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James Gosling Interview � 9/22/10 �transcription

Sep 29, 2010, 14:03 (0 Talkback[s])

"Moderator: (Laughing) I want to shake this guys' hand! Because I made that same mistake myself. But don't tell me you actually wore a Blue Suit

"James Gosling: Oh no, but I did log way too many frequent flier miles and ended up working on this project that had people in California, Texas and Connecticut; and my office officially was in NY even though I lived in Pittsburgh. So I kind of actually lived on an airplane. But yeah, the stint at IBM lasted year. You know, at which point, I mean the funny thing is that when I went to go join IBM I actually had another sort of offer so I had actually had lunch with Andy Bechtolsheim the day he signed the papers with Scott Pinode to create Sun, and so he was actually trying to join Sun at the same time, and I would've been like employee number 4 or 5 or something.

"I just said, "Andy you're a nutcase. You're trying to do this with these Motorolla chips that suck, and IBM's got these great chips, they will kill you." And yes, the IBM had CPU's that were way better than the Motorolla stuff, but all of IBM's guns were pointed at themselves so my year and a half working at IBM was more about understanding how the Marx brothers really worked. (All Laughing) And so then you know, they were hammering on me pretty regularly to join Sun and eventually I gave in and so I went to work at Sun the day before and now here we are."

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