the TCS Archive

Here are some of my favorite Ideas.  They’re on my website.


Presentation Standards

The early days of interactive online were a battle among not only competing businesses, but competing technology platforms. TCS was one of the few companies that actually implemented interactive sitesacross the dominant presentation standards – and on an international scale. The the technical and marketing implications were significant.

The Elemental Database

Presented at Videotex 83 conference (Before we Called it the Web).  I spoke as a designer and implementer of some of the earliest interactive online “websites”.

Usability Standards

This was the upshot of my work with the Applications Level User Interface Committee of the Videotex Industry Association. Our aim was to “make it work”.

Design Perspective

I was also a member of the IP / SO (Information Provider / Service Operator) Committee of the Videotex Industry Association. We represented the “content implementation” roles.

Interactive Architecture

Presented at Videotex ’84 conference (Before we Called it the Web). The existing descriptors are Transactional, Publishing and Visual Design. The new metaphor is “Interactive Architecture”. The new model is the Information Community.

Application Protocol

I was a member of the Applications level User Interface Committee (ALUIC) of the Videotex Industry Association. We were charged with coming up with some usage and behavioral standards for an industry that was not yet a real market. Here is my contribution to our report.

The New Synthesis

Presented at the Videotex 85 conference (Before we Called it the Web).  Our focus in this paper was to integrate interactive online “websites” with higher resolution media, like videodiscs and videotape.

The Power of NAPLPS

Presented at Videotex International October, 1985 (Amsterdam).  It was 1985. Graphics on a low-cost personal computer was still new – a cutting edge concept – but expensive, non-standard, and difficult to deliver over the networks of that time – most of them still operating at less than 9600 Baud ( i.e. really, really slow).

Beyond Videotex

Presented at Electronic Imaging ’85.  My favorite graphics protocol in these early days was NAPLPS, which – despite the limitations of the technology of the moment – offered tremendous potential as a “common ground” standard.

More than Meets the Eye

Presented at Videotex 85.  More arguments for a common, extensible, flexible presentation platform … particularly for interactive media.

University (Graduate Papers)

Transcending Profit

The Reading (PA) 2-way “interactive” television project for the elderly was a research model and reference point for the ITP during the early days.

Community Service

Communications as a Community Service. This paper expresses the underlying principles for my commitment to “user experience”.

Open Systems Bureaucracy

A major challenge while managing the Municipal Cable Project in Somerville, MA wasbureaucracy in the context of an “open system”.

Office Automation

The challenge for this paper was to respond to a hypothetical RFP for office automation from NYU. The true focus of the paper – for me – was to demonstrate and understanding of good process and explain how I got there.

The Frame Game

This was a follow-up to my initial proposal to the NYU Office Automation RFP. (If you haven’t taken a look at the original RFP and proposal, you may want to take a look now.)

Language Barriers

This was an exploration of the “cultural” barriers within the emerging new media market.

OrgSys for Small & Weak

I applied my emerging understanding of organizational system analysis techniques to my experience managing the Municipal Cable Project in Somerville, MA.

Ad Astra per Aspera

This was my analysis of the Municipal Cable Project, which was a popular theme for me.Community and Communication : “How do you make something good happen?”

Cable as Telephone

This was an exploration of the blurring of the distinction between 1-way (cable) and 2-way (telephone) services. With implications for community and marketplace.

Visual Language

Don’t know what this was about, but it is kind of interesting…

The Telephone Game

This is a 2-page Design Project Proposal with a hidden agenda: “Learn by Playing”.

MassComm 105

This appears to be a proposal to create a university-level course focusing on “Mass Communications”.

Ultimate Cable System

A Speculative History. Actually kinda prescient, tho premature. It earned a “Felix the Cat” from course instructor Gary Schober. One of my proudest moments.



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