Sun CEO Tweets Resignation in Haiku

Jonathan Schwartz manned the CEO helm at Sun Microsystems for almost four years. But now that the company's been sold to Oracle, he's tweeting off into the sunset. Hey, at least he counted his haiku syllables right. » 2/04/10 11:54am 2/04/10 11:54am

Kodak Goes After Apple and RIM On Patent Infringement

Kodak's been on the decline for some time, but they're showing some fight today with ITC complaints against Apple and RIM, and two full-on lawsuits against Apple in US District court. The issue, as always, is patents. » 1/14/10 10:38am 1/14/10 10:38am

Why Did Apple Drop ZFS From Snow Leopard?

In 2008, Apple announced that we would see ZFS as part of Snow Leopard Server, but a year later our copies are shipping with ZFS nowhere to be found. What went wrong? And will we ever get ZFS? » 8/31/09 10:20pm 8/31/09 10:20pm

Game Over for Sun's "Game Changing" 16-Core Rock CPU

In the wake of their buyout by Oracle, Sun Microsystems has canned their 16-core Rock chip project—once touted by the company as a "game changer," and their answer to IBM's latest Power CPUs—after five years of development. This represents the second major chip offering from Sun to be shelved in recent years. [NYT] » 6/16/09 4:55pm 6/16/09 4:55pm

Why Oracle Bought Sun Microsystems for $7.4 Billion

Why did Oracle pay $7.4 billion for Sun Microsystems after the IBM pulled out before pulling the trigger? Two things says Oracle CEO Larry Ellison: Java and the Solaris operating system. [Computerworld] » 4/20/09 3:59pm 4/20/09 3:59pm

Nearly Official: $7 Billion Sun Swallowed By IBM

We mentioned the rumor before, but NYT is now reporting an all-but-done deal: IBM will buy Sun Microsystems, and all its succulent intellectual property, for just under $7 billion. [NYT] » 4/03/09 3:39pm 4/03/09 3:39pm

Sun Storing The Entire Internet In a Shipping Container

How do you store three petabytes (that's 3,145,728 GB) of web pages for the Internet Archive? You put them in a datacenter housed in a shipping container. » 3/26/09 8:20pm 3/26/09 8:20pm

Java Phone: Sun Microsystems and Samsung May Be Developing Cheaper…

Rumor has it that Sun Microsystems and Samsung are jointly developing a "Java Phone" that is cheaper and more feature rich than Apple's iPhone. Details are scarce, but a Samsung spokesperson confirmed that a meeting has taken place between the two companies regarding the phone, but the details of that conversation… » 10/10/07 5:10pm 10/10/07 5:10pm

Sun's JavaFX Hopes to Give Cellphones an Extra Kick

Sun Microsystems has its eyes on the iPhone, and in order to beat it has announced a new cellphone technology dubbed JavaFX. The new software is essentially a mobile version of Java meant to provide cellphones with a clean, streamlined interface. The phone on the right is an example of what a cellphone with JavaFX… » 5/08/07 11:08am 5/08/07 11:08am

Sun T1 Chip To Use Less Electricity

Sun Microsystems has decided to come into the ring swinging with its latest microprocessor called the UltraSparc T1. Codenamed Niagara (boy, that's ominous huh?), the chip uses around 70 watts of electricity, which is at least 30 percent less than most other microprocessors. It consists of eight processing cores on… » 11/15/05 6:13am 11/15/05 6:13am