Talking with students is really stimulating

JRP Reflecting

Reflection – written February 12 , 1997

Occasionally I get an invitation to speak about the Future of the Internet at a university. In the summer of 1996 I visited Lehigh University (my alma mater) and spoke at a combined session of the ACM and IEEE membership. This was a technical audience. I asked how many were writing Java programs and all the hands went up. Later in the year I went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the invitation of Professor Ron LaPorte of the University of Pittsburgh to visit the College of Epidemiology . Ron is leading some terrific work called the Global Health Network . I got the chance to meet some wonderful and creative people who are collaborating to improve the health of the world. While I was in town I took the opportunity to visit Transarc , a great technology company owned by IBM. In February 1997 I visited at The JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. A group of 100+ faculty and students heard my views about the Internet but more importantly stimulated my thinking through an extended Q&A session. I told them they were the most fortunate graduating class in many years because they are about to enter a networked world of e-business and they could be the entrepreneurs who would help create it.

Universities where I have given lectures or participated on panels

  • Harvard University
  • Lehigh University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northwestern University
  • Temple University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh

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Peking Duck And Sumo Wrestlers

Sumo WrestlerThe first day I made an early start from the hotel and went to visit Konishiki-zeki at his Sumo wrestler garage. Next I traveled to Yamato, Japan. It was quite a drive from Tokyo but the taxi driver had a GPS receiver and display. Got us right to the door. At Yamato, I met with our internet research team from the IBM Tokyo Research facility to preview technologies for our virtual online laboratory, called alphaWorks . alphaWorks is a place where IBM posts developing research technologies available for free download on the Internet. One of the technologies, developed in Yamato, currently on alphaWorks is the Aglets Workbench (live link). It is a visual environment for building network-based applications using mobile agents to search for, access, and manage coporate data and other information. Take a look and let us know what you think.
While in Tokyo, I stayed at the Hotel Okura. One of the most interesting aspects of this hotel is the ability to register for your favorite pillow, whether you like them fluffy, flat or plump. Once you have made a selection, the hotel keeps a record of your pillow for future visits. Now this is a service I could get used too! The Okura also has a magnificent Chinese restaurant that I love to return to when I am in town.
And then it was on to Singapore for Internet World, where I delivered the keynote speech to open the trade show. After the keynote we held a press briefing, where we outlined the basics of the IBM e-business strategy . Those of you who attend Spring, can hear me speak on Thursday, March 13 at 1:15 pm in Los Angeles.
My colleagues and I had dinner at the Java Restaurant in Boat Quay, particularly appropritate since IBM’s program director of Java marketing was with me on this trip. I am particularly fond of Malaysian food.
It was another honor to have lunch with the Share Guide Association of Singapore and discuss how the Internet may impact their businesses. It was great as always to hear what different business are doing with the internet.
During the evening, I was able to sneak a little free time to see the beautiful city. My colleagues and I headed for China town, where we went shopping in a multi-story department store that specialized in items from China, called Chin Wa. We had a great time wandering around the shopping stalls, looking at the local merchandise and had a great Chinese dinner.
The city was just getting ready for the Chinese New Year, and decorations were all over the city. The weather was nice and warm. Overall it was a great trip!

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Peking duck and Sumo wrestlers

JRP Reflecting

    Reflection – written January 22 , 1997

The first day I made an early start from the hotel and went to visit Konishiki-zeki at his Sumo wrestler garage. Next I traveled to Yamato, Japan. It was quite a drive from Tokyo but the taxi driver had a GPS receiver and display. Got us right to the door. At Yamato, I met with our internet research team from the IBM Tokyo Research facility to preview technologies for our virtual online laboratory, called alphaWorks . alphaWorks is a place where IBM posts developing research technologies available for free download on the Internet. One of the technologies, developed in Yamato, currently on alphaWorks is the Aglets Workbench (live link). It is a visual environment for building network-based applications using mobile agents to search for, access, and manage coporate data and other information. Take a look and let us know what you think.
While in Tokyo, I stayed at the Hotel Okura. One of the most interesting aspects of this hotel is the ability to register for your favorite pillow, whether you like them fluffy, flat or plump. Once you have made a selection, the hotel keeps a record of your pillow for future visits. Now this is a service I could get used too! The Okura also has a magnificent Chinese restaurant that I love to return to when I am in town.
And then it was on to Singapore for Internet World, where I delivered the keynote speech to open the trade show. After the keynote we held a press briefing, where we outlined the basics of the IBM e-business strategy . Those of you who attend Spring, can hear me speak on Thursday, March 13 at 1:15 pm in Los Angeles.
My colleagues and I had dinner at the Java Restaurant in Boat Quay, particularly appropritate since IBM’s program director of Java marketing was with me on this trip. I am particularly fond of Malaysian food.
It was another honor to have lunch with the Share Guide Association of Singapore and discuss how the Internet may impact their businesses. It was great as always to hear what different business are doing with the internet.
During the evening, I was able to sneak a little free time to see the beautiful city. My colleagues and I headed for China town, where we went shopping in a multi-story department store that specialized in items from China, called Chin Wa. We had a great time wandering around the shopping stalls, looking at the local merchandise and had a great Chinese dinner.
The city was just getting ready for the Chinese New Year, and decorations were all over the city. The weather was nice and warm. Overall it was a great trip!

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People

I get to work with a lot of great people. I really enjoy working with Irving Wladawsky-Berger and Lou Gerstner. Irving was just included in The Elite 100 of Upside Magazine and Lou was on the cover. Lou was also just on the cover of BusinessWeek. A nice story about IBM was inside. I’ll be adding links to other people I work with soon.

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Recreational Vehicles

Most of my fun things are high technology electronic things like computers. However, when I get a chance to get away for a break I also like RV’s. Here are pictures and a little history on each of them.

1977 Honda CT-70 TrailBike

Soon to be twenty years old, our trailbike has 2,290 miles on it as of September 1, 1996. It has never been outside of the small lakeside community where we use it. About 5 years ago a neighbor of ours gave the trailbike to us. He had bought it originally for his children who are now grown up. The one catch was that it needed “some” work. Turned out to be about $600 worth but it has worked great ever since. Well, until recently when the muffler went bad. I searched everywhere, new and used, to find one and finally got a used one for $80! The new ones were $85 but Honda discontinued them. I took a chance and bought the 15+ year old muffler and it turned out to be in good shape. Didn’t fit right but after some reengineering of the brackets it now works like a champ. Lots of fun puttering around in the woods with this.

1987 Kawasaki 220 Bayou

Kawasaki has a lot of interesting things about the Bayou on their Web site. Their Bayou’s look so nice and new. Here is a picture of my dirty ten year old one. It has about 2,400 miles on it as of September 1, 1996. Not much more than the Honda trailbike but in quite a few less years. It provides a lot of utility for moving things around and it also tows the JetSki from the lake.To see a full size picture (50KB), click on the image

1996 Yamaha WaveVenture 700

The WaveVenture is the latest addition to the RV collection. Never thought I would want one. In fact some people were quoting me the other day as having suggested they be banned from the lake. Maybe after turning 50 things like this get more interesting! I really enjoy going out on the lake early in the morning or just before dusk when there is very little choppiness in the water. The top speed I have reached is 51 mph. It will do about 40 with two adults and something less with three. As of September 1, it has about 32 hours on it. To see a full size picture (50KB), click on the image.

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