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02 Jun 2014 After the Sun (Microsystems) Sets, the Real Stories Come Out [36749]
Stories from Reunion Event

Tekla Perry writes in IEEE Spectrum, "Sun Microsystems - born in 1982, gone public in 1986, struggling in the 2000s, and absorbed by Oracle in 2010 - left its mark on Silicon Valley and the world. In Sun's wake are 235.000 people who can count themselves as former employees.

Its technical splashes continue to ripple through the world today (Sun's slogan, 'the network is the computer', seems particularly prescient in today's world of cloud computing). And its legendary pranks have yet to be topped (like 'parking' software guru Bill Joy's Ferrari in a pond and stabbing a giant tree trunk through former CEO Scott McNealy's office).

On Saturday night some 700 former Sun employees gathered in a Mountain View, Calif., parking lot outside Sun's first corporate headquarters to reminisce, network ..."
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26 Aug 2013 Top 10 signs your CIO isn't ready for the modern web [32655]
From Scott McNealy

Barb Darrow writes, "Earlier this summer, Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy trotted out an old chestnut - a top ten list - on how you can tell your CIO is clueless about the modern web.

A quick sampler from his talk at ForgeRock Open Identity Stack Summit: Your CIO is web-dopey if he thinks Big Data is a rapper; that COBOL programming is prerequisite for all new hires; and considers Computer Associates an open-source software company..."
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13 May 2013 Sun Microsystems' stars: Where are they now? [30998]
Bechtolsheim, McNealy, Joy, Khosla, Gage, Schwartz, ...

Sun's stars: Where are they now?

Julie Sartain writes in Network World, "Sun was founded Andy Bechtolsheim, Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy and Bill Joy in 1982. Sun went public in 1986 and was raking in $1 billion in annual sales by 1988. One of the brightest lights in Silicon Valley for more than two decades, Sun's bread and butter was high-performance workstations and servers running Sun's SPARC chips and Sun's Solaris operating system. The company was also a staunch open source supporter. Among Sun's many innovations were NFS (network file system) and Java...":

  • Andy Bechtolsheim
  • Vinod Khosla
  • Scott McNealy
  • Bill Joy
  • Eric Schmidt
  • John Gage
  • Jonathan Schwartz
  • Tim Bray
  • Simon Phipps
  • Charles Nutter
  • James Gosling

Read on to find out where these and other Sun Alumni have landed.
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29 Jan 2013 Scott McNealy on How to Keep Your Balance: Lessons and Mistakes [29580]
The IT Industry on the High Wire

From the helm of his new startup, Wayin (, Scott McNealy imparts some of the wisdom gleaned from his time at Sun in a brief Webcast. Rose Tibayan of Blackline conveys the content to viewers. He advises building quality into one's organization. Differentiate; avoid long-term contracts -- don't speculate, innovate; define a cause and pursue it; unless you are Steve Jobs, don't follow his model, foster consensus instead. Choose your directors wisely; stay in touch with your managers and don't hesitate to let the wrong people go. There's much more, and it's well worth the 14 minutes it takes to watch the whole show.
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15 Feb 2011 'A Year Later: Has Oracle Ruined Or Saved Sun?' [23920]
Paul Krill of InfoWorld Offers Some Points to Ponder

It's a complicated picture that Paul Krill sketches in his CIO article "A Year Later: Has Oracle Ruined or Saved Sun?" The answer is ambiguous, necessarily, given the number of Sun technologies that Oracle has terminated (along with key engineering personnel who have left), and the former customers of Sun, some of whom are still in limbo over the future of their underlying Sun-based infrastructure. It's almost as though Scott McNealy was still running things. There have been some profitable synergies as a result of the acquisition, Krill concedes, synergies that promise abundant profit. But, perhaps a less ambiguous answer could be arrived at were the question, "What if Oracle had not acquired Sun; would there still be a Sun Microsystems?" And, then, the industry itself is undergoing vast changes. Consider the irony that part of Facebook is now housed in Sun's former corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park.
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