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From the Information Age to the Participation Age
Federated Identity Management Is the Key to This Transition

Blogs, wikis, open source communities...these are all characteristics of what has come to be known as the Participation Age. Robin Wilton of Sun Microsystems reflects on the phenomenon in a piece entitled "Not Just a Spectator Sport: Identity Management in the Participation Age."

Open Source and Software as Service: What's Next?
Greg Papadopoulos Offers a Possible Answer

Sun Executive Vice President and CTO Greg Papadopoulos recently published an article in Network World on his view of the IT future that he called "The future is new kinds of communities."

Sun Continues to Fulfill TED Award Winners' Wishes
Sun Foundation Supports Innovative Responses to World Needs
Technology, Education, Design, TED for short, is the name given to the prize awarded by Sun Microsystems to individuals for their work in making the world a better place to live. Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity is an award winner for 2006. Larry Brilliant, another 2006 winner, is the head of Google's philanthropic arm, and Bono, lead singer of U2, was an award winner in 2005.
English City Opts for StarOffice Office Suite
Cost, Accessibility, Open Document Format Convince IT Managers

Standardizing the application software and integrating some 5000 computers was the issue facing the IT managers for Bristol, England. When Microsoft switched its licensing plan to a volume-based scheme, a migration to an application other than Word became unavoidable. Jono Bacon reported on the saga that resulted in the city choosing Sun's StarOffice Office Suite for O'Reilly's LinuxDevCenter.

Oxford University's Theoretical Physics Department Switches to Sun
Sun Fire Servers, Sun StorEdge Arrays Power Research Grid

The theoretical physics (TP) sub-department of Oxford University's Physics Department recently upgraded its IT infrastructure from an assemblage of disparate products and operating systems to a new, coherent and integrated system provided by Sun.

Entry Level Servers
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Sun's Galaxy Line Expected to Expand This Year
Eight-socket Version and Blade Server to Add to Sun Fire Portfolio

Sun's line of Galaxy servers will be adding an eight-socket version as well as a new blade server, reports Darrell Dunn with InformationWeek, who quotes Sun Executive Vice President John Fowler of the company's Network Systems Group as saying this will address the server consolidation and database server market and re-enter Sun into the blade server market.

New Version and Configurations for Sun Fire V440 Servers
Announcing RoHS Compliance and Three New Configurations
Replacement models for the Sun Fire V440 servers that are in compliance with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive of the European Union should be generally available March 20, 2006. Features of the Sun Fire V440 systems remain the same as the previous version other than these new systems are fully compliant with required standards of the RoHS.
Sun Fire Servers Win Supercomputing's Product of the Year Award
Nearly 25% of Voters Picked x64 and SPARC-based Sun Fire Servers

The annual Supercomputing Online Reader's Choice Award for Product of the Year is Sun's family of x64 (x86, 64-bit) and SPARC-based Sun Fire servers. Sun Fire servers received close to 25 percent of the 1,000 total votes among the 12 nominated high-performance computing (HPC) products, including those from HP and IBM.

Sun Fire X4200 Server Almost Hits the Mark
InfoWorld Review Cites Few Faults, Overall Rates as a Solid Server
InfoWorld's Paul Venezia recently reviewed the Sun Fire X4200 server, and according to his assessment of this next generation of x64 servers from Sun, the entry-level server is almost near perfect. "Although it’s not a bull’s-eye, it’s not far off the mark....," he deduces.
Sysadmin
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Technical White Paper Examines Design of UltraSPARC T1 Processor
Economy and Power in Chip Multithreading Design

The particulars and capabilities of the high-throughput 32-thread UltraSPARC processor are detailed in a Sun white paper entitled "A Power-Efficient High-Throughput 32-Thread SPARC Processor." The authors note that the processor's power-efficient architecture enables a massively parallel design at a less aggressive frequency, with high resource utilization.

Using the Sun Systemic Security Program
Extending Security Throughout the IT Environment

Glen Brunette's Sun BluePrints OnLine article "Toward Systemically Secure IT Architectures" addresses the need for strong security guarantees in increasingly dynamic and flexible IT environments. Brunette focuses on the time-tested security principles, architectural patterns and iterative refinement policies embodied in the Sun Systemic Security Program.

Using the Least Privilege Approach in Debugging Operations
Implementing Privilege Debugging in the Solaris 10 OS

The difficulty with using the traditional UNIX privilege model in privilege debugging operations is that all privileged operations are associated with the root account, which makes it possible for an application to do anything on the system. Glenn Brunette and Darren Moffat show how to avoid this risk in a Sun BluePrints OnLine paper.

Java Technology
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Wireless Sensors on Java Platform Could be Available This May
Project Sun SPOT (Small Programmable Object Technology) Announced
Sun Microsystems Laboratories recently introduced its Project Sun SPOT (Small Programmable Object Technology) that is aimed at transforming the potential of wireless sensors into real-world products. Based on a 32 bit ARM CPU and an 11 channel 2.4 GHz radio, Sun SPOT radically simplifies the process of developing wireless sensor and transducer applications.
Help Duke in Selecting a Winner in His 4th Annual Choice Awards
Vote For One of Five Eligible Java.com Application Finalists
One of this year's winners of the Duke's Choice Awards, which recognizes innovation and creativity of Java technology-based applications and services, will be chosen by you from the many applications featured on java.com. Five finalists have been selected and you are invited to cast your vote for your favorite java.com application by March 31.
Introducing the JavaOne Event Connect Tool
Get Hooked Up With Others in Advance of the May Event

An online tool for JavaOne conference attendees to connect with others in advance of the event is being offered in preparation for the 2006 JavaOne Conference scheduled for May 16-19 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The JavaOne Conference event connect tool enables attendees to quickly identify other attendees with whom they can exchange knowledge and share best practices.

Integrated Java Environment for Teaching Joins with NetBeans
NetBeans IDE/BlueJ Edition to Help Students Transition to Professional IDE
A new version of NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE), the NetBeans IDE/BlueJ Edition, has been created to offer a seamless migration path for students transitioning from educational tools to a full-featured, professional IDE. BlueJ is an integrated Java programming environment designed for introductory teaching aimed at assisting beginning programmers learn the craft.
"The JavaScript Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks"
Offers a Cookbook Approach in Applying JavaScript
"The JavaScript Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks" is a compilation of customizable solutions to the most common JavaScript questions and problems, including solutions using AJAX. All the code in the book has been thoroughly tested, and is best practice as well as standards-compliant to ensure compatibility across different browsers and platforms.
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