Google + Sun == ?

4 10 2005

I’m currently tuned in to the McNealy-Schmidt webcast, waiting for it to begin. In a minute or so we’ll see what all the excitement’s about.

10:35 — There it goes … a bit more than a minute later ;).

10:44 — The real meat is just coming out now … McNealy talking about Java and the Google Toolbar. WTF?

10:46 — Google is going to become a Sun customer. Really?

10:48 — Andy Bechtolsheim coming onstage.

10:49 — Now it’s Eric’s turn to speak. He’s extolling the virtues of Java. I always thought that Google’s usage of Java was pretty marginal. (Lost most of his speech, as my daughter was requiring attention. At some time, also Jonathan Schwartz came onstage).

10:55 — Lava lamp? Is that the big innovation? 😉 Time for questions from the audience. I have the sensation I lost most of the really important things that were announced … too much confusion here.

11:09 — Lost the rest of the webcast. I guess you cannot be 100% a geek when you have a family, but that’s alright.

Later: Apologies, but I haven’t done a very good job of transcripting the highlights of the webcast. If you want to know more, I suggest starting from here and downloading the webcast replay when it’s available. Of course, the whole blogosphere is probably abuzz now with comments and wild guesses. In my opinion, what we heard is much less than what most commentators expected: just a distribution deal, whereas many were speculating wildly about a possible web-based implementation of some OpenOffice features on the web, using Google’s infrastructure and programming skills. But maybe this is just the beginning of what we’ll see in the future.



2 responses

4 10 2005

I feel like the guy outside the stadium, listening to the game on AM radio.

Thanks for the play-by-play. I arrived too late to launch the webcast and I’m not seeing much yet from the other bloggers.

5 10 2005
Agylen » Google on Sun hardware?

[…] Rethinking about yesterday’s webcast, it occurred to me that maybe the idea of Google adopting Sun hardware is not so ludicrous after all. We all know that Google uses commodity hardware by the tens of thousands because it’s cheaper and because if one machine breaks, hundreds of others are available to take up its load. […]

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