Sorry for the inactivity folks. Tied up with some personal stuff. Have some free time today. That means, updates!

Before going any further, I would like to apologize for an error related to the Bell Labs creepy picture that I have discussed quite extensively in some of my previous posts. You see, it was Don Monroe, one of my blog visitors, who led me to the NY Times piece on Bell Labs innovation, which is where the picture appeared for the first time in color. But, Don said that he is confused about the picture, since, he had worked for a long time in Bell Labs in New Jersey and he wasn’t sure if it was Bell Labs at all, although, some of the features did look similar. He also added that some of his former co-workers were scratching their heads as well.

A couple of days after I had put the news about the NY Times article here, I revisited the article only to find the famous picture replaced by a picture of Echo, the first communications satellite. It was clear that there was an issue. On March 4th, it was confirmed when NY Times posted a correction about the picture, which can be read in the following link.

March 4 – NY Times Corrections

Here’s the quote, if you are bored to browse the article.

The cover photograph last Sunday with an opinion essay about Bell Labs and its contributions to scientific and technological innovation was published in error. The picture, from Magnum Photos, most likely showed workers at Allied Chemical in 1967 — not at Bell Labs in New Jersey in 1966. The photograph had been incorrectly labeled in the studio of the photographer, Elliott Erwitt.

So, there you have it. The photograph comes most likely from Allied Chemical. Hopefully, it should be right this time. Whatever may be the source, the awesomeness of the photo still holds.

Again, thanks to Don for following it up and letting me know about the Corrections.

Bell Labs Wallpaper – Part Deux

This is brilliant. Anybody had a look at the latest NY Times Sunday Review? There is a fantastic piece about the culture of innovation at Bell Labs. One of the pictures from the piece is the famous Erwitt photo of Bell Labs NJ, that I spoke in length about a few posts earlier. This picture is in color. It is a must read for anyone interested in anything tech/science related. Click on the image to go to NY Times to read the article. I love it and am currently reading it.

Innovation and the Bell Labs Miracle - NY Times

Many thanks to Don Monroe for leading me to the piece.

On a related note, just couldn’t stop mentioning the Prima Donna of Boneheadedness, that is McKinsey & Company. Can you imagine the cream of consulting business advised Bell that they don’t foresee any future for the mobile phone market?

Showcase Wallpaper and More

Now that I am back in a secure, faster network, I can post the wallpaper as promised. As mentioned earlier, the picture was taken at Bell Labs in New Jersey. The year was 1966. It was taken by the photographer Elliott Erwitt. The picture is full of win and awesomeness, if you ask me. Anyway, click on the thumbnail for full view.

Bell Labs - New Jersey - 1966 by Elliott Erwitt

You can go here for more.

On a related note, you guys are probably familiar with Intel Museum. It gives you a fascinating view of life and research at Intel during the early years. If I travel to the States, visiting the museum will be right on top of my priority list. Look at one of the pictures from the archives. How awesome is this? Miniskirts FTW! It’s like Star Trek Yeoman’s, only this time in all white ensemble. Click on the picture to go to gizmodo for an article about Intel fashion scene then.

Miniskirts are the bomb!

I particularly like one comment over there at gizmodo. Grindhouse Murders commented that she is Snooki’s mom! LOL!