Scott Hanselman

The one where I rediscover a book I never finished from years ago.

December 11, '03 Comments [2] Posted in Musings
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Wow.  I keep everything.  Not in a packrat kind of way, my house is fairly sparse.  More in the 'digital packrat' kind of way.  I'm sure I could find my Quicken files from 1991, and my ANSI Art collection from earlier.  Anyway, I was digging through 75 gigs of crap I've collected over the years, cataloging (waiting for WinFS) and came upon a draft of a computer book I never finished.  The title?

Computer Zen:
Straight Answers for the Non-Geek Living in the Digital Age

Sigh.  This was the book that was going to get me on Oprah.  I gave up on it when I discovered that the book I wanted to write was already written.  It's called Code by Charles Petzold.  I recommended it to everyone as soon as I found it.

Anyway, I haven't edited it, just re-discovered it.  I've put it up for your perusal as ComputerZenUnfinishedBook.  It's a few chapters, a bunch of random notes, all brainstorming, and hardly cohesive.  If you feel it's useful, good for you.  I'm sure if has errors, both technical and spelling.  Also, since I saved it from Word, the images are probably screwed up.  If you want to help me finish it and think it could serve a purpose different than Code already does, email me. 

P.S. One thing I find HILARIOUS when looking back on this, is that you can see in the manuscript that I actually wrote the dedication!  Aren't you supposed to FINISH a book before you write a dedication?

P.P.S. Now, rush over and buy official ComputerZen.com merchandise! ;)

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Thursday, December 11, 2003 6:28:21 PM UTC
The Oprah photo is awesome! Madame Tussaud's? ;-)
Thursday, December 11, 2003 9:12:02 PM UTC
The funny thing about the Oprah photo is that it's the *microphone* that looks fake :)

If it weren't for that faky mic, I'd totally buy it...
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