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· · 2005
· · · September
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Galaxy · Sun an­nounced a bunch of new com­put­ers to­day. I’m a com­put­er geek and I love work­ing for a com­put­er com­pa­ny! I haven’t got my hands on any of these pup­pies yet, but if you plow through the reams of mar­ket­ing ver­biage, it looks to me like the three main claims are: (1) the highest-performance x64 server­s, (2) the most space-efficient en­ter­prise prod­uct­s, and (3) the most power-efficient en­ter­prise prod­uct­s, (uh, I as­sume by “enterprise product” they mean “computer”, just guess­ing). All mar­ket­ing cyn­i­cism aside, these num­bers look pret­ty #$!%^! hot to me. Un­der my geek hat I’m per­son­al­ly more in­ter­est­ed in the up­com­ing Ni­a­gara line; but stil­l, these Galaxy things look like nifty box­es. [Up­date: Wes Fel­ter of IBM says I (and Sun) am full of it, that our box­es are just clones. Wel­l, I be­lieve there are big dif­fer­ences in the specs on the num­ber of port­s, and of disks, and on the pow­er sup­plies, but I’m the first to ad­mit that I’m a hard­ware ig­no­ra­mus. That’s why I point­ed to that page full of bench­mark­s; bench­marks aren’t per­fec­t, but these seem to sug­gest, like I said, that the Galax­ies are stink­ing fast box­es. Al­so, to be fair, Wes linked to this neat In­foWorld piece.] [Up­date: Another da­ta point from Alex Har­den. I couldn’t fig­ure out why you’d want four net­work jack­s, but Alex does. I showed Alex’s piece to one of our x64 heav­ies and said “good, al­though we need to make it clear that we crush xeon mp.”]
 
Got XML News? · In­ter­est­ing times in the world of XML. Now, At­lanta in Novem­ber may not be Paris in the spring, but it’s go­ing to be XML World Head­quar­ters Nov. 14-18, and the dead­line for late-breaking-news pa­pers is this Fri­day the 16th, so if you’ve got a sto­ry to tel­l, now’s the time.
 
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