It is finished!

Once again it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I just didn’t feel right writing the blog when I had so much to write for the book. But the book has finally gone off to the publisher. Whew. If you want to see some fanciful pictures of me writing in the Leoville message boards.
All I can say is that writing is very painful, although I rather like having written.

The tentative title is “Poor Leo’s 2002 Computer Almanac” but that could change. It’s a day by day almanac with a calendar of events, maintenance schedule, and lots of factoids, quotes, and tidbits from the show. Plus hundreds of questions and answers, most pulled from my Access Magazine columns and the Screen Savers and Call for Help show notes. I also wrote twelve essays to begin each month. I have high hopes for this book. It’s supposed to be in book stores by October.

My last book sold about 5,000 copies. I hope this one does a little better!

I did take a little time off from writing to play Max Payne, the new game from Remedy. Wow. It’s about the most violent game I’ve ever seen, but it’s also incredibly compelling and realistic. Nightmarish, too. Very scary. The most interesting innovation is “bullet time.” You can slow everything down as in The Matrix – which makes it easier to shoot the baddies. I hesitate recommending it because it’s so violent, but I can’t stop playing it. I didn’t allow myself the Diablo II expansion disc, though. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to finish the book with that lying around the house.

Abby is in camp for the next two weeks. It’s her second year but it still terrifies me to have her gone so long. She loves it though. She’s with her best friend, Bianca. I’m taking Henry to Legoland this weekend. We went last year and had a blast. We’re going to stay on the beach in San Diego, do some father-son body surfing, and visit the Wild Animal Park, too.

Well I was installing the latest version of Mandrake Linux while I was writing this. The install is done, so back to Max Pay… er.. I mean back to work!

37 Replies to “It is finished!”

  1. Legoland is so much fun! I went to the one in Windsor, England, and i took more pictures there then i did in london!

  2. Leo,
    What are your other books, and where can I find them?
    Maybe you could feature it for a geek library.

  3. Leo you are a wonderful source of ideas. I would get so bored on the computer if it were not for you and techtv. Thanks. I like the blog. I would like to do that. Greymatter. I wonder if I could do that? Yes I think can. I will try to figure it out. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas Leo.

  4. Hey Leo, good to hear! I looked for your other book at amazon and found it but I can not buy it. 🙁
    Maybe you can tell us where to buy it on TSS?
    And have fun at Legoland, sounds like great fun!
    Catch you on the show!
    -Greg

  5. I was at Legoland in San Diego (Carlsbad) on Thursday with the family. Just missed you. What a nice surprise it would have been to turn around and see you waiting in line with me at Spell Breaker =)
    Ah well…

  6. Allright Leo!!! You did it. Now just sit back and wait for the the “Cliff Notes” people to auto-summarize it (lol). By the way, You HAVE to visit the San Diego Zoo, I personally thought it outranked the Wild Animal Park (tis world famous ya know). Good luck with everything.
    -Kirk, nerd by nature.

  7. Congrads on the book,
    Can not wait until it is out. If it is anything like your articals in Acess Mag, then it is surely will be a best seller.

  8. To those of you who are looking for Leo’s 1st book “101 Computer Answers You Need To Know”, try going to http://www.bookfinder.com. I just bought a used copy of it there for myself. They only have a few listed though, so good luck.

  9. Hey, Leo.
    I was wondering why you haven’t blogged in a while. It’s good to know the reason. STOP PLAYING MAX PAYNE SO MUCH, LEO! 🙂

  10. Hey Leo…Just got my cable upgraded to include Tech TV. I have 300 or so channels but I watch ScreenSavers all day long …Good Fun…also, Max Payne rocks, doesnt it

  11. Hey Leo
    Just thought I would tell you that your “Tech of ShreK” special was announced today to be included on the Shrek DVD. Congrads, you will now be in our dvd players 🙂

  12. Hey, Leo.
    I was wondering why you haven’t blogged in a while. It’s good to know the reason. STOP PLAYING MAX PAYNE SO MUCH, LEO! 🙂

  13. Congrats on your book Leo!! I will be buying a copy as soon as it’s out!
    Leo, are you planning to do a parody of the new dell comercial???? Your last one really made my day! It was fantastic!! Have fun this weekend, you deserve it!

  14. Congratulations on finishing the almanac Leo. I will deinitely by a copy! Have fun at Lego Land and seeing all they crazy wild animals. And don’t scratch up the stomachs on rocks while body surfing. I did that last summer when I was on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard and it ruined the rest of the trip.
    Here in Boston it’s going to be 100 tomorrow!!! Ouch. I just got back golfing and it’s a cool 90 at 12:30.

  15. Leo, good luck with the book . Should mention it on the show?.Very interesting bio on the screensaver sight (funny) I my self am intersted in a career change and , was wondering if you guys could do a show about the many opportunities available,and ways of getting started in IT. I also would like you to know my mom who has parkinsons enjoys your show immensely it always makes her laugh. Thank-you. Peter.

  16. Leo! Congrats on finishing your book! PLEASE consider setting up something on your website where we can sign up and pre-pay for an autographed copy of your new book! I know I would pre-buy several autographed copies! 😉 I am sure many other Leoporteans would do the same! If you do, I am sure you could sell more copies than you did on your last book!

  17. I didnt know you wrote a book! If i did i would have bought it! what was it about? I did a search for Leo Laporte on Amazon.com and it didnt find it.

  18. Hi Leo,
    Will your new book be available in ebook format??
    Also are you sure the game Max Payne is by Remedy? my sister husband work for Remedy. there business is according from their site
    http://www.remedy.com/
    Users benefit from flexible applications optimized for your unique requirements. Remedy® automates the entering, tracking and resolving of issues with the most open, scalable, web-friendly, quickly deployable solutions available. All Remedy® Powered applications (packaged, customized and custom-built) inherit the benefits of the world’s most adaptable application foundation, proven in 8800+ implementations. what ever this suppose to mean?
    I don’t recalling them ever in the game arena. they were just bought out by Peregrine Systems®, Inc. Agrees to Acquire Remedy® Corporation
    anywhoooooooo
    How Many installs in Linux you have done in your lifetime? Over 1000? recently I have tried to install winlinux, and after the boot process, instead of booting into KDE Desktop My screen Just Blank??? I also Figure out you can not use Ctrl+Alt+Del to end task or reboot.
    anywhooooo
    it time for more web surfing
    http://tv200.net
    http://techtv.2ya.com

  19. Hi Léo!
    Congratulations on finishing the book! I am looking forward to buying a copy. For those of us that do not know, please list all the books that you have written and where we can buy a copy.
    Have a wonderful time in San Diego. As a San Diego native, if you need any tips on where to go and what to do, just let me know. My boys loved Lego Land too. Have fun!
    Surf on,
    – Michael J. Titera
    Fremont, California

  20. Q: So let me get this straight, I’ve read articles on Max that mention Remedy, 3DRealms and The Gathering of Developers. Who’s doing what?
    A: Remedy is developing the game, all technology, editors, art, sounds, the story, etc. have been done at Remedy office. 3DRealms is taking part in that development by helping out on content and gameplay matters, Scott, George and everyone at 3DR are outstanding hardcore game developers and we really dig working with them. The Gathering is our publisher and will eventually ship all those Max Payne boxes to the shelves with Take2 handling European distribution.
     
     
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  21. Leo, You must feel great now that the book is off to the publishers! I’ve pre-ordered “something” from Amazon that may or may not be the book in question… the title changes everytime I look for it there! (Is Lorna Gentry your co-writer?) In any event, I’m sure Tech Tv and The Screen Savers will promote the heck out of it.
    Please let us know about any appearances you might be doing for book signings!

  22. Hi, Leo: Welcome back to the blog. Congratulations on the completion of your book,and I,too will buy a copy when it comes out. Any chance for a New York City Signing? Please let me know if it’s to be, and when. Have fun at Legoland this weekend, and be careful not to get burned. (Extra stretgh sun-block) In the meantime, catch you on TSS tommorrow. Have a good evening. :<)

  23. Congrats Leo! Add me to the list of people waiting to get my hands on a copy. October? Know what my birthday present to myself will be! Say isn’t there something else being released in October? Hummmmmm no can’t seem to recall what it is. Couldn’t be too important. Enjoy your weekend and the company of your son. You’d deserve it even if you hadn’t finished the book.

  24. Man, if I knew you had a first book I would have bought it. I’m sure this one will be better marketed though. Anyhow, I have a question? Have you ever tried FreeBSD? I know you are a linux fanatic, and are justified. But I think it would be cool to see you and Patrick do a side by side comparison and info segment of Linux vs. FreeBSD. I’d like to see chucky along side tux.
    Matt Hall
    Colorado Springs, CO

  25. I did a search on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=books&field-author=Leo%20F.%20Laporte/102-2016347-3414513 and found some books by Leo F. Laporte. Any relation to you Leo? I remember once you saying your Dad had written a book. Are these books by him?
    1. George Gaylord Simpson
    by Leo F. Laporte
    2. Establishment of a Geologic Framework for Paleoanthropology (Special Paper, 242)
    by Leo F. Laporte (Editor) (Paperback – April 1991)
    3. Ancient Environments
    by LEo F. Laporte
    Out of Print–Limited Availability
    4. Encounter With the Earth
    by LEo F. Laporte
    Out of Print–Limited Availability
    5. Ancient Environments (Prentice Hall Foundations of Earth Science Series)
    by Cathryn R. Newton, Leo F. Laporte (Editor)
    Out of Print–Limited Availability

  26. It’s been years since I’ve had a computer capable of playing the latest action games. I thought this one would finally put me over the hump, but it’s too slow even with the new graphics card. I think the next time I’ll get the chance will be in November when the Xbox finally gets here. It’s too tempting and just in time for that tax rebate if I can hold on to it that long. I’m sure you’ll let us know when your book is out. Are you going to interview yourself on TSS? Anyway I’ll make sure to have my copy handy if I’m able to make it to Orlando when you’re there in November. Something tells me you’re going to have handwriting cramps at every appearance for a long time to come.

  27. Allright Leo!!! You did it. Now just sit back and wait for the the “Cliff Notes” people to auto-summarize it (lol). By the way, You HAVE to visit the San Diego Zoo, I personally thought it outranked the Wild Animal Park (tis world famous ya know). Good luck with everything.
    -Kirk, nerd by nature.

  28. Yes, Max Payne was created by Remedy.
    http://www.remedy.fi
    Remedy is a game developement company from finland. There is a LOT of history behind remedy. The majority of developers for Remedy originate from the classic demo team – “future crew”.
    If you don’t know what demo teams are i recommend checking out http://www.hornet.org
    Demo groups were the originators of creativity and multimedia on the PC . They brought sound, graphics, and flash to a new level. They helped show-off the possibilities of the PC being used as an entertainment/creativity machine.
    Future Crew (remedy) were the developers of one of the most famous sound/module tracking software ScreamTracker …
    If you have ever noticed in Winamp the file extension S3M .. this was created by Future Crew.
    As I said there is a lot of history here. If your interested in this, i recommend doing some research… 🙂
    You can even work your way back to the Demo Scene on Amiga.. ! 🙂

  29. on a side note… speaking about remedy and future crew I REALLY recommend checking out skaven’s (he was the character animator and graphic artist behind may payne) mp3 web page.. He makes some REALLY good music..!
    http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/88/skaven.html
    not sure if he did any music for max payne though..
    I have migrated to mac (for work) so I don’t even get to play max payne!… 🙁

  30. Good to hear about the book. I woudl liek to also join the chorus of peopel looking for information when it comes out as well as info on your previous literary works. For the person who mentioned Ctrl+Alt+Delete not workignfor end task, you need to use the top or proc to find otu the running processes, then kill processname to stop it, or Ctrl+c to stop one that is runnign, like apache. Hoep I helped, and that I was correct. Thanks.

  31. Hi Uncle Leo!!
    HIP HIP HOORAY on your literary masterpiece!!
    You have always been an established body of knowledge and an Almanac is the perfect way to communicate it to the world.
    You look great on television and your On-Air antics take me back to the days of listening to you on the radio.
    I wish you all the best!!
    Joel Day (Stuck-Doehrer)

  32. Good to hear about the book. I woudl liek to also join the chorus of peopel looking for information when it comes out as well as info on your previous literary works. For the person who mentioned Ctrl+Alt+Delete not workignfor end task, you need to use the top or proc to find otu the running processes, then kill processname to stop it, or Ctrl+c to stop one that is runnign, like apache. Hoep I helped, and that I was correct. Thanks.

  33. Leo,
    Because of my media contacts for Spoono ( I do PR for them ) I was able to get a copy of your book! Yes I was told by Amy at QUE that I get a copy ASAP.
    I just got a shipment of the other techtv books and videos for free also.
    I will post a full review of all the techtv books and videos to Spoono.com soon as I get done going through them.
    -Ray

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