I haven’t written an off-topic post in a while, so here goes.
I’ve got a milestone birthday coming up in the next few months and the
missus has been at me to come up with some present suggestions. I’m
generally pretty bad at coming up with present ideas – I have most of
the stuff I need already.. For the same milestone, I got the missus a bunch
of diamonds, but they wouldn’t really suit me : I’m not into jewellery to be honest. I’m a tecchie.
So, it seems to be coming down to two possible options – either an iPod, or a
new computer. Oh by the way, if anyone’s got alternative ideas, I’m open
Well, for the last while, I’ve actually been using my
laptop as a large, slightly unweildly, but amazingly multifunctional
music player. Okay, I’ll admit for playing music, it’s overkill and battery life isn’t quite 8 hours, but it does the job for the 1hr walk into work
whenever I’ve got a puncture, so no problems there.
I’m starting to think about a new computer. The missus thinks
that I don’t need another machine – the last one I got was an iMac back
in 2002, but since it’s my birthday present, I get to choose ! (besides, she’s wrong
about me needing another computer ;-)
I saw the
announcement of the
Ultra 20 workstation and got excited. This is something
that I can run Solaris Express on, do development of the Open Language Tools and (gulp) install win32 (just so I can play
Half-Life2 you understand : I blame Glynn for showing
me that back in March, I was hooked in less than 10 minutes. Installing windows will be extrememly gut-wrenching for me, but the game really does look so good that I’ll willingly run an atrocious, buggy, insecure and unpleasant operating system just to be able to play it. Thank goodness for grub and firewalls!)
I’ve never owned a Sun workstation – but have admired them for many years, and
mentioned it before : we’ve produced some really cracking workstations over the
years, and this one is no exception. It
screams along. In the past, for me as a home user, getting a Sun workstation
was always going to be way out of reach, financially : but this one seems
pretty reasonable at only $800 – wow!
Regarding workstation design, I’ve never seen better built systems than Sun
machines. Have a peek inside your machine. Which of the following match yours ?
(now yes, this is a wildly unfair comparison – but induldge me for a bit, okay)
Okay – here’s what I mean by a workstation : just look at this
Historically, we’ve always
Looks like the new Ultra 20 machines are continuing this legacy – are there
Oh, and if you think our workstations are well designed, you should seriously
check out our servers –
they’re just as good, if not better.