About this blog

I am a former computer executive (Intel Vice President of Corp. Business Development) a company that I joined in 1984 and left in 1999.  I started working with computers in 1966.  I love technology.  I love music especially playing jazz piano.  Business while still a part of my life,  no longer defines my life.  This blog is an opportunity for me to capture some of the thing I have been sharing with friends and colleagues.  And if others enjoy or benefit that that is all the better.

I would appreciate comments on my posts.

avram miller

4 thoughts on “About this blog

    • Avram: Did you mean for me to comment? I am not sure. I have tried to call you but have not been successful. I tried your Israly number but it did not connect me. Perhabs I need more numbers to reach Israel.This is a wonderful picture of you as an infant. I do not remember ever seeing it before. You can see the famly features. Thank you for sending it!Love to you and Deb…Have a great trip

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  1. Hi, Avram.

    One of the reasons you are on my “favorite people” list, although we did not work together very long, is that the day after John Lennon was shot you and I were the only ones at DEC wearing all black. (Yes, you may do that anyway but it seemed like a good statement at the time.)

    It’s a sign of how long I’ve lived in MA that BPL means Boston Public Library.

    I’ve been on the fringes of the Boston area M&A community for many years and am tempted to go to the Boston Chapter of the ACM September 19 Dealmaker breakfast where Jeff Taylor will speak on “The Social Web Beyond the Big 3: MySpace, Facebook & YouTube” He was monster.com founder/CEO and is now doing Eons (Facebook for boomers, presumably with age-appropriate advertising). You correctly identify one of the problems… this is all very interesting, time consuming, and hard to organize and/or manage.

    Which brings me to my recent reading list. As time goes by I enjoy reading pop economics more and have always enjoyed idea rich pop business books. Recommend: David Weinberger’s Everything is Miscellaneous; Paul Ormerod’s Why Most Things Fail; Tim Harford’s The Undercover Economist; Steven Levitt’s Freakonomics; and the latest from Clayton Christensen: Seeing What’s Next. Also trying to finish WICKED.

    Keep the faith!

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  2. Dear Avram,

    With great pleasure I have read your blog and your history/career. It is a truly fascinating story. I came finally across your details only recently, although, I am already working at the Thoraxcenter as well for the past 30 years. Of course you already left, but I have heard your name several times and have seen some pictures from the early 70’s when the Thoraxcenter organized the Computers in cardiology congresses. To give you some information about my background, I studied electronic engineering and did an internship at the cathlab of the Thoraxcenter in 1985, which I first was introduced too just a year before that as a patient. Mid 1985 the first illegal heart transplantation was performed and they were allowed to do that on a regular basis by the Dutch goverment.

    So I started working as a cathlab technician, but was fascinated by the introduction of the PC’s, at that time the commodore 64 was very popular and decided to follow evening classes for the next 8 years to get a degree in technical computer sciences. Almost after finishing that I was transferred from the cathlab to the computer department you started. Cees Zeelenberg, also left as your first successor the Thoraxcenter and was followed by Niek van der Putten. As heaving be involved mostly in imaging, e.g. coronary angiography, the head of the Thoraxcenter at that time, after he was the successor of Prof. Paul Hugenholtz, Prof. Jos Roelandt, an echcardiographist, asked me to get involved in 3D echocardiography, at that time something completely new. I received my PhD on this topic in 1998. Since then I was mostly involved in evaluation of new therapies within interventional cardiology with Prof. Patrick Serruys using image processing and quantitative analysis of which many methods we develop in-house or with some companies.

    Recently, I became the successor as head of the computergroup as Niek van der Putten is going to retire, actually next week. That was one of the reasons that I wanted to get more insights of the history of the computergroup , as I also agree with you that documenting the history can learn us a lot and I like these stories very much.
    I hope you are doing well, so to read that is! I have been many times around in these parts of California where you live and will be there late September/early October to visit the TCT congress in San Francisco, after spending some days with my partner in Yellowstone, as we very much like to have driving holidays in the US.
    As said, I hope you are doing well and I did read your story with great pleasure!

    All the best wishes,
    Nico Bruining

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