Friday Wrap + Victorian Computing; New Comm Forum
It's been a productive week:
Dinner with Gil Shwed, CEO of Check Point Software, one of the most profitable software companies on the planet.
Interview with Microsoft's head of privacy Brendon Lynch. I ask him about MSFT's policy on China.
Lunch with Mike Lynch, head of Autonomy, the second largest European software company.
Plus don't miss:
- Victorian Technology: Five Ton Charles Babbage Engine Comes to Computer History Museum
Commissioned by Nathan Myhrvold. He'll also be giving a lecture on May 1: An Evening with Nathan Myhrvold and Doron Swade: Discussing Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine
This five-ton Engine is one of only two Charles Babbage’s computing engines ever built, consisting of 8,000 parts of bronze, cast iron and steel and measuring 11 feet long and 7 feet high. It was designed to calculate and print mathematical tables. Come to see the docents “crank” the Engine and watch it mechanically calculate - an arresting spectacle of automatic computing.
The exhibit launch and open house, a Victorian-themed event, promises a stunning display of Babbage’s elegant design and inspired engineering. His designs for vast mechanical calculating engines rank as one of the startling achievements of the 19th century.
- Coming up New Comm Forum April 22 to 25th
I will be speaking a the always excellent New Communications Forum 2008. It will be at the beautiful Vineyard Creek Inn & Spa in Sonoma county, just an hour or so north of San Francisco. You can use discount code NCF8SP.
I will be on the podium with Shel Israel and Jim Long. Here is Shel to explain: http://redcouch.typepad.com/weblog/2008/04/new-media-jim-t.html