Paul Allen invented modern computing. All of it. In fact, between Allen and Al Gore, our entire society of connected computing was birthed. You’re welcome. Allen also patented a bunch of it, and he’s in the process of getting people to pay. I wonder how many of Allen’s infamous patent claims will be substantiated by “Idea Man: A Memoir by the Co-founder of Microsoft” slated for release April 17. I say “wonder” because I have no intention of buying it. About the title: 1. Is “memoir” supposed to sound less egotistical than “autobiography” because it sounds a lot douchier. 2. The number of people who wouldn’t know Paul Allen from Dave Allen would be multiplied 1,000x without the co-founder bit in the title. Speaking of which, I do think Allen should have considered alternatives – something that pays more specific homage to his historic role.
“I Think, Therefore You Pay”
“Buttons and Boxes: My Gift to the World”
“Who’s That Tripping Over My Bridge?”
He does have one last season to get on Oprah’s Book Club must-read list, so if I were him, I’d have several autographed copies sent ASAP.