For 7 years we have had a nice safe internet environment at home.
The whole family have been using SunRay thin terminals that were protected by multiple layers.
Beyond the SunRays we have supported a variety of other devices
Over the years this has kept all our data safe and it has resisted attempts by teenagers to get at content, that I didn't want them to get to.
It has meant some inconveniences.
Since the original purchase 7 years ago we have been able to use entirely legal software on the Sun server and all the SunRays, have it updated many times and all for zero cost.
Let me repeat that. Since buying the Sun server 7 years ago we have spent £0 on software despite many updates and a full set of applications. We have also had zero problems with viruses. Our downtime has been minimal with the server frequently running for months at a time between reboots.
Not only that but the SunRays had other advantages too.
But now without our Sun server I am entering a Brave New World with all these levels of security lost :-( More thoughts on that later.
At a recent meeting of people on twitter one of the things we discussed was how connected we have our various pieces of social media.
For me there are currently five main elements to my use of social media:
Until a few minutes ago I had these pretty much automatically connected. Now I have some separation. So here is how I plan to connect them/cross post.
If I ever have time to bother I might use the features of twitter and facebook to breakdown my followers/friends into groups (family, work, cycling, ...). But I don't expect to make this a very high priority.
I guess that over time I will fine tune this.
The new house is showing more advantages of having thin-clients. We have installed proper Cat5 network cabling with two wall ports in each bedroom plus lounge and dining room. They all connect to a patch panel in the utility room by the server.
This makes life so easy. For example providing wired connections for Xboxes or Wii's to the boys bedrooms.
However, the SunRay thin terminals are so easy to setup that everyone in the house is able to do their own. Jane had managed to clear a desk in our bedroom and so took a SunRay up, connected all the cables including from the patch panel herself. When she took her smartcard from a machine she had been using and put it in the one in the bedroom her screen was exactly as she had left it downstairs (mouse in the same place, same window with focus, same keyboard state).
Imagine how long it would have taken to add an extra PC and put all the applications and documents on it.
Plus of course who wants a noisy big PC in your bedroom when you can have a silent (no fan even) SunRay.
Sadly since Oracle bought Sun it looks to me as if any developments of these fabulous thin clients for homes are unlikely. That is a real pity as with modern broadband performance it is perfectly practical to have a server somewhere out on the internet supporting thin clients in hundreds of homes.
Anyway now that Ubuntu 10.10 (The Maverick Meerkat release) looking stable I'll be upgrading the SunRays soon, sadly it does look as if sound may be impossible on these when using Ubuntu for a while. Seems that the Sun Ray Software Server is not keeping pace with Linux standards for sound.
However, we will get newer versions of OpenOffice as well as all the other packages we use and it will still all be free :-)
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