Tuesday Dec 06, 2005

SunAlert for JDS panel applet crashing

I've been working on SunAlerts for Desktop issues for some years now and decided that this blog is a great place to get visibility on SunAlerts. These are issues that affect availability, data loss, or security. You can subscribe to get weekly SunAlert notifications via email by clicking here or click here for a list of recent SunAlerts.

I just worked on a recent fix for a problem with JDS panel applets crashing when logging in. It turns out that another recent security fix for the Xorg or Xsun server ( SunAlert 101926) exposed a bug in a JDS library which causes some JDS panel applets to crash when they first come up. Fortunately, JDS asks you if you want to reload the applet and the applet restarts correctly, so the problem is not too serious. Just don't ignore the popup or else the next time you login, your panel applets may not come up at all. The SunAlert for this issue is 102039. I am working on the patches for this for the affected releases (S9 on Intel, and S10 for both sparc and intel) and will update the SunAlert when they are released.

Tuesday Nov 15, 2005

Global meetings

It's 11 pm. and I'm waiting for a global meeting to start. It's 7 am. in Ireland and 3 pm. in Beijing. I'm sure glad that I can work from home.

Thursday Nov 10, 2005

Sun Rays at work

Here's my plug for Sun Rays. Yup, a little bit late since SRSS 3.1 already shipped (download it here), but I just started blogging this week, so I've got a lot of catching up to do.

As a software engineer, I used to have a workstation in my office and was very hesitant to move to a Sun Ray. After all, I would not have root access anymore to test fixes etc. (However, most of the fixes I tested were on lab machines anyway so that was a lousy excuse.)

After moving to a Sun Ray, I found my office was quieter and I was no less productive. Actually, I must say that I have become more productive since now I can hot desk between my office Sun Ray and a Sun Ray in our lab on the floor above me. Before, when I needed to work in the lab, I would print out my testcases or whatever else I was doing from my office and walk up to the lab, do my work there, forget something, and have to walk back down to my office and repeat that a few times. Now, with a Sun Ray, I just walk up to the lab, walk over to the lab Sun Ray, log in and hot desk to my session that I was running in my office. No more printouts, much less time walking up and down the stairs, and greater productivity.

So, what about my office machine? I just moved it into the lab and it became another test machine for others to use as well.

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