Rex Ballard is a habitual liar and the biggest lying fraud on the Internet.
His master degree:
Rex personally claimed full or partial inventor credit for:
* Java: "Sun reworked the [Dow Data Protocol] code a bit and created a new
Language/Protocol called Java."
* GPL: "As we reviewed the goals, we drafted the language for what was first
known as the "General Public License".
* Linux itself: "Contributor to General Public License (GPL) software pool,
including work-for-hire that lead to JAVA (Dow Data Protocol), Client/Server
computing (RPC), and Linux."
* Netscape and the Web browsing industry: "Meanwhile, I was making
reccomendations to the publisher's mailing list. I was making
reccomendations on how the Mosaic browser could be modified to provide
electronic commerce, royalty distribution, and advertizing accounting. In a
few weeks, the author's of Mosaic implemented those changes in a new browser
called NetScape. After a bit of tuning and a few thousand downloads,
NetScape issued it's IPO and made headlines everywhere. In a matter of six
months, I had generated a 4 billion dollar industry."
* secure http: "I wrote the initial specification for SHTTP."
* the concept of remote procedure calls.
* SSL (secure sockets layer): "Netscape took this high level project
description, along with my usual 4 page description of how this might be
done (you can see from my posts on cola that I'm not exactly one to write
short notes). A few weeks later, they had implemented SSL."
* Internet standards: "Developed databases, operating systems, and
applications for distributed processing systems of up to 1000 CPUs in fault
tolerant (99.997% uptime) configurations. This work led to many of the
standards now used on the Internet and Intranet."
* explosion of Linux web servers: "I told the publishers about Linux and
showed them how they could set up a dedicated PPP link to a local internet
service provider and publish their content via the Web, for under $1000.
Suddenly there were about 8000 web servers on the internet, mostly powered
* $2 million per day in revenue/savings at FedEx
* creator of $1 billion industries
* is "unofficial" Cisco Network Engineer #5
* helped create one of the first digitized voice response systems
* saved IBM nearly $24 million
* dual-boot Windows and Linux is his idea
* the success of Yahoo and Amazon: "Now imagine you are one
of 200 or even 2000 or even 8000 people observing this conversation - being
conducted between this consultant and a handful of questioners who are
asking very pointed and specific questions. Now, suppose that 100 or 200 of
those "lurkers" started posting their results, and started asking questions
as to how to take it to the next level? They have really funny names like
Yahoo, Amazon, and Lycos. At first, these are unheard of names, but before
long, they became huge names."
* Military weaponry: "It was then that my aviation club teacher showed me a
film of some "toys" which the military had developed out of notes taken from
my locker. Things like drone missles, personnel detectors, and terrain
following missles." (DFS: heeee!!! This one's priceless!)
* God-like feats of programming: here he personally did in 2 days with perl
what 6 Visual Basic programmers couldn't do in 2 years: "Then of course,
there was that I created a PERL script to parse the marketscope alerts feed,
convert it into HTML, and post it to a web site, all without operator
intervention. That took about 2 days. Right after that, we had a team of 6
VB programmers (including 2 from Microsoft) who said they were going to
convert the marketscope feed into Microsoft Office documents, and then serve
them up using IE and MS-Office. It took them 2 years, cost a whole bunch of
money, and when they got done, we decided that waiting 2 minutes per page
for financial news feed "alerts" was just too slow."
* features in MS-DOS: "They even let me send samples
of my code to Microsoft, along with my reccomendations to CP/M. We slapped
copyright notices all over everything and sent it via registered mail. The
decided not to hire me, and decided to use my reccomendations in MS-DOS. The
neglected to pay Data-Law for this copyrighted material. Instead, they just
did a "clean room" implementation."
* features in Windows 2000: "They [Microsoft]
spent 18 hours pumping me for design ideas for Windows 2000 and then
withdrew their offer (which I wasn't going to accept anyway). They said I
didn't have the "Microsoft Religion". But they incorporated about 20 of the
30 reccomendations I proposed."
* a 3-octave singing voice: "Unfortunately, singing at Kit's every night
caused some damage to my vocal chords and my 3 octave singing range was
reduce to 2 1/2, which meant the leading roles in Musicals were not an
* electronics and operating system kernels: "I can show you how to create a
static memory circuit, cpu, or parallel to serial I/O device using a diode
matrix and inverters. And I can show you how to go from those simple
components to a full blown computer. And from there we can use Machine code
to code a COSMAC ELF, or Assembler and machine code to code an 8085, or
FORTH to code a 6803 microcontroller, or use C to code a multitasking
* his behavior in the theater program in college was Robin William's
inspiration for his character Mork on Mork & Mindy.
* his online writing is the basis for Nicholas Negroponte's book "Being
* "I was among the first professional PC programmers (Data Law), among the
first professional UNIX programmers, among the first corporate usenet
users, among the first internet users (when ARPAnet and usenet merged),
among the first commercial BSD users, among first people to get hands-on
experience with a Sun workstation, an early adopter of the Mac, and
among first commercial programmers of what we now call clusters and grids."
* "In a matter of six months, I generated the 4 billion dollar [web
* "Sun reworked my Dow Data Protocol code a bit and created a new
Language/Protocol called Java."
* "I told the publishers about Linux and how to publish their content via
the Web, for under $1000. Suddenly there were about 8000 web servers on
the internet, mostly powered by Linux."