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Smart TV 1995: sponsored by the Software Publishers Association whose motto at the time was “Don’t copy that floppy”.

PBS had a television show called the Computer Chronicles which ran from 1981-2002.
There is a particularly interesting episode and one that relates to my recent post “When Technologies Collide”. The title of the episode is Smart TV 95 and it was recorded in 1995. It is a pretty amazing piece of history which was captured by the Internet Archieves. It is about 25 minutes long and is worthwhile watching especially for those interested in Interactive TV.
I comment about about this show in which I am interviewed as well as speculate about the future of Interactive Television.
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Avram's Past / broadband

My 1993 Performance Review at Intel (a piece of my history but also a piece of the history of the Internet)

I happened to be cleaning up some old files and came across  a number of my performance reviews at Intel.  I am posting a summary of one, written in 1993, which dealt with my job performance almost twenty years ago. This was the beginning of the most important period of my career.  It was also … Continue reading

Avram's Past / Books I recommend / broadband / Friends remembered

Life Blues: My reaction to Outlaw Blues by Jonathan Taplin

In reading Outlaw Blues by Jonathan Taplin, I realized how easily my life could have gone in a different direction. Maybe, if I liked the music better, I would have become part of the rock music scene. My management and leadership skills might have taken me on a path similar to Jonathan and eventually my creative side might have emerged as it did for him. I had a similar experience reading Holy Beggars by Aryae Coopersmith whom I recently met. In reading Aryae’s book, I realized that I could have easily continued to explore the spiritual side of myself and may have ended up in Israel as a Rabbi. But I fell in love with technology. By 1966, I was working at the Langley Porter Institute, UCSF Medical School, designing equipment for brainwave bio feedback. From that point on, I had a continuing connection to technology. Now I am back to studying music. Jonathan is a Professor at USC. Continue reading

About life in the last third / Avram's Past / broadband

You know you are old when your greatest contribution to the future is documenting the past

While I am still very much interested in the future, I have come to realize that I know a lot more about the past particularly with respect to technology.  After all I was working with computer before most of the people that use them were born.  For the last few years I have been working … Continue reading