Follow my latest cycling adventures and miscellaneous musings in my blog. I had a great time raising funds and riding for Best Buddies again this year, and look forward to returning again next year.
In the summer of 1996, I left my native New Jersey behind, moving to sunny California, where I had a downhill adventure on a pair of inline skates and finally experienced my first earthquake.
Since 1990, I have been an active volunteer with Learning Ally (formerly known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic), where I record technical material from books in computer science, psychology, and related fields.
At Transmeta, I created the Transmeta Lab for Compatibility (TLC), the Quality Assurance organization that ensured that the Crusoe microprocessor would run any device or piece of x86 software you might feed it.
Over the years, I have contributed to various editions of Mark Sobell's A Practical Guide to . . . books; most recently, A Practical Guide to LINUX.
I managed XUNET 2, a cross-country ATM network that linked AT&T Bell Laboratories with several universities and government labs. XUNET 2 provided the infrastructure for the BLANCA testbed. I was also involved with the Plexus Project, providing 100 Mbps fiber optic network connections for two New Jersey schools:
Before that, I managed the Computing Facilities for the Dept. of Computer Science at Princeton University.
Improbably enough, my Erdős number is 4. You might enjoy Paul Hoffman's book The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth.
My bibliography in the Computer Science Bibliography Collection is pretty complete.
On April 27, 1994 I did a "tour" of the Internet on live television as part of a six-hour science marathon, Live from AT&T Bell Labs! (What was I thinking?!) The workstation's window manager had a nasty habit of crashing when the color map filled up, as it did ten minutes before we went on the air. Luckily, we got through our segment unscathed. At the same time, I broadcast the entire show over the Internet to a world-wide MBone (Multi-cast Backbone) audience, much to the fascination of the professional TV crew.
How many of my early favorite Web sites, collected mostly during the summer of 1994, are still around?
On Saturday, April 8, 1995 I gave two presentations in the Murray Hill, NJ auditorium, as part of the AT&T Bell Labs World of Science Seminar series. The topic of my lecture was Cruising the Information Superhighway. The World of Science series ran from 1984 through 2001, with lectures geared toward high school students and teachers that were open to the general public.
My tour on the lecture circuit included Kauai in January, Manila in April, Memphis in May, Caracas in November, and many places in between. Here are some blurbs about the talks I delivered in Washington DC and Wilmington, Delaware.
In 2000, I completed a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the USENIX Association.
In 1994, I completed a two-year term on SAGE's first elected board of directors. SAGE is the System Administrators' Guild, the first special technical group sponsored by the USENIX Association.
MPEG clip (5.6 MBytes) from
The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, broadcast July 7, 1995.
Appearing in award-winning interactive CD-ROM
Understanding the Information Superhighway: Envisioneering with Technologies
Telecommunications on the CD-ROM
Changing Channels . . . Careers of the 21st Century
|Popular Mechanics, Inside Bell Labs, August 1994|
I love to read, and it's a privilege to exercise my knowledge and my voice through Learning Ally to share the printed word with those who can't. Most recently, I read 17 pages from Microsoft Visual Basic 2010: RELOADED, by Zak in Chapter 2 (Creating a User Interface).
Every Learning Ally studio can use more volunteers, especially those with expertise in content areas such as math, science (all areas), computer science, linguistics, economics, and psychology. Learning Ally primarily records textbooks; the users are typically college students or graduate students. I volunteer at the Palo Alto Studio of Learning Ally; before I moved west, I worked with the Princeton Studio.
Please consider helping: Volunteering requires only 1.5 to 2 hours per week. For more information, contact a studio near you!