Edward was a frequent and wickedly-brilliant sparring partner back in
the alt.next and comp.sys.next.advocacy days. Dave Long, in a
roundabout sort of way, I think you'll like him in particular.
Myself, I'm scared of what he knows about metadata, these days...
Your humble servant,
Adam L. Beberg, 25
Some computational problems, such as defeating today's commercial
encryption, strain even the most powerful machines. Adam Beberg has
figured out how to tackle such challenges: Throw the unused time of
10,000 computers at them. Such "distributed computing" promises
greater access to number-crunching power, possibly leading to
scientific and technological breakthroughs. For example, SETI@home, a
search for intelligent life in the universe, is following Beberg's
lead with a distributed computing scheme to analyze radio telescope
data. In a realm with more commercial
significance-encryption-Beberg's ideas have already paid off. In
1997, he founded a nonprofit group called Distributed.net. During the
group's first year, it hosted an alliance of computers called the
Bovine Cooperative, which won a prize by breaking a form of
encryption known as RC5. Beberg left Distributed.net in April to work
on Cosm, an open-source distributed computing project. Says former
colleague Michael Labriola, now CEO of Invisible Web Publishing: "The
ideas that came intuitively to him could literally change the world."
Edward is relatively anonymous. I was amused to find that we almost
crossed paths much earlier; in 1995 I had to decide between joining
Blackbird or W3C -- I think I did OK :-)
Otherwise, see you this weekend, I hope...