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++++ Search ‘CrossComm‘ (or IF you insist ‘Cisco‘ or ‘Juniper‘) and you will never know what you may find >>>>
If you need to ask “Marlborough” where, it is best if you didn’t attend.
I got the notification, actually two, via e-mail. Made me grin (which is not that hard to do).
I never worked for CrossComm, though I probably should have — given the amount of time I spent there (but because I did NOT work for them I was told off for showing up there without a tie and jacket).
I started doing consulting work for CrossComm, in 1991, when I was the ‘Lead Consultant‘ at BBN. We did some fun stuff. I arranged for CrossComm to buy time on a 3745 that BBN owned. I arranged for XComm to lease a 3174 from BBN for some testing. Then they, i.e., XComm, said it did NOT work. I went to check. It was not loading from the diskette. I fixed it — one of my inspired troubleshooting wins. They had put all of the THICK 3174 documentation, in binders, on top of the 3174. The weight was flexing the case! Removed the binders and the 3174 loaded — which was nice because having worked on the original 327x family, while at IBM, the 327xs were my ‘babies’.
Gregory W. Koss, CrossComm’s intrepid and brilliant SVP retained me as soon as I left BBN. I worked for Greg at XComm till 1995 or 1996 — until he left for Andrews. I followed Greg to Andrews though I think I still did work for XComm and even Olicom.
It was good times. I liked XComm. I liked the people — some very much! Good friends, good people. Lots of fun. I liked Tad. He was always nice to me. And Nigel — my cricket buddy from South Africa (who used to VCR matches for me). Thank YOU, Nigel — I still think of you when I watch cricket (and how the tapes always contained, mysteriously, some adult content). And William who was my Best Man in 2003 (and opposed to the one, ex-Juniper in 1987).
Though over the course of 3 or 4 years I wrote 30 or 40 “The Blue View” OpEds for “Network World“, this which mentions Tad, was by far my favorite. You can read the original, thanks to Google, here. Those days I had to discuss each OpEd with a number of folks, some within “Network World“, before I could submit it for edit. Everybody said I would not be allowed to get away with the wordplay of Tad. Others told me that Tad would not be amused. I gather Tad’s only comment was: “I can’t believe he wrote that”. He never said a word to me. Tad was fun. Always liked him. Still do. My time of person.
So to all of YOU ex-XCommers, starting with Tad & Larry, CHEERS. Thanks for all the fish … and I am not joking … Greg insisted on eating fish and chips every time we went out to lunch … and we went out to lunch a lot … until years later he told me that he actually never liked fish and chips. We then started eating Indian.
IF I could only remember how to get to Marlborough — which I have not visited in … 17 years.
Click to EXPAND and read. Use link above to access original at Google Books.