Bob FrankstonBob Frankston


Essays, commentary, etc. The sidebar will take you directly to some of the more recent writings.


To learn more about me and my half century of computer experience, see my bio. Among other activities I write the "Bits Vs. Electrons" column in the IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine.

My current interest is moving beyond the 19th century concept of telecom to community owned infrastructure. This would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the US and much more value by creating opportunity for what we can't imagine.

I've been working with computers since 1963. I graduated MIT with my undergraduate degrees in 1970 and continued in graduate school. I worked on the Multics projects as well as used the predecessor of the Internet beginning in 1969. Commercially I supported online services since 1966. In 1979 I went from the mainframe world to the PC industry and co-founded Software Arts with Dan Bricklin where I implemented his concept of VisiCalc. I was with Lotus Development from 1986 to 1990 where I created Lotus Express (and started though it was before the Web). At Microsoft from 1993 to 1998 I championed Internet-style connectivity thus making networking accessible to individuals as "Home Networking".

I am now on my own pursuing a number of projects among them, trying to explain the larger concept of Ambient Connectivity  and Borderless Connectivity. (see the essays for more).

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