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April 1, 2006 [ More archived home pages here ]

Exception To The Rules!

Today's song is That's The Way I Like It, by K.C. And The Sunshine Band, released in 1975.

Yeah, that's me in the above picture taken in June 1950 by my late Uncle Walter Wilson, when I was about two months old. I thought I should show it, today being my birthday!

Being one year closer to collecting Social Security is a nice thought. Until I actually do retire, I find ways to contribute to society and look for ways to earn additional income. I enjoy getting older and freely share my experiences and knowledge with others. I like to convey that exchange through storytelling, by writing, or in-person which is my primary approach.

Here's how the long defunct Life Magazine captured the year 1950.

Below are two more pictures of me. The first from 1952, the second taken in 1995, with my late mother.

I'm already receiving birthday gifts and cards (shown below). That's cool and that's the way I like it!

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There is another birthday to celebrate today. Thirty years ago today, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak incorporated Apple Computer, Inc., starting a revolution that continues today. I owe much of my success in my life because of those small steps they took back in 1976. I can't imagine how the world would be without the advent of personal computers. Freedom expanded in so many results as a result of being able to express ideas in new comparatively inexpensive ways using personal computers.

I admit I got into the personal computer realm late. It wasn't until June 1980, that I purchased my first system and it wasn't an Apple system. I couldn't afford an Apple then at a cost over $3,000 for a very small system, it was out of reach for me as a beginner in the new industry. I purchased my first Apple computer in November 1981 after taking out a loan to cover the expenditure and just after being laid-off my machinist job. :-)

I've met many of the early Apple employees over the years. I've met Steve Wozniak, Bill Atkinson, Chris Espinosa, and another of my favorite personalities, Guy Kawasaki. Guy is a maverick in the technology business and his take-no-prisoners attitude is enthusiastically appreciated among his followers. Recently, Guy gave this video interview and spoke about Apple and Steve Jobs.

I agreed and disagreed with Apple Developer policies while I was a Developer for them between 1983 and 1989. At times I thought Apple lost its mind, especially after the departure of Steve Jobs in 1985, when Apple tried to become all things to all people. Finally in 1996, Steve Jobs returned to the throne and things have gotten so much better and the future is bright under his leadership.

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My friend, Jeff Rutan, is making good progress with the modeling on his Ford F150 Truck. I check out his work from time-to-time. He has a lot of patience and determination, not to mention skill, in his engineering designs. I hope to see him at next week's San Diego Macintosh Users Group meeting and catch-up on his ideas.

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I'm so glad to see the return of Daylight Savings Time (DST) starting on Sunday. The American lawmakers wisely took exception to the outdated rule and next year, DST starts earlier and lasts longer. That's the way I like it!

We can create new adventures by occasionally: breaking the rules; end-running the status quo; taking exception to the norm. Apple did it and they helped me do it too. Stay tuned for more exceptions to the rule!

Don


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