All your Ethernets are belong to me. I’m Bob Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor. AMA!
Hello again, reddit!
I’m an inventor, an innovator, an engineer, a teacher, and a National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee. I’m a jack-of-all-tech-trades, a Longhorn, a farmer, and a hiker of the wilds of Patagonia. With David R. Boggs, I created Ethernet, a technology that changed the world.
Ethernet has withstood the test of time for more than 40 years, thanks to the collective hard work of many, many individuals. Thanks to its standardization through the IEEE 802.3 Standard for Ethernet, this little invention of ours will continue to shape the future for what I hope is many more years to come.
I’m Bob Metcalfe and I enjoyed my last AMA so much, I thought I’d come back for round two. Please ask me anything!
EDIT: Just a quick note about a couple of items:
Do check out the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) "Ethernet 40th Anniversary" Facebook page. Lots of cool stuff there.
The winner of the IEEE-SA "I Spy Ethernet" Facebook contest is going to be featured in an animated short that will be premiered on the Anniversary Facebook page and the IEEE-SA YouTube channel. Check the Anniversary Facebook page for more details.
If you want a PDF copy of my "Metcalfe's Law after 40 years of Ethernet" paper that was published in the December issue of IEEE Computer Magazine, send a PM to my reddit inbox with your email address and I will email it to you.