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 […]

Lurch’s Story

Lurch came to us in August of 1996, and we’ve had many questions about him since. Lurch was part of a feral litter, found by our veterinarian’s daughter in an empty lot. The mother was taken by animal control, but the litter was left behind. One by one, all were adopted to friends and clientele, […]