Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

Apple in the Seventies

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It’s time for me to travel to the place I always prefer: way out on a limb.

My Apple credentials are sound. I bought my first Macintosh in early 1984. I worked at Apple headquarters for several years in the late 1980s. When did I buy my first iPhone? The day it came out. First iPad? The day it came out. I even wrote a few books about the Macintosh. And some of you know the videos I’ve done about that Silicon Valley deity, Mr. Steven Paul Jobs. So I don’t have any anti-Apple ax to grind.


Join My Safari!

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Do you have an iPhone? Do you like to look at residential properties? Do you like reading rhetorical questions? Then I need your help!

Seriously, though, I have been hard at work on a new app for the iPhone which is in the earliest stages of testing. If you are interesting in helping me out on it (and, again, you need an iPhone and be willing to run it through the paces and email me your thoughts and feedback), I’d love for you to participate.

All I need is your UDID of your iPhone (or iPad, for that matter, which is even a more fun way to experience the app). Just fire this URL up on your i-device:

And email the code to

Leaving a comment below (“Hey, Tim! I’m interested”) will do you no good. Just follow the above instructions. Oh, one other thing – – it helps if you live in an INTERESTING neighborhood (e.g. lots of cool houses). If you’re in Tracy, California, and every single house looks the same – – sorry, no thank you.

And if you think there’s something nefarious I can do with that code, errr, no, I can’t. I just need it to get this beta-version product to allow itself to function on your iThing. Thank you!