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2023-03-19 08:00:06

What follows is my report from the TED2 conference that happened in February 1990 in Monterey, California. This was the second TED conference, and so far it is the only one I have ever attended.

Think about that timeframe: February 1990, twenty-two years ago! Microsoft Windows 3.0 wouldn't be released for several more months. The World Wide Web did not exist yet. Steve Jobs was already five years gone from Apple; his NeXT Computer, Inc. company was struggling to find a market with its NeXT workstations. Apple was led by John Sculley, and was struggling to find a profitable niche in a Microsoft and IBM dominated personal computer market.

This essay was originally written as a series of spur-of-the-moment "liveblog"-style messages entered into an electronic conferencing system called The WELL in late February 1990. When my wife Patricia and I returned form Monterey after attending the conference, I spent the next day or so entering in my recollections of what had happened at TED2. What follows is essentially an unedited copy of the original text. While greatly tempted to tamper with the original words, aside from a few minor grammar/typo corrections I've decided to leave the original words alone and let them stand.

It has never appeared on the Internet until now due to the fact that it was never posted outside of The WELL to my knowledge, and to my dismay The WELL folks told me they lost their backups of many 1990-era posts years ago.

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