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Mr. Les Earnest

Executive Officer

Stanford University

Direct Phone: (650) ***-****       

Email: l***@***.edu

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Stanford University

857 Serra Street, Suite 210

Stanford, California 94305

United States

Company Description

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to b ... more

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Background Information


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League for Programming Freedom


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USA Cycling Incorporated

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Los Altos Hills Historical Society

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The Most Important Software Innovations [cached]

Les Earnest of Stanford developed the first spelling checker circa 1966. He later improved it around 1971 and this version quickly spread (via the ARPAnet) throughout the world. Earnest noted that 1970s partipants on the ARPAnet "found that both programs and data migrated around the net rather quickly, to the benefit of all" - an early note of the amplifying effect of large networks on OSS/FS development. No patent identified.

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Les Earnest of Stanford develops the first spelling checker.

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Sure there was more documentation, but ... [cached]

Sure there was more documentation, but most of the allegations were made years ago, when Walsh and Pierre Ballester co-wrote "L.A. Confidentiel: Les secrets de Lance Armstrong" in 2004.

The measure was essentially railroaded through the board, without much discussion, save a vigorous effort from board member Les Earnest. If you've not heard of Les, you should, especially if you're a reform minded cycling fan. Les' professional background is in computers. He's responsible for the development of the first spell checker, the first effective pen-based computer and was appointed as the executive officer of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab in 1965. The guy is wicked smart and he loves bike racing. We're lucky to have him around. (Author's Note: I was incorrect in naming Les Earnest as the sole opponent of the Plant "reform" initiative.
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