Monday Jul 21, 2008

Congrats Shereen Fink!

I love this article about my friend, neighbor, Sun colleague and philanthropist, Shereen Fink. We live in an agricultural community with a large population of Spanish speakers, so the volunteer work that Shereen does to teach English is incredibly valuable to her students and our community.

Congrats on the well-deserved recognition, Shereen! :-D

Friday Jun 20, 2008

Get Smart Released today: Look for Sun's Movie Star

Get Smart, starring Anne Hathaway and Steve Carell, released in US theaters today and Sun has it's very own star cameo. Be sure to look for the Sun Storage Tek SL8500 Modular Library System in the scene below.

Thursday May 29, 2008

A day in the life of Jonathan Schwartz

Via The Economist:

Wednesday May 14, 2008

SmugMug and Sun

Via Chhandomay, a glimpse into SmugMug's experience as a Sun Customer:

Friday May 09, 2008

Sun's Revised Blogging Policy (AKA Guidelines on Public Discourse)

Sun's blogging policy, also known as Sun Guidelines on Public Discourse, is a masterpiece, in my opinion. It was originally written four years ago when our blog site was first deployed. It's spirit and intent was spot-on then and has served us so well over the years that we revised it to make it less blogging-centric so it can scale across our other community site.

The revision was a collaborative effort between Sun representatives from HR, Legal, Export, Privacy, Trademark, IP, Tim Bray, and myself.

To be honest, I went into the revision effort expecting to defend the document as tho' it were The Constitution, but I'm happy to report that the spirit of the document was eagerly preserved by everyone involved.

Here is a full summary of the revisions:

1. The title includes the term Guidelines instead of Policy (links to related Sun policies are provided in the document)
2. The content is no longer blogging-centric since the meaning scales nicely to cover other community sites (Forums, Wikis, Mediacast, Planets, etc.)
3. It includes additional guidelines that cover:
  • Not commenting on Sun legal matters
  • Links to related Sun policies for easy reference
  • Professional behavior as a Sun representative in virtual worlds
  • Disclosing your Sun relationship when writing about Sun related topics
  • Community moderation
  • Proper use of other people's information

Sunday Feb 10, 2008

How visitors click around Sun Blogs and Forums

We just ran a short study on how users click around the front pages for and via a nifty tool called CrazyEgg. The study ran for 1000 page visits (which is <1 day for blogs and forums), but the results are still interesting. Report details are posted as follows:


The confetti report shows the exact location of clicks more precisely:

The heatmap version is my 2nd favorite:

The Blogs & Forums teams haven't yet analyzed the results, so I can't provide details on how they may or may not affect the page layouts.

Next up...studies for and

Saturday Jan 19, 2008

How Jonathan "popped the question" and other MySQL acquisition answers

In addition to telling us how he "popped the question" of the acquisition to Marten Mickos, MySQL's CEO, Jonathan's latest post answers a lot of questions that have been raised regarding Sun acquiring MySQL -- What happens with PostgreSQL, how this affects our relationship with Oracle, what the revenue synergies are, and more.

Via Masood's blog, here's a great video by Robin Miller that captures the acquisition thoughts from James Gosling & the MySLQ creators:

And one more video about the acquisition with surprise guests showing up at 3:30 minutes into the video:

Saturday Jan 12, 2008

Sun Blogs: A plethora of knowledge and "fun things"

Check out this entry by Tim Thomas. It's a neat example of someone who found technical answers and levity through a single Sun blog -- see Ewen's comment.

As a side note, bonus points to the list author for:

1. Proactive planning (notice the list is for "tomorrow")
2. Stating an objective on the 2nd task
3. Constructing a nice work/life balance into the plan

Tuesday Oct 30, 2007

Visit to the Sun Menlo Park Campus

During a recent visit to the Sun Menlo Park Campus, I was in the area just as Will (my boss) & a few of my favorite colleagues were ogling a shiny new Sun M5000 Server before it made it's way into the development lab. This one will be used for a big related project.



For those of you who don't know Will, he's \*crazy\* about hardware. Being in the area of the development lab while he was around earned me a fresh tour. I'm a web application Program Manager, so truth be told, I didn't understand much of it, but he's so passionate about this topic that it's hard not to enjoy one of his tours.


I didn't get a picture of his office, but there's always some dissected hardware parts that he'll eagerly strike up a conversation about...any guesses on what this is taped to his office door? Hint: the blue part is plastic.


Wednesday Sep 12, 2007

Do stocks with simple names perform better?

According to this Princeton study, they do.

Sun's ticker symbol changed from SUNW to JAVA on August 23rd with a close price of 4.93. The current price is 5.71. So, one could argue that the study holds merit...or not. :-)

Wednesday Sep 05, 2007

Wikification of Sun Video

I missed my scoop opportunity on this one, but didn't want to miss out on the opportunity of blogging about this excellent video Danny put together for

If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet, the process for a Sun employee to start a wiki space as been simplified to four easy steps. If you aren't a Sun employee, but want to contribute to the wiki, post a comment on the page you're interested in to let the space administrator know so they can grant you write access -- your contributions are welcomed!

Friday Aug 17, 2007

Virtual group dance tune

As Mary would's a zippity-doo-da kind of day -- it's Friday and love is in the a couple places.

Here's an excellent song to get some Friday office chair grooves going...

Friday Aug 03, 2007 beta is L-I-V-E!!!

Congrats to the extended team, the folks who participated in the wikis pilot, and our friends at Atlassian!

The content is readable by anyone with a browser and writable by Sun employees and invited guests with a Sun Online Account.

We plan to refine the site throughout the beta phase (& beyond), but in the meantime, let us know what you think and...

...go collaborate!!! :-)

Friday Jun 01, 2007

Why people stick with a company

I like James Governor's blog post today:
"...You can’t chain your colleagues, partners or customers to you. You can only help them love what they are doing, and when people feel like that you’re in good shape.

At RedMonk we fundamentally believe in lower barriers and open networks. No contract will cause people to do fantastic work. Only love works that way."
I left the following comment on his blog entry (typo and all) -- I should have just posted it here and left a trackback, but I was eager to comment. :-)

"Amen to that! It’s why I stay at Sun — I work on projects that I’ve chosen/love, my boss stays out of my way, I work with some of the brightest engineers on the planet, and the working from home thing has enabled me to continue with my workaholic shedule while having more time to spend with my family/pets/garden because of the lack of commute time."

Monday Apr 23, 2007

Sun's 25th Anniversary Sale

If you're in the market for Sun servers, workstations or storage, be sure to check out the following...



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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