This is the blog of Ronald Bartels that wanders on and off the subject of problem management (that is how it started), but it is best described by Ray who says this is Daddy's thoughts! Like the best music is from the Eighties and a wee dram helps in solving most inconveniences.
"Does the name Robert Madge mean anything to you? It probably rings a bell, if a distant one. Madge was the founder of Madge Networks, which in the late ‘90s was the market leader in Token Ring networking technology. The once high-flying company has since met the same fate as that of Token Ring itself: near oblivion. The
story of the collapse of Madge Networks is a remarkable one,
especially when you hear it directly from Madge himself. That's what
happened over breakfast earlier this week when I met up with Madge at
the 16th World Congress on Information Technology
in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Madge, who since leaving his namesake
company in 2001 has won acclaim in the field of RFID and tracking
technology, was completely open with me about the downfall"
The above podcast of Computerworld's Tennant is about the fall of Madge.
Over at Denver, the IEEE finally closed the book on 802.5, a.k.a. token-ring. The standards have been withdrawn. Token-ring is well and truly dead.
However, over at the Thinking problem management blog, there is a section dedicated to token-ring memories. If you have any Madge or token-ring memories and pictures email them to me at ronaldxbartels at platform934.biz and I'll post them. Here is an example: The Madge Networks CAU and LAM launch in the US!
My mate Dave Ruby emailed me the above picture of the launch in the United States of the Madge CAU and LAM. The CAU and LAM operated as a token-ring hub. Dave is the guy in the middle becoming better acquainted with the cow. The Madge CAU was a solid bit of kit that rarely went titsup, and compared to the IBM CAU 8230, it was the bull's bollocks. When it came to IBM, we never turned the udder cheek!
Eventually, Madge went titsup and IBM ratted out to Cisco.
Many people emailed me to ask what is Robert Madge doing these days...
Robert Madge is the President of IDtrack (the European Association for Secure Identification), a non-profit organisation based in Barcelona, Spain, which provides information, guidance and coordination for the secure implementation of radio-frequency identification (RFID) and other techniques of automatic identification.Mr. Madge is also the founder of Xifrat Daten AG, of Zug in Switzerland, which develops software technology for large scale database implementations, and which produces solutions for process flow and for data-intensive product tracking and tracing applications (arising from the use of RFID and other data gathering technologies). In addition, Mr. Madge is the founder and International Director of FoodReg AG, which provides automated record-keeping and controls for the food industry and which is a pioneer in food traceability solutions and computerised food safety programmes. Furthermore he is the foun…
The Madge AT Plus - damn, I had to search long and hard for this picture.
Kate Godfrey: "Myself and my ex Madge colleagues at Nortel have decided that the best adapater was the AT+ (I was voted down on the FDDI card) and the worst was the Smart16........ so we don't concurr with the link :-) BTW: Whatever happened to Mr. R. Madge,,,,,,,, that should be on your blog."
This is guaranteed to bring a tear to Simon's eye as he still can't bear the thought of putting his old token-ring equipment in the skip. Many moons ago through the Cape Town and Atlanta airports and at both locations I noticed token-ring networks. Please click on the comments field below this blog and tell me where else you have see token-ring still refusing to die.
While searching for a CD, I discovered a CD copy of my old Thinkpad with some video clips on it. So I created a YouTube account and uploaded them! I hope these memories will delight all the members of the old Madge. To view the HSTR seminar presentations click here and here.
Robert Madge on support without limits.
Madge Plant Tour. HSTR Launch - Mike Wilson HSTR launch - Jeff King and Simon Gawne.