CACM Article on technical aspects of search

An article on the technical aspects of the search for Tenacious appears in the recent July 2011 issue of Communications of the ACM. Below is a note I wrote to some of the people involved — if it should have gone to you too, my apologies. And please go ahead and add your insights to the comments at the cacm website.

Hi everyone:
It’s been a very long time since I’ve written this group. But after years of pauses, delays and editing, the (shortened) article on our efforts to find Jim and Tenacious appears in this month’s Communications of the ACM.

I don’t think of this as an article that David and I wrote, more something that we wrote down, on behalf of us all. In the article I wanted to maintain the group spirit, and I had to deal with my spotty knowledge about the full effort. I don’t think any of us had the full picture, or ever will. So I explicitly avoided calling out individual volunteers by name. I would have made painful mistakes and imbalances had I tried to get that right. My apologies to you all for not capturing your contributions as accurately as they deserved. And for not including all the relevant people on even this email — please do forward along to your colleagues.

I also want to apologize for the delays getting this out. It shouldn’t have taken even half this long. And it should have come out far more clearly and simply. But there — it’s out now, and others will hopefully get some technical insight from the ingenuity and heart we all put into this, despite the delays and the writing.

I want to encourage you all to add your corrections and perspective to the article, either in the comment box at the end of the CACM link above, or in your own blogs or other online venues.

Best wishes to all.

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