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Caribou, Maine - Washington, DC - Boston - New York City
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every life is epic
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I am an award-winning journalist, writer, and real Maniac, being born and raised in Caribou, Maine. But I currently live with my immediate family far from home, in San Diego, Calif.


I am an experienced analyst, consultant, editor, journalist, and storyteller. My communication skills are broader than just the written word. I have appeared on CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, and other radio or TV networks or programs discussing technology and its related cultural and business impact.

During the second decade of the Millennium, my main worklife focus is producing original content, which could make you the star. I contend that "every life is epic", and through storytelling show by how much.

I am available for editing, writing, or speaking gigs and can be reached by Gmail, or you can private Circle or Hangout. Be warned, if you want to hire me: My investigative storytelling style is provocative. I want people to think about things from different viewpoints.

They say you can judge someone by their playlist or what they read. I subscribes to:

  • Economist, Nature, and Rolling Stone on iPad
  • New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post on web and digital devices 
  • Entertainment Weekly, Mother JonesNew Yorker, and Vanity Fair in print, on web, and digital devices

But often the most valuable content comes not from paid professionals but people posting to social networks (hehe, Google+), Medium, and blogs.
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Got my driver's license at 25, because I biked (or walked) everywhere.
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writer, journalist
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  • Betanews
    Executive Editor, 2011 - 2015
  • ZDE
    Editor, 2006 - 2009
  • Jupiter Research
    Senior Analyst, 2003 - 2006
  • CNET
    Staff Writer, 1999 - 2003
  • CMP
    Reporter, 1997 - 1999
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July 11
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The Man on the Street #homelessness

This afternoon, while walking along Adams Ave. in Normal Heights, I passed what appeared to be a homeless man sitting on a cement step inside an abandoned storefront doorway. He was grizzled but neat, with the leathery-brown skin hue common among people…
A homeless man's offer to give back change from the $10 I gave him teaches a humbling and humiliating lesson.
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+John Lawrence Sadly so, and this gentleman could have been both.
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My second-day rake on #Apple earnings.
Listening to Apple's fiscal second quarter 2016 earnings conference call yesterday was like attending a funeral—where the eulogy is for someone whom you know has gone to Hell. There's no way to sugarcoat that the good days are over and an eternity of burning flesh awaits. I kid you not. Haul over to iTunes and download the replay. You'll feel the grim reaper looking over your shoulder while CEO Tim Cook talks as joyfully about Apple's performance...
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+Apple Dystopia Well, maybe you've been lucky.  I've had any number of hardware problems with Macs.  And getting Apple to actually repair (in particular, an iMac that was one of a series with defective logic boards AND defective Seagate HDDs) is very frustrating.  My 15" MacBook Pro suffered the infamous Nvidia display fail, which required a new logic board.  Mine failed two weeks after the technical end of the recall, and I could not get Apple to bend.

Speaking of bending, had the i3 iBook that suffered the bending logic board.  That was a long time ago.

Apple prices its computers so it CAN afford to repair them.  Then essentially drives customers to pay for Apple Care.  For most people, it may be close call between paying far too much for an Apple, that probably has an Apple Store for service intake in driving distance, and Windoze junque from a big box like Bust Buy.  The Apple may be repaired (or traded out) where the Windoze thing is cheap enough not only to be junque, but to junque.

Between Windoze and OS X, I've spent far too much time on computers at work, home, and belonging to friends fixing Windows and removing persistent malware and trojans.  Win for the Lose.  It is banned from my life.

As to getting what you pay for, I'm having better luck with Linux on new computers (Intel NUCs, in particular) than any Windoze or Mac since Apple released Lion.

And a fully rigged out NUC that is now three generations ahead of the comparable Mac Mini and with much better performance, upgrade-ability, and adaptability is maybe half the price of the venerable Mini.

My biggest complaint about OS X is the forced march to upgrade every year.  Even when, as I do, I fall behind, Apple stops security updates for the version I'm running, and I have to race to install the next most recent and hopefully less bug infested version before it goes offline at the App Store.  

I've decided to just quit the race to stay even with Apple's treadmill, and escape to Linux with multiple years of Long Term Support.  That way I can spend my time "computing," instead of updating a bunch of computers.

As to iOS, my biggest complaint there is its lack of a user accessible file system.  But that annual treadmill of updates that renders older but perfectly good iOS devices too slow, or if not updated, insecure.

That iPad 1 I paid $1,000 for (64 GB, 3G) was orphaned without security updates 18 months after Apple sold it to me new.
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The most notable news media event of the week goes to New York Daily News, which basked in the illumination of social media’s ire over accusations that writer Shaun King had plagiarized text verbatim from a story that appeared on the Daily Beast. But like…
The most notable news media event of the week goes to New York Daily News, which basked in the illumination of social media’s ire over accusations that writer Shaun King had plagiarized text …
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Earlier this week, Apple finally updated its svelte laptop that launched 13-months ago. I am awe-struck by the company's design-audacity—not for brash innovation but bumbling compromises that make me wonder who needs this thing. The 12-inch MacBook offers much, wth respect to thinness, lightness, and typing experience (the keyboard is clever tech). But baffling is the decision to keep the crappy 480p webcam. These days, not late-1990s state-of-ar...
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+Dave Walker Rumors of Apple shifting Macs to ARM have been around for a long time.  And as OS X becomes ever more like iOS, the day may be coming.  I don't see there's any big advantage to Apple in doing it, given Apple is surely receiving huge volume discounts from Intel.

It's the "non-Apple" software that would be an issue, unless there's a Rosetta equivalent.  Then, maybe Apple is ready to toss all that "heavy" and powerful software off the Mac altogether.  Apple sure hasn't seen the need to develop its own further.
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Meant to share earlier, but I was busy writing abut #Google antitrust. #chrome
Dog years is too slow a measurement when it comes to the Internet, which pace maturing makes Moore's Law look like a skeleton sitting at a feast (it's too feeble a metric). Case in point: Google Chrome 50 officially releases this fine Wednesday, which is a long way from its late-2007 alpha. Whew, where did the years go?
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My story is a few days late. But here finally. #MH40 #rollingstones.
If you're headed to London, or live there, the Rolling Stones have a new exhibit (opened last week) at the Saatchi Gallery. Exhibitionism will be there until early September. After which, the gala moves on to 11 other cities, including New York and Paris. Adults can expect to pay £22 (more than US $30, depending on exchange rate that day). VIP tix are £60.
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Three years after release, the original #ChromebookPixel  is better specced than all newer Chromies currently available, except Pixel 2. Hell of a price, too; $400.
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+George Fromtulsa correct, the original Pixel is a 5 hour device; the one major flaw I had, which was fixed in 2015. 
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My #Apple earnings analysis. Lots of companies would love a bad quarter like this one. http://betanews.com/2016/04/26/apple-fiscal-q2-2016-by-the-numbers-50-6b-sales-1-90-eps/
The spotlight shines on the world's most-valuable company this fine Tuesday, as Apple revealed results for fiscal second quarter 2016. Wall Street expected the first revenue growth decline in more than a decade and iPhone's first-ever sales retraction . Is the sky finally falling? Eh, not yet. But the sun slowly sets over the vast smartphone empire.
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And the day Apple goes the way of Palm, RIM and the like, I will celebrate with a good sparkling wine.
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My wife and I walk around Liberty Station, in San Diego’s Point Loma community during some weekends, because the open pavilion with dirt paths around grassy center reminds us of the National Mall, Washington, D.C. The arts, entertainment, and shopping…
My wife and I walk around Liberty Station, in San Diego’s Point Loma community during some weekends, because the open pavilion with dirt paths around grassy center reminds us of the National …
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Once again, as it has done in the past, Google makes the classic monopolist defense for its competitive—or anticompetitive, depending on perspective—behavior with respect to Android. Today, the European Union's Competition Commission formerly charged Alphabet and its major subsidiary, which has 12 weeks to provide satisfactory legal response before the Commission issues corrective sanctions.
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Yeah, it's Microsoft all over again. Companies' behaviors change when they're on top. They need to be kicked back down a level to get the market going again. (Microsoft has done some amazing things since it lost it's throne.)
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This hummingbird is better entertainment for our cats than TV is for humans. She faithfully sits in her nest, on a tree in the middle of our apartment building’s courtyard, with clear view from a window we leave open year around for Cali and Neko. The…
This hummingbird is better entertainment for our cats than TV is for humans. She faithfully sits in her nest, on a tree in the middle of our apartment building’s courtyard, with clear view fr…
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Hashtag “perfect playlist” is my new thing—whenever I find a worthy collection. Today’s #perfectplaylist is “Sick of Myself: Teen Angst“, created by Tidal. The mix of alternative and pop punk ballads punctuates one of the reasons I stick with the music…
Hashtag “perfect playlist” is my new thing—whenever I find a worthy collection. Today’s #perfectplaylist is “Sick of Myself: Teen Angst”, created by Tidal. The mix of …
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+Jordan Schnaidt You're right!
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The Hour
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The Hour takes us behind the scenes of a broadcast news room in London during the mid 50s, with a highly competitive, sharp witted and passi

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Apple vs. Samsung: the real battle for mobile supremacy
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It's often repeated that the future of mobile will boil down to Apple versus Google, or iPhone and Android. But that’s far too broad. It's S

10 reasons to get excited about the Nokia N8
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Who bought iPad 2?
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What's wrong with Google TV?
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iTunes pricing is out of control
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