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Java Technology
Java EE (J2EE) Programming (with Passion!) Free Online Class
Web-tier Security, Struts and More
Sang Shin of Sun is offering another free online class on Java technology: Java EE (J2EE) Programming (with Passion!) to begin October 23, 2006. The outline of topics is available online to review.
U.S. Daylight Saving Time Changes in 2007 to Affect JRE
Outdated Rules Can be Updated
John O'Conner provides an explanation about the upcoming change to the U.S. Daylight Savings Time for 2007, and he provides links to update your Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to prevent application failures.
Book: Creating Content Management Systems in Java
An Example Built from Scratch
The paperback book "Creating Content Management Systems in Java" by Java instructor Arron Ferguson of the British Columbia Institute of Technology illustrates how to develop an open source Content Management System (CMS) from scratch using XML as the storage mechanism, XSLT as the presentation layer, and Java technology and JavaServer Pages (JSP) and Servlets to realize the multi-tiered architecture.
Sun Offers Entry-level 17-inch LCD Display
Monitor Supports Current Platforms, Graphics Accelerators
Sun is now offering its customers a new entry level Active Matrix TFT 17-inch Crystal Display (LCD) that features 1280 X 1024 resolution, smooth anti-glare surface and both analog and digital interfaces. The flat panel display also features a 500:1 contrast ratio, response time of 12 ms, high brightness levels and a 70 degree viewing angle. The display supports Sun workstations, servers and Sun Ray products.
Sun Announces New and Repriced Hardware Spare Parts
Offerings Include Motherboards, Uniboard, Power Supply, DVD-ROM

The new and repriced hardware spare parts newly available from Sun will be of interest to system administrators and support engineers performing self maintenance on Sun systems, as well as to companies requiring on-site spares to support critical applications in demanding system availability and uptime environments.

Wago DC Connector Set for Sun Fire X4100 and X4200 DC Power Supply
Sun Fire X4500 Server X-options; Memory and Disk Drives; RoHS Compliant
Among the current new product announcements from Sun are X-option memory and disk drives for the Sun Fire X4500 Server that can be used as spares for fully configured standard-configuration Sun Fire X4500 servers. In addition, there is a 10-pack Wago DC Connector Set to provide DC power for the Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 servers.
New Sun Fire V445 Server Introduced at High End of the Entry-level Server Line
Reprice of Sun Fire V440 Server Also Announced
A new Sun Fire server is on the market: the RoHS-compliant Sun Fire V445 Server, a quad-processor system with UltraSPARC IIIi processors at 1.593 GHz, four PCI-E and four PCI-X I/O slots, four integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to eight internal 73 GB 10,000 RPM 2.5" SAS disks with integrated RAID capability and Advanced Lights Out Monitoring (ALOM). This announcement also reprices the current Sun Fire V440 server.
AC Version of Netra 1290 Server is Available
New Solution Succeeds Netra 1280 Server
An AC version of the 1.5 GHz UltraSPARC IV+ Netra 1290 server is now available. It comes with a 64GB CPU/memory option board (based on 2GB DIMMs) and can scale up to 12 dual core processors and 24 threads; up to 192GB of memory and PCI+I/O. The memory option will enable the Netra 1290 to provide three additional ATO configurations.
Outstanding Price/Performance in New Sun Fire V 215 and Sun Fire V245 Servers
Sun Fire V210 and V240 Are Repriced, Set for Eventual EOL
Joining Sun's Sun Fire server line are the RoHS-compliant, 1RU Sun Fire V215 and the Sun Fire V245, both 2-way rackmount 1.5 GHz UltraSPARC IIIi servers with support for both PCI X and PCI E, and new storage architecture supporting RAID 0 and 1. These servers will ultimately replace the Sun FireV210 and Sun Fire V240 servers, which have been repriced.
Economical Sun Fire V125 Server: Powerful and Compact
New SPARC Platform, Entry Level Server
The new Sun Fire V125 server is an RoHS-compliant, 1 RU, 1 GHz UltraSPARC IIIi product that features up to 8GB main memory and up to two 73 or 146GB disk drives with optional DVD ROM. Customers currently using Sun SPARC entry-level servers, especially the Sun Fire V100 and Sun Fire V120 servers, will find the Sun Fire V125 server an attractive buy.
IDC Reports Growth in Sun Disk Storage and Tape Storage
New and Updated Sun Storage Solutions Bring Value to Customers
IDC research for Q2 2006 shows that in disk storage, Sun grew the fastest of the major disk storage vendors, with 13.4 percent revenue growth year over year. Sun extended its number one position in UNIX disk storage market share (units) to 37.6 percent, more than double the nearest competitor. Sun also achieved growth in tape storage.
Sun StorageTek Common Array Manager Software 5.0.1 Download Available
Integrated Device Management for Sun StorageTek Modular Arrays

Sun StorageTek Common Array Manager software is a web-based management software with a CLI and browser for configuring and managing Sun StorageTek-branded storage array devices on an external management host. Version 5.0.1 is available online to download at no charge.

Top Ten Articles for Last 4 Issues
Vol 102 Issue 5; Vol 103 Issues 1, 2 and 3

Each week, we determine which articles have been most frequently referenced by logged-in subscribers to provide you with a list of the most popular articles for each of the last three issues. The Web version of this article lists the top 10 articles for each of the last four issues. The top articles from the last issue - Vol 103, Issue 3 - were:

  • Win a Thumper Server: Enter Sun's 'Thump This' Contest [17025]
  • ZFS Learning Center Online [16999]
  • Interviews with CEO Schwartz on Growth, Niagara Promise, Solaris Adoption [17018]
  • Java Programming Made Easier for Students with New NetBeans BlueJ Edition [17031]
  • Sun StorageTek Virtual Tape Library [17016]
  • Technical Details: Sun Fire V215 Entry-level Server [17012]
  • Sun's Virtualization Solutions and Online Virtualization Learning Center [16998]
  • Sun Touts Solaris 10 OS as Replacement for Red Hat Linux [17011]
  • Sun StorageTek Crypto Key Management Station [17015]
  • McNealy Discusses Open Source for Education at MIT Forum [17030]
    Tutorial Illustrates JAX-WS 2.0 with the Java SE 6 Platform
    New APIs for Web Services Development
    Java technology programmer and author Robert Eckstein and senior engineer Rajiv Mordani of Sun have written a technical article expressing their enthusiasm for the Java API for XML Web services (JAX-WS) 2.0 support in the Java Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE now Java SE 6). They assert the JAX-WS architecture is easy to understand for web services development. They explain the new APIs available in the Java SE 6 platform.
    Writing Performant EJB Beans in the Java EE 5 Platform Using Annotations
    Technical Article Shows Performance Results of Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 3.0
    The Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 3.0 specification vastly improves the simplicity of programming enterprise beans. How will this affect the productivity of your production system? Will it be fast enough to meet the demands of your organization, or will you spend all your newly found free time refactoring code for performance? These are the questions asked by members of the Java Enterprise Performance team at Sun in a technical article available online.
    Ask the Experts -- Online Swing Discussion
    October 16 to October 20, 2006
    Submit your questions about Swing starting on October 16 and participate in the upcoming Ask the Experts session on the Swing component set. Swing architects and engineers from Sun will be available to answer questions.
    Firefox and Thunderbird Security Updates
    Security Fixes and Product Stability Improvements
    The latest version of Firefox is and it contains improvements to product stability and several security fixes. Fixes were also made to Thunderbird email program. Links are available online.
    Sun Secure Application Switch - N1000 Series
    Helps Increase Performance and Security of Networks and Applications
    Designed for security, the Sun Secure Application Switch – N1000 Series delivers a new degree of data center protection within the application switching network system. The N1000 Series includes Access Control Lists (ACLs), Layer 3 through Layer 7 filtering on both inbound and outbound traffic, and protection against common attacks and intrusions as well as firewall load balancing and SSL acceleration.
    UNIX Security Announcements from SANS
    Buffer Overflows; Phishing-style Attacks Possible on Ubuntu and Mailman
    Recent security news from The SANS Institute (Sept. 18, 2006) listed three UNIX vulnerabilities. A buffer overflow vulnerability in libX11; a local buffer-overflow vulnerability in Open Movie Editor; and a vulnerability in Ubuntu Linux and Free Software Foundation Mailman.
    OpenSSL Flaw Could Allow a Forged RSA Signature
    OpenSSL Versions 0.9.7k and 0.9.8c Resolves Vulnerability
    OpenSSL is prone to a vulnerability that may allow an attacker to forge an RSA signature. Daniel Bleichenbacher discovered an attack on PKCS #1 v1.5 signatures where under certain circumstances it may be possible for an attacker to forge a PKCS #1 v1.5 signature that would be incorrectly verified by OpenSSL.
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