Tuesday Apr 17, 2007

Timezone issues with ecto and roller

Any sun and mac people know the answer to this? When I post in Ecto to my Sun blog, the blog entry shows up as pending for exactly 7 hours in the future. Clearly a timezone issue, but I sure can't find where to fix this. For those reading this at 4:40am PST - see!

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The influencer is dead, long live the influencer?

Last months HBR featured their annual "Breakthrough Ideas" section. 20 essays that will "satisfy our demainding readers' appetite for provocative and important new ideas". Ranging from nanotech to accounting, they are all at least worth reading. One in particular has really stood out though.

"The Accidental Influentials" by Duncan J Watts & Peter Dodds disputes the main premise of "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell. The main point: the network must be ready for the changes to occur.

...Even the most influential members of a population simply don't interact with that many others... if people in the network just two degrees removed from the initial influential prove resistance, the cascade of change won't propagate..."

My favorite line:

...just as the size of a forest fire often has little to do with the spark that started it and lots to do with the state of the forest.

So what does this mean? First, it's important to recognize the limited impact of "influencers" (A-list bloggers) to a larger population. Word-of-mouth is king. Second, it's actually possible that blogging somewhat pushes the bounds of this research, as it precisely provides a podium from which one person can reach many.

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Monday Apr 02, 2007

The ultimate business model

I'm sitting here on a plane, and the airlines continue to amaze. While they continue to offer free carbonated beverages, American Airlines is now charging $2.00 for a bottle of water. Apprently you can still get your contaminated water for free however. Price hasn't had much correlation with cost in much of our world for a while, but sometimes it smacks you so hard upside the head it's hard to ignore.

Thursday Mar 22, 2007

Joost runs Sun!

Very cool. It would appear that Joost the new online television startup led by Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, runs Sun. Lots of Sun. Another validation point for Greg P's redshift.

Thanks to a post on ZNF

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Sunday Mar 04, 2007

SOA Facts

SOA Facts.
If a tree falls in the forest, SOA knows about it.

Thank you Chuck Norris Facts
There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.

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Sunday Feb 25, 2007

Hopefully helping some other blackjack & mac user

When I came to Sun, I was lucky to get a Mac. I also just picked up a Samsung Blackjack. Using Markspace Missing Sync worked well, except I was running into issues with syncing my contacts. Specifically this error:

Mark/Space Contacts: SyncClient error. Can't register sync client.

After following lots of instructions, all to no avail, I was about to reinstall my OS as a last ditch effort before I thought of one last thing: Change my "Device Name". It had two possible issues: I had a apostrophe (Oren's Blackjack) and it was 16 characters. I made it 14 without the apostrophe, and now it works!

To change your device name, go to Start -> Settings -> Connections -> Bluetooth -> My Identity on your Blackjack.

Hopefully this can help someone else who runs into the same issue.

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Friday Feb 16, 2007

Wow, I never knew that - messaging

As I go through the learning process here, I thought I'd start a new series of posts on various surprises I come across. For the first in this post, I wanted to focus on our comms business.

150+ Million mailboxes

Yes. Over 150 million mailboxes currently active and deployed in the marketplace running on Sun Java Communication Suite. That includes anything from .mac to Verizon online to unified messaging to customers I only wish I could talk about. That is a REALLY large number. The largest as a matter of fact. Bigger than Yahoo (sorry Olivia), bigger than Exchange, bigger than anyone else on the planet.

Now of course, I'm not saying our product is perfect. Zimbra has just about the most amazing interface I've ever seen. PostPath gives you drop in replacement for Exchange. and of course, we're not open source... yet. But wow, that is a really amazing number for a product that is so stealth.

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Thursday Feb 15, 2007

Mac + Solaris (in a vm)= Cool

Lucky for me, I was given the choice between a PC and Mac laptop when I came back to Sun. With the recent Mac VMware beta available, I decided for the first time in my life to take the plunge with a mac.

Why VMware vs. Parallels? Primarily because over the past few years, I've managed to build up 10 or so VMware disk images that I've found useful. As with so much software, it all comes down to the API: in this case the disk format is my API, and their lock-in. Just today I downloaded a VERY interesting piece of software today - Nexenta. Nexenta take the Solaris kernel with the Gnu userspace from Ubuntu to give a REALLY usable solaris desktop environment. And I downloaded it as a nice vmx disk image. No install, no configure. Unzip and away I went.

As Steve points out today, virtualization is just a killer app on the desktop. Frankly I'm waiting for the day when my bios is the hypervisor, and I have a totally transportable disk image for ANY computer that I can use. Put that on a USB key, and who cares about what exact laptop you're running anymore?

Let me just close with one other AMAZINGLY cool feature. The latest VMware X.org server allows you to resize your VM window on the fly. Hit cmd-enter, and you have a full screen Solaris running with NO sign of the underlying OS. Switching between 1400x900 LCD, 1600x1200 desk or 1024x768 presentation? Instantaneous and seamless. Even in Solaris.

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Tuesday Feb 13, 2007

Yet another boomerang

Today marks the close of my 7th working day back at sun. (Not surprisingly, I didn't get a chance to rest.) Anyway, for those who don't know my history, this is my second trip through Sun. The first time around I came in as part of the Cobalt acquisition. After 3 years I eventually left to join MontaVista for 2.5 years, and now I'm back at Sun.

Everyone keep's asking me if this is the same Sun. And the answer is clearly yes. I'm amazed at how many of the great people I loved to work with last time around are still here. I could literally spend the next month doing nothing but catching up with all the great people here.

And also NO. This place has real energy, energy that was really lacking before. The analysts notice it, our customers notice, the markets seem to be noticing, and the people inside sure seem to notice it as well.

Quick story: orientation is held every monday at Sun. There were about 20 of us in the orientation last week. 3, yes 3, were NOT boomerangs. I can't think of any better vote of confidence than that.

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