Spam A Lot

Author: Lyle

Doing a little house cleaning here; the comment spam filter filled up to more than 700 entries (not sure the last time I checked).  I usually just roll through and delete them all, but then I saw one real comment and realized I should step through them.  Akismet does an awesome job catching junk, but they collect until you permanently delete them.  It would be nice to have an option or another plug-in that would delete out comments in foreign languages or non-American character sets.  I can’t read them, and they are a large percentage of the junk that gets submitted.

Book Report: iWoz

Author: Lyle

iWoz, by Steve Wozniak and Gina Smith, 2006, published by W. W. Norton, 288 pages. ISBN: 0-393-06143-4 (find book)

I was given this book with a note inside telling me I would probably like it, “but what an ego this guy has”. I thought that was funny; if someone decides to write an autobiography, of course they have a big ego. And, started reading. And, very quickly understood what the note was referring to.

The style of the book (and the two person authorship) shows the book was mechanically built from conversations by Steve about his life. And, as it rolls through his early life it is a lot of references to the accomplishments of a boy and filled with “greatest ever” and “no one else” comments. This gets old very fast, and a lot of people would be left with the impression of his ego. If you plow through the book you will get to a different place, especially if you understand the knowledge it takes to design electronic circuits of the complexity to make a computer.

wpid-photo-2013-01-12-09-50.jpgSteve is really a unique person, and also was lucky to grow up in a unique time. The pace of product development today and the complexity of devices make it very unlikely that a single individual could sit at a workbench and put together something that has the impact of a personal computer did around 1977. While the personal computer would eventually be built by someone, he did it first with no or almost no assistance. The design and concept of the product is still relatively unchanged 35 years later, and is as common to life as a telephone and completely altered the dynamics of information access, technology investing, and patent law. I think Steve can be forgiven a little ego.

So, whether you like the style or not, there’s lots of great first hand explanation of the history of the personal computer, founding of Apple the company, and the lifestyle of an entrepreneur. Along the way you’ll get an understanding of the history of a central person in all this and how he was positioned to take advantage of the opportunity. Steve also comes across as a person who actively promotes passion for your work and to not follow conventional thinking. I enjoyed the book a lot and its a pretty fast read.

What was missing was Steve’s thoughts on the iPhone revolution. The book was published in 2006, so the iPod had not yet shown its impact on the music business and the iPhone was still sitting on the drawing board. I would have enjoyed an updated version to get Steve’s thoughts on these events (you can find them in more recent articles) as well as what drove him to enter Dancing with the Stars.

Call Me Sometime – Cheezburger.

Another winner from I Can Has Cheezburger.

A cute picture that is almost hiding the fact that someone out there took their dogs on a “Dolphin Experience” tour.  How great is it that we live on a planet where we can rent a boat to take dogs out to meet dolphins?  And where are the floatation devices?

My Sister Was Right

Author: Lyle

Yakety Sax” does make funny things funnier!

Also, most tags for fewest words in a post!



Replaced A Link

Author: Lyle

With a heavy heart I removed the Homestar Runner link on the left (, if you’re looking for it and too lazy to Google). I’ve given up hope that the Brothers Chaps will post any more content for Strong Bad, and perhaps the joke has run its course. I will, of course, always consider myself a member of the Homestarmy if you’d like to reminisce in the style of old Monty Python gags.wpid-PastedGraphic2-2012-12-2-22-481.tiff

And out with the old, in with the new. The Jazz Guitar Forum was added. An active, very positive collection of people discussing all things jazz guitar. A home for the true jazz guitar nerds of all levels.

Can it be done? This is just a test.


We’ll see if it works.

Another article from Paul Graham, who always has something good to say, and always writes it very well.  This one has a great concept on living in the future and imagining what you would need as a source of inspiration for new company ideas.  His comments on how the best ideas come from people trying to solve their own problems is spot on.

3M Innovation Web Site

Author: Lyle

New site coming to showcase innovation.

Its a very big company with a very rich heritage of innovation, looking forward to more details. The solar power plant related link is also very cool.



Changed Travel Log URL

Author: Lyle

While its been there for a long time, I needed to change the URL for the Travel Log.  The underscore in the URL ( was wrecking the ability of Urbanspoon to spider through the site and make cross-links.  Upon reflection, an underscore in a URL seems like a dumb idea.  I’m surprised Blogger allowed it in the first place.  So, if I wrecked any links, sorry (but I can’t imagine anyone cross-linking into the site).  Please make a note, the travel log is:

The links on the left have been fixed and work fine.  If you linked to me from an outside place, sorry for the change.  Remove the underscore and the link will be repaired.

Very nice link on Cool Tools: . This is a great product.