Old Friends and New: Welcomes all around.

Rohit Khare (rohit@bordeaux.ICS.uci.edu)
Wed, 25 Feb 1998 03:12:50 -0800

The past exists to mock me, eh? Welcome to Ian, who I have to admit, I
almost lost track. After the horror of realizing that unnamed software
developers cite FoRK as positive news, the flood of NII Summer
Institute memories rushed back. I don't think I slept that entire
week. It was a fun and intense review of the frontiers, with much
schmoozing by all. That's where I first met Phil Agre, whose class I'm
in this term, and Stuart Haber, one of the principals at Surety
(timestamping). Unfortunately all of my notes were stored as digital
ink on an NCR3125 notepad whose boot disk died last year. Sigh.

Anyhow, glad to see you again, Ian! (but please don't release your
80's archive site upon the world!)

Second, welcome to Newton Lee, Disney Online. We found him surfing for
Alan Kay. He's so cool, he *already* had lunch with Alan:


Newton, there's a few folks from commwerks here, who have been known to work
with another tentacle, Disney Channel online. And we're all waiting to hear
about your next "Rendezvous with Amazing Women of the Web" :-)


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Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 01:39:35 -0800
To: fork-request@xent.ics.uci.edu
From: Ian Andrew Bell <ian_bell@bc.sympatico.ca>
Subject: Return to FoRK s'more..

Well, I don't expect either of you to remember, but Rohit put me on this
mailing list after meeting me at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque
in the summer of 1994. That year we were flown in by the university for a
pseudo-"conference" on the National Information Infrastructure.

I was the guy from Canada, which I guess was my only distinguishing
character feature. I have such an inspiring presence!

Anyways, since then I went off and did some nifty web and TCP/IP
applications stuff. I also wrote a cheesy technical book:


..so I guess this makes me famous for the 12,738 people who've bought copies
of it.

Now I'm in senior management for BC TEL Interactive in Canada (yes.. still
here in Winterland). I help drive the technological imperatives that keep
this company a few steps ahead of the rest of the consumer and business
internet access and services market. By June we will have more than half of
all of the Internet users in our province, so I figure I'm doing an OK job.

So anyways, today this developer is pitching me on some software I'm looking
to deploy as a service offering, and he mentions something he read on your
mailing list. I instantly recognized the name and thought I'd step in and
see what you guys were up to for a while. So... count me in!

My personal web site is at: <http://ian.cafe.net>

Seeya. Nice to see you're not still hopelessly devoted to NextSTEP.