This week’s Cringely column gave a fun anecdotal about Sun’s origin. According to the then Stanford University Network czar, Andy Bechtolsheim built a cheap Unix box for Stanford, and CIA wanted it, but Andy couldn’t find any company willing to manufacture the box, and so it went.
I read about the Fab 4 reunite a while ago. It seems like a fabulous combination indeed: a software guru, a hardware guru, a biz guy, and an engineer-MBA-VC (later). Two Americans, one Indian, one German.