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Attended Tulane University Law School
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Icon Ambulance

One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said "Caller ID unknown". I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. "Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss" it said.

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

"Hey Steve - this is Vic", I said. "I'm sorry I didn't answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn't pick up".

Steve laughed. He said, "Vic, unless the Caller ID said 'GOD', you should never pick up during services".

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve.

"I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"

Of course this was okay with me. A few minutes later on that Sunday I received an email from Steve with the subject "Icon Ambulance". The email directed me to work with Greg Christie to fix the icon.

Since I was 11 years old and fell in love with an Apple II, I have dozens of stories to tell about Apple products. They have been a part of my life for decades. Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced.

But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.

To one of the greatest leaders I've ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.

-Vic
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Wrote a suite of ruby scripts this weekend after a long, long (like years-long) coding drought. It felt good. Really good.
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I'm having Louisiana Civil Law Dictionary book signing during Loyola Law School's orientation on Saturday, noon to 2pm, at Loyola's bookstore. Come on out and visit if you're around.
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That's why I invited you!

I feel like such a pretentious douchebag having a "book signing." In my defense, I got volunteered to do it!
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After less than a month on Amazon, our book is currently ranked number three on among legal dictionaries on Kindle and twenty-six among paper ones!
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I can feel my law degree losing value as I write this.
Killer Wants to go to Law School. On September 15, 2011 · Leave a Comment · In News. One of Tulane Law School's brand new 1Ls is a convicted murderer. According to the newspaper reports quoted in ...
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Just finished reading "Ready Player One." If you like Snowcrash, the 80s, or geekery, you must read it. Here's why: http://gwrome.com/?p=170
Book Review: Ready Player One. On September 8, 2011 · Leave a Comment · In Books. I'm on vacation and hadn't planned on blogging again until I got home, but I need to share Ready Player One . ...
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Why it's probably not too late to file your Katrina lawsuit (slackers): http://gwrome.com/?p=131
And the storm rages on. On August 23, 2011 · Leave a Comment · In Civil Procedure, Louisiana Law. Hurricane Katrina came and went almost six years ago, but the litigation it spawned is nowhere near co...
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New blog post! Anyone still using hard returns and mashing the spacebar to create whitespace in word processor documents: please, for the love of everything good, read this book.
Book Review: Typography for Lawyers. On August 14, 2011 · Leave a Comment · In Books, Design. Full disclosure: I'ma design nerd. I love good design. Good design — whether it's in the shape of ...
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If you think the government is good at finance and investments, you'll be pleased to know it's going to be a big time landlord.
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I tried to explain what a VPN is and why an attorney might want to use one in a way that attorneys can understand.

How'd I do? How could it be clearer?
Network Security for Attorneys: VPN Tunnels. On August 6, 2011 · Leave a Comment · In Security, Technology. I ran across Ernie the Attorney's post about mobility and security a while back, and som...
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Your email would be safe between you and gmail, yes, because everything above the transport layer on the network stack is encrypted before going over the air.

But without something like PGP encryption, e-mail is still totally insecure once it leaves gmail's servers and hits the public internet.
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