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Like many of you, I keep an eye on what Sun is doing as a company. I keep an eye on their press releases, official statements, and general product lines. I don’t necessarily pay a great deal of attention to the output unless it specifically mentions Java because, as we know, there is more to Sun than just Java. I’ve known about their "Mad Hatter" (Linux desktop) project for some time now. It’s essentially a collection of open source projects, all designed to work together in one desktop, running initially on Linux. This is Sun’s continued play to become a single-stop solutions company. As Scott McNealy remarked at his Sun Network 03-Q3 keynote in San Francisco in September: "We're the IT company, not you." However, at the Sun Network event, Sun announced it is renaming the project the "Java Desktop System." Excuse me? The Java Desktop System? What's that all about? ... (more)

Hmmmmmmm...What if?

It's that time of year again - the time when we all pretend to get along with one another for a few weeks. It's the time for families to come out of the woodwork, for getting out that knitted pullover from the Auntie whose name you can never quite remember. I can't wait until the New Year comes round again so we can go back to disliking people. Bah humbug! Season's greetings to one and all. Actually, contrary to popular belief, I love this time of year. Over here in Scotland we generally get a white Christmas, and it's been known for me to get all "Bing" and burst out in floods o... (more)

If It Ain't Broke - Don't Fix It

HALT! Just stop right there! You've probably stumbled across this column while merrily thumbing through this magazine, and you're now wondering what this lump of words is all about. You may have noticed this column in previous issues but couldn't be bothered to read it. After all, who'd blame you, since there aren't any pictures or fancy diagrams to support it. It's got to be dull, right? But why not be daring? Go on, lend me 10 minutes of your time and let's see if I can entertain you as I give you some Java enlightenment. If you don't like it, then hey, I won't hold it against ... (more)

Money...The Root of All Evil

When all is said and done, I hope you're reading this column ­ the first in the new millennium ­ in familiar surroundings. With any luck, the prophets of doom around the Y2K problem have been proved wrong and the world didn't stop spinning suddenly in a haze of apocalyptic fireworks. If this is the case, I congratulate the human race for making it past another one of life's man-made hurdles. That's not to say that all our systems have made it smoothly into the new age. Who knows what state the world's IT systems will be in? I'm thinking it's not going to be quite as bad as predi... (more)

Today is a Good Day

Just in case you don't know, I love Java. This month was a good month for loving Java. Some months, I have to confess, one does curse the little guy, but this month he was standing tall. Nothing of particular note happened in the media world, but it was something we did that made us sit back and be glad we chose this crazy Java world to try and make some pennies. But more on that later...I have a column to write. How Are We All? Are we doing well? I do hope so. It's springtime and the wee flowers are just rolling over from their winter nap, looking forward to a joyous summer. Isn't... (more)