Five Things

OK, OK, I guess it is useless to resist. So, at the risk of revealing far too much about myself, here are five things you probably don't know...about me, that is:

  1. I used to own one of the now-famous GM EV-1 all-electric cars.
    I'm an absolute zealot for innovation and design. I just had to have one. And I drove it every day. It had more than enough range to make it from Palo Alto to San Francisco and back. It was perfect in every way. What else could I need? Particularly when my other “car” was (a very hot) motorcycle. That was the ultimate price/performance leader in adrenaline diffusion and—with the EV-1—the perfect transportation pairing. Ahhh, back roads, high speeds, Highway 1...until I came home one day and noticed the tips missing from my boots. That's when I realized that the risk/reward ratio had dropped under 1.0. Sold it just about the same day. My family was quite pleased. I suspect Jonathan was too.
  2. Contrary to press reports at the time—and once and for all—I did NOT leave Sun in 2004 because of any arguments or disagreements over the Microsoft settlement.
    In fact, I was one of the leading advocates and negotiators of the settlement. And I was/am truly pleased with the outcome. After 14 years, isn't “I just want to do something else for a while” completely understandable? (Oh, by the way, when I came back to Sun after two years at Cassatt, they put me back in the exact same office. Spooky and weird, but I'm over it...I think.)
  3. Undoubtedly like many others in the tech industry, I was one of those kids who used to drive my parents crazy taking apart anything around the house that was mechanical or electronic: TVs, radios, whatever.
    I rewired the intercom, hacked the phone system with boxes black and blue. I also bought one of the first production ICs (oh, how I'm dating myself) and built a cool analog thing. Sooner or later, I'd put everything back together. Sometimes better, sometimes not.
  4. For my first summer job, back in high school, I was a pool lifeguard.
    Greatest job in the world for anyone that age. I kept telling my kids when they were that age (actually, one still is) that you've got to do this. Let me see: one hour on and then one off, in the Sun, keeping an eye out while talking to, um, interesting people standing at the base of your perch. Yeah, there was the occasional diaper thing, but I also registered one actual save. Priceless.
  5. I worked for Sun's first OEM partner—a company called ComputerVision—back in the Boston area.
    Always a software guy, I was one of the people on the team that chose between Apollo and Sun as we migrated from our proprietary systems. And the rest, as they say, is history.

So for my personal edification and the joy of interrupting people with already busy lives, let me name a few friends, associates and luminaries to share in the joy of being tagged:

  • Mike Dillon—General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Sun—and one of the very few senior people in the legal side of the industry who is both brave and creative enough to blog. This man single-handedly takes the wind out of every lawyer joke ever told.
  • Rob Gingell—CTO of Cassatt, Sun Fellow Emeritus, Sun Chief Engineer Emeritus—a perfect example of why working in our industry, with people like Rob, is a joy.
  • James Gosling—What do I need to add?—other than ditto the last part of the above.
  • Chris Shipley—Producer of the DEMO conference—has a great eye for the new, cool and relevant.
  • Steve Wilson—Head of our Sun Connection programs—doesn't ever sleep, so he can knock this off, day or night.
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