24-years ago this week…

…I graduated from Prospect High School in Saratoga. Thanks to fellow student Jeff Battaglia for reminding me of that.

Damn, it’s weird to realize that nearly everyone who works at Facebook was parented by someone around my age. It’s doubly weird to think that we’re bringing a new life into this world. Kids keep you young. Well, I certainly wouldn’t have known that World of Warcraft runs better on Windows XP than on OSX or on Vista if it weren’t for having a 13-year-old in the house.

Puts this whole age debate that has been raging this week over on TechMeme in a little different light. Damn, that’s the most worked up I’ve seen the Blogosphere in at least a week. Heheh.

Anyway, this debate between the youngins and the old is as old as life itself. I want to get involved in this whole debate, but I’m getting old and have learned that when it’s sunny in Half Moon Bay we best go outside and have a BBQ and enjoy the sun. So, I’ll leave this debate to the professionals. :-)

Hope you’re having fun.

UPDATE: I couldn’t stay away. Anyone who thinks that old people can’t come up with innovations, or new ways of looking at the world, or can’t understand Facebook should go have dinner with Douglas Engelbart. He’s 82 if I remember right and I’ll put his brain against Mark Zuckerberg’s any day of the week.

63 thoughts on “24-years ago this week…

  1. I just saw a cartoon rendition of you in Wired’s supplemental “Geekipedia” and thought it was “you”. Congratulations on all of your successes. (I graduated the year after you, but we knew many people in common).

  2. I just saw a cartoon rendition of you in Wired’s supplemental “Geekipedia” and thought it was “you”. Congratulations on all of your successes. (I graduated the year after you, but we knew many people in common).

  3. Well, 19 years ago this week I graduated from that same Prospect High School. Little did I know, in just a few short months time, I would join the Journalism staff at the Norseman (West Valley College Newspaper) only to be led by the Editor-In-chief one Mr. Robert Scoble. My first thought? What a freaking GEEK!
    LOL

  4. Well, 19 years ago this week I graduated from that same Prospect High School. Little did I know, in just a few short months time, I would join the Journalism staff at the Norseman (West Valley College Newspaper) only to be led by the Editor-In-chief one Mr. Robert Scoble. My first thought? What a freaking GEEK!
    LOL

  5. 1960, graduated went on to higher learning,,,,, still don’t get it…… hahahahahahaha ron

  6. “Damn, it’s weird to realize that nearly everyone who works at Facebook was parented by someone around my age.”

    Some of your Facebook friends, now, too. :)

    If Facebook has a long future ahead of itself, I wonder what to expect when my future kids start surfing on the ‘net. Maybe the younguns will avoid Facebook as a social network because it will be viewed as another social network for old people. ;)

  7. “Damn, it’s weird to realize that nearly everyone who works at Facebook was parented by someone around my age.”

    Some of your Facebook friends, now, too. :)

    If Facebook has a long future ahead of itself, I wonder what to expect when my future kids start surfing on the ‘net. Maybe the younguns will avoid Facebook as a social network because it will be viewed as another social network for old people. ;)

  8. Chris: you’re drinking some good Merlot. Can you pass some over?

    Study iLike to see the problems facing new companies TODAY.

    The word-of-mouth network is far more efficient. So, if you create a search engine that really is better than Google it’ll get hit hard and fast. You’ll probably get millions of visitors THE FIRST DAY.

    Think you can keep your service fast with that kind of traffic without major infrastructure? Think again.

    But, you can try. There’s plenty of companies (Powerset et al) who claim that they have a better search.

    I don’t believe them because there’s no way they can keep up with Google’s scale.

    If you had been in a Google datacenter you’d see just how lame the idea is that you’re going to build a better search engine than Google.

    This isn’t 1998. The world has changed. Yet your statement above makes it sound like you’re still living in 1998.

    Again, iLike got six million users in the first two weeks.

    That DID NOT HAPPEN back in 1998.

  9. Chris: you’re drinking some good Merlot. Can you pass some over?

    Study iLike to see the problems facing new companies TODAY.

    The word-of-mouth network is far more efficient. So, if you create a search engine that really is better than Google it’ll get hit hard and fast. You’ll probably get millions of visitors THE FIRST DAY.

    Think you can keep your service fast with that kind of traffic without major infrastructure? Think again.

    But, you can try. There’s plenty of companies (Powerset et al) who claim that they have a better search.

    I don’t believe them because there’s no way they can keep up with Google’s scale.

    If you had been in a Google datacenter you’d see just how lame the idea is that you’re going to build a better search engine than Google.

    This isn’t 1998. The world has changed. Yet your statement above makes it sound like you’re still living in 1998.

    Again, iLike got six million users in the first two weeks.

    That DID NOT HAPPEN back in 1998.

  10. @22,

    A. Your last name better not be de Icaza.

    B. “You are a funny guy! Now everyone writing web applications is writing unworthy code?”

    No, everyone trying to copy the social networking trends for a few VC dollars is writing unworthy code. I did my share of it whist still in my 20′s, minus the VC money.

    C. “I’ll stick to writing unworthy web applications you stick to reinventing the wheel… i mean a new way to organize the web.”

    Why did Sergey and Page create another search engine? There was already AltaVista, MSN, and Yahoo??
    I don’t want to get into it too much, but indexing the entire web and creating a REAL search engine has been out of most small companies reach until now. Now technology has caught up to google and it’s not uncommon to have 1-5TB in bandwidth on a coloc for a couple hundred bucks. 500-1TB drives are going for a hundred bucks on TigerDirect. A full search engine spidering and client side Appliance as a 2-4U system selling for a few thousand bucks is not impossible.
    Shrinking Yahoo and Google down, and retaining the breadth of services is getting closer to being a reality. The winners on the internet are those who can best make use of technological advancements. Social networking sites do none of this. You can’t sustain on popularity alone, and these APIs, flash media server and the likes really are kiddy to the extreme.

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