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