Interesting quotes enjoyed by Professor Gerald Q. "Chip" Maguire Jr.

``The problem here is that the kinds of research proposals demanded by many funding agencies resemble business plans, especially in terms of the detail required. Radical product innovation, by its very nature, involves the exploration of "virgin" territory. It cannot be mapped out and planned, except in a very general sense. If funding agencies wish to encourage radical innovation, they should, like foundation, support general concepts and people more that detailed proposals.''

from pg. 29 in Chapter 1: A "Liberating Form" for Radical Product Innovation, by Lee Tom Perry and Kurt W. Sandholtz, in the book "Managing Technological Development", editors Urs E. Gattiker and Laurie Larwood, published by Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 1988, ISBN 3 11 011 084 9 and ISBN 0-89925-414-4.

``Those who capture this computing power and the corresponding speed of the information flow are going to have a tremendous advantage. I don't care where you look in the spectrum of warfare. Throughout history, soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen have learned one valuable lesson: If you can analyze, act and assess faster than your opponent, you will win!''

from "Information Operations: The Fifth Dimension of Warfare"
Remarks as delivered by Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman, Air Force chief of staff, to the Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association, Washington, April 25, 1995. Defense Issues, Vol. 10, number 47.

In an article "Commentary: Bob Metcalfe Reports on ACM97", in ACM's MEMBERNET, a supplement to Communications of the ACM, May 1997, Vol. 40, No. 5, on pp. 1 and 8 Bob Metcalfe is ask:

Q: What was the most important insight into the future of computing presented at the conference? A: If I had to choose only one, it would be telepresence. The killer "app" for computing in the next 50 years seems to be as a replacement for travel. Being some where telepresently by using networks and computers will be better than being there physically. It's not only that people won't suffer jet lag and won't have to spend time traveling. Telepresence also will be better because groups of people will be able to join together and their interactions will be enhanced by computers. They'll be able to see each other, have side conversations, have discussion moderated in a constructive fashion, in addition to being able to access information and data on the spot."

The conference is available at

"In strategy. it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distant view of close things." -- Shinmen Musashi No Kami Fujiwara No Genshin, also known as Miyamoto Musashi, in his book "Go Rin No Sho" in 1645.

An excellent set of lecture notes on Internet traffic measurement and modeling by Vern Paxson as give in a course at UCB in March 20, 1996. Must reading for anyone even thinking of making measurements of internet traffic.

Bellovin's First Law of Networks: "Networks interconnect, always, and always at the edges. Designing something on the assumption of a closed environment, or of an environment where the center controls the connectivity, will fail."

Flexible Integrated Radio Systems Technology: a European collaborative project which is investigating IMT-2000 Software Radio technologies (partially funded under the CEC ACTS program).

"... The true measure of the quality of research in Computer Science and Engineering is: CS research is ultimately concerned with creation of software. Thus, the impact of the research can come from the software created within a project, of from the ideas that directly influenced the creation of software, as well as from scholarly publicatiopns about the work. Historically, many of the greatest ideas in CS have been disseminated through software packages. Howver, when one evaluates research by publications there is a tendency for the support to go to those researchers who prefer to write papres rather than to create software. We heard form several investigators who expressed a distaste for writing code -- not a good attidude for someone conducting --> -- research in Computer Science."
from "TFR-support of Computer Science, Report by the Evaluation Committee 1999" (dated 2000-01-26) - evaluation was carried out by Prof. Ruzena Bajcsy, NSF; Gilles Kahn, INRIA; and Prof. Jeff Ullman, Stanford Univ.

From the General Electric Annual report 1999: "E-Business is the final nail in the coffin for bureaucracy at GE. The utter transparency it brings about is a perfect fit for our boundaryless culture and means everyone in the organization has total access to everything worth knowing." -- John F. Welch Jr., Febuary 11, 2000

From John F. Waymouth, "Physics for Profit and Fun", Physics Today, February 2001, pp. 38-42:

I spent my entire working life using physics to grub for paydirt in an industrial setting. By this I do not mean the central research laboraroty of a multibillion-dollar technological conglomerate able to support "pure" curiosity -driven study. I mean the product development laboratory of a nose-to-the-grindstone division engaged in a battle for marget shae in a rather prosaic industry that nevertheless depended on mastery of some complex and challenging technology. In such as setting, any project that yielded only meeting presentations or publications in referred journals had to be considered essentially a failure.
Academic collegaues, as well as those in central-research-laboratory environments, have often expressed concern that such focused investigations stife creativity and preclude followingup unexpected discoveries. However, I never in my entire career had to write a proposal for a government grant to get my work supported. Because (in recent years) four proposals might have to be written to get one grant, I conclude tht I have been spared an enormous drain on my productivity that has at least partially compensated me for having to take on a lot of mundane tasks. And, the curious thing is that many of those mundane taks turned out on closer examination to involve some interesting physics.
In any case, I had fun, and I didn't feel my creativity was particularily hobbled by the constraint of utility superposed on the requirement of novelty. I did have the advantage that my area of study was the technology of light sources, a field hitherto plowed primarily by experiment. It was the lamp industry, after all, that gave the the term "edisonian research" to the world of technology.

Members in the Media, Physics Today, May 2002, p. 2:

"The students are smart. They're following the mondey." -- Vern Ehlers (R-MI), on why degrees in the life sciences have doubled while those in engineering have declined, Washington Internet Daily, March 14, 2002.

My favorite sayings

``If you have a good idea, go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologize than to get permission.'' - Rear Adm. Grace Hopper

Maguire family motto

"Justia Et Fortituda Invincibilia Sunt"
"Justice And Fortitude Are Invincible"

My father's version: "Illegitimum Non Carborundum"

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