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Before that: US Army, NYC taxi driver, musician.
BS: Columbia 1970; MS Columbia Engineering 1977.
(for the Bronx), Living New Deal, University of California at
of Kermit, New Deal, and computer history pages into many
— Forgotten architect of the NYC New Deal (November 2019)
1968 uprising page
revised (August 2019)
Deal Sites in New Mexico
(photo galleries November 2018 and July 2019)
My websites use HTTP URLs because they do not
collect information from visitors; therefore there is no need to encrypt
them. Unfortunately, this gives Chrome (and now Firefox) the excuse mark
them scarily as "Not Secure". Also, although none of my sites has ads,
another consequence of not having an HTTPS address is that ISPs can insert
ads into the data stream as they deliver it to your browser, a relatively
new practice known as "watermarking" (see
). Anyway, as of February 2020, Columbia is working on
switching its websites over to HTTPS; whether this includes "personal
websites" like this one remains to be seen.
The Kermit Project
Data communications protocol and software project founded in 1981:
- At the
Computer History Museum:
Project Oral History Panel (Jeffrey Altman, Bill Catchings, Frank da Cruz)
Kermit Oral History (Joe Doupnik)
Project Document Archive (16 boxes of fun)
computer museum contributions
- The New Open Source Kermit Project (2011-present)
- Home page: http://www.kermitproject.org
What Is Kermit?:
C-Kermit for Unix and VMS:
Kermit 95 for Windows:
E-Kermit for embedding:
The Kermit scripting language:
- International Kermit Conference, Moscow USSR 1989
- The Original Kermit Project - Columbia University (1981-2011)
- This site was frozen by Columbia U in 2011.
Home page: http://columbia.edu/kermit/
Complete software archive as of 2011:
C-Kermit binaries versions 5A–9.0: (1992-2011)
Brief history: http://kermitproject.org/dec20.html#kermit
I was laid off from Columbia U in 2011.
My last day was June 30th, 2011, and then I spent the
next 3 months cleaning up:
Columbia University Computing History
- History of Computing at Columbia University (1879-2005)
- Computing at Columbia (Columbia
- Wallace Eckert, Computer Pioneer (Columbia 250)
- The DECSYSTEM-20 at Columbia University (1977-1988)
- Watson Lab Conduit Trenching (May 1985)
Other Computing Topics
- MM: The 1980s-era email client that I still use (and maintain) (2006-present)
- What Is a Terminal?
- Safe Network Computing - Windows Desktop (2001)
- Programming Language Survey (1980)
New York City
- New Deal Projects in New York City (2012-present)
Galleries, tables, narrative. Mainly the Bronx but also some Manhattan,
Queens, and Brooklyn, with side trips to Virginia and New Mexico.
- Williamsbridge Oval Park — 80th Anniversary of a WPA creation (2017)
- Aymar Embury II - The real Master Builder of the Great Depression
http://kermitproject.org/newdeal/embury/ (list of projects)
http://kermitproject.org/newdeal/embury/gallery/ (photo gallery of projects)
- Bronx Photo Gallery (2012-present)
- Bronx Day Parade and Festival (2014-present)
- Slide show of Bronx Photos (2012-present)
- University Food Market (1957-2003)
- http://columbia.edu/~fdc/ufm.html/ (English)
- Samad's Deli (photos from 2012-14)
- La Rosita (December 2006)
- Upper Manhattan Running Zone (last update: July 2014)
- Columbia University Area Photos
- http://columbia.edu/~fdc/uws20120914/ (September 2012)
http://columbia.edu/~fdc/uws20120915/ (September 2012)
http://columbia.edu/~fdc/cu/200204/ (April 2002)
http://columbia.edu/~fdc/cu/200212/ (December 2002)
Countries, Languages, Character Sets
- Translations of Kermit, computer history, New Deal pages into different
- Frank's Compulsive Guide to International Postal Addresses (1988-present)
- UTF-8 Sampler (text in many languages) (2000-present)
- Say PEACE In All Languages! (March-April 2003)
- Representing Middle English Manuscripts on the Web with UTF-8 (August 2002)
- Interchange of Non-English Computer Text (1994)
- Frankfurt American High School, Army-brat history from the 1950s and 60s
- http://columbia.edu/~fdc/frankfurt/ (gallery)
(narrative: new May 2019)
- Berlin 1959 Gallery
- Berlin 1961-62 Gallery
- Army - Kaiserslautern and Stuttgart - 1963-66 Gallery
(narrative: new May 2019)
- Messerschmitt Kabinenroller (und andere Kleinwagen) (1954)
- BMW R-26 (1956)
Note: I'm a Viet-Nam era Army veteran as well as a military brat, and
my parents were World War II veterans.
- A vote for Bernie is a vote for justice, reason, and morality
(we have another chance in 2020)
- Columbia University 1968 (the student uprising)
- Don't Trust Anyone Under 50! (Columbia
- Photos of Chesterbrook, Virginia, 1947-55 (2014)
- New Deal Projects in Virginia (2017)
- International research project into my Portuguese, Norwegian, and German
families, my ex-wife's African-American family, and my cousins' Lebanese
and Palestinian families, with a large family tree going back 12
Also see: Kermit
Project Books Online
- What's The Difference?, with Charles Harris, Reading is
- Countless articles in the Columbia University Computer Center
Newsletter (which changed its name about 100 times over the years)
and other Computer Center publications, 1975-2003.
Assembly Language Guide (with Chris Ryland), July 1980 (unfinished).
- Kermit, A
Simple File Transfer Protocol for Microcomputers and Mainframes
(with Bill Catchings), BYTE Magazine, June and July 1984.
- Numerous articles in
Kermit News, the journal of the Kermit Project, 1986-93.
A File Transfer Protocol, Digital Press (1987), 379pp; with
Foreword by Donald Knuth. In print for 14 years. A Russian edition by the
USSR Academy of Sciences was in preparation when the Soviet Union collapsed
and was therefore never published
- A series of articles about digital PBXs in McGraw-Hill Data
Communications magazine (with C. Gianone), 1987-88.
- "Using C-Kermit" (with C. Gianone), Digital Press (1992), 514pp,
also published in a German edition by Verlag Heinz Heise, Hanover.
- “Circumnavigating the Web with MS-DOS Kermit”,
On The Internet, Internet Society, Vol.1 No.2 (May/June 1995),
- Kermit 95 (with C. Gianone), Manning Publications (1996), 88pp.
Reissued periodically in updated
C-Kermit (with C. Gianone), 2nd Ed, Digital Press (1997), 622pp.
C-Kermit: Einführung und Referenz, Verlag
Heinz Heise, Hannover (1997). With Christine
M. Gianone, German translation by Gisbert W. Selke.
- "Columbia 1968", Columbia Librarian, V.XXVII, 1-2, Fall-Winter 1999,
and on the Web at
- Forewords and Prefaces in various data communication and networking books,
Matrix, and listed in the acknowledgements of many
others (e.g. McNamara's Technical
Aspects of Data Communications and
Unicode Standard Version 3.0, The Unicode Consortium, Addison-Wesley
Supplemental Terminal Graphics for Unicode, UTC Document L2/00-159 / ISO
WG2 Document N2265, 31 March 2000: 18 characters added
in Unicode 3.2 and ISO/IEC ISO 10646-1:2000/Amd.1.
- Internet RFC 2839 (with J. Altman), May 2000.
- Internet RFC 2840 (with J. Altman), May 2000.
- A photo
credit in Fortune Magazine (Jaquard loom), China edition, August 2001.
- "Columbia University Computing History", IEEE Annals of the History of
Computing, V24#2, April-June 2002 (Abstract) and on the Web at
Columbia, Columbia University Press (2003), a history of Columbia
University by Robert McCaughey, for contributions on computing and the
1968 student uprising.
- A photo credit in the book John
Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth by Elizabeth Partridge (2005)
(for this photo).
- Pictured on front page of ComputerWorld, July 4, 2005,
(mis)quoted in accompanying
that Legacy" by Gary Anthes).
- Feature article in Frankfurter Neue Presse, 22 July 2006:
"Warum Frank aus N.Y. nicht von Frankfurt lassen kann" by Inga Schulze
- Photo credit in the book American Military Communities in West Germany by John
W. Lemza, McFarland and Company (2006), p.42.
- A photo credit in the book Berlin
Mitte und die Welt – wie sie einmal war 1914-1989,
P.J. Ortmann (self-published 2009).
- Photo credit, front page, Norwood
News, December 10-23, 2015.
History of the World in One Mural”, Living New Deal, University of
California at Berkeley, August 28, 2015.
- “Discovering New Deal
New York”, Fall 2015 Newsletter, Living New Deal, University of
California at Berkeley.
- “Fifty Years Ago”, The Veteran, Vietnam Veterans Against the War,
Vol.46, No.1, Spring 2016.
- New Deal
New York — fold-out map of New Deal sites in New
York City, The Living New Deal,
University of California at Berkeley (2017), with Richard Walker, Evan
Kalish, Shaina Potts, Linda Herman, Molly Roy, and Susan Ives (Evan and I
supplied most of the data). Also available as a poster.
Oval Park's Milestone”, Norwood News,
Vol.30, No.13, June 22 - July 5, 2017 [HTML]
This article resulted in Park's
Annniversary celebration on September 9, 2017, and the first public
recognition by the Parks Department of the WPA's role in creating the park.
- Photo credits: Brechin, Gray,
Through: Recreation and the New Deal”,
Living New Deal, University of
California at Berkeley.
Deal Art Experts Say Painting Over Mural Was Vandalism, Associated Press
article in the New York Times, 16 June 2018, relating to the New Deal
mural at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx that had been partially
painted over, result of a half-hour AP interview with me
(among other interviews), plus photo credits. Also at
the Washington Post,
the London Daily
the Chicago Tribune,
LA Times, and several thousand other sites.
historic decades-old mural was painted over at a New York high school
during a repair project, CNN, based on a June 18, 2018, interview.
Witt Clinton HS painters destroy major art piece,
Bronx Times, 24 June 2018, by Alex Mitchell, based on interviews with
Gray Brechin and me (unfortunately, it says "PWA" everywhere it should say
- Milestones in the Annals of Junkmail (July 2002)
- No Wax Please!
Frank da Cruz / firstname.lastname@example.org