On War

The typeface was smaller than I expected. But then it would have to be.

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Getting Older

Today’s my birthday. No big deal, really. Life’s actually too busy to pay much attention to it. It’s not one of the “milestone” birthdays or anything – that’s next year. And for the most part, most of the time “on the inside” I feel about half my age.

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Selling Dolls

I’ve tried to explain this enough times that I decided just to write it up once and (literally) for all. We opened my wife’s doll shop in 1994. This month marks the completion of our 12th year. This month also marks the end of our current lease. That’s a decision point – knowing this, last […]

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Another year of odd ones

Today marks the third anniversary of Ask Leo! – more on that in tomorrow’s newsletter. But as I’ve done twice before, here’s this year’s sampling of some of the funny, odd or not-so-technical questions I’ve received in the last year on Ask Leo!. Note: As always, all questions are absolutely real, exactly as they come […]

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Too many hats

I wear too many hats and carry too many business cards. One possible solution: http://LeoNotenboom.com I guess you could call it my “disambiguation page”.

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Busy-ness

I keep having to apologise to people for taking to long, going dark, and just generally being so over committed that everything is suffering. I decided to enumerate all the “things” that are, and have been, going on in life lately – not as an excuse, more as explanation:

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Powerpus

When your conference room has only 6 power outlets for over 35 laptops, the power octopus or “powerpus” is born: That’s only the most obvious part of the electrical mayhem. Among other things, we had a squid hanging from the wall too. Why two of the power outlets were 8′ off the ground is beyond […]

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Public Key

Really geeky, but for those that might be interested in same, and to the degree that I understand its usage, here’s my GnuPG public key. Using GPG it can be used to validate messages or data that I “sign”, or encrypt messages such that only I can decrypt them.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Finished: Callahan’s Con

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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