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(2) : Soycake: Leonard read a 1986 edition of Programmers at Work from Microsoft Press. The back cover includes ads for other contemporary books, including Programmer's Guide to the IBM PC with Peter Norton on the cover.

Like one S. Jobs, Norton went to Reed College. And he spent at least a few months, possibly five years (it's hard for me to tell by Googling) in a Buddhist monastery. He started the company when he was nearly twice the age of today's stereotypical startup founder. I like how roundabout his story is.

You've seen pictures of Norton from his books and from the Norton Utilities box (software that's been in development and use for over twenty years, by the way), where he's wearing glasses and his hair has gone lighter. But check out 42-year-old Norton in 1985, who reminds me of Jim Fisher and Leonard of George Frankly from Mathnet, the serial within Square One TV.

His pose is as unreadable as the Mona Lisa's. The nerd look is deliberate and iconic; maybe I'll have to stop using Dilbert as a shorthand for my type of man and start referring to "Peter Norton in the pink shirt photo." He's used to these sorts of helpless predilections.

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Posted by Leonard at 19 Feb 2008, 11:06AM

When I was in college I went with a bunch of other CS students to Symantec for a competition to debug Norton Something-or-other for Windows 95. I was disappointed that cool programs like the hex editor were not included in the software I was testing, and told one of the Symantec programmers so. She was kind of patronizing or maybe didn't know what I was talking about. Fortunately this was around the time I started using Linux.

Posted by Martin at 20 Feb 2008, 11:23PM


"Peter Norton, Peter Norton's stylized signature, and Peter Norton's crossed-arm pose are U.S. registered trademarks of Peter Norton."


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