Tag, I’m It

So apparently there’s this new game among bloggers where someone “tags” another blogger. If you’re tagged, you have to post 5 facts about yourself that most people don’t know, and then tag 5 other bloggers. I just got tagged by spmwinkel at solsie.com who had been tagged by Patrick from JustAnotherMobileMonday.

OK, this is going to be pretty easy, and fun. First, the interesting people I tag are:

Dan Hanttula a hugely interesting person who has more credentials than I’ll even try to list.

Hal Goldstein, editor-in-chief of Pocket PC and Smartphone Magazine.

Jen Edwards, the Pocket Goddess, which title I wish I could have.

My good buddy and sometime competitor Alex Kac (I hope this counts; he calls it a blog though it’s a blog in a forum format).

Howard Tomlinson, founder and CEO of Astraware.

And 5 things about me, in no particular order, are:

One, I’m in the small group of people who are huge fans of musicals. Oddly enough, both Dan and Hal, above, are also in that group, so when I write them that I’m going on vacation to watch people kill people while singing, they know just what I’m talking about.

Two, I am one of the original founders of Ilium Software, which, to a large extent, I started because I didn’t want to work for anyone any more. It’s managed to keep me out of a “real” job for over 9 years, which I’m pretty happy about.

Three, I got interested in mobile computing when I worked at what’s now AT+T, and they handed me a Newton and sent me to the first (and, I think, only) Newton Developers’ Conference. I think I still have the t-shirt, though the Newton was stolen in a break-in at our “headquarters” at the time. (Working at AT+T was a big factor in convincing me that I never wanted to work for anyone again.)

Four, I am also involved with Bits du Jour, a one-deal-a-day site for Windows and PDA software.

And five, I consider the name “Ilium Software” as my biggest business mistake. Here’s what I learned: never, never, never start a company or a website with the letters i L i. Or even i L, or L i unless it’s a really well-known word. Nobody can distinguish ili from illi from lli from lil in those little tiny fonts without serifs. Ilium is Greek for Troy – I was working in Troy, Michigan at the time, and liked the sound of the name Ilium, but never thought about the readability issue until it was way, way too late. It’s not my biggest life mistake, but definitely a candidate for the bad company name awards.

6 thoughts on “Tag, I’m It

  1. Doug

    Hey, Ellen. Nicely done. (BTW, I am the one who tagged SPM Winkel, not Patrick — I also tagged Julie, so hopefully we will see her creativity come out soon). πŸ™‚

    I did not know you were the original founder of Ilium. That is pretty cool. It must be fascinating to watch something you started grow the way Ilium has. And I don’t think Ilium is such a bad name. It is certainly distinctive. πŸ™‚


  2. Ellen Post author

    Oops, sorry Doug. I also apparently messed up the trackbacks. I’ll get things right some day … maybe …

  3. Doug

    No problem, Ellen. Better to make a mistake on something trivial like this, and keep your positive energy reserved for the great software you guys make. πŸ™‚


  4. spmwinkel

    Thanks Ellen!
    I like musicals a lot, too. πŸ™‚
    I wasn’t sure if you guys (girls πŸ˜‰ ) would appreciate being tagged but both you and Julie already posted!
    Things like this are more interesting than you think about yourself. πŸ™‚

  5. Brandon


    All great stuff … but you think you regret the name! I was born with it.

    Steili … I have talk super slow when spelling it to anybody. πŸ™‚

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