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Jul. 27th, 2004

Some bad news out of the 'plex on the eve of the IPO. Brian Reid has filed a lawsuit against his former employers, who he claims terminated him based on his age and poor health. He was a principal contributor to AV in its early days, as the director of Digital's Network Systems Lab. They designed the initial AV web serving architecture and also supported its network connectivity.

Brian Reid extended myself and members of the firewall group I was part of at Digital the courtesy of attending NSL group meetings. I appreciated that because I felt more a part of what was going on in the labs. Things like this tend to get ugly (especially for the plaintiff); hopefully things will turn out ok for him.

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slfisher
Jul. 28th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC)
The name Brian Reid sounds really familiar. Wasn't he a big nerd muckymuck back in the earlier days of the Internet?
gregbo
Jul. 29th, 2004 12:06 am (UTC)
Yes. Among his accomplishments are Stanford professor and campus computing advocate; moderator of rec.food.cooking; maintainer of the usenet maps; municipal cable Internet access advocate for Palo Alto.
cellio
Jul. 29th, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC)
And, if I recall correctly, author of a word-processing program called Scribe that I used back at CMU in the early 80s. I don't know which came first, Scribe or LaTeX, but the former came more easily to me.
gregbo
Jul. 30th, 2004 12:50 am (UTC)
Yes, he developed Scribe also. I used it to format my bachelor's thesis.

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