I've always gotten this impression from reading books and in history that a hundred or so years ago there were these guys that through their great inventions (especially later in the Ind. revolution?) that became socially accepted and revered as "inventors" and it was a pretty big deal and people held that pretty highly.. now it seems like if anyone is an "inventor" it means they are living in the clouds and they waist all their money on useless patents... Does anyone else get that Vibe? Also, any of you out there a social/friend/wife/self-proclaimed inventor? it makes me sad.. we don't make things other than disk drives and we sit in offices? ..my dream me would be rallying around in my STI running my own business where I design the world's best _______. is Anyone! in the same boat as me?