• Subject: RE: David Gibbs awarded Common Good Pin..
  • From: Jerome Draper <jdraper@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 13:44:38 -0700


David has provided a new dimension to our community.  He is providing what
COMMON, THE400GROUP, NEWS/400, MIDRANGE COMPUTING, MIDRANGE SYSTEMS, etc.
do yet without the advertising and sponsorship.  It has proved an
invaluable service and yes, David, deserves the credit as the back room
Wizard in the Wizard of Oz.  David is not one to spend his time strutting
for credit and it's nice to see him get recognized.

Yeah David!

Not least, however, (and I think David knows this) the list is valuable
because of the participation from you who are reading this and other posts.
 This ad hoc "membership" provides incredible insights into solutions for
real problems.  This is the revolution we live in.  Its free, its
available, it happening, and you are part of it.  And if you want to look
back into the archives the are available too.  This is a living thing here
and it is made possible by wizards.

I think sponsorship by IBM or anybody would junk this list up completely.
Look what has happened elsewhere.  I would be very suspect of sponsorship.
My world is cluttered with enough stuff like that.  

Could be akin to killing the goose that laid the golden egg.

Jerry


At 03:06 PM 10/11/1999 +0200, you wrote:
>I am delighted that David has received this overdue recognition for his
>outstanding services to the midrange community. In fact he's probably done
>more than anyone to make that word "community" a reality, and I'd like to
>add my own congratulations to the chorus. However, IBM sponsorship would
>invalidate the last 2 paragraphs of the monthly guidelines.
>
>There is an old saying: "Who pays the piper calls the tune". For me its
>complete independence is a key feature of midrange-l. How do you think our
>perception of it would be altered once it had IBM dollars behind it? I don't
>want it to become just an organ for IBM.
>
>Dave Kahn
>Johnson & Johnson International (Ethicon) France
>Phone : +33 1 55 00 3180
>Email :  dkahn1@jnjfr.jnj.com (work)
>          dkahn@cix.co.uk      (home)
>
>
>-----Message d'origine-----
>De: Colin Williams [mailto:Williamsc@technocrats.co.uk]
>Date: 11 October 1999 10:22
>: 'MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com'
>Objet: RE: David Gibbs awarded Common Good Pin..
>
>
>I agree, IBM should definitely be sponsoring some part of this.
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Jerry Draper, Trilobyte Software Systems, since 1976
Specializing in connecting PC's, Windows, MAC's, and LAN's to the AS/400
Representing Synapse, Apple, IBM, UDS, Nlynx, MI, Perle, Netsoft, etc.
(415) 457-3431; (415) 258-1658fax; jdraper@wco.com
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