August 30, 2004
Happy Birthday Internet?
CNN is proclaiming this Thursday the anniversary of the Internet at 35. Their start point is Sept 2, 1969, when "computer scientists at UCLA linked two bulky computers using a 15-foot gray cable, testing a new way to exchange data over networks."
Of course, the date of the Internet's "birth" isn't exactly a given, as a quick review of some other histories of the Internet shows. A very nice collection of sites to browse if you're at all into this history.
August 25, 2004
An Intermetrics alum
I just was browsing some search terms, and came across an entry for Intermetrics, a company I worked at many, many moons ago. Intermetrics, or I2 as it was known, was a wonderful place to work--even if I had missed the very early glory days (pre-1980). Intermetrics was a software tools company; it was founded by five guys from MIT; see Tony Flanders' history for the early days.
I spent 10 years there (from '83 to '94) in a variety of tech jobs...I did system admin in CFD for the first half ( RSX and VMS) and did tech peripheral in SPD (QA/tech support/tech writing) the second half before moving to Pittsburgh (and the web) in '94. After I left, I2 was acquired like 80 bazillion times; it's not really recognizable any more.
Microsoft offends globally
Well, my favorite (perhaps apocryphal) bad internationalization story is that Pepsi's slogan "Come alive with Pepsi" was translated in German to essentially mean "Come alive out of the grave with Pepsi." But now it's Microsoft's turn to have their globalization gaffes made public.
CNET has these highlights in How eight pixels cost Microsoft millions:
The Guardian has its own take in Microsoft pays dear for insults through ignorance .
Survey on white papers
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August 19, 2004
Another keyword ad miss
Oops, forgot to blog this the other day. It's another funny mismatch of article content and keyword-based ads. The article is about freestyle swimming, and all the ads are about a brand of diabetes test monitor called "FreeStyle."
August 17, 2004
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