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Searching for BobbyMax

Running a technology message board is a bit like running a lunatic asylum, with one difference: The patients in an asylum are sometimes curable. [Ed. note: I believe the politically correct term is Madhouse.]

Take the furor over a regular poster on the Light Reading Message Boards who goes by the name of BobbyMax, a curmudgeonly prolific message-board participant who has become the shockjock of the Light Reading message boards

"Will everyone just please ignore BobbyMax," wrote BBoa in October 29 on the Light Reading board.

What is it that irks so many readers? It's probably BobbyMax's formulaic and machine-like posts, which, appearing nearly daily, are almost always negative and critical of every company and individual in the telecom industry. Maybe it's his flouting of spelling and grammar rules. Or perhaps that some of his posts border on hate speech?

Nah, he's just annoying.

Typically, BobbyMax posts in hit-and-run style, nailing an assailant with invective and then ducking off the boards from many hours, if not days. His negativity is pure and repetitious. He hates and is skeptical of everything. Here, for example, are the subject titles of some or his rants: Then, my personal favorite: "Mired in anger and mirage," you don't say? This "Dr. Gea" post marked the beginning of a new phase for BobbyMax, in which he lashed out at his critics. Previously, he ignored any attempts to debate or cricize his writings. Here he flings some at a reader named AAL5:

"Dear Dr. AAL5: Your hate mail campaign has not stopped. I do not mind if you express your ideas. You should be AAL2/3. Please repent your birth and existence in this world."

In researching BobbyMax's post, I've been able to find one single case of a reasonably "positive" post, in which he lauds next-generation Sonet technology: Next Generation SONET Saves Cost.. In that post he even goes as far to commend two vendors: "I think that Nortel and Alcatel have the best quality next generation Sonet nodes," writes BobbyMax.

BobbyMax was unavailable for comment, and he hasn't responded to repeated requests for comment on the Light Reading message boards.

So who is BobbyMax? Inquiring minds want to know. And one of the most persistent questions from Light Readers is: "Could you please tell us who BobbyMax is?"

It's against Light Reading's own privacy policy to divulge the identities of message-board users to the public, but I'll tell you it's 99.9% likely that BobbyMax is hiding behind a generic Hotmail address anyway, so it don't matter.

Sleuthing reveals few real secrets. Rarely responding to criticism, BobbyMax reveals little about who he (or she) is on the boards. The global disdain for emerging technologies and startups leads many to believe he is firmly ensconced at an RBOC or incumbent equipment provider.

But several, more eccentric theories abound. One is that BobbyMax is the product of an Artifical Intelligence (AI) experiment at Bell Labs, gone horribly awry. Another theory is that he is the creation of Light Reading editors, for the purpose of generating message-board traffic. Light Reading management categorically denies creating BobbyMax, and we point to the fact that his frequent postings and rantings would require the hiring of a full-time "BobbyMaxer," for which we have neither the resources nor the patience.

What is clear, however, is that BobbyMax has pissed off a lot of people.

"Dear LR readers, The 'Ignore author' feature is meant for the likes of BobbyMax," writes jim_smith (the post is here). "Use it."

Other readers prefer he stay.

"I have to say that I enjoy BobbyMax's ranting quite a bit," writes Aleksander Zawisza in an email to the editors. "I don't agree with his bitterness towards engineers from '3rd world countries,' but I find that his views embody the worst of what some of us sometimes think about the industry's downfall."

In another peculiar twist, a reader wrote in to point out that a friend of his had a "similar name" to Bobby Max. His friend is angry that some people in the industry have confused him with BobbyMax. He said his friend is considering hiring a lawyer to stop BobbyMax from posting under that pseudonym.

It's almost as if BobbyMax is some sort of Doppleganger... a spirit representing the bad Karma of an industry in the toilet. His negativity breaches that of even the darkest pessimists. In BobbyMax's world, no new technology is relevant, all executives are cynical and criminal, and the industry has little hope but to descend into an abyss of permanent bankruptcy and depression.

No, things just aren't that bad. My phone still works. And this message board is a fine tool spurred by the telecom revolution.

Beware of BobbyMax. Maybe he's sitting next to you? Or perhaps he's your CEO. Ignoring him -- yes, now that's probably the right move.

- R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, Light Reading
www.lightreading.com
gea 12/4/2012 | 9:08:09 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Funny!

Sometimes I am tempted to think that Bobby's programmer may deliberately monkey up the grammar in order to cover the various gaffes that Bot's make.

What's funny is that the Bot you linked to really does make more sense than bobby, at least on a line-by-line basis. Unlike a bot, Bobby improvises, claiming corruption and facts and figures (all with no basis in reality of course)that were not mentioned in the original article.

So IF Bobby's a bot, he's a very advanced one on some levels. If he's actually a flesh-and-blood human being, he's not as human as a bot!
Spaz 12/4/2012 | 9:08:14 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax At first I thought that I had found the bot that was posting as Bobby.

http://www.oliverbot.com/

Then I realized that this couldn't be the one for two reasons:

1. The grammar is good.
2. It puts together cohert responses.

It IS pretty fun though.

Spaz
MrLight 12/4/2012 | 9:13:06 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Couldn't resist...here is my add to this thread.

MrLight :-)
Spaz 12/4/2012 | 9:19:25 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I just wanted to let all you interested Maple folks (because nobody else cares really) that I have created a new thread in the reader message board area, The Maple Optical Clothesline. Maybe it can be your one-stop shopping for all of the dirt on Maple. It will actually help productivity at Maple (such as it is) because now everyone won't have to search all over the LR boards for Maple posts. Here's your chance to get out those pent-up rages. Try it. It feels good. See you there!

Spaz
Spaz 12/4/2012 | 9:20:04 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax henry_class wrote:

I am interested in starting a BobbyMax fan club. Bobby will be the champion of all deprived and downtrodden engineers. These startup VCs and thief executives have to be taught a lesson. BobbyMax help us. - a deprived Maple engineer

________________________________________________

HC,

I just caught your post. Are you currently a Maple engineer? That would explain why you're following threads like this one. That's not meant as a slam, by the way. God only knows that was one thing that kept me sane when I was there! Or are you one of the lucky ones like me that got out?

I keep checking back onto LR hoping to see some news about the old Alma Mater so that I can have some real fun responding to A Tool's spin doctoring. I also think that such an article would give all of us current and ex-Maplers the forum to really let it all out. I'm looking forward to that. How about it, LR?

Spaz
rtc_11 12/4/2012 | 9:20:12 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax all of the misspellings, the 'seemingly' naive questions, the annoying habits - those are all intentional. the intent is to incite debate. have you ever noticed that the questions he asks always are provocative?
Litewave 12/4/2012 | 9:20:20 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax First of all, I'm pretty sure he's Chinese. This is primarily from the speech pattern..

Agreed. Not just speech patterns, but actually phrases seemed to be literal translations, which explains why his english seems so convoluted.

Educated Indians often speak the Queens English well enough to put us to shame, and that ain't true with Booby.

Exactly. Hes definitely not Indian.

And judging from the emphasis he puts on his education, he probably some some PhD years ago from "Harvey Mudd"...

No way any PhD could be that dumb.

I think he works at Lucent.

Agreed.

Even though he has expressed a lot of vitriol towards West Coast VCs (which is why I think a lot people assume he's a Left Coaster), I think he's a Right Coaster..

Why west coast? I'll guess he's not located in China because in one post he concedes the Chinese steal US intellectual property.

I don't agree. The West cost conclusion was based on time-stamps of over 2 months worth of his posts - either hes on the West coast or hes a chronic insomaniac from China or Taiwan ;-)

If BobbyMax = HarveyMudd, then I think he's been in the country longer. As I said he probably went to school at Harvey Mudd College and has been working at a low-level engineering job since he graduated. I say 7 to 10 years.

His English is too poor to have been in the US for more than a couple of years.

- Quite possibly a test engineer...
Not sure how you came up with this one.


Most of the rest of my conclusions were based on various posts of his, none too specific though (I got bored with trying to figure the clown out a long time ago).

Anyone else wanna take a crack at mining his posts for more clues?
gea 12/4/2012 | 9:20:20 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax "His English is too poor to have been in the US for more than a couple of years.

- Quite possibly a test engineer..."

No, he's not a test engineer. When I once mentioned I had done technical audits at Bellcore, he went on and on in several posts trying to ride me on being a "mere test engineer", which would indicate he's something else.

As for the level of his english indicating he hasn't been in the US too long, this may be true given how bad his english in. BUT, this guy ain't walkin' on terra firma, and I've met similar characters whose english never improves (they don't seem to listen to the way people actually speak...). In addition, he's got to be a loner type, so he may not actually hear people speak a lot of english too often. If he's still got a job, I imagine him hunkered down in some remote cublicle or office somewhere, and is largely left alone most of the time.

As for the timestamps, they have changed in the last bunch of months...he used to post at "normal" hours, so I suspect he was let go in a recent wave of layoffs at Lucent. Maybe he scuttled back home to Taiwan or something...

Tony Li 12/4/2012 | 9:20:24 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Harvey Mudd doesn't have degrees in geology.

I would posit from his clear immaturity that he's probably younger, not older. Certainly no more than 35.

Tony
gea 12/4/2012 | 9:20:24 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax First of all, I'm pretty sure he's Chinese. This is primarily from the speech pattern (I speak Chinese and have lived in China). Educated Indians often speak the Queens English well enough to put us to shame, and that ain't true with Booby.

I also see him as some older researcher, probably hidden away deep inside Lucent (until recently perhaps)...one of those characters that probably knows a lot about, say asynchronous signals or something, in an area that management is probably almost unaware of. He may have retired, too.

And judging from the emphasis he puts on his education, he probably some some PhD years ago from "Harvey Mudd" in geology or some such crap, and worked his way into electrical back in the 60s (I think he's old, too, from Taiwan maybe).
beowulf888 12/4/2012 | 9:20:25 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax flanker wrote:
"Have you seen how many posts this guy has made on LR? It's like 500 or 600."

When I search for "BobbyMax" I get 16 URL pages with 25 links to his postings per page. That means he's posted almost 400 times to the LR lists since May 7 2002!

He must also be unemployed to have all this time on his hands.

BTW: I notice that he's only made the achieved the rank of Light Dragoon. Poor guy. He must be frustrated.

--Beo
sigint 12/4/2012 | 9:20:27 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax He could well be Indian. Older generations of educated Indians often speak bookish and archaic British English, you can almost "hear" the "inclusive R" between two successive vowels in text!

Bobby does make attempts at such Anglicisms, but messes up grammar and spelling. I tend to do the same, post half a bottle of whiskey ..

Anyone know an elderly gentleman of Indian origin, PhD, a social recluse and probably alcoholic ..

As for bad mouthing Indian H1-B's - that's quite natural. I have often heard older generations of Indians that had migrated to the West complain of how the new breed of immigrants is no good, and that they have spoiled the good name earned by the older generation that migrated out of India.


Beo:
India. Definitely not China. The following quote's syntax reminds me of the way many of the Indian engineers I know speak. Also, Chinese ESL speakers often drop articles (since Chinese doesn't have a word for "the"). But Booby doesn't drop his articles. I hear an educated Indian in my mind when I read his postings...


Flanker:
Not India. He bashes "too many Indian H1Bs" in one of his posts. Have you seen how many posts this guy has made on LR? It's like 500 or 600. He says China steals US technology, but he never basehes Chinese engineers, their domestic politics or Chinese immigration.
flanker 12/4/2012 | 9:20:29 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax India. Definitely not China. The following quote's syntax reminds me of the way many of the Indian engineers I know speak. Also, Chinese ESL speakers often drop articles (since Chinese doesn't have a word for "the"). But Booby doesn't drop his articles. I hear an educated Indian in my mind when I read his postings...

Not India. He bashes "too many Indian H1Bs" in one of his posts. Have you seen how many posts this guy has made on LR? It's like 500 or 600. He says China steals US technology, but he never basehes Chinese engineers, their domestic politics or Chinese immigration.


beowulf888 12/4/2012 | 9:20:32 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Nah -- I think Booby is a 'bot. Light Reading contracted with some demented programmer in Bangalore to write a program that would randomly spew inanities on to the LR lists. Thus the poor syntax and rants against China.

But it's starting to get out of control. People are taking the BoobyBot seriously. So LR is trying to do some damage control with this "Searching for BobbyMax" article.

But the big RBOCs smell blood. If they can implant the BoobyBot in the FCC computers, they realize that can gain regulatory control of Telecommunications in the US and nuke China too!

Wait! Maybe the Boobybot has taken control of the RBOCs. What else can account for their bizarre and stupid behavior?

Sigh. I think I need some sleep. Dreaming up conspiracy theories is hard work...

--Beo
photon_mon 12/4/2012 | 9:20:33 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Great deductions so far. Beowulf, you now have
me most convinced of his origin. There goes my
"Bin Laden operative seeking to destroy faith in
our humble telecom industry via cynicism and disinformation" argument. Back to the drawing
board (conspiracies thrive the most when we stop
looking for them!).
beowulf888 12/4/2012 | 9:20:33 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Thank heavens! Booby is still posting...

http://www.lightreading.com/bo...
beowulf888 12/4/2012 | 9:20:34 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Litewave speculated:
>I came to the conclusion that heb's...
>- North American west coast based
I think he works at Lucent.
Booby Quote: "All the companies robbed Lucent of its wealth."
...and...
"Lucent has the capability to make any equipment in ay short period of time. The Lucent management is responsible for its current sad situation."

Even though he has expressed a lot of vitriol towards West Coast VCs (which is why I think a lot people assume he's a Left Coaster), I think he's a Right Coaster -- probably at Lucent in NJ. I think he blames West Coast VCs and VC-spawned companies for creating the bubble.

A great Booby Quote: "In fact, a public corporation of the size of Cisco rarely behaves in this pension." He hates Cisco, and just about any other upstart startup company (i.e. any company without a long history of being a Telco vender).

But if BobbyMax is one and the same person as HarveyMudd, then he studied engineering at Harvey Mudd college in Southern California.

>- A non-native english speaker
Yes. His grammatical errors are that of foreign ESL speaker.

For instance in this Booby Quote: "This transaction has presented considerable difficulties. Ciena may not recover from the Cyras transaction."

The phrasing is just so forced, that one has to think he's working hard to express himself clearly.

>- Most likely of oriental origin
India. Definitely not China. The following quote's syntax reminds me of the way many of the Indian engineers I know speak. Also, Chinese ESL speakers often drop articles (since Chinese doesn't have a word for "the"). But Booby doesn't drop his articles. I hear an educated Indian in my mind when I read his postings...

Booby Quote: "I do not know Lucent was unable to evaluate these shaky companies ( Ascend, Octel, Springtide, Yurie Network, Chromatis, Nexabit)."

Also, Booby hates China. India has had tense relations with China since they took some Himalayan territory from India a few decades back. Also China (along with the US) has supported Pakistan, which also is a cause of tension with India.

Notice the reference to India in the following Booby quote...
"China's unethical business practices are threat to the rest of the world. They copy and steal technology from all parts of the world. For example, they stole satellite technology from the US. China stole nuclear technology from the Soviet Union. They have now targeted the USA and India with their nuclear weapons."

>- With less than 5 years of being in the US
If BobbyMax = HarveyMudd, then I think he's been in the country longer. As I said he probably went to school at Harvey Mudd College and has been working at a low-level engineering job since he graduated. I say 7 to 10 years.

>- Probably working for one of the larger >networking vendors

Yes, Lucent. See above.

>- In a support role or staff function
I agree. An engineer. SONET. But of one with out a lot of technical breadth.

>- Quite possibly a test engineer...
I agree. Probably very frustrated, too. Poor little guy.

On the other hand I think it's just as likely Booby could be a 'bot written by an Indian programmer on the Light Reading staff.

cheers!
--Beo(not a 'bot)wulf
flanker 12/4/2012 | 9:20:35 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I came to the conclusion that hes...

-North American west coast based
Possible. but can't say for certain.
Why west coast? I'll guess he's not located in China because in one post he concedes the Chinese steal US intellectual property.

- A non-native english speaker
Agreed. yes

- Most likely of oriental origin
Possible, but i wouldnt rule out Eastern European
or middle eastern.

- With less than 5 years of being in the US I'm willing to bet he's been in the U.S. for quite some time now. His English sucks, he could not have been here much more than 5 or 6 years unless he has no social life.


- Probably working for one of the larger networking vendors
Lucent is probably the obvious choice. But is he still employed? What about Agere?

- In a support role or staff function
Technical Support was my guess. janitor perhaps

- Quite possibly a test engineer...
Not sure how you came up with this one.
BoobyMin 12/4/2012 | 9:20:38 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I came to the conclusion that hes...
- North American west coast based
Disagree, I beleive from NJ
- A non-native english speaker
Agree
- Most likely of oriental origin
Agree
- With less than 5 years of being in the US
Longer
- Probably working for one of the larger networking vendors
Lucent
- In a support role or staff function
System Engineer who's product ideas kept getting shut down due to Lucent buyng a company with the technology rather than funding his project idea.
- Quite possibly a test engineer...

networking_legend 12/4/2012 | 9:20:39 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I'm certain given all the information thats available, if 20 of us posted our profiles of this guy, and we picked the common points, we could narrow down his identity to a couple of individuals in some specific location/company.

O.K....I'll bite:

I came to the conclusion that hes...

-North American west coast based
Possible. but can't say for certain.

- A non-native english speaker
Agreed

- Most likely of oriental origin
Possible, but i wouldnt rule out Eastern European

- With less than 5 years of being in the US
I'm willing to bet he's been in the U.S. for quite some time now

- Probably working for one of the larger networking vendors
Lucent is probably the obvious choice. But is he still employed?

- In a support role or staff function
Technical Support was my guess.

- Quite possibly a test engineer...
Not sure how you came up with this one.

Litewave 12/4/2012 | 9:20:41 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax .. they would have hired an FBI profiler to go through the posts and come up with a BobbyMax profile.

You woulnd't really need the FBI to do this. As a matter of fact, some time ago I tried to profile BM.

I came to the conclusion that hes...
- North American west coast based
- A non-native english speaker
- Most likely of oriental origin
- With less than 5 years of being in the US
- Probably working for one of the larger networking vendors
- In a support role or staff function
- Quite possibly a test engineer...

LR must have a fairly good idea of where this guy is posting from.

I'm certain given all the information thats available, if 20 of us posted our profiles of this guy, and we picked the common points, we could narrow down his identity to a couple of individuals in some specific location/company.
LightGaugeGuitarString 12/4/2012 | 9:20:43 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax ... they would have hired an FBI profiler to go through the posts and come up with a BobbyMax profile. They'd be able to tell if the grammar/spelling mistakes are genuine or contrived, and other subtleties.

Hey, there could be a book somewhere...

LGGS
LightGaugeGuitarString 12/4/2012 | 9:20:43 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Damn, spelling mistake in the subject line, I'm no better than BM

:)

LGGS
flanker 12/4/2012 | 9:20:45 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax it seems fairly obvious that HarveyMudd = BobbyMax = LightReading employee.

Are you insane? First he knows just enough to be dangerous about a lot of trivia one would never attribute to a single LR editor. Secondly, his English is so bad that LR's editor's couldn't make this crap up if they tried. Come one, he uses words like "Dare Devil" and refers to Hughes Corp. as Huge Corporation for cripe's sakes.

This guy's not English speaking and he's sitting there with his dictionary and translation software spinning some really hilarious and idiotic conspiracy theories.








beowulf888 12/4/2012 | 9:20:46 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I hope it doesn't turn out that BobbyMax was some LR bot technology. Even if he's not a bot, I don't think he'd pass the Turing Test.

Frankly, I always enjoyed the adrenaline rush of anger and outrage that only Booby could generate with his posts. I hope LR hasn't chased him off by this "Searching for BobbyMax" article. Even though he was full of s&*#, he was entertaining, and he certainly generated a lot outraged activity on the LR lists.

Bot or not, Booby, come back!

cheers,
--Beo

gea 12/4/2012 | 9:20:46 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Damn funny post, Beowulf. As an adreline junky I would sure miss his crap also (I hit the ignore button on him a while back but can't always help myself--I can tell when he's posted just by seeing RE followed by some inane, negative, ungrammatical subject line). But don't worry--I know BM well enough to know that even if the name "BobbyMax" dissapears, he'll be back with another psuedonym.
gea 12/4/2012 | 9:20:50 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Of course I would not speak here. It is a proven fact that all readers of Litereadings are either Indian H1bs, corrput VCs, or alien autotopsies trying to deal in junky equipment that use fake electrons and generate fake heat to fool users. You should all go home and educate yourselves to all go home and become productive citizens instead of thinking about me all the time. Only then will your knoledge level be up to par.

In addition, Litreedings is clearly a product of Cisco, which is why Litereedings loves cisco even though they have over 1,000,000 employees and only 3 PhDs. Cisco, along with Internet is completely fake, and installed on every PC that is manufactured. This has resulted in over 10 trillions of dollars in losses for US and earth.
nooner 12/4/2012 | 9:20:51 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Why don't Reindeer and Dave7777 put an elastic band around their heads and snap out of it?

Egos are something you really don't need to share.

Just my opinion...
curious_george 12/4/2012 | 9:20:51 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Curious, this is the first article (in a while)where Bobby has NOT posted a message.
bootle 12/4/2012 | 9:20:52 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax GUESSING BY THE INTEREST BOOBY GENERATES I THINK HE SHOULD STAND FOR PRESIDENT. HE MAKES MORE SENSE THAN THE INCUMBENT. YOU GET MY VOTE BOOBY !!!
Eru 12/4/2012 | 9:20:53 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Sorry, folks.

I just had to borrow that infamous message title 'Muhahahahahahah!?' as originally posted by generalcharlesdegaulle, http://www.lightreading.com/bo...

Now, in my previous life I was droptorgy. You can see me picking on gea in two of my few, but quite legendary messages:
http://www.lightreading.com/bo...
http://www.lightreading.com/bo...
http://www.lightreading.com/bo...

What has Bobby done, that is worse than the collective actions which came to shape 1999-2002?

I lost my password to droptorgy, so now I am Eru.
But in loyalty to Bobby, for this message, my signature will be:

Robert H.M. Maximus II
Reindeer 12/4/2012 | 9:20:55 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax gea - "Reindeer--I must be misinterpreting this--no WAY you're female--I've always detected a decent amount of testasterone in your posts."

I am indeed a woman... now.
MP_UK 12/4/2012 | 9:20:55 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax
"Reindeer--I must be misinterpreting this--no WAY you're female--I've always detected a decent amount of testasterone in your posts."

------------------------

Give it time Gea, apparently the hormone therapy doesn't kick in straight after the operation!

Cheers,
MP (in a childish mood!)
corolla 12/4/2012 | 9:20:55 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I always thought Reindeer was a woman. It's obvious from her posts. She finally admitted it.

Reindeer,

You should run for President as was suggested below. If you are elected, could Dave77777 get me a Double Espresso?
Bill Johnson 12/4/2012 | 9:20:56 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax "Reindeer--I must be misinterpreting this--no WAY you're female--I've always detected a decent amount of testasterone in your posts."

Do you think 'reindeer' is a testosterone-ladened name? It is more PC than split-tail but feminine nonetheless.
rzerockzeron 12/4/2012 | 9:20:57 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Elvis,

great points. But trust me, try reasoning with the guy and you'll be labelled a CORV hater.

I tried to make the same points on the Q contract (all $12M of it)

Ciao,
RZ
...
(I mean Zweisel)
...
(I mean Corolla)
...
(I mean Reindeer)
...
(I mean...huh, damn! too many identities!)
Elvis Doesn't Live 12/4/2012 | 9:20:58 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I never said Corvis' gear does not work. It is deployed in Broadwing and it seems to do what they need it to do. However, I cannot see how this company will succeed:

1. CORV is ULH type of equipment. There are very few instances where this type of technology is required as most of the traffic will stay either within the LATA or will travel short reach. Whatever portion of the market that remains could very well be classified as niche. (Logic)

2. The recovery for LH is at least 2005. There is simply too much fiber and far too many DWDM systems out there that are undefilled. Who needs to add more? (Logic)

3. The timing of a recovery might not impact CORV impressive cash balance however it may very well obsolete its technology. 2-3 years is a long time in this industry and today's advanced solution is tomorrow's relic. Start over again and that cash goes up in smoke in a hurry. (Logic)

4. I also question whether anyone is going to want to rest their business on CORV. They lack size, experience, a service record and other factors that bigger carriers feel comfortable with. Their existing base got stock in the company and while you can point to Qwest as someone who didn't, please tell me how much they have actually purchased??? Certainly, with the new CEO this company is going to act like an RBOC instead of a new economy IXC. (logic)

5. I have never worked with their gear but anything that a SP has to do that requires huge upgrades is DOA given the issues around finance and operations. (Logic)

I have othe comments I could make but I trust that I have made my point. You are an outsider to the business who lacks some understanding of how this industry really works. That in itself does not make you a bad guy but try to get that HUGE EGO of yours under control........
gea 12/4/2012 | 9:20:58 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax "I am an unemployed woman so I have an excuse."

Reindeer--I must be misinterpreting this--no WAY you're female--I've always detected a decent amount of testasterone in your posts. Most of the time, I believe I can detect a female 'voice' on the Internet, but you would be the complete exception if that were true.
Reindeer 12/4/2012 | 9:20:58 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax dave77777,

Allow me to end you useless string of broken record postings that you deem posting worthy.

I am indeed zweisel. I am also sparxe, bobbymax, opticgirl, corolla, rzerochzeron, opticalphonon and everyone else that disagrees with your inane posting of the "facts" (roll eyes). You seem to think calling me zweisel would bother me? Well, if I was zweisel, then who cares, and if I am not zweisel, who cares? Get a life dude.

"Corvis does work" - zweisel said that according to you not me, oh wait, I am also zweisel. Ok then, it must work extremely well is is why their last total combined revenue sales topped nealry $3M.

"LOL" - your last resort displays a clear indication of your limited vocabulary and inventory of retorts. This must actually be an acronym for your family tree - "Lots Of Losers", "Lazy Old Losers", "Living On Lace"...

You have not posted a so called "fact" which is why you are the obvious butt of numerous posters' jokes.

You then say you are rich, run two businesses, are 6 foot tall, blah blah blah. These are classic Freudian signs of a person the wears dresses, carries a purse, and drives a Ford Fiesta. If you had these 2 businesses, how are you able to post so often and have so many stripes? I am an unemployed woman so I have an excuse. You are an excuse.

Now, calm down, get a job, understand that nobody actually believes your posts (or anyone else's for that matter) and bring the coffees that were orderd by myself and gea. I also believe that someone else also ordered a latte.

Move it chimp boy!
dave77777 12/4/2012 | 9:20:59 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Zweisel- I have to feel sorry for anyone so obsessed (and so lacking of something better to do) they follow someone else around LR all the time, spewing insults because they're not bright enough to think of a rational argument to back up their position. Asking someone to get you coffee is the only argument you've ever had. Maybe someday your family tree will evolve beyond this sitting-in-trees-throwing-excrement phase, but it sure doesn't look likely to happen in this generation.

As for the rest of your admirers (Optical_Phonon, Elvis, corolla, rzerock) - hey, mostly all I've done is post the facts. Maybe one of you can explain how Corv eq "simply doesn't work" as he's repeatedly stated but never backed up? Or how they are going to run out of cash this year? The fact you don't like me and that you like zweisel's style of "argument" better says a lot more about you than it does about me. Just remember, you're supporting someone who brags about how childish he is. Heck, with detractors like you guys, who NEEDS supporters? Thanks guys, I feel way better whenever I see your silly posts.

Gea - You're confusing me with Sparxe again. I've never been a "true believer" in anything but facts. I've stated more than once I don't expect them to get the T contract, and I'm not expecting them to ever dominate the industry. Most of my shares are now owned under a buck, and I'll sell most of them under $2. My position has always been that with their balance sheet and technology, they're merely relatively well-positioned for a telco eq recovery.

lbandwidth - Actually, I prefer green tea. Numerous well-researched and well-documented health benefits.

Now, back to something productive for the rest of the day...
Bill Johnson 12/4/2012 | 9:20:59 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Although I have not read through the cornucopia of postings to this story, I do have an idea as to the identity of BobbyMax. Lets see....a cynical, bitter, negative, rosy-palmed message board spammer? It could only be the reincarnation of HarveyMudd going under the guise of a new moniker after being ousted from the LR boards.
MP_UK 12/4/2012 | 9:20:59 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax
I was going to start this message "it's amazing how this thread has degraded..." But since Booby was the origional subject matter, I don't suppose degradation is really an issue.

Anyway, perhaps to end all the bickering dave7777 Reindeer and co should settle this in the only right and proper manner. Handbags at dawn ladies...?

Cheers!! ;-)
photon_mon 12/4/2012 | 9:21:01 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax So it IS possible to have a thread to which
BobbyMax cannot post - his own.

And look at the result: in the ensuing "power
void", some of us have turned on each other.

Focus people!

Here, I'll even restart things with my own BM-
style critique: "The story was week (sic),
with no new relivations (sic)". Note how I also
ignored the subsequent posts, as BM would have
done.

Okay, now let's get this thread back on track.
rtc_11 12/4/2012 | 9:21:01 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax it seems fairly obvious that HarveyMudd = BobbyMax = LightReading employee. the posts serve to spur discussion (look at the content of any of them), they have the same characteristic intentional misspellings, and, as is evidenced by this message list, are working like a charm; they are creating hundreds of new page views for LR.

great marketing.
OpticalPhonon 12/4/2012 | 9:21:01 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I must admit that I find his/her posts hilarious! This industry is atrocious and the constant bantering between Reindeer and that loser dave77777 is a nice dose of humour. Keep it up people!
lowbandwit 12/4/2012 | 9:21:03 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax It seems to me that the beverage of choice for this board is coffee (or a derivative).

Instant poll: What's the background of you coffee achievers (business or tech)? My guess is business.

In my sheltered world soda rules the day...


(Sure this is meaningless, but so is the rest of this thread.)
gea 12/4/2012 | 9:21:03 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Hey everybody! It's the Corvis-board sweathogs!
P-A-R-T-Y! (Or dogfight, take your pick.)

As for Dave7777, I have always viewed him as a Corvis "true believer", BUT he was never as bad as Sparxe (the dude LR kicked off the board 'cause he wanted to go toe-to-toe with me 'cause he thought I was doggin' his beloved Corvis)...like with Harvey HarveyMudd, I take pride in having goaded him into a new psuedonym! (Don't I deserve a teeshirt for 2 KOs?)

28? That's sounds about right Dave7777. Don't listen to Reindeer, et al...you are entitled to "true belief" at your age, and you'll have plenty of time for regrets when you're older. As for now, swing for the friggin' fences and don't worry about reality too much. There are worse ways to throw your money away than Corvis, and who knows? There's a small chance they'll emerge victorious.

But, uh...could I trouble you to make that a triple venti Latte? (that and a blueberry scone...)
vapa 12/4/2012 | 9:21:05 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax You guys are so funny. Even during busy times, I can always depend on you guys for providing good fun during my 10-min. break.

Keep it up! We need some ways to waste bandwidth and bring the demand up! :)

BTW, Iipoed, dave77777 and everyone else for all we know could be janitors working for cisco posing as someone else. All so pent up for anonymous human beings hehind the keyboard. So funny!
Elvis Doesn't Live 12/4/2012 | 9:21:05 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I guess we are not allowed to get that out of hand. (although one could question the importance of a LR senior editorial staffer wasting a day on Bobby Maxx)

Oh well, it was fun anyway.

:-))))
dietaryfiber 12/4/2012 | 9:21:05 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Could it be just one person??

I mean 77777777777777777777777 <snore> and Reinbeer and Geapet????

Where is my buddy rjmcmahon....I need my dose of the Communist Party!

dietary fiber</snore>
Iipoed 12/4/2012 | 9:21:06 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax True 10 gig. Between you and Metroman I can not figure out who is sharper about describing me. You both are right on. Remember he who has the most toys when they die wins!
Anyway thanks for continually responding to my posts. I guess you have little else to do.
dave77777 12/4/2012 | 9:21:07 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Sorry, no coffee. But be a good doggie and maybe you'll get a treat.

I hear wedding bells ringing for you and Elvis...
Reindeer 12/4/2012 | 9:21:07 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Elvis Doesn't Live - "I think it's time for coffee..... how bout you Reindeer?"

Absolutely, DAVE77777, TWO COFFEES, NOW! Shut off the Amiga, pull out the 8-inch floppy, turn off the amber monitor, pull up your dress, fix your makeup and get us two cappuccinos and a side order of biscotti. Gea, sound good to you? dave77777, MAKE IT THREE! NOW!

TheChief 12/4/2012 | 9:21:07 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I sounds like someone wears their underwear to tight! Thanks all for the great thread and the laughs you have produced.
rzerockzeron 12/4/2012 | 9:21:07 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Sorry you don't like the facts. LOL You and zweisel seem to have that in common. You two do make a very cute couple, maybe you can kiss for the camera?
----------------
Hey Dave, any unpleasant childhood memories you want to share?

In the words of the maestro: Waaaaaa Waaaaaaa Waaaaaaaaaaa...
dave77777 12/4/2012 | 9:21:08 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Sorry you don't like the facts. LOL You and zweisel seem to have that in common. You two do make a very cute couple, maybe you can kiss for the camera?

Elvis Doesn't Live 12/4/2012 | 9:21:08 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Hey, between Reindeer, Gea and I we do okay.....

go back to the mirror and fix your hair. Oh and try wearing t-shirts larger than a kids medium. We are not impressed, guido.
dave77777 12/4/2012 | 9:21:08 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Ah, your true colors emerge. Good to see you join up with zweisel; the company you keep says lots about you.
Elvis Doesn't Live 12/4/2012 | 9:21:08 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I have and what I am telling you is that no one really cares about the stuff you cite that validates you.....
Elvis Doesn't Live 12/4/2012 | 9:21:09 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I think it's time for coffee..... how bout you Reindeer?
dave77777 12/4/2012 | 9:21:09 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Who said you should be impressed? I was just stating the facts; make your own judgments. I would never have mentioned any of it except that zweisel has stated the opposite, and I feel it's only fair for me to set the record straight.

dave77777 12/4/2012 | 9:21:10 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I only mention it because zweisel constantly says I have no business sense, and I think that's evidence to the contrary. I didn't bring the subject up, and I have nothing to compensate for. Sorry if I made you feel inferior.
True_10_Gig 12/4/2012 | 9:21:10 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I-IPO'd must be quite an old man in that he can only "dream" about having sex with his wife rather than actually "doing" it (LOL).

This would also lead one to wonder why he feels he must buy (and brag) about buying all his new toys. Might it have something to do about compensating for size, hmmm?
Reindeer 12/4/2012 | 9:21:10 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Very true - Dave77777 is constantly asking people to read past posts that show he is smart, business savvy, rich, blah blah blah...

Is your daddy bigger than mine too?

I think your posts speak volumes or lack thereof...
Elvis Doesn't Live 12/4/2012 | 9:21:10 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Yes but why do you think we would be impressed with how tall you are, how much you make, if you own a house or any of the "hey look at how great I am" attributes you cite?

It's rather boring to hear you posture like a Jersey shore guido. Stick to the substantive stuff....
rzerockzeron 12/4/2012 | 9:21:11 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Dave,

I'd rather have to read BobbyMax posts for the rest of my life than read any more of the "reindeer-dave7777" argument.

Any one here agree?
------------------

Actually, I disagree. Reindeer is the comical relief of this board and has so much fun blasting Dave's poor arguments that I log in everyday to check if anyone posted.

I think LR should request an interview with Reindeer...

RZ.
Elvis Doesn't Live 12/4/2012 | 9:21:11 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax dave77777:

Just curious but why do feel it necessary to tell us how big you are, how much money you make, how smart you are and all of the other wonderful things about you? You have done this is a few posts.

Just thinking that maybe you are compensating for inferiority in some other departments......

?????
dave77777 12/4/2012 | 9:21:11 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I can't help it if he's obsessed with me. I've ignored more than half of his childish posts (go back and look if you don't believe me). What would you have me do?
dave77777 12/4/2012 | 9:21:11 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Well, try not to feel too sorry for me, I have two business degrees, own a successfull small business, and make more than twice what you do over there at Nortel.

I have to admit, I stand in utter awe of your business skills. LOL, why don't you explain for us again how Corvis eq "simply doesn't work?" Or how they don't have enough cash to last another year? You must be some kind of business genius to have figured those two out, because the whole rest of the world disagrees with you.

Nice doggy, down boy, stop nipping my heels now.

Reindeer 12/4/2012 | 9:21:12 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax dave77777, I honestly feel sad for you given your obvious lack of business skills and your insistent whining of how "right" you were in previous posts. If you did not have to consistently remined yourself to breathe, you may actual post some useful information. Do you even read your posts? CAN you even read your posts?

In summary, let me sumamrize your posts: Waaaaa Waaaaa Waaaaa Waaaaaa
LightBeating 12/4/2012 | 9:21:13 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Dave,

I'd rather have to read BobbyMax posts for the rest of my life than read any more of the "reindeer-dave7777" argument.

Any one here agree?

LB
happy_go_lucky 12/4/2012 | 9:21:17 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax BobyMax does have some interesting points in his articles, regardless of spelling. The question I have to BobbyMax is what do you do to all the existing executive management shysters (I not only referring to Adelphia, Global Crossing, MCI, etc..) that have created surplus (In some cases, material to last 12 years before demand needs to be triggered.) and corresponding CAPEX depression.
lastmile 12/4/2012 | 9:21:17 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax There are so many problems in the telecom industry.
Problems:
1.Fiber Glut.
2.Debt.
3.RBOC's.
4.ILEC's.
5.LU
6.NT
7.GLW
8.China
9.LR
There are so many solutions:
1. Consolidation.
2. A better economy.
3. FCC
4. Congress
5. Wi Fi
6. FTTH
7. Killer App.

In the midst of all these problems and solutions someone called Bobby has Max'ed out all the available space in the LR message board. No recovery in the IT industry is expected till 2005.

We will have to live with Bobby till then. Long live BobbyMax.
let-there-be-light 12/4/2012 | 9:21:18 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax No actually i want to be like you and some of the others that are wasting their employers time posting here, sitting in your crowded cubicle with pictures of porsches, harleys and tropical islands pinned up in front of you wondering if your time will ever come

Actually, my picture of a tropical island is directly on my Windows desktop, so i don't even need to move my head....

pictures I reserve for family.... and network diagrams, etc....
dave77777 12/4/2012 | 9:21:18 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax That's pretty funny. Actually, I'm 28 and don't like Gilder much. I can tell you why zweisel/Reindeer is so upset with me tho- he used to work for Corvis and was fired, so he came on LR and started posting things like "Corv eq doesn't work." Naturally, this interested me as an investor, so I asked for an explanation and got none, and also started to notice his posts never contain any kind of logical arguments, just invective and false statements. When I pointed this out, apparently I ruined his life, because he's been stalking me on LR ever since, furiously following my posts around like a little yapping dog. Later, he became so embarassed by my pointing out his many factual errors that he stopped using the name zweisel and started posting as Reindeer instead. However, his pseudonymery was so inept (same exact all-caps phrases, same misspellings, same invective, same obsession with my posts) it was clear from the from the first post it was still zweisel.

The coffee references are amusing and somewhat telling, also -- clearly, he once worked in a menial job where he was the "coffee boy" and now considers that a mortal insult. Personally, I can laugh that off pretty easily, never having had a job like that.

So why is it BobbyMax has such a vendetta with you? He's not quite as obsessed as zweisel, but he seems equally vindictive...
malakraday1 12/4/2012 | 9:21:19 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax ...a poster named Ca$h at MacNN which is another forum that I follow since I'm an avid Mac fan. The comparison between the reactions to these posters at LReading and MacNN is extremely interesting.

Let me share with you what I've observed. Light reading is a forum that is a lot more tame and grown up than the MacNN forum. The average age of the posters here must be quite a bit higher. At MacNN there will frequently be foul language in the posts and personal attacks that remind me of when I was 13 and people made fun of my mom. However, the overall reaction is the same. Ca$h elicits emotion by posting things he knows are controversial. He was the discussion of a week long post that involved several pages where the subject was should he get his account back. You see this individual lost his account and then would continually sign in under a different name demanding his account back because at MacNN you attain a certain status with the more posts you make. Everyone wanted to talk about this one person non unlike this article where everyone wants to know who BobbyMax is. It's funny what gets the people here charged up though. At MacNN it is personal attacks on religion and other somewhat more serious things that gets Ca$h in trouble but here what gets people upset is seemingly the naivete that Bobby uses in his posts. I've noticed that for a given discussion others will go into rational detail to bolster their arguments. What gets people upset here is when Bobby responds in a somewhat non-rational way and doesn't follow the thread exactly sometimes going on a wild tangent. This is not unlike a professor getting upset when a student in his/her class asks a question that is completely orthogonal to the points he is addressing during a lecture.

If you guys want a real laugh go to the macnn forums and read the macnn lounge...it will take you back to 7th grade.
Iipoed 12/4/2012 | 9:21:19 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Metroman, great post, finally you understand me. Since I have no real technical expertise my goal has been to help you all develop a sense of humor by responding to my nonsense.
By the way I broke 100 the other day, bought a bunch of new toys and dreamed of having sex with my wife. Life is good.
optical Mike 12/4/2012 | 9:21:20 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax if I do see some of his drivel, it almost always seems to be rated as '1'. But his 'user rank' or whatever it's called, shows three stripes suggesting his posts are reasonably popular -------------------------------------
I believe longevity weighs highly because I receive my share of 1 ratings from some that don't share my views

The Light Corps user-rankings are achieved by combining three virtues:

* Longevity - Stick around, don't go AWOL, and you're in the hunt
* Quantity - Contribute often and ascend the ranks
* Quality - Write enlightened, Pulitzer-caliber posts and rule the boards!
if I do see some of his drivel, it almost always seems to be rated as '1'. But his 'user rank' or whatever it's called, shows three stripes suggesting his posts are reasonably popular -------------------------------------
I believe longevity weighs highly because I receive my share of 1 ratings from some

The Light Corps user-rankings are achieved by combining three virtues:

* Longevity - Stick around, don't go AWOL, and you're in the hunt
* Quantity - Contribute often and ascend the ranks
* Quality - Write enlightened, Pulitzer-caliber posts and rule the boards!

MP_UK 12/4/2012 | 9:21:22 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax
Booby has resided on my ignore author list for some months now, so I don't usually see his posts. However on the occasions when I'm not logged in and ignore isn't working for me, if I do see some of his drivel, it almost always seems to be rated as '1'. But his 'user rank' or whatever it's called, shows three stripes suggesting his posts are reasonably popular - this seems to defy the way the rankings are supposed to work doesn't it? From this I conclude that his user rank is fixed. Why? Because Booby is one LR's ways of stirring things up when the editors get bored (bit like MPLS vs ATM articles.) Haven't got the resources you say Scott? Can't take that long to write poorly spelt, mindless rubbish!

I must confess to enjoying the BoobySpeaks posts from Gea though!
metroman 12/4/2012 | 9:21:22 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Perhaps BM and I - IPO'd should have there own discussion. It might go something like this:

BM: 10 Gig is dreadful!
II: Yeh, but I'm retired!
BM: Retired! They don't let you retire in China!
II: I'm an ex sales Guy!
BM: I bet 3rd world countries couldn't produce decent sales people!
II: I'll give them some of my money!
BM: Money is evil.
II: You must be a sad techy, get a life.
BM: Life is evil!
II: Did I mention about the money?
BM: did I mention next generation SONET?
II: I'm rich!
BM: I'm evil!

Metroman
henry_class 12/4/2012 | 9:21:24 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax
I am interested in starting a BobbyMax fan club. Bobby will be the champion of all deprived and downtrodden engineers. These startup VCs and thief executives have to be taught a lesson. BobbyMax help us. - a deprived Maple engineer
Belzebutt 12/4/2012 | 9:21:26 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Why does anybody care who he is and what he says. Don't you people have better things to do like do the work you are paid to do and researching technology.

At the end of the day, when the work is done, the techies just wanna have fun.

Give us a break you old fart!
10Gig 12/4/2012 | 9:21:28 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax after a good day's work and some still left to go, i really needed a timeout with something really moronic to do.

Thanks to LR I find judt the thread to post on... ;)

- Silent Spectator
Iipoed 12/4/2012 | 9:21:30 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax No actually i want to be like you and some of the others that are wasting their employers time posting here, sitting in your crowded cubicle with pictures of porsches, harleys and tropical islands pinned up in front of you wondering if your time will ever come. But thanks for repling to me, adds to my credibility. Now go back to work and configure a cisco router or whatever you do.
True_10_Gig 12/4/2012 | 9:21:31 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax *rant*

It strikes me as no coincedence that eye-eye-pee-od is only trying to get notoriety in the same vein as BobbyMax but didn't get anyone to write a story about him. *snif* *snif*...poor 'ole ex-sales guy!

Its tough to get any accolades when you're retired and have to constantly remind everyone about being lucky because that's the only way to get attention.

*end rant*
let-there-be-light 12/4/2012 | 9:21:31 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax "I have an excuse i am retired. And I still could care less about this person. You all need to get lives and stop posting about BM."

You mean good ole BobbyMax can even get retirees to post! Just shows you the text-generating power of this guy!!
Iipoed 12/4/2012 | 9:21:32 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Why does anybody care who he is and what he says. Don't you people have better things to do like do the work you are paid to do and researching technology.

I have an excuse i am retired. And I still could care less about this person. You all need to get lives and stop posting about BM.

If he was really a player or is now you would be able to figure out who he is. Don't you know he is just some character, probably like me (ex sales guy) that is playing with your heads. GEEZ enough already.

caveman 12/4/2012 | 9:21:33 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Long time readers will recall that Bobby Max used to go by the screen name Harvey Mudd. I guess he got tired of all the redicule and decided a simple name change would give him cover. Don't be surprised if you start seeing a new name with frequent posts and lousy spelling.
lucidity 12/4/2012 | 9:21:33 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax That's ridicule, Caveman.

:)

lucidity
let-there-be-light 12/4/2012 | 9:21:34 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Say what you want Scottie, Bobby Max gets a free LR T-Shirt (with very few coffee stains on it) shipped to his home every week!

Hardly anyone generates more hits on this web site than he does.
Reindeer 12/4/2012 | 9:21:36 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax gea - "Yo Reindeer! I've been meaning to ask you... Why does your favorite coffee-fetcher (Dave7777) drive you so batty, anyway? I still think he's some 17-year-old kid who read Gilder's Telecosm (before they threw it of the shelves!)"

Hi gea! dave77777 drives me so batty because he cannot make proper coffee even given his excellent database management expertise on his Amiga loaded with 8K RAM, 8-inch floppy disk, and amber monitor.

I have nothing personal against dave77777 or anyone else on this board. My posts are typically based on humour (or try to anyway) and not serious.

Some posters, dave77777, have little to no sense of humour and honestly thinks people take these postings seriously.

dave77777, if you are reading, and we know you are, please get my new friend gea some coffee as well. Biscotti gea?
lastofthebohicans 12/4/2012 | 9:21:36 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax What better way to validate his/her posts
than to have an eponymous article.
Three cheers for Bobby (or Booby) Max !!!

For those of you keeping score at home:

BobbyMax: 50
LR Staff: 0

-lotb

optobozo 12/4/2012 | 9:21:37 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Dear Lightreading,

You mention that you are 99.9% sure the big BM is hiding behind a generic Hotmail address. Is this the same hotmail account that the mud-slinger used?

'bozo
gea 12/4/2012 | 9:21:37 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Yo Reindeer! I've been meaning to ask you...
Why does your favorite coffee-fetcher (Dave7777) drive you so batty, anyway? I still think he's some 17-year-old kid who read Gilder's Telecosm (before they threw it of the shelves!)
yikes_stripes 12/4/2012 | 9:21:38 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I just read some of Bobby Max's posts and he reminds me of my brother. He lives in a small cabin in Montana. I think he works for ILX Lightwave.
Reindeer 12/4/2012 | 9:21:39 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax How about any article of the wity and business savvy dave77777...
Reindeer 12/4/2012 | 9:21:39 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax How about any article of the wity and business savvy dave77777...
gea 12/4/2012 | 9:21:40 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax You didn't mention that brilliant series of spoofs of BobbyMax, sometimes entitled "BoobySpeaks"!
gea 12/4/2012 | 9:21:40 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax You didn't mention that brilliant series of spoofs of BobbyMax, sometimes entitled "BoobySpeaks"!
gea 12/4/2012 | 9:21:40 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Bobby!
By not coming forward aren't you more or less admitting that you KNOW you are crazy?
Why not contact LR and let them ask you a few questions...I'd be fascinated to read an interview with you. And if you let them post a photo of you, I'll send you a crisp $1 Bill!

twistedcopper 12/4/2012 | 9:21:45 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax the one company BobbyMax has always supported is TELM. he knows that all optical companies out there are full of it except the TELM team... its optical switching technology will be powering the networks around the world. it already built the largest optically switched network and has major contracts. Bobby knows this one is going to $10!!!!!!!
-twisted
capolite 12/4/2012 | 11:22:40 PM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Bobby Max is a Feuerbachian Anti-Christ. He is the image of our collective self loathing.
crapshooter 12/5/2012 | 12:06:57 AM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Bobbys posts are always in weekdays and that I find it hard to belive he doesnt use the Computer at home

>>>>>>>>>>

No, Boobie has posted on weekends.
seen_the_light 12/5/2012 | 12:07:17 AM
re: Searching for BobbyMax
Anti Pat Russo? NOW THAT'S JUST GOING TOO FAR BUCKO!
shaman 12/5/2012 | 12:07:36 AM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Top 3 Reasons why:

1) Bobby gets to say all the crap he wants about every which topic from The President to VC mistresses fetishes....and doesnt get booted from LR.

2) Bobbys posts are always in weekdays and that I find it hard to belive he doesnt use the Computer at home

3) Bobby is Pro-China, Anti-Republican, Pro-Workerbees, Anti-VCs, Anti-CoreRouter, Anti-Metro, Anti-Access, Pro-Wireless, Anti-Everthing-Not-BobbyMax, Anti-H1B, Anti-IndianCEOs , Anti-PatRusso, Pro-JerrySpringer, Pro-LR


-------------------------------------------------

BOBBY WAS MADE BY AN LR EDITOR, JUST TO KEEP THE WEBSITE INTERESTING AND TRAFFICKY.

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Litewave 12/5/2012 | 12:07:37 AM
re: Searching for BobbyMax http://www.weckbecker.de/image...

Could the real BobbyMax be a 4 year old optical industry idiot savant from Germany?!


PS: ;-) Sorry, couldn't resist doing a google. There were some other interesting hits too. Apologies to the real BobbyMax
flam 12/5/2012 | 3:49:20 AM
re: Searching for BobbyMax Not so sure about the others.

The phrase from the Business Week blog: "I am very sleptical about the degrees awarded by the Califonia Universitiess. " brought back memories ... ah, happy days.


goundan 12/5/2012 | 3:49:21 AM
re: Searching for BobbyMax As per the googled links below, BobbyMax is 38 years old, gay and lives in Palm Spring or somewhere near Los Angeles, CA. And, who would have thought that BM would be a gay californian ranting away on LR?

http://bobbymax.stumbleupon.co...
http://losangeles.citysearch.c...

Google did give a link where BM claimed he was 60 years old instead. Can't post that link here since a lot of folks would get into trouble at work if they clicked on the link. Those of you who are interested could google for BobbyMax to find that link.

BobbyMax the computer newbie
http://www.cdrom-guide.com/ubb...

BM ranting and raving at his best about a hotel in DC
http://www.epinions.com/conten...

BM and his rants were a major source of fun while he was still at LR. LR editors need to bring him back to make the boards a bit livelier again ;-))
Bones 12/5/2012 | 3:49:25 AM
re: Searching for BobbyMax I happened upon this while reading businessweek. I used find his rants on lightreading quite entertaining:


http://bobbymax.mbablogs.busin...
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