March 8, 2006

Raytheon Kiosk

I had several requests to see the work I did for the thin clients at Raytheon, so here we go . . .

When I first started at Raytheon, a few people asked me about my background with SunRays, Sun’s thin clients. I explained that I worked with them since they first came out. Next thing I knew, I am the main guy! Pictures are worth a thousand words, so here we go:

When I first started working on the SunRay project, the menu looked very plain.
(Click on the pictures to view full-sized image)

Well, I sat down and started to learn dtksh, a language for making GUIs (Graphical User Interfaces). I also did some research and found a way to allow the users to change the resolution of the screen (most people hated the 1600×1200, too small). After a few months of hacking, I came up with this:

There was an initial applause, but it quickly vanished. There were still some big issues, like the users wanted to know what resolution they were at before having to select one. The other big issue was the Windows button. We had a “cluster” of two WTS servers, but the user enviornments would not replicate properly. We decided to just get rid of the cluster and split the users alphabetically. I rewrote the menu and came up with this:

There were still some people who wanted to be able to connect to other Windows systems from the thin clients, so I wrote a menu just for them:

I think I am getting the hang of this!

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