Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Sun Has Set

So long, Sun, and thanks for all the Glassfish!

Sun de-listed itself from the NASDAQ yesterday and Scott McNealy said his goodbyes (last of the founding fathers).

I spent 15 years as a Sun specialist (with a string of certifications and a email address to atest). So I'm sad to see Sun go.

A bit concerned as well. In about an hour, Oracle will let us all in on their plans as the devourer of the Sun. ComputeSpace's 3D environment is based on Sun's Looking Glass technology; its look and feel are based on JavaFX; its components are served using Sun's Glassfish application server and web server. We run smoothly atop Sun's OpenSolaris operating system on Sun multithreaded servers.

Strangely, we didn't get so heliocentric because I am a Sun expert. We tested a lot of different components and environments and Sun fought its way to the top by having the specs and the performance we needed.

Of course you don't have to tell me that capitalism is brutal and the race doesn't always go to the swiftest. If it did, you'd have fond memories of your BetaMax instead of your VHS VCR.

And capitalism has its excesses. From Ivan Boesky to Michael Milken to Enron to Bernie Madoff.

It might be nice to envision some other system where everyone gets to play on an even field in peace and harmony. But that's not what we do here, and as the son of a serial entrepreneur who rode the system's ups and downs until the day he drowned, I'm both at peace with it and profoundly affected by it.

So the Sun has set, night is falling, it's always darkest before the dawn, blah, blah, blah.

The next chapter in computer technology's adventures out in the real world is about to start. If there's a paragraph in there about ComputeSpace, then --win or lose-- we've done our job.

OK, Dad. I'm ridin' the pipe all the way through and plannin' to come out still on my board.

Doin' it while not always diggin' it -- Court Cannick, Managing Partner and App Architect, ComputeSpace

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