OK, I must give due props to my colleague, Liz Gannes, who co-authored the Bram Cohen story. I did fly to Seattle to meet with Bram. And I tortured Ashwin for as much info as I could get from him. Liz (who wrote this, is a decade younger than me and way more ambitious) was the grounding force in my meanderings and added facts to all my fancy. We were the veritable Woodward and Bernstein of the Silicon set . Plus, her cousin is the cute guy on this show on HBO.