IT & Network Infrastructure : What Xerox PARC Will Do with Its Next 40 Years

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-09-27 Print this article Print
What Xerox PARC Will Do with Its Next 40 Years

What Xerox PARC Will Do with Its Next 40 Years

by Chris Preimesberger
In human terms, the Palo Alto Research Center is in middle age, but it continues to invent important things with youthful vigor. The renowned think tank celebrated its 40th birthday on Sept. 23 with a half-day event at its San Francisco Bay area foothills campus. Many PARC "alumni" returned to the scene of some of their best work, including scientists who worked on the first personal computer, Ethernet and other tech marvels. Earlier, eWEEK published a slide show Sept. 23 showing some of those important inventions. At the event, there was plenty of discussion on current research-and-development projects and demonstrations to go with them. Following are some highlights of that anniversary event.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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