Geek Porn Wednesday

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A little bit of geek porn for your Wednesday commute home. Trust me, if you're not a geek, today's post will bring you no joy.

Back in the day, and when I say "in the day" I mean the very beginning of technology, Bell Laboratories was the place. IIRC, they were churning out a patent a day on things such as the transistor, the laser and C++ programming language.

When I first moved to New Jersey, I worked across the street from their facility in Murray Hill. Simply driving past that place was awe-inspiring. Note I never set foot on their property nor inside their walls. Sadness.

Over time, they were spun off and into Lucent Technologies, which ran the place into the ground. After that, they merged with Alcatel and became Alcatel-Lucent. Since then, although I am sure they've been active, I couldn't tell you what they've been up to, although according to Wikipedia, it's quite sad:

In December 2007, it was announced that the former Lucent Bell Laboratories and the former Alcatel Research and Innovation would be merged into one organization under the name of Bell Laboratories. This is the first period of growth following many years during which Bell Laboratories progressively lost manpower due to layoffs and spin-offs.

As of July 2008, however, only four scientists remained in physics basic research according to a report by the scientific journal Nature.[8]

On August 28, 2008, Alcatel-Lucent announced it was pulling out of basic science, material physics, and semiconductor research, and it will instead focus on more immediately marketable areas including networking, high-speed electronics, wireless networks, nanotechnology and software.

Well... I found this photo story over at CNet that just made me realize that although Bell Labs is defunct, the company is still doing quite cool and cutting edge things. Give it a looksie...