e-ink reminisces


I just remembered1 a Cisco employee event my dad took me and my brother to when I was about 8, around 2003.

The CEO, John Chambers2, presented an e-ink reader and said it was the future, one we’d see in 3 years. He was wrong about that, but I didn’t know better back then and that e-ink blew my mind. I remember bugging my dad for one when they came out and him absently nodding, the poor man.

I’m remembering this now because I just ordered a new Kindle. e-ink turned out to be just what Chambers hyped all those years ago.

  1. At 2:23 A.M. because of course that’s when I’d when I’d remember. 

  2. I was oddly sad to see he’d left even though I’d never talked to or met him. I guess he was just a background fixture in my childhood and I selfishly expected him to remain that way. 

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