Map showing location of IBM in Somers, New York

IBM Somers is located in Westchester County, New York just off of Interstate 684. The IBM buildings sit in a large area at the intersection of routes 100, 116, and 138. They are right in the center of this map.

location of IBM in Somers, New York

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Web Video

JRP Reflecting

Reflection – written April 22 , 2000

The world is becoming a world of packets. Email, web pages, phone conversations, radio and TV, and video conferencing. Video will soon be thought of as just another data type. We now take good quality graphics and colors on web pages for granted. Soon we will take high quality video on web pages for granted. In fact it won’t be too long before full screen jitter free video will be a reality on the web. Many sites already provide video content and festivals are happening in many places. The links below may reflect a sample of what the future of Internet video is going to be like.

One of the new dimensions of the world which will be made possible by the advent of high quality Internet video is geo-independence. There are many examples when you think about it. Experts. I define an expert as a person who spends most of their time on an airplane travelling to share their expertise. With high quality video and large flat panel video walls those experts will start leveraging their time much more effectively. Imagine going to a doctor who is on another continent. You will go to a local hospital or clinic. The doctor who is most expert in your particular ailment will be interviewing you from thousands of miles away. He or she will be on a video wall and will seem very close. There is no substitute for the “laying on of the hands” of a doctor but for some situations it may not be necessary. The local staff assists you entering a functional MRI machine. The doctor on the video wall asks you to bend your knee that is giving you such difficulty. You bend your knee and the doctor on the video wall sees what is happening in your brain on a display in his or her office and provides a diagnosis.

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Advanced Internet Technology

Our Internet Technology group is involved in a number of areas. We’ve been responsible for developing and demonstrating leading edge IBM technology in a highly visible fashion over the past four years. Projects have included large, very complex web sites that broke new ground for IBM in scalability (The Patent Database is an example of how *very* large databases can be made widely accessible on the Web), and the distributed computing environments necessary to support sites like the Nagano Olympics, IBM’s corporate home page, and numerous other events. To do this, we invented, integrated, and worked with people and organizations world-wide inside and outside of IBM. Our role is to bring together IBM Research, development, business transformation, and operations organizations through special/advanced projects to develop, integrate, and implement new and innovative technologies.

I think it’s imperative that IBM eats it’s own cooking. Making technology, processes, and services work for ourselves will have huge positive impact on what we are selling to customers. To accomplish this, we have initiatives under way in the areas of computing infrastructure, e-business applications and building blocks such as video conferencing, IP telephony, messaging, and central directories. We do our best to share our skills and expertise.

Most recently we are spending a lot of our time working with Internet2.

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Taiwanese words I learned

Shieh – Shieh: Thank you
Gwang – Hwa: A shopping area that has a lot of electronics
Tzai Chien: Bye bye
Nie how: how are you?
Gei Wuo Shau-Lung-Bao: give me dumpling
La – Der: Spicy

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Asia – December 1999 GPS data

Compass RoseThis post contains GPS readings from some of my travels during 1999 in Asia. The latitudes and longitudes were captured using Garmin GPS devices. Today I use a Magellan handheld and TomTom for vehicles.

Singapore, Republic of Singapore
1 degree 16.352 minutes North
103 degrees 50.673 minutes East
Distance from home: 9,495 miles
Hong Kong, China
22 degrees 16.732 minutes North
114 degrees 9.457 minutes East
Distance from home: 8,029 miles
Taipei, Taiwan
25 degrees 2.036 minutes North
121 degrees 33.689 minutes East
Distance from home: 7,766 miles

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