Richard Bennett

Iím a networking geek. I co-invented Ethernet over Twisted Pair, the Wi-Fi MAC protocol, and miscellaneous network enhancements such as the MPDU Aggregation system for 802.11n, the Distributed Reservation Protocol for UWB, and various tweaks and hacks to the Internet and OSI protocols.

 

I did this work with colleagues in the standards community, of course, but Iím not a professional standards guy. I made contributions to these committees (and sometimes lead them) and then implemented products to the standards. I worked for 3Com for ten years producing Ethernet products, for Airgo, Trapeze, and Sharp Labs doing Wi-Fi products, and for companies like Cisco and HP in the Internet space. My last regular engineering gig involved the home routers used by Verizon and Qwest. Iíve never worked for a phone company, just Internet and general-purpose networking companies.

 

These days I do public policy work around networks, network regulation, and innovation. This involves testifying before Congress and the FCC, writing reports, and consulting with governments, manufacturers of network equipment, carriers, and content producers. My primary job is with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC think tank. My contact e-mail is ďrichardĒ at this domain if you have a project to discuss.

 

This web site houses some curry recipes, holdovers from my first efforts with HTML that refuse to die. These are now assembled in World-Wide Curries and are apparently among the most definitive to be found, since theyíre linked by sites serving the South Asian community in India and the United States. I havenít tried them all, but the ones I have were pretty good.

 

The Chili of Excellence Page is much less authoritative, but itís not a bad starter for those on the road to perfecting their ďbowl of red.Ē Recent chili experiments confirm that Texas Longhorn beef produces a superior flavor lower in fat than chicken or fish, and that kidney suet in moderation sweetens the mix. Curry meets chili in the beef curries of Malaysia and Singapore, the most satisfying cuisine in the world and probably the Next Big Food now that Thai is so 20th Century.

 

Iíve also done a fair bit of political activism, working with California Senator Chuck Calderon (chair of the Judiciary Committee), Assemblyman Rod Wright (Utilities and Commerce committee chair), and Senate president pro-tem John Burton to pass and/or amend a number of measures improving the state of family law back in the í90s. The most notable of these bills are SB 509 on Spousal Support, and SB 542, creating the statewide Department of Child Support Services to improve the process for both payers and recipients of child support.

 

Iíve served on a number of oversight boards and commissions related to the court system, given numerous interviews to the press, and appeared on television and radio programs such as California Capitol Review with Jack Kavanaugh. Although Iíve retired from citizen lobbying, I still get the odd call from the Wall Street Journal or the L. A. Times, I stay in touch with my favorite columnists and elected officials.

 

Iím a big fan of the Oakland Aís baseball team, jumping on the bandwagon after reading Moneyball. I can recommend the The Drumbeat blog for Aís fans, home to funny and well-thought-out analysis. Everybodyís jumping on the sports blog bandwagon these days (even political blog entrepreneur Markos Moulitsas) but I prefer my baseball free of politics, and my politics free of baseball. It all works better that way.

 

Enjoy your visit, and drop a note to me if anything you see here intrigues or enrages you. And yes, I know that nothing on this site sets new standards for animation, multimedia, or Java; thatís just my cross to bear.

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