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Sep 08, 1999, 15:55 (4 Talkback[s])

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"Sun... unveiled a book-sized device called Sun Ray, which foregoes what it called previous 'half measures' in network computing that have failed to meet with much success.

Sun's innovation is a simple input/output device, a keyboard and a switch for connecting to the Internet or other networks, with zero ability to compute or process on its own. It follows the vision of co-founder and visionary Bill Joy, who says 'complexity should be absorbed in the network, not thrust on the user.' "

"Sun also feels its network offering was enhanced by its acquisition last week of the Star office software, a suite of applications being offered for free over the Internet. Previous network computers were unable to offer the word processing, spreadsheet and other applications Star provides, to compete with Microsoft, the dominant office productivity software."

" 'The architecture takes computing to a new level by taking it off the desktop,' said Duane Northcutt, chief scientist for Sun's information appliance division. "You have something on the desktop that does not have to be constantly upgraded and maintained.' "

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