November, 1996: Network Computing and the Sun JavaStation
At the November meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users Group, Bill Meine
(Systems Engineer at
and FRUUG executive committee member)
gave a talk on Network Computers in general and gave a demonstration of
Sun's new JavaStation. Because Bill is an SE (and generally good natured)
special "Buzzword Bingo" cards were passed out beforehand (unbeknownst to Bill).
To Bill's credit, his presentation was almost finished when the first Bingo
The JavaStation is a very capable desktop computer exposing a Java
Virtual Machine to host Java applications. While similar to a browser
running on a personal computer,
the JavaStation has no software installed, gets what it needs from
servers on the network, and may be replaced at will with no software reload or
configuration. The cost of maintenance and administration of this kind of
device can be ten times lower than that of PCs.
are available online; the only trick to reading them is that you
must click on the Sun logo to go to the next slide.
If you really love the idea of playing buzzword bingo at your next
meeting you can get your own full-color
PostScript version (78K).