Interactive Resume

Posted February 12, 2006 by personalpublisher
Categories: Blogging, History

PlatinumPlatter Media – CD-ROMs, DVDs, Websites, Information Architecture, Rapid Prototyping, Graphic Design, Database Development, Product and User Testing, Desktop Publishing.

Apple Computer – Support Databases, Discussion boards, Communications Equipment Support, Competitive Analysis, Marketing, Evangelism, Sales, User Groups, Desktop Publishing
Cisco Systems – Cisco Interactive Mentor – CD-ROMs and websites, Audio -voiceovers, Video, Graphics, Design, Testing.

National Semiconductor – CD-ROM Technology Demos, Desktop Publishing

Wave Systems

Computer History Museum


MGI Software ->Roxio -> Napster – Discussion Boards – Site Demos – Virtual Reality and Zoomable Images

Redstone Software Testing Software, Sales, Support, website design, development.

Natus Medical – Customer and Product Support

Exectec, Inc. – Sales and Marketing

Aurora Systems, Inc. Madison, WI – Banking application sales and support

Blue Lakes Computing, Madison, WI Computer and Software sales and support

American TV – Madison, WI – Audio and Video Sales and microprocessor-based development

Playback, Inc. Madison, WI – Audio and Video Sales

US Naval Security Group – Communications and Security

Fred Fortune Graphic Design

Manila Website Prototyping

Dave Winer Scripting News


First Blogger Quits

Posted February 2, 2006 by personalpublisher
Categories: Uncategorized

Western Union sends its last telegram

Company halts renowned international communication service after 145 years.
February 1, 2006: 6:19 PM EST

NEW YORK ( – Western Union sent its final telegram message last Friday after 145 years of transcontinental — and international — communication.

The telegram section of the company’s web site says, “Effective January 27, 2006, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage.”

The company was founded to provide far-ranging message services, and created the first transcontinental message service in the United States in 1861 which was used to send coast-to-coast messages during the Civil War.

The company — now “Western Union Holdings” — was once known as “Western Union Telegraph Company.”

The world’s first telegram was sent on May 24, 1844 by inventor Samuel Morse. The message, “What hath God wrought,” was transmitted from Washington to Baltimore. In a crude way, the telegraph was a precursor to the Internet in that it allowed rapid communication, for the first time, across great distances.

Western Union goes back to 1851 as the Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company. In 1856 it became the Western Union Telegraph Company after acquisition of competing telegraph systems. By 1861, during the Civil War, it had created a coast-to-coast network of lines.

Now primarily a financial services provider, Western Union specializes in electronic money transfers, e-mail and fax services with more than 100,000 locations worldwide.


I have often wonder why Western Union didn’t create the World Wide Web. They were doing electronic communications since 1861. I think it is because they thought they were in the teletype business, much like the trains thought they were in the train business. Western Union was in the global communications business whether it knew it or not. And the trains were in the transportation business whether they liked it or not.

I knew Western Union was in the Global Communications Business back in 1968 when I first started using Teletype machines.

I think Steve Jobs knows that Apple Computer is in the entertainment business with the iPod and iTunes. It is certainly in the retail business with 125 stores and the online iTunes Music Store. Apple is also in the music creation business with GarageBand, Soundtrack and Logic Pro.
Today, Western Union is the Paypal of the Banking Industry, for people who don’t have computers. I guess banking is a good industry as well. but they could have been the Netscape, Google and Cisco of the WWW.
186K miles / second – It’s not just a good idea. Its the law.

Posted January 27, 2006 by personalpublisher
Categories: Blogging, History

Gutenberg's Press

Gutenberg’s Personal Publisher

Posted January 27, 2006 by personalpublisher
Categories: History

The year is 1450, and this is as close as you could get to a personal printing press.

Editing WordPress from OPML Editor

Posted January 26, 2006 by personalpublisher
Categories: Blogging

Giving this a try today

Seeing if it works from my desktop.

The Title

Posted January 26, 2006 by personalpublisher
Categories: History

My Personal Publisher comes from my days at Apple Computer when I was in the Competitive Analysis group in Market Intelligence.

I and a friend had come up with this phrase “desktop publishing” to describe the future of the publishing industry with the use of personal computers. I started doing desktop publishing at Apple in 1983 with an Apple /// and a Lisa computer connected to a CompuGraphic phototypesetter. I was producing sales reference manuals for communications products which I could do in-house with a lot better quality than the dot matrix or daisywheel printers that everyone else in the company was using.

My people believe desktop publishing started with the Macintosh, but Mike Heckman and I started it with an Apple ][, a Merganthaler phototypesetter, and an application called Executive Secretary. That was in 1981, in Madison, Wisconsin. The necessity that drove this was the need to create our own literature and brochures for a LaserDisc interface for the Apple II. Yep, the first multimedia product.

We also did documentation for VersaCalc, the first scripting language for a spreadsheet. It allowed you to do deferred execution spreadsheets, and sorting. Things we take for granted these days with MS Excel.

I moved from Madison, Wisconsin to Cupertino, California in 1982, and joined Apple in 1983.

When the first Apple LaserWriter was created it was sitting outside of a cube in one of the Bandley buildings, and I could get to it through the AppleTalk network. I realized this was going to create a revolution in publishing, and wrote a couple of competitive analysis papers explaining why. I wanted to call the new industry “personal publishing” to distinguish it from the difficult and timeconsuming desktop publishing that I was already doing on the CompuGraphic. I could also see a day when you could publish without paper by using computers and communications applications. The guys in Marketing like “Desktop Publishing better than “Personal Publishing” and that title stuck.

I had been online using communications since 1968 in my Naval Security Group days, and I knew the PC would revolutionize that world as well.

So here we are today, typing stuff online, that can be read by anyone in the world who has access to a personal communications device and a browser.

Personal Publishing.

Lisa 2/10 or Macintosh XL

Hello world!

Posted January 26, 2006 by personalpublisher
Categories: Blogging, History

Welcome to This is my first post. Hello world always has to be the first post, just to see if things are working properly.

I have been online and posting since 1968, but that is a story for later…

TeleType Model 28