Radia Perlman

2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Radia Perlman

in Internet Hall of Fame 2014

The things that I designed made it so that the net­work would…you know, be self-fixing and self-organizing. There’s a lot of things that oth­er peo­ple designed that are fan­cy fea­tures that work if you’ve con­fig­ured them exact­ly right but if you make mis­takes it just will be hor­ri­ble. And so I’ve tried to talk to peo­ple like that some­times, and they claim their cus­tomers love to con­fig­ure things and they nev­er make mistakes.

Radia Perlman’s Internet Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Speech

in Internet Hall of Fame 2014

I would like to say that I was born know­ing I was going to be design­ing pro­to­cols. But in fact, if I’d known more about com­put­ers when I was young, I would have said I would be hap­py doing pret­ty much any­thing as long as it did­n’t involve computers.

Geek of the Week: Radia Perlman

in Geek of the Week

The peo­ple that invent­ed Ethernet did a real good thing. Ethernet is good tech­nol­o­gy. But they did a real­ly bad thing because they called it a net. And they should­n’t have called it Ethernet, they should’ve called it Etherlink.”