I'm always happy when a company or product adopts Unicode as its charset. I think it makes perfect sense to do so. There are lots of good reasons why standardizing on Unicode is the right thing:
They do great work over there on the java.sun.com editorial team, and they've been improving the site with lots of videos lately. The last three featured content pieces have been videos. That's excellent work, but it's inaccessible for a couple reasons.
Last month Sun announced it had acquired MySQL, which may very well be the most influential and widespread open source database in the world. Aside from a few announcements, there wasn't nearly as much comment on this as I expected.
Here are the databases that I see being supported at Sun:
I've been working with a company that creates a chat system that helps companies sell more of their products online. The backend is all Java, complete with Spring, servlets...all good Java stuff. The frontend is...well, it's Flash.
Recently I had the opportunity to investigate and write about the Swing Application Framework. Included in that framework is a clever resource injection feature.
Admittedly I'm just learning about the Swing Fuse project, which also provides resource injection.
A business associate recently asked me about the availability of a JRE on the Playstation, X-Box, and Wii. He wants to run his Java media jukebox software on those systems.
After using a Macbook Pro for almost a year, I've returned it to my employer. The FedEx package should arrive today at their doorstep. What a beautiful machine! What a crisp display! What a cool, little magnetic power supply connector that drops off without pulling my laptop to the floor!
After almost 8 years at Sun, I'm moving on. I have enjoyed every minute of my employment here. But business plans, products, and teams change.