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Perspective on the SPARC Product Directory

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor and publisher ACSL 1991 to 2018

My publication - the SPARC Product Directory played a role in accelerating the growth of the SPARC (Scalable Processor ARChitecture) systems market in the 1990s by helping users, VARs and oems easily find compatible products and suppliers from hundreds of SPARC compatible oems.

I'd like to thank everyone (including all the readers, contributors, vendors, customers and other Sun-SPARC-Solaris publishers and ORGs in the market - including thousands of key people inside Sun Microsystems itself) who helped make this independently funded publication possible during an exciting period in the computer market.

From around 2003 onwards - a period which I later called "the modern era of SSDs" the torch for igniting momentous changes in data driven architectures moved onto the SSD and memoryfication market.

As the creator and original publisher of I was in the lucky position with the help of my readers and contributors of being a memorist for the market and evangelist for speeding up its adoption from 1998 to 2018.

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In 2019 I will begin my retired state as scribbler at
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From 1998 to 2018 I published a guide called

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SPARC Product Directory 1996 print edition

In 1996 the 5th annual edition of the SPARC Product Directory (shown above - with an ad by Antares Microsystems on the front cover) began life as a printed book - but by the middle of 1996 it also had a parallel life on the web. The web gave us access to a much larger readership - which peaked at hundreds of thousands of unique SPARC readers a year. That seemed huge to me at that time - but by 2000 it had been overtaken by our new OS agnostic guide - called

The picture below shows you the first page of the contents page from the same 1996 edition - with a facing ad by Force Computers.
SPD 1996 contents page

Below you can see a an example of the SPARC Product Directory's home page in about December 1998. In those days the web pages for optimised for the Netscape browser and very large screens. ("Optimised" well enough to attract over 40,000 unique readers / month at that time anyway.)
SPD home 1998 to 1999

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