Morgan Davis


A special “aloha” goes out to my cousin David Russell, sound engineer extraordinaire for Steely Dan who recently released their latest work, Everything Must Go. Here’s Dave collecting a Grammy (left) for their previous CD, Two Against Nature which won Album of the Year and several other Grammy awards in 2000. Sounds great, Dave!

From: Morgan Davis
Subject: Just wanted to say hi

Hi Morgan. My name is also Morgan Davis and strangely I am a software
developer as well.. Quite a lot of people have contacted me saying
something like, “Are you ‘the’ old-school Morgan Davis I used to work
with with the Apple IIes?” I just though it’d be interesting to say hi
to someone I’ve heard so much about. Yesterday a Harry Zink contacted
me with AIM with a similar question and we ended up having a long
discussion about the subject, and Dan Gookin, who, strangely, I know
as well. It certainly looks like you’ve made a place for yourself in
the world as I hope I one day do, too. I am 17 years old and share
your same interests (computers, business…) Maybe you’d like to check
out my business web site? Actually I am becoming quite
well-known in the Mac community – most people have heard of my “System
Optimizer X” and various products of mine have been featured in
numerous publications… Anyway, just wanted to say hi. Best to you
and your work.



WORD from the HEART

This month, studio photography, Photoshop and Illustrator magic, and HTML-smithing produced WORD from the HEART. Patricia is very pleased with the results and the compliments she’s getting on her new site.

From: Matthew Montano
Subject: Long time – great legend

Hi Morgan,

I personally ran one of your pro-line sites in Toronto and few folks
got very ‘into’ the shell environment, and then subsequently ‘swapped’
it for SCO UNIX and Bill’s pnet software. I continued to let few souls
into the underlying UNIX OS for several years. One soul used ‘generic’
heavily and then started one of Toronto’s first ISPs. I understand
that he manage to convince the NSF to provide one of the first
non-corporate/education links into the Internet in 1993, and then went
on to work behind the scenes on mysql.

Another soul, hung around for a while in 1990, and got inspired while
he was at Waterloo University and went on to write PHP, and several
books. Another (who worked with Micol systems) bought the generic
hardware from me in 1994 and moved it to Moscow. It actually operated
as one of Russia’s first publicly accessible ‘Internet’ sites.
Terralink ( is now fairly large consulting firm and
started and ran some of it’s early days on the same box.

I went on to build one of the earliest corporate use of
web-technology, “CycleConnect” ( in
1995 that was re-written once into Apple/NeXT WebObjects and still
runs to this day. Then, reliving my integration/business process
learnings from your work, I went on to several years of SAP R/3 EDI
Integration, rebuilding the EDI front-ends for Scott Paper, Whirlpool
Corp and some major work Georgia-Pacific. See what you started? So,
I’m just dropping a note to say hi during a summer hiatus before I
move on to new things.