Mike Slinn
Mike Slinn

Nabu cast a long shadow

Published 2004-12-18.
Time to read: 2 minutes.

This page is part of the posts collection, categorized under Nabu, Software-Expert.

Twenty years ago an Ottawa-based startup was formed by the merger of nine Canadian companies. Nabu sold a cable set-top box with a computer that booted off the cable for under $1000. I was one of the early employees.

Nabu was first in many ways, but it never became the commercial success that the founders had hoped. Many years have since passed, and I forgot about the experience. In the last couple of years I have been contacted by various people regarding Nabu’s products and services, mostly former customers.

Nabu was the first computer that I had when I was a kid. I remember playing games like Mummy’s Tomb, Kiddy Park etc. Talk about being ahead of it's time! ...

I think maybe people that were influenced by NABU when they were young are probably at the point in their life where they can stop and take a look around...

Anyway, I thought I would drop you a message and say that this Ottawa boy (who now lives in Seattle, WA) still remembers the old Nabu days.

I’m now a professional video game developer, which I’m sure was influenced by playing the Nabu so long ago. Of course today’s machines have a little more power! What you guys did was a pretty amazing accomplishment IMHO.
As someone who was fortunate enough to have access to the NABU network in my after school program at Regina Public School in Ottawa... I really enjoyed it as a kid.

Recently I was contacted by a legal firm that has retained me to assist them in a patent litigation case. They are going to cite some of Nabu’s products as prior art. I’m having fun going back and reconnecting with people that I knew from that bygone era, who I lost track of. So far no-one that I knew has died of old age, which pleases me.



* indicates a required field.

Please select the following to receive Mike Slinn’s newsletter:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of emails.

Mike Slinn uses Mailchimp as his marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp’s privacy practices.