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How Best-Kept Tech Secret Got Tank Man Images Out of China

Sony, Canon & tech journalists hushed news of first digital cameras
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Michael.Markowitz
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Very cool story.
Michael.Markowitz   6/5/2014 5:44:24 PM
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Very cool story. Congratulations on a job not done! :)

zeeglen
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Re: Very cool story.
zeeglen   6/5/2014 5:57:00 PM
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Yes, what a great story!  Thanks for sharing this bit of history.

larryang
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I think you just got blocked in China
larryang   6/5/2014 8:47:22 PM
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Unfortunately, I think you guys just got blocked in the PRC.

resistion
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Very nice
resistion   6/5/2014 10:00:06 PM
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Where is "Tank Man" now?

rickdoherty
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Re: Very nice
rickdoherty   6/5/2014 10:28:50 PM
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I don't think anyone knows. Yet his courage lives on it a million million pixels images!

rick merritt
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Re: Very nice
rick merritt   6/6/2014 3:40:32 AM
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Great story, Rick!

That same week I was living in Hong Kong, writing for a computer magazine before I joined EE Times.

When news of what was going on in Tainanmen Square came down, people left work, shops closed and we all filed into the streets. Some poeple were crying. Others sang. Vendors handed out hastily printed up T-shirts with various slogans and pictures of Chinese heros. One young manin my office looked up to me with tears in his eyes and said, "Today I am ashamed to be Chinese."

A spontaneous march began to get organized. I flowed into it. We marched past replicas of the Goddess of Democracy in front of Xinhua News, the unofficial embassy of mainland China in Hong Kong, at that time a British colony.

Hong Kong is a very busienss oriented city about people working hard to make money. But that day we were all swept up into something much bigger.

 

 

KevinCBaxter
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Won the battle lost the war
KevinCBaxter   6/6/2014 12:37:15 PM
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The biggest problem is that the Chinese government has recently succeeded in their quest to hide the facts from their own people, even if we know all about it. Chinese citizens that were of the age of rebellion during Tiananmen Square know the facts very well, but the present generation of 20ish year old Chinese have never heard of it, the thousands killed  by the government have been perfectly erased from their history books. 

DougInRB
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Re: Won the battle lost the war
DougInRB   6/6/2014 12:56:41 PM
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The war goes on.  A friend of mine just returned from China.  He could not access his gmail account this past week due to the anniversary of Tiananmen square.

Much of Google continues to be blocked in China.

Sad.

junko.yoshida
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Code of Ethics for Engineers
junko.yoshida   6/6/2014 1:15:50 PM
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Rick, thank you so much for your contribution. Where do you think we can still find "the code of ethics" for engineers Nader showed to you?

Tom Mahon
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Tech and Tiananmen
Tom Mahon   6/6/2014 1:35:07 PM
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We shouldn't forget the role that fax machines played during those days.  Fax was state of the art in the late 80s, and served well to keep Chinese in China and in the diaspora in touch with each other and supporting each other.  A predecessor to social media today.

 

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