Wednesday Nov 12, 2008

Prototype Sun Ray laptops

My wish for an Intel Metro Sun Ray laptop still lives on - but I was somewhat chuffed to find my 6- and 4-year old had prototyped some for me.

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Lightweight, packaging can be recycled, ultra-low power consumption and surprisingly economic to manufacture. A touching moment, especially when I found that the older one had written "Sun Ray" on the lids. Geek dad moment.

Wednesday Oct 03, 2007

Wanted: Sun Ray laptop modelled on the Intel Metro

Intel Metro concept laptopThe Intel Metro is old news now but it struck me today just how much I want a Sun Ray version of this.

Jim Grisanzio's recent blog on Sun Ray laptops in Japan shows that Sun Ray laptops do exist, check Accutech for an actual product.

Just think of the potential battery life (no disk, no fans), the simplicity of flipping the lid open to immediately resume access the same session you can access from any Sun Ray on the network - all wrapped up in a sleek, low-profile, lightweight piece of design elegance.

Please, please, please.

Tuesday May 22, 2007

Checking the firmware version of your Sun Ray

UPDATE: ThinGuy pointed out a much better (and supported) way of doing this:

$ /opt/SUNWut/sbin/utfwload
...
 25.0 peteh    129.156.46.246  P8.00144f6f72ea    4.0_37_2007.05.10.15.16
 25.1 peteh    129.156.46.194  P8.00144f668b01    4.0_37_2007.05.10.15.16
...
$ 

See also:

utfwload (1m)   -M /opt/SUNWut/man
utquery (1m)    -M /opt/SUNWut/man
utdesktop (1m)  -M /opt/SUNWut/man

Original text follows

This is as much a reminder for me as a reference for anyone else, our excellent Sun Ray technology has some undocumented features, including this one for getting the firmware of your head(s):

$ /opt/SUNWut/bin/utwho
  ...
  5 Payflex.aaa                          user1
  6 OpenPlatform.xxx                     peteh   
  7 OpenPlatform.bbbb                    user2
  ...
$ echo "status tokenName=OpenPlatform.xxx" | /opt/SUNWut/lib/utnetpipe localhost 7010 | egrep "firmware|terminalId="
terminalId=SunRayP8-270.00144f6f72ea
firmware=VPN_02_2007.03.28.16.40
terminalId=SunRayP8-270.00144f668b01
firmware=VPN_02_2007.03.28.16.40
$ 

That firmware is, AFAICT, similar to the recently released Sun Ray Software 4 Update 2 Open Beta. The integrated VPN means that it's even easier to use Sun Ray at home - no extra VPN box needed.

I use Sun Ray for almost all of my day to day work at Sun. The only reason I don't use Sun Ray at home is I'm yet to convince my other half that I need (a) a neat looking screen/keyboard/mouse in our study, and (b) an even easier way of working than using my laptop - ie Pete will spend even more time working!

I wonder if product marketing have picked up on that? Sun Ray is so good your other half won't let you have one at home as it makes working from home so much easier :-)

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