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Sun's European Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Test Center
Facility will be Located in Scotland

Sun plans to open an European Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) test center in Scotland. The 12,000 square foot facility is designed to help European-based companies test their RFID solutions, allowing them to ensure compliance with regulatory standards. The test center should open by February, 2004.

Sun Alliance with AMD Extends Line to High-performance x86 Products
Expect High Performance Computers at a Lower Cost

The recently formed alliance between Sun and AMD will enable Sun to offer a complete line of x86 systems that scale out -- from 32- to 64-bits, and from single systems to entire compute farms. Sun will add AMD's complete portfolio of Opteron microprocessor-based servers running the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), Linux and the Sun Java Enterprise System to its entry-level family of UltraSPARC processor and Xeon-based x86-based systems, all at affordable prices.

Paying Off Nicely  CertMagÂs 2003 Salary Survey
Swiss IT Professionals Top Earnings; U.S. Comes in at Number Two

In the publication's latest salary survey of certified IT experts, Certification Magazine once again discovered that earning and maintaining professional certifications has a positive impact on salary levels. The average respondent reported 3.2 professional certifications, adding one new credential on average in the past year. This group reported earnings of $62,540 in 2003, up from the 2002 average of $60,560.

Java Technology
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Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition 1.4 Developer Release
Gives Developers Powerful New Web Services Design Tool

The Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) Version 1.4 Developer Release gives developers the ultimate in Web Services design tools. The J2EE 1.4 SDK comes with the J2EE 1.4 platform application server -- the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) as its foundation -- and various tools to help developers prototype J2EE platform applications and learn about the J2EE platform and technologies. The J2EE 1.4 Platform Tutorial and Java BluePrints are now available for download.

Q and A: J2EE 1.4 Specification -- The Gold Standard for Web Services
Mark Hapner Provides Background on the Latest Specification

Mark Hapner, J2EE 1.4 Specification Lead and Web Services strategist at Sun, has written a brief in Q&A format on what he calls "the Gold Standard for Web Services," which is available on the java.sun.com Web site.

Partners
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Sun Provides Jessops with Point of Sale System, Enterprise Learning Platform
Implementation is Projected to Result in Savings over Two Million Pounds

Sun is providing Jessops, the largest independent photographic retailer in the UK, with a Point of Sale (POS) enterprise management system that is projected to deliver overall cost savings of some two million pounds. The infrastructure will include the largest implementation of the StarOffice office productivity suite in the UK, plus the first deployment in that country of the Sun Enterprise Learning Platform for staff training and turnover reduction.

Infineon Consolidates Supply Chain Management on Sun Infrastructure
Solaris Operating System, Sun Fire 15K Servers Cut Monthly Costs

Semiconductor manufacturer Infineon has consolidated its supply chain management (SCM) and data warehouse solutions on the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) running on two 32-processor Sun Fire 15K servers. Infineon estimates average monthly savings of EURO 30,000 from this implementation.

Sun & Genome Institute of Singapore Launch New Center of Excellence
Focus on Digital Biology Puts Biologists in the Bioinformatics Picture

In collaboration with the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), Sun has opened its newest Sun Center of Excellence, which is named the Sun-GIS Center of Excellence in Digital Biology, where yet more scientists in the burgeoning field of computational biology will enjoy Sun's support of the advanced technology required for work in this area.

Special Broadcasting Service Launches SMS Alert Option for Australian Viewers
SBS Reminds Viewers of Broadcast Times via Mobile Phone

Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), the Australian multicultural, multilingual broadcasting service, has a new feature using technology from Sun that sends a message to audience members' mobile phones to remind them of air times for programs they want to be sure not to miss.

    Software
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    Two New Sun Software Courses Available
    Sun Java System Application Server 7, Enterprise Edition and StarOffice 7 Software

    Sun is offering the following two new courses: Sun Java System Application Server 7, Enterprise Edition (formerly Sun ONE Application Server): Deployment and Administration course and StarOffice 7 Kickstart course. The former provides students with the skills necessary to install, tune and troubleshoot the software, while the latter offers students the ability to migrate to the StarOffice 7 application suite.

    Macromedia Flash Player 7 Now Integrated with Sun Java Desktop System
    Pre-Installed into the Mozilla Browser

    Macromedia Flash Player 7 is now part of the Sun Java Desktop System as a result of its being installed in the open-source browser Mozilla. Users can view Flash content without the need to install the player separately.

    Updates for the Solaris Operating System and Trusted Solaris Software
    Customers Benefit from New Features

    Sun is adding several updates to its Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) as well as new support for the Trusted Solaris Operating System (Trusted Solaris OS). Sun is also touting the improvements found in the latest Solaris OS distributions such as performance improvements, increased security and breakthrough diagnostic capabilities.

    Events
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    Webinar: Developing Wireless Applications using MIDP 2.0, WMA and MMA
    December 9, Online

    A Webinar on December 9 will focus on "Developing Wireless Applications using MIDP 2.0, WMA and MMA." The session will cover these recent updates to the core Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME), and look at how to use J2ME Wireless Toolkit to take advantage of next generation J2ME platform features.

    Jupiter Content Management Conference
    February 2-4, 2004, San Jose, CA

    The Jupiter Content Management Conference & Expo aims to provide strategic, tactical and market insight into the enterprise so attendees can cost-effectively evaluate, implement and manage content management technologies. The conference will be held February 2-4, in San Jose, CA.

    Connectathon 2004
    February 19-26th, 2004, San Jose, CA

    The 14th annual Connectathon event is set for February 19-26, 2004, in San Jose, CA. This once-a-year opportunity provides a unique forum for testing software and hardware interoperability, allowing vendors to test their interoperability solutions. Special emphasis this year will be on NFS and Internet protocols.

    Sysadmin
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    Guide to Migrating from Tru64 UNIX to Solaris Operating System
    Methodology, Tools and Best Practices

    "Migrating to the Solaris Operating System: Migrating From Tru64 UNIX," a Sun BluePrints OnLine article, presents a mock case study to illustrate the methodology, tools and best practices used to migrate a Tru64 environment to a Solaris OS environment. The article is the tenth chapter from "Migrating to the Solaris Operating System."

    Hardware Replication
    Article Examines Challenging Aspects

    The Sun BluePrints OnLine article, "Hardware Replication Challenges," by Selim Daoud, looks at a number of topics relating to hardware replication issues. The article examines how to access, on a single host, both primary and secondary (replicated) data, using ShadowImage on the Sun StorEdge 99x0 systems and the VERITAS Volume Manager (VxVM).

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