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Ravi Pandya
Cloud Computing Futures
ravip at microsoft.com

00-02 Covalent
97-00 EverythingOffice
96-97 Jango
93-96 NetManage
89-93 Xanadu
88-89 Hypercube
84,85 Xerox PARC
83-89 University of Toronto, Math
86-87 George Brown College, Dance
95-Foresight Institute
97-Institute for Molecular Manufacturing


The opinions expressed here are purely my own, and do not reflect the policy of my employer.

Thu 30 Jan 2003

Freedom of Speech in Software

The discussion with Miguel about Microsoft's patents reminded me of this 1991 essay by Phil Salin. He wrote it in response to the PTO's request for comments about whether they should continue to accept patents on software inventions. Phil's cogent and impassioned plea to consider writing software as an exercise of our right of free speech is inspiring. Unfortunately, of course, it was unsuccessful, as were the many other letters that I'm sure were written at the time.

I helped him a little bit with the final editing and submission. My last memory of Phil is of him dictating some last-minute changes from his hospital bed in Stanford, where he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. I miss him.

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