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This week we shed more light on interoperability and the recent
Sun/Microsoft agreement . The Sun RayTM Users Group aims to unite
resources in order to facilitate technological collaboration .
Sun Labs' Dr. Radia Perlman has been recognized as an Inventor of the
The Features section offers interviews with John Fowler , John
Gage  and Piper Cole .
In the JavaTM Technology section, mobile data service growth is
getting a helping hand from Java technology . Beginning and
intermediate developers will benefit from the new book, "Covert Java:
Techniques for Decompiling, Patching, and Reverse Engineering"
The Free and Open Source Software section previews MozillaTM 1.8
Alpha 1 and Thunderbird 0.7 , and announces new releases of
Mozilla 1.7  and OpenOffice.org version 1.1.2 .
Our industry section this week is Government, with articles on the US
Army's expansion of its recruitment document management system 
and Sun's new division: Global Government Office .
John Fowler Sees Big Things for Sun's Network Systems Group
Opteron Technology Leads the Way for x86 Servers
Sun has a new x86 server division and a new executive VP to lead the
group, John Fowler, who recently shared his view of the division's
prospects with Timothy Prickett Morgan of Computer Business Review
Sun's John Gage Talks about the Road to N1
The Third Stage of Network Computing
John Gage is the chief researcher and vice president of the Science
Office for Sun. He recently spoke out on several different topics
including N1 and how Sun plans to continue to evolve the models it
uses to design systems. Gage also outlines how Sun benefits from taking
a pro-change view of its work in the industry.
Sun's Piper Cole Discusses Stock Option Expensing
VP of Global Public Policy Warns of the Results
Sun's Web site recently posted an interview with its VP of Global
Public Policy, Piper Cole. She discusses the issues involved with stock
option expensing, focusing on questions about the Financial Accounting
Standards Board (FASB) and why the requirement to expense stock options
is so significant.
First State Bank Selects Solaris Operating System for its Compatibility, Savings
Sun IT Infrastructure Replaces Legacy IBM P390 Mainframe, VSE OS
For nearly two decades, First State Bank of Waynesboro, Mississippi,
had run its core banking applications on an IBM mainframe that ran the
VSE operating system. When it became clear that the legacy system had
reached capacity, First State Bank opted for a Sun solution.
"N1 Grid Architecture Realized: Strategic Flexibility"
Chapter Explores Architecture's Importance, Concept of Strategic Flexibility
Understanding N1 architecture and the concept of strategic flexibility
is covered in chapter seven of the upcoming Sun BluePrints book "Building N1 Grid Solutions: Preparing, Architecting, and Implementing
Service-Centric Data Centers," by authors Jason Carolan, Scott
Radeztsky, Paul Strong and Ed Turner.
SaverBeans Screensaver SDK Produces Multi-platform Screensavers
Create Screensavers for Windows, Solaris Operating System, Linux Platform
The SaverBeans Screensaver software development kit (SDK) allows
developers to write a set of Java classes, along with an XML
description of the screensaver settings, and produce a screensaver with
native behavior running on either the Windows, Solaris Operating
System (Solaris OS) or Linux platforms.
Newest and Most Popular Software Downloads
Offered at Sun's Download Center
Download Sun's newest and most popular softwares currently listed at the download center. These include the Sun StorEdge 6920 System Host Installation Software for Solaris 1.0 Operating System (Solaris OS), Sun Fire V60x and Sun Fire V65x Hot-Swap Controller (HSC) Update, Sun Java Studio Standard 5 update 1 and Java Communication API 3.0 Early Access.
Calendar of Events
Links to Articles on Upcoming Events
This article is a calendar of upcoming events, with links to the articles about them. Click on the article numbers in the calendar to get more details about the event and how to register.
NetBeans Software Day at the 2004 JavaOne Conference
June 29, San Francisco, CA
This companion event to the 2004 JavaOne Conference will preview
the latest NetBeans release and look inside NetBeans technology.
Speakers include James Gosling, the father of the Java language and
CTO for Sun's Developer Platforms Group, and Steve Wilson, Sun
Engineering Director responsible for NetBeans development. Registration for NetBeans Software Day is free.
Catalyst Conference North America 2004
July 21-23, San Diego, CA
This annual educational event hosts an end-user-driven agenda bringing
together end users, vendors and Burton Group analysts and consultants in a
dynamic forum presenting in-depth information about IT infrastructure.
Three conference tracks are available: Application Platform Strategies,
Directory and Security Strategies, and Network and Telecom Strategies.
Meet the Authors -- Java Event
June 30, San Francisco, CA
Interested individuals can take the opportunity to Meet the Authors at
the upcoming Java technology event on June 30th in San Francisco.
Authors Simon Roberts, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra, Sang Shin and Daniel
Brookshire will all be present for a book signing and reception.
Several breakout sessions will be offered by the authors, as well.
Trade-in Promotion on Sun Blade 1500 and Sun Blade 2500 Workstations
SunSpectrum Three-year Hardware Only Upgrade also Available
Sun is offering a new trade-in promotion that allows customers to trade
in any Sun workstation to receive a 20 percent allowance towards the
purchase of a Sun Blade 1500 or Sun Blade 2500 workstation.
This program offers the potential for savings that are more than double
the standard program trade-in allowance.
New Standard Configuration for the Sun Blade 2500 Workstation
73 GB, 10,000 rpm, Ultra SCSI 320 Hard Disk Drive
The Sun Blade 2500 workstation now has a standard configuration of
73 GB, 10,000 rpm, Ultra SCSI 320 hard disk drive at no additional
cost. Customers will now have faster access and twice the capacity of
the previous configuration, minimizing the need for network or attached
TAB Bets on Sun Ray Ultra-thin Clients and Wins Big
Lower Administrative Costs Plus New Earning Potential Equals a Winning Wager
An Australian call center decided three years ago to wager on upgrading
its computer system to the country's first large-scale, mission-critical implementation of Sun Ray ultra-thin clients. Now, the company reports that its bet has paid off with slashed IT administration costs, extra revenue by offering its resources to other companies and more.
Java Technology Spurring Mobile Data Services Growth
Sun's Java.com Aggregates Global Developer Content
Sun credits Java technology with driving growth in the mobile data
services market. "Java is everywhere," said Juan Dewar, marketing and
business strategy, consumer and mobile systems senior director of Sun
Microsystems during his presentation at Sun Network 2004.
Understanding the Java Portlet Specification
Michael Klaene Explains How JSR 168 Avoids Vendor Lock-in
Java Specification Request (JSR) 168 effectively puts an end to the
vendor lock-in many portlet developers suffered in implementing
enterprise portals developed by Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition
(J2EE) vendors to host internal and external applications.
"Covert Java: Techniques for Decompiling, Patching, and Reverse Engineering"
Reviewer Finds Book Useful for Beginning, Intermediate Developers
Recognizing the possibility that both hackers and non-hackers will find
value in the techniques discussed in his book "Covert Java: Techniques
for Decompiling, Patching, and Reverse Engineering," Alex Kalinovsky
nevertheless made its contents public with this caution: "Any
book... can be used for good or ill. This book is for the good guys, and
if you are a bad guy please stop reading right now...."
Army Expands Recruitment Document Management System
Will Let Potential Recruits Explore Job Opportunities Online
The Army Accessions Command is implementing a document management
system for use by its recruiters that will facilitate the sharing of
information among interested Army systems and recruits themselves. The
Sun IT infrastructure was chosen for its scalability and because of the
potential it poses for moving in the direction of a paperless
Sun Creates Global Government Office
New Sun Division to Focus on Worldwide Government Growth Opportunities
Looking to advance secure network computing solutions within the
government sectors, Sun created the Global Government Office and
appointed Clark Masters as executive vice president, naming him
president of Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc. as well. The new division
will focus on governmental, individual and technological needs and
Sun Launches Secure Network Access Platform in UK
Offers Defense, Government Secure Access to Sensitive Files, Applications
Sun has released its Secure Network Access Platform (SNAP), based on
the Trusted Solaris Operating System, in the UK where it will offer
government clients secure access to highly sensitive data and important
applications. SNAP will also ensure safe collaboration between
government organizations, dramatically reducing the threat posed by
viruses, worms and hackers to the integrity of their networks.