FlogDailyHerald: The CIT

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First of all, before I start this Flog, I would like to say that there are many great things about the Thomas J. Watson, Sr., Center for Information Technology. I am grateful that the University has provided such an institution, that the CS department that the CIT represents is so excellent, and that both the equipment and the inhabitants people are great. However, some things about the building itself just don’t make sense…

The Sunlab

First of all, the Sunlab is a misnomer in two senses. First, and most obviously, there is no sun in the Sunlab, which is somewhat depressing for those of us who live work there. Second, the Sunlab was named after Sun Microsystems, because all of the computers in the Sunlab are built by Sun Microsystems. Err, were—those computers were replaced. Also, this upcoming January will be the fourth anniversary of Sun Microsystems’ acquisition by Oracle. Meaning that the namesake of the lab hasn’t existed for approximately four years. I guess it’s a nice historical thing? Continue Reading