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 […]

That’ll be $0.01 per double-click, please.

The United States Patent Office recently awarded patent #6,727,830 to Microsoft. For double clicking. Yep. Double clicking. Now, I’ve never been enamored with the patent process. I actually have two of Microsoft’s oldest patents, 4,955,066 and 5,109,433, and collaborated on a third. When I went into the process for the first one, my thought was […]

Forward this to everyone you know!

Moved to Ask Leo! – Why shouldn’t I forward this email asking me to “forward to everyone I know”?

What do you do for a living?

I was asked that question a while back, and to be honest, I was stumped. You see, technically I’m retired. But the problem is that I can’t stay away from this stuff. Computers and software have always been not only my profession, but my passion as well. When I had real job I was doing […]

I’m Not Him

The movie Colossus: The Forbin Project had a big impact on me, even before I’d ever touched a computer. I bring that up now, because there’s a line in the movie when the U.S. super-computer discovers there’s another, equivalent super-computer in the U.S.S.R.. It displays a message “There Is Another System”. That came to mind […]

Yes, it’s a blog

What does it mean when what I want to say is “yes, I’m creating a good old-fashioned blog”. Old fashioned? Is blogging old-fashioned already? Whatever. Ask Leo! has a fairly fixed format, and I want it to be about getting tech information out. I limit my opinions there to the issues at hand, and even […]