Greg Ennis – Co-Author of WiFi

Author Greg Ennis reveals the fascinating story behind ‘Beyond Everywhere,’ diving into the origin of Wi-Fi technology and its effect on society. He shares captivating anecdotes and insights, including how his wife supported his work and his enthusiasm for Wi-Fi innovation. This compelling glimpse into the history of technology is not to be missed. Time for a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.

Welcome Greg Ennis:

We’re joined on the Starline by a man who co-authored the most beloved technology ever. His team beat out 9 other proposals. Even one from IBM so you can get information faster and wherever. His book “Beyond Everywhere” talks about how “Wi-Fi” tech became crucial in society, work and our lives. We welcome author Greg Ennis.

Greg, let’s go Beyond the Mic your story has FBI stings, Chinese Ping Pong matches, the Sistine Chapel, jazz at the Blue Note among various other stories. What’s the one thing you could have left out? Maybe, because it would have been too fantastical of a tale?

Your wife supported you writing this book. How did she help you?

Bob Metcalfe was skeptical about wireless LAN’s, “wireless computing will flop-permanently.” What technology right now may be on the cusp of greatness? One that people don’t know or understand it yet?

Why do you have such passion for Wi-Fi?

The Rockin’ 8:

It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions; answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.

1. How many AOL 600 hour CD’s did you collect in the early days of the internet?

2. Which social media service do you miss today?

3. Yes or No Do you understand all of Robert’s Rules of Order?

4. If you didn’t name it Wi-fi, what was the name you wanted?

5. Do you want throw a birthday party for your protocol on November 11th?

6. Last movie you’ve seen?

7. Best thing about your wife?

8. You have degrees from Stanford and Cal. Should they help the Pac-12 merge with the Mountain West?

One Big Question:

For 25 years you have guided Wi-Fi from infancy to necessity. What’s your favorite moment from this experience?

The Wrap:

Greg Ennis is disturbed by the destruction of the Pac 12, loved Oppenheimer and wants you to read about the birth of Wi-Fi in “Beyond Everywhere”. Greg thanks for taking the time to talk with us today.

And that my friends is a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.

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Check out Greg Ennis at his website here.

Whether you’re a tech enthusiast, an aspiring innovator, or simply curious about the invisible threads that link our world, this episode is a must-listen. Discover the untold stories behind the wireless networks that underpin our modern existence and the visionaries who brought them to life. Listen to our conversation with Greg Ennis and find out why Wi-Fi is more than just a technology—it’s a phenomenon that has shaped our society and our very way of life.

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