have become great friends with them...and I know more about Sun Rays than I ever expected. :-)

Wednesday Jul 30, 2008

Sun Wikis Success Stories

There was a really cool success story about Sun Wikis published on our intranet that is totally worth sharing here. The following isn't the complete story, but does include the keypoints.

"July 22, 2008 - Last fall, when faced with the problem of how to increase collaboration with its customers, the Sun Java Communications Suite team responded by going "all out" with its product documentation on Communications Suite (Comms Suite) provides the email, calendar, and instant messaging services used by employees as well as hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

The Comms Suite Documentation Wiki went live in January of this year, just in time for the Comms Suite 6 Beta Program. Already, in just a few short months, the wiki has been embraced by the Comms Suite community.

"Using as the platform for the Comms Suite documentation has been nothing short of a revolution for us," said Jim Parkinson, VP, Tools and Services. "We are getting real-time feedback from customers in the form of wiki comments and direct contributions which have an immediate impact on the shape, direction and content of the documentation. Customers are a part of the ecosystem and are actively engaging with Sun employees and each other. We believe this effects a higher level of customer engagement and satisfaction.""

Kudos to the Sun Java Communications Suite team for a fantastic use of Sun Wikis!

Thursday Jul 24, 2008

TODAY: Greyhounds available for adoption at Sun's Broomfield Campus

Mile High Race Track has closed and there is a fantastic group of greyhounds now up for adoption via Recyled Racers and Colorado Greyhound Adoption. Some of the dogs will be on site at the Sun Broomfield Campus today from 11AM to 1PM for an employee meet and greet.

If you are in the market for a dog, please consider a greyhound. They have such a calm, sweet demeanor (tho' every one has it's own personality, of course). Lola (our greyhound pictured on the left), was very easy to train when we introduced her to our home. She's super sweet with our cats and any kids that may visit. Her doggie manners were excellent when we introduced her to our other dog, Ellie (pictured on the right).

For those worried about not having space for a big dog, greyhounds are very graceful and super relaxed. Lola spends most of her time napping in my office and is a total indoor dog for the most part, but there's nothing more heart-warming than to see her running on her own terms in her own yard -- you can hear the thump of her feet. It's beautiful

I'm going to drop by the event today -- just to visit. I'm already two pets over the legal limit, but keep that on the down low. ;-)

P.S. If you're not in Colorado, but are interested in adopting a greyhound, search for your local greyhound rescue here:

Monday Jul 21, 2008

Scott McNealy on being an entrepreneur

He's still the king of the one liners...


Sr. Community Engineering Program Manager/Acting Director for Sun's external social networking sites (blogs, forums, wikis, etc.). Skrocki's personal blog, LinkedIn.


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