Thursday, July 08, 2004

My Lifestyle Included a Sun Workstation

An interesting littlebit from Jonathan Schwart's blog:
In the US alone, three million people a year graduate college. Globally, a vast multiple of that. And all those graduates take their lifestyle preferences into mainstream society. And moreover, they take them to work. PC's (and Macs) took off when people like me took them to our first jobs.
Well back in 1987, when I graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Computer Science on of my "lifestyle preferences" was using Sun Workstations. When I went to work I wanted and actually sought out jobs where I could apply my C/C++/Unix experience on Sun hardware. Why? Because that was the coolest stuff around and in the computer labs Suns were everywhere. This doesn't seem to be the case anymore. There are lot's of Suns at Rutgers but no one sees them. They aren't on people's desks. Why aren't there SunRays all over the place at Rutgers? How can you have a "Sun Experience" if your only access is via your Windows laptop? Sun has to think about this. One thing they are getting right. On all these new fancy cell phones you see a Java splash screen. That's one way to capture awareness of the Java platform but how does Sun make money in that situation?

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