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AVSR vs. MSFT: numbers of patents or patent numbers?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Yesterday, Avistar issued a press release: Fourteen of Microsoft Re-examination Challenges of Avistar’s U.S. Patents Rejected by U.S. Patent Office. Various reports followed, counting nine re-exam requests that had been determined for re-exam by the U.S. PTO, e.g., Avistar 14, Microsoft 9 in patent re-examination battle; shares jump. Since there were a total of 29 reported filings by Microsoft, that appears to leave six requests that have neither been rejected nor determined for re-exam. (The reported 21 cent jump in AVSR share price from below a dollar to $1.18, might actually be the biggest news, given the NASDAQ ramifications of share prices less than a dollar.)


three hour walk

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

with Earl Grey, hotToday was my first Capitol 10K. I’d often thought I would participate. Many years ago I ran an informal 10K with friends. I think my time was just under 60 minutes then. I rarely jog more than a few yards at a time any more. But I do go on long walks, usually 3 or 5 miles every other day. So I thought I was ready to walk the 10K.


Incredible: feeding, housing, doctoring, financing rural Nicaragua

Friday, March 14th, 2008

I began to write this on a flight from Managua back to Houston, after 3 days with Keith Jaspers, founder/president of, and Rev. Mel West, a retired pastor who introduced my family to Rainbow Network 8 or 10 years ago.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 21st, 2008

As we in the U.S. observe a holiday in honor of Rev. King, I recall the night I stood a few feet from him and listened in awe.


Derivation of "Karl Z. Wog" (thanks to M.I.T.)

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

As a teen-aged amateur radio operator (“ham”), I had call sign K3SGM in Maryland and W0HHG in Missouri. I had a rubber address stamp that read “Charles H. Sauer W0HHG”, and used the stamp routinely. When I used it to stamp my return address on an admissions application to M.I.T., the response was addressed to “Charles H. S. Wohhg”.