The Map

Jonathan has been teasing people with a mysterious map this week.  Today he revealed it's meaning.  Since this map was built by our team I thought I'd tell the story behind it.

Shortly after rejoining Sun in August, I was sitting at Gordon Biersch with some of the engineers from our Broomfield team.  They were telling me about all the cool "Web 2.0" technologies they'd been working with.  I didn't know them very well yet and thought it would be fun to see if they were really as good as they claimed.  I figured we should find a cool project for them.  Together we came up with the idea of taking all the Solaris registration data that comes from the Update Connection and put it on a Google Map.

Well, a couple weeks later it actually appeared!  Turns out these guys are really good.  I'd like to send out a special thanks to the team that built this:

  • Jamey Wood
  • John Lilly
  • Todd Wichers
  • Jeff Shoup
  • Bruce Wu

Thanks Guys!

Comments:

I wonder how it maps to a Airport runway in one of locations and the other location it shows doesnt have any servers . May be this works well for US ..not in Africa

Posted by D Lewis on December 20, 2006 at 12:56 AM PST #

The FAQ on the map mentions this. We want to preserve privacy for users, so we've "rounded off" all registrations to the center of the nearest zipcode or city.

Posted by Steve Wilson on December 20, 2006 at 01:56 AM PST #

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