Finished: The World is Flat

I have mixed feelings after reading TWiF. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s an excellent book, and as you’ll see in a moment, I believe it’s an important read. The problem, if that’s what you want to call it, is that it didn’t really challenge me. I pretty much agree with everything that the […]

Expedia just lost me as a customer.

And it really hurts me to walk away. Unlike most customers, who’d probably have walked away long ago, I have an emotional attachment. I worked on Expedia. When it first went live, I was the guy who installed the “final bits” in the MSN datacenter where it was housed at the time. My account is […]

My Father Turned 90 Today

February 16, 1916. That’s 90 years ago, and the day my dad arrived on planet earth. Actually, to be more specific, a small farmhouse in The Netherlands. 90 years and many miles later, he’s living comfortably in a nursing home about 20 miles and 30 minutes from my home. He’s a long time victim of […]

Hopelink

I’m on the board of a local non-profit agency, Hopelink. There’s a surprising amount of poverty and families in crisis in what most assume is a very affluent community. Just because you don’t always see it doesn’t mean it isn’t here. So, what is Hopelink? The one-sentence version: Hopelink helps homeless and low-income families get […]

Finished: Language in Thought and Action

In recent months I’ve come to believe, strongly, that it is communication, or rather the lack there of, that is the real cause of 80% if the world’s conflict. Time and time again it seems like the inability to communicate an idea clearly, or the inability to truly hear and understand what’s being said, leads […]

Finished: Influence – The Psychology of Persuasion

I originally picked this up on the strong recommendation of several entrepreneurs that I work with. The original goal was to learn more about marketing techniques. I ended up walking away with a lot more. What’s interesting about reading this book is how often I found myself saying “oh, that’s why!” – it explains a […]

Finished: Callahan’s Con

A (Pre) Microsoft Story

Back in the days BM (Before Microsoft), I worked for a small company in Seattle called International Entry Systems, Inc, or IESI. They manufactured Z-80 based data entry terminals that were, basically, a single line display, a keyboard and a data cassette recorder. All software was loaded from tape. (This was 1980, after all.) One […]

Finished: Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, Book 10)

The Amazon reviews are scathing. I can understand. I started the series when I expected only 10 installments. There’s going to be more? Yikes. But I do think I need to see how the story ends. Sigh. Finishing 10 implies that I finished this one earlier: (Aside: rather than try to keep this previous post […]

The Questions You Didn’t See

A sampling of some of the funny, odd or not-so-technical questions I’ve received in the last year on Ask Leo!. All questions are complete and unedited – this is exactly the way I get ’em, folks. The “answers” here are what I wish I could reply with. (I typically do not respond to these types […]

A Bio, of Sorts

(It’s come up yet again, so in addition to Ask Leo!’s Who is Leo?, and my resume, here are a few words covering what I’m about….) I’ve been in the personal computer and software industry for over 25 years, as a software engineer and a manager of software engineers since 1979.

Gnomedex 5.0 Thoughts

Spent the last two days at Chris Pirillo’s Gnomedex. Yes, even though my comments last year might have indicated otherwise, I did attend. Chris was nice enough to move it to Seattle for me, so how could I not go? Some of the speakers, in my very subjective order of value/quality/excitement included: Julie Leung on […]

What I’ve Been Reading

On my home page you’ll see what I’m reading (or listening to via audio books) right now. All well and good, as far as a snapshot goes, but I figured it would make some small sense to record here what I’ve read. Dates underneath, if present, are the dates I finished the book, mostly for […]

Podcasts I listen to

Podcasts: Adam Curry The Chris Pirillo Show Contentious David Lawrence’s Personal Netcast The Dawn and Drew Show Future Tense Leo Laporte Morning Stories on WGBH The Roadhouse: “The finest blues you’ve never heard.” Speechless: Instrumental Music Staccato a Creative Commons music show Though not technically “podcasts” I grab these shows also, using Replay Radio for […]

Leo’s World

A couple of people asked what I was up to lately, so here’s a snapshot. Not surprisingly, most can be found on the web… Ask Leo!: besides almost daily posts answering people’s questions, a new initiative to “link to Leo!”, and a new weekly podcast. Dolls and Friends: various bits of work such as an […]

What’s on my Treo?

A friend just got a Treo 650, and asked what additional software might be useful. Well, I’m incredibly happy with my Treo 600 (via Verizon), so here’s a list of what’s on my Treo:

It’s Not the End of the World

But, sadly, apparently many people believe it is. After a particularly divisive campaign, it’s all come down to this: George W. Bush is our president for four more years. Prior to the election I heard people say that they would be scared, should Bush win. I took that to be common political rhetoric and assumed […]

Gnomedex Thoughts

I just returned from the two day Gnomedex, a geek conference / gathering / networking session put on by Chris Pirillo, aka LockerGnome. Chris is a friend I came to know through an internet entrepreneurs group we both belong to. (I could name the group, but then I’d have to hurt you into silence.) This […]

Ask me WHAT?

On this first anniversary of my Ask Leo! service, I present this sampling of some of the funny, odd or not-so-technical questions I’ve received. All questions are complete and unedited. All answers are what a part of me wishes I could reply with. (I typically do not respond to these types of questions at all.) […]

What’s on your bookshelf?

I recently asked some collegues what one book they would recommend to help others understand what they do, or get better at it themselves. I picked one, out of five that came to mind. Here are the five: Computer Related Risks: Based on actual incidents, this book examines the risks associated with technology. It’s loosely […]