Sunday, April 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Robert Metcalfe

Happy birthday Robert Metcalfe, born on this day 1946. Metcalf is credited with co-inventing the Ethernet which is celebrating its 40 year anniversary this year. Metcalfe's Law, which first defined the network effect before the network effect was the network effect, was also named after him.

Ethernet enabled computers to communicate within a LAN transfering data to and fro, and brought internet juice to our machines before there was wi-fi.
But more entertainingly, he should also be known for being Technology's worst predictor.  He claimed mobile telecommunications was a fad, called the Open Source movement the Open Sores Movement, and was convinced the internet would collapse.

Metcalfe now does professor things at The University of Texas at Austin, probably not teaching Linux.

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