our December 2 General Meeting, we will welcome back John Patrick, former IBM vice president of Internet Technology,
and widely acclaimed patron saint of the World Wide Web. A long-time
member of DACS, John has become an annual star attraction--his
savvy soundings on the latest e-trends, and his sage prophecies
of the future as stimulative as a mind- expanding elixir.
John's first appearance before a
DACS audience was in October 1994, when he demonstrated
IBM's powerful and robust operating system, OS/2 Warp (Well,
you can't call them all!) But
in subsequent years, as he shifted from spokesman for his company's
products to Web
ambassador, John's career has achieved warp speed, and he has
become a savvy commentator on the latest technology and high
priest of cyberspace. Retired after 35 years at IBM, John is
president of Attitude
LLC, and celebrated author of Net Attitude, a popular book
As an Internet visionary, John is
quoted frequently in the global media and speaks at dozens of
conferences around the world. Business 2.0 named him as one of
the industry's most intriguing
minds, Industry Week named him one of the top 30 people who drive
innovation and provide the
initial spark to economic growth, and Network World called him
one of the 25 most powerful
people in networking.
John was a founding member of the
World Wide Web Consortium at MIT in 1994, a founding
member and now the chairman of the Global Internet Project, a
senior member of the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a member of the Internet
Society, the Association for
Computing Machinery, and the Working Group on Authentication
at the Center for Strategic and
International Studies. He is a member of the board of directors
of Jupitermedia and Knovel
Corporation and has been an advisor to IntraLinks, Neoteny, Space.com,
and ThirdAge Media.
He is also president of The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra Foundation.
John believes the next generation
of the Internet is about to make today's Internet seem primitive.
His presentation and technology demonstrations will bring to
life his vision of the characteristics
the next generation of the Internet will have a network that
will be fast, always on,
everywhere, natural, easy, intelligent and trusted. John will
provide an exciting vision about the
power and the potential of the Internet and how it will provide
significant advances in order to
meet the increasing expectations of an on demand world. He will
discuss the key opportunities
that are just beginning to surface, and the potential limitations
that may stand in the way. More
importantly, he will offer a visionary glimpse, from his book
Net Attitude, of the future beyond
the Internet as we know it.
Meeting will take place on December 2, 2003, at Danbury
Hospital Auditorium. The
events will start at 7 p.m. with computer related questions and
answers, followed by brief club
announcements. The featured presentation will start at 8 pm.
All General Meetings are free and
open to the public. More information is found at www.dacs.org.