Sun Microsystems—born in 1982, gone public in 1986, struggling in the 2000s, and absorbed by Oracle in 2010—left its mark on Silicon Valley and the world. In Sun’s wake are 235 000 people who can count themselves as former employees. Its technical splashes continue to ripple through the world today (Sun’s slogan, “the network is the computer”, seems particularly prescient in today’s world of cloud computing). And its legendary pranks have yet to be topped (like “parking” software guru Bill Joy’s Ferrari in a pond and stabbing a giant tree trunk through former CEO Scott McNealy’s office). On Saturday night some 700 former Sun employees gathered in a Mountain View, Calif., parking lot outside Sun’s first corporate headquarters to reminisce, network, and, …

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After the Sun (Microsystems) Sets, the Real Stories Come Out


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