Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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 sunguru.com 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
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
We have datacenter space and fiber bandwidth for our test deployment through summer.
We start prepping the first server to go in the rack tomorrow.
Installed and configured the new development tools today (now if I can only figure out how to use them...)
Heard some potentially good news on the financial side from our business advisor. We'll have a chat tomorrow.
On the down side, our big memory order was a bust. It was the wrong kind and we're RMA'ing it back.
Found the right stuff, but it's 50% more expensive.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
The title is a line from the chorus of Todd Rungren's Just One Victory. A lot of the ComputeSpace story has been hurry up and wait but this weekend we got confirmation that we'll be co-locating our test deployment servers in Sutter Coast's data center and piggybacking off their OC-48 fiber.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Nothing stands still for very long in the technology world and we do our best to build platforms that can "surf the wave" of change and keep running.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
What's new around ComputeSpace? Werner and I are working on a consolidation project to bring down some of our operational costs.
I've been using 3 64-bit PCs to do most of the development. One for graphics, one for audio, and one for program code (Java, JavaFX, Flex, etc.).
We're rolling them all onto one mighty Sun workstation that's been tricked out to do the job of three.
The Sun Ultra 27 with 8GB RAM (come on, Spartantech!), 1TB internal disk, 4TB RAID (lots of astro data!), Quad-core CPU, and NVIDIA FX Quadro 580 graphics.
75% less power and only 25% as much admin time.
All of the Windows tools will now be running in virtual containers under OpenSolaris, our OS of choice for ComputeSpace.
We may have a few systems for sale soon...
Sorry I haven't been blogging. I've been running all over the place, annoying the heck out of friends and strangers alike, raising matching funds for ComputeSpace.
But I definitely want to take a moment to thank Fred, Carole, J, and anonymous , for contributing generously to the fund. Alla dat good, good lovin' keeps me getting out of bed and getting into code. (Mugs on the way!)
Monday, January 11, 2010
On my way back from the meeting the sun defied the weather service and poked through the clouds. I took a few shots on the way along Pebble Beach and down King's Valley Road where someone owns what seems to be one of the old Cathedralite Dome Houses (I'm a big fan!).
Well, now the Dude and I are going to have a quiet lunch and then I'm off to San Francisco. See you there!