Off-topic: Sometimes technology and people fail...the search for Jim Gray

Jim Gray disappeared in early January, and despite hordes of people searching for him, he remains lost. An interesting look at the search.

Mike Olson pointed me to this excellent Wired article on the disappearance and search for noted database researcher Jim Gray. Jim is apparently the sort of developer that every company on the planet wanted to hire. At this point, no one wants him more than his family. Yet he's still missing.

Mike has been involved in the search. Interestingly, as comes out in the article, so have many others, but in classic Silicon Valley sorts of ways (collective analysis of satellite images, etc.). It's a fascinating story, but one which would be much better if it simply came to a boring resolution: Jim comes home.

Not open source related, but have a read.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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