AT&T Related Shirts
These shirts were collected before we lost our shirts in the
massive layoffs of 2002.
For a larger version, click on an image.
2001 - The AT&T Cares
program helps local communities by allowing an employee to volunteer
one day out of a year. For painting bird cages at the Raptor Trust, I got one of the
"AT&T Cares" shirts. After the painful layoffs in 2002, an
appropriate slogan is "AT&T Cares Not." I'm still thinking about
joining the TelecomPioneers.
1998 - While this is not a limited edition, I did buy it at the
limited-invitation re-opening of the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame sponsored by AT&T on April 2, 1998 when
we unveiled our AAC jukebox.
1997 - a2b music was our attempt to do iTunes using our MPEG-2 AAC coder,
but we couldn't get cooperation from any of the major record labels for anything
more than a few dozen selected tracks. So we tried again by licensing
Indie music for digitalphono.com.
1996 - AT&T was an offical partner for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
The company sold commemorative clothing to employees. This
was one of my favorite jackets.
1995 - The Euphony chip is a low cost RISC processor with DSP functions
and ATM interface. Euphony was developed by the Research Initiatives
Laboratory (Lab 1128) of AT&T Labs Research as a low cost AAC/PAC
decoder and for experiments in digital audio and home networking. Euphony
samples were available to anyone in AT&T in 1996. See also -
Euphony chip logos and PAC logo.
c. 1994 - VCOS (Visible Cachine Operating System) ran on the AT&T
DSP3210. Visible caching enabled "swapping" of instruction and
data segments into on-chip memory, greatly improving performance. Without
VCOS, it would have been difficult to multi-task the DSP MIDI synthesizer
with the other DSP applications. Our group of 12 worked 60-hour
weeks for a year on DSP Multimedia, and then got laid-off by AT&T
MicroElectronics in 1994.
c. 1993 - For the VCOS MIDI synthesizer, we contracted with E-Mu Systems
for the sound library. An expanded version of this library was later
used as the default SoundFont for the Creative Labs Soundblaster 16 AWE.
I got the shirt during a visit to E-Mu Systems in Scotts Valley, CA.
See also -
c. 1992 - The Peter
Face T-shirt - Of course Peter's face -- stylized
with the AT&T "Death Star" -- was on t-shirts which we all wore
"proudly", and some people sparingly gave them out at conferences
as treasured gifts. The backside
reads, "where the avant garde meets the rear guard."
c. 1990 - XUNET was the "eXperimental University NETwork" research
project sponsored by AT&T Bell Labs Research, Murray Hill, NJ.
It started in 1987. Primary university participants were
the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. See
also - XUNET logos.
1989 - Ramon Caceres laid out this array of faces to commemorate
the summer 1989 interns at Murray Hill. "One of these ... is not
like the others ..."
c. 1986 - As part of the 1984 divestiture, Datakit was also split
into two similar but incompatible products -- Datakit® VCS (Virtual
Circuit Switch) from AT&T Network Systems and ISN (Information
Systems Network) from AT&T Information Systems. The RADIAN
controller software ran on both sets of hardware, so that a unified
network could be built from a mix of VCS and ISN nodes with the help
of a common trunk module.
NoBell Home - gjm
- last update 1/17/2004, created 1/3/2004