From: David Neary (nearyd at domain khumbu.eeng.dcu.ie)
Date: Fri 08 Oct 1999 - 14:20:44 IST
Just got this from the DCU notice board...thought a few people on the list
might be interested. If I was wrong, flames are welcome. I'm a lonely guy
and that kind of thing makes me feel worthwhile :)
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Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 12:58:08 +0100 (IST)
From: Barry McMullin <mcmullin at domain eeng.dcu.ie>
To: local-notices at domain mjmail.eeng.dcu.ie
Subject: LOCAL-NOTICES: DCU Guest Lecture: "Internet Guru" Philip Greenspun...
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
"A Future So Bright You'll Need to Wear Sunglasses"
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Date: Wednesday, 13th October 1999
Venue: CG12 (Grattan Building, DCU Campus)
On behalf of DCU I am delighted to announce a guest lecture by
Philip Greenspun, of MIT and ArsDigita LLC.
The current media frenzy around the Internet, the Web, and
eCommerce is all too frequently fuelled by naked emperors. In my
view, Philip Greenspun is the startling and hopeful exception to
this. He tells it like it is, warts and all. And as a genuine
Internet pioneer, and the creative force behind some of the
world's most functional - and beautiful - web sites and services,
he ought to know a thing or two.
His book - "Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing" - has
become an essential reference, not just for web designers and
engineers, but for anyone, anywhere, who needs to understand the
real revolution that the Internet has unleashed. Through his
company, ArsDigita, he has not only achieved exceptional
technical and financial success, but has championed a unique
vision of community participation and support through, for
example, free, open source, distribution of the ACS software
system, and the annual US$10,000 ArsDigita Prize which recognizes
achievement by young people who have built and maintained Web
Philip's visit to DCU is a unique opportunity. Don't miss it.
- Barry McMullin.
Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing:
Greenspun Slide Presentations (built with "WimpyPoint"):
MIT Course 6.916: "Software Engineering of Innovative Web Services"
I leave the last word to Philip himself, from "Philip and Alex's
Guide to Web Publishing":
Can we learn anything general from my results? Absolutely. Armies
of hardware engineers will work anonymously in cubicles like
slaves for 30 years so that the powerful computers used by
pioneers in the 1960s will be affordable to everyone. Then in the
1990s rich people and companies will use their PR staffs to take
credit for the innovations of the pioneers in the 1960s, without
even having the grace to thank the hardware geeks who made it
possible for them to steal credit in the first place. Finally,
the media will elect a few official pundits who are (a) familiar
enough with the 1960s innovations to predict next year's
Cyberlandscape for the AOL crowd, but (b) not so familiar with
the history of these innovations that they sound unconvincing
when crediting them to the rich people and companies of the
Dave Neary, Phone: (01) 8720654
currently professionally homeless E-mail: nearyd at domain eeng.dcu.ie
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