Old Home Week

I’m in Cambridge for the first W3C Technical Plenary meeting, along with
about 150 other people from many Web-related companies. I
had, of course, expected to see many old friends at the meeting — but
I was surprised when I got down to the ground floor and bumped into Ian
Brackenbury of IBM, who was not here for this meeting but
happened to be staying in the same hotel. Since we needed to talk
anyway, we had breakfast together, neatly solving my indecision about
where I’d eat.

Then, after the meeting, I visited the part of my group which is housed
at Lotus (across the street from this hotel). And again, I was
surprised — this time by Carol Moore, who was the Webmaster of
www.ibm.com in 1995, soon after we first put it on the air, and who was
visiting from Amsterdam; we chatted for a while before I came back for
the post-meeting reception.

And then I wound up going to dinner with two friends and co-workers from
my days in Boca, Andi Snow-Weaver and Phill Jenkins, both of who are now
with IBM in Austin. We verified our geek credentials by talking about
long-departed hardware (Series/1 computers, to be specific) in the taxi,
but then decided that talking about people and food was more enjoyable,
and that’s what we did for the rest of the evening.

Then I came back to the hotel, flipped on the news, and heard about the
quake in Seattle. I vividly
remember the Loma Prieta quake in ’89, and I’m glad this one doesn’t
seem to have been nearly as harmful.

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