In the early 80's (at Commodore) we were always
entertaining wares from different companies. For several weeks we
entertained various storage devices. Some devices were strange like a spiral
drive (like a phonograph) and a weird tape mechanism. One meeting I remember
Phillips showed up with a unique device with really cool high-density media.
It was an early CDROM drive! The meeting didn't last long since the device
couldn't record. The poor folks from Phillips were escorted out! I
wish I had the business savvy to escort them out myself and cut them a check on the
spot. Hindsight is always 20/20.
In the early 90's I visited Microsoft with some big
brass from Computer Associates. CA was an early adopter of a new technology
called Object Linking and Embedding (OLE). During the meeting Steve Balmer kept
pronouncing it O-L-E (fully saying each letter)! One by one I listened as
each exec painfully uttered each letter... I had enough so I started saying OLE (like OLÉ). After several minutes even
Balmer succumbed! So I coined the pronunciation of OLE.
Server Side Scripting
Around the 1994-1995 timeframe, I started evaluating
Microsoft's new web server framework called Internet Information Server (IIS).
I made my way through each sample and after I was done I thought it was an
adequate framework. And then a light bulb lit in my mind. We have recently
licensed a embedded basic language for use in our products. Eureka - I
would integrate Softbridge Basic Language into IIS via ISAPI. I had a
prototype working in several days. Several minor problems remained so I
called Microsoft Premier support. Funny - during the conversation the
support engineer was so intrigued with my idea and he asked me whether I
would mind having a tele-conference the next day with a number of Microsoft
developers. Wow - an interested party! Since I couldn't drum up any
interest with the Softbridge folks - I said sure! Perhaps I'm the
actual inventor of Active Server Pages (ASP)!