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 … Read more

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 … Read more

What do you do for a living?

I’m stumped; there’s no simple answer.

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Technically I’m retired, and have been since 2001.

The problem is technology has always been both my profession and my passion. When I had a real job, I was doing what I loved to do and getting paid for it.

Now things are a little different.

I’ve got my fingers in so many pies. Some days it feels I’m busier in “retirement” than I was working for someone else.

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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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

Our Home

Our home in the Hollywood Hills area of Woodinville.

Elisabeth Gerarda Notenboom

February 22, 1921 – May 4, 2003 Age 82, of Kirkland, died May 4th 2003. Survived by her husband of 55 years, Leo, her son and daughter-in-law Leo and Kathy, sister Truus, longtime friend Marja, devoted caregiver Kathleen, loyal pet Sassy, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends both here and abroad. A lover of animals … Read more