Happy Thanksgiving


On this day of thanks as celebrated in the US, it seems only fitting to share the things for which I am thankful.

  1. My wife and family for making everything worthwhile
  2. My friends, many whom I have never met in person
  3. My clients, who make it possible to feed my family, and who keep giving me work because they don’t know any better
  4. My readers, who seem to like this blog and other things I write
  5. My dogs, who worship the ground I walk on and who are good friends in their own way
  6. A group of doctors and nurses who made it possible for me to be here doing the things I enjoy
  7. Microsoft, for valuing the things I do and say, and for respecting my opinions even when different from theirs
  8. My podcasting partners (Marc Orchant, Kevin Tofel, Dave Ciccone), for putting up with my improv with aplomb, and for being very good people
  9. Mobile device OEMs, for providing lots of toys to play with
  10. All of the authors who write the books I love to read, for having both the imagination and talent to keep me in awe of what they do
  11. And most of all, I am thankful for Al Gore, for giving us the Internet that makes all of this possible

Have a safe and happy holiday and even if you live in an area that doesn’t observe this holiday, take a moment to reflect on the things that you are thankful for.



Al Gore did not create the Internet. I hope you wrote that in jest.

Al Gore was not yet in Congress in 1969 when ARPANET started or in 1974 when the term Internet first came into use. Gore was elected to Congress in 1976.

The Internet was the result of some visionary thinking by people in the early 1960s who saw great potential value in allowing computers to share information on research and development in scientific and military fields. J.C.R. Licklider of MIT, first proposed a global network of computers in 1962, and moved over to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in late 1962 to head the work to develop it. Leonard Kleinrock of MIT and later UCLA developed the theory of packet switching, which was to form the basis of Internet connections. Lawrence Roberts of MIT connected a Massachusetts computer with a California computer in 1965 over dial-up telephone lines. It showed the feasibility of wide area networking, but also showed that the telephone line’s circuit switching was inadequate. Kleinrock’s packet switching theory was confirmed. Roberts moved over to DARPA in 1966 and developed his plan for ARPANET. These visionaries and many more left unnamed here are the real founders of the Internet.

In fairness, Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf acknowledge in a paper titled ‘Al Gore and the Internet’ that Gore has probably done more than any other elected official to support the growth and development of the Internet from the 1970’s to the present.

Kevin C. Tofel

Best wishes to you and your family James! Give Sheri an extra-special “Thank-You” from me as she lets you “come out and play with me” on a regular basis for our podcasts and other mobile fun!

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