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Coming up with a catchy design for ‘the computer of the future’ is no easy task. That’s why Sun Microsystems Inc opted for an innovative and eye-catching design for its Java-Station network computing device. In keeping with the caffeinated theme, the device resembles a grey and blue plastic kettle. But its appearance did not please everyone. Scott [McNealy] hates the design, says Brian Healy, senior product manager for Sun’s Java Desktop Systems division. He’s always been more of a fan of the pizza box computer. Meanwhile, sources inside Sun report that company chief executive officer McNealy is working on a ‘For internal use only’ document that encapsulates his beliefs about Sun and the computer industry. And it’s no lame memo either, explains Anil Gadre, who heads up marketing at Sun. I saw the first draft, it was so extreme I recommended a toning down, he says.

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