2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Radia Perlman

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

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

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.”

Phoenix Perry at p5js Diversity

I’m going to tell you a lit­tle bit about an orga­ni­za­tion I run, The Code Liberation Foundation. We teach women to pro­gram games for free. We’ve taught over a thou­sand new woman to be pro­gram­mers, between the ages of six­teen to sixty.