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We’re thisclose to the slow days of summer, but we’re not there yet.That’s probably why I’m still taking care of work chores on a Sunday night. 7/21/2015: Why Online Comments Suck (and How to Fix Them), Yahoo Tech You know where this essay about the lack…
We're thisclose to the slow days of summer, but we're not there yet.That's probably why I'm still taking care of work chores on a Sunday night. 7/21/2015: Why Online Comments Suck (and How to Fix T...
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Any of you all have memories of your favorite Usenet newsgroups? Remember how they crumpled into a ruin of spam and trolling? The same thing can happen to any comments forum where management walks away and users don't have the tools or the motivation to step in. At +Yahoo Tech, I explain how things can be better than that.
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Only five years ago, I had a hard time imagining a Web without Adobe Flash. It's now an everyday reality when I use Safari--and even in Chrome, where that plug-in is built in (and more secure than other installations), I rarely find I need it. That brings me to today's +USA TODAY column, which probably won't get any applause at Adobe's HQ. 
Tips on how to uninstall Flash from your computer.
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The cheap and cynical conclusion when you look at how Amazon's public policy efforts have ranged from self-serving to second-place is to say "this surprises you?" But when you compare that company to other tech firms, some with far fewer resources, it's hard not to be disappointed with how Amazon's played its cards in Washington. Read on in this week's +Yahoo Tech column.
Over the last 20 years Amazon has changed many of the rules governing the online world, including some of the rules enacted in Washington, DC. Here are five key issues where Amazon used its massive power to sway the market in one direction or another. 
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Yes, people still use DSL. Yes, people still have home phone service. Some people would like to stay in that first group but exit the second. And they can't if they use America's largest DSL provider, as I write at +USA TODAY.
Verizon won't lets DSL users hang up their phone service, but other providers will.
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As I say at the end of this +Yahoo Tech column, when I defend buying individual songs versus paying for access to a massive library of them I feel a little bit like a grumpy old man yelling "you dang kids, get off of my hard drive!" Will this piece change any Millennial minds? 
I am not the target market for Apple Music. So I guess I’ll spend a little more time on them when using devices Apple supports.
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I’ve been making one of my periodic attempts to catch up on my e-mail (read: if you wrote me three weeks ago, your odds of getting a reply sometime this coming week are less worse than usual). That process has required me to think about something I…
I've been making one of my periodic attempts to catch up on my e-mail (read: if you wrote me three weeks ago, your odds of getting a reply sometime this coming week are less worse than usual). That...
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I spent two days this week working in large buildings in D.C., as if I had a full-time job or something. The reasons: Access’s Crypto Summit and the D.C. chapter of the Internet Society’s Internet Governance Forum USA. Neither conference gave me anything…
I spent two days this week working in large buildings in D.C., as if I had a full-time job or something. The reasons: Access's Crypto Summit and the D.C. chapter of the Internet Society's Internet ...
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Like many of you, I’ve spent much of this week refreshing various NASA social-media feeds to see the latest pictures from Pluto. Beyond the ongoing amazement that with less than half a penny of every federal dollar, NASA has taken our senses further into…
Like many of you, I've spent much of this week refreshing various NASA social-media feeds to see the latest pictures from Pluto. Beyond the ongoing amazement that with less than half a penny of eve...
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This week was relatively easy on my schedule. One result: I finally edited and posted the photos I took at CE Week three weeks ago. 7/7/2015: Sorry, Apple Music —I Want to Own My Tunes, Not Rent Them, Yahoo Tech I started writing this post in 2005, when I…
This week was relatively easy on my schedule. One result: I finally edited and posted the photos I took at CE Week three weeks ago. 7/7/2015: Sorry, Apple Music —I Want to Own My Tunes, Not Rent Th...
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A couple of weeks ago, I belatedly decided that it was time to catch up on my RSS reading–and try to stay caught up on my Web feeds instead of once again letting the unread-articles count ascend to four-digit altitudes. After a couple of days of…
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Well written. I can't find any good replacement for RSS yet, for exactly the same reasons.
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I had more to show for myself than usual on this holiday-shortened week, and I can thank Apple and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for much of that. 6/30/2015: Why The Tech Industry Hates Patent Trolls, and You Should Too, Yahoo Tech I’d written and filed…
I had more to show for myself than usual on this holiday-shortened week, and I can thank Apple and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for much of that. 6/30/2015: Why The Tech Industry Hates Patent Trol...
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Curious, sometimes cranky freelance tech journalist; occasional international statesman of goodwill
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I try to make sense of computers, consumer electronics, telecom services, the Internet, software and other things that beep or blink through my reporting, reviewing and analysis. I've done that in multiple channels: print, Web, social media, radio, TV, podcasts and public-speaking appearances.

The bulk of my work so far has been at the Washington Post, where I wrote a consumer-tech column for the Business section from September of 1999 to April of 2011. For most of those years, I also hosted Web chats, did a weekly Q&A tech feature and blogged for the paper.

I started at the Post in 1993 by sorting mail and answering phones. I also proofread copy, assigned and edited stories, spent an unholy amount of time in meetings, wrote for almost every section of the paper (National, Metro, Style, Sports, Business, Health, Food, Home, Weekend, Real Estate, Outlook, Sunday Arts, Sunday Source, Travel, Book World and the Magazine), and appeared on the front page all of three times.
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Married, one kid. Have run two marathons and biked 11 centuries (but none recently!). Can tie a bow tie by hand.
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