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History of Hitachi: Founders Day, from 1910

By billpetro / May 1, 2020 /

HISTORY OF HITACHI: FOUNDERS DAY, FROM 1910 The multinational conglomerate Hitachi, Ltd., traces its history back to Namihei Odaira, a 19th-century pioneering electrical engineer. In Japan, during the Meiji Era of the late 1800s, with the move from a feudal society to an industrialized nation-state, the country wanted to take their place among the nations…

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History of Macintosh: a 36 Year Love Affair

By billpetro / January 24, 2020 /

HISTORY OF MACINTOSH The now-famous Macintosh computer has just turned 36. When Apple President Steve Jobs launched this computer at the Flint Center on De Anza College campus on January 24, 1984, to the theme from Chariots of Fire, he called it “insanely great!” The $1.5M “1984” Superbowl commercial filmed by Sir Ridley Scott had…

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History of 2020: The Beginning of the New Decade?

By billpetro / December 30, 2019 /

ISN’T 2020 THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW DECADE? With the beginning of the New Year, you’ve seen articles everywhere discussing the end of the decade or declaring that 2020 is the beginning of the new decade.   Q: Isn’t 2020 the beginning of the new decade? 2020 is the beginning of a new decade —…

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Information Reformation

By billpetro / November 1, 2019 /

Historical parallels between the what Martin Luther did with the moveable type printing price that was the spark that ignited the Reformation and the advent of modern technologies that similarly transformed the Internet into the World Wide Web.

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History of the Internet

By billpetro / October 29, 2019 /

HISTORY OF THE INTERNET: 50 YEARS AGO Fifty years ago, on October 29, 1969, at 10:30 PM, a computer grad student named Charley Kline at UCLA sent a message to SRI (Stanford Research Institute.) It was the first connection between computer networks. The Internet began! We set up a telephone connection between us and the…

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History of World Backup Day

By billpetro / March 31, 2019 /

HISTORY OF WORLD BACKUP DAY There isn’t much history, as the first celebration of this geek holiday was in 2011. World Backup Day is less than a decade old. But the need is real, now more than ever before. Especially in light of this salient fact: April Fools’ Day. March 31, the day before, is…

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Secrets of the Partner Series – Channel Partners – Part 3: Recipe for a Successful Channel

By billpetro / May 2, 2017 /

Secrets of the Partner Series – Channel Partners – Part 3 – Recipe for a Successful Channel [ In this final blog of the Channel Partner Series, Wayne Greene and I detail our kitchen-tested recipe for a successful channel. Make sure you refresh yourself first with our first two blogs, Part 1 and Part 2.…

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Secrets of the Partner Series – Channel Partners – Part 2: Conflicts

By billpetro / March 2, 2017 /

Secrets of the Partner Series – Channel Partners – Part 2: Conflicts   [ I co-wrote this article with a colleague from my Cisco days, Wayne Greene. This appeared originally on his blog. ] Wayne:   Bill, on our first blog on Channel Partners we covered a lot of ground on this issue, especially on setting…

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Secrets of the Partner Series – Channel Partners – Part 1

By billpetro / January 17, 2017 /

  Secrets of the Partner Series – Channel Partners – Part 1 [ I co-wrote this article with a colleague from my Cisco days, Wayne Greene. This appeared originally on his blog. ] Your manager tells you to take the new product that your organization is developing and take it to 10M in revenue in…

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