Owen Densmore stumbled into computing by getting a research programming job at Xerox
Webster Research Center (the other PARC) in 1972 after being a Peace Corps
volunteer, a hippy and a graduate student in Physics (GaTech & Syracuse
Univ). Working with Rocherster U's Henry Baker (later of Lisp Machines) he
got involved with "critters" --alternative computing devices. In order
to liberate the amazing Alto from Xerox, he went to Apple to build the Lisa
and later the Mac, focusing on the Printing Architecture. Escaping back to technology, he then went to Sun Microsystems, where he worked until the beginning of 2003. He's currently "retired", working harder than ever in Santa Fe's Complexity community.
Owen is writing here because computing can be so annoying. He hopes to get billions
of small devices to work well together, hopefully without annoying the folks
that depend on them. He prays annoyance is not a property that scales
with system size, or at least is very sub-linear, and he thinks Math may
be the Next Big Thing."