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I’m off to Chicago Tuesday morning for the cable-industry conference formerly known as just the Cable Show and now branded as the Internet & Television Expo, “INTX” for short. It’ll be my first visit to this gathering since the 2012 edition in Boston, and…
I'm off to Chicago Tuesday morning for the cable-industry conference formerly known as just the Cable Show and now branded as the Internet & Television Expo, "INTX" for short. It'll be my first...
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My streak of never getting an invitation to the White House Correspondents Dinner continued, although I once again partook of Yahoo’s hospitality at their pre-dinner reception. I am okay with that streak; I look at it as one of my few remaining bits of…
My streak of never getting an invitation to the White House Correspondents Dinner continued, although I once again partook of Yahoo's hospitality at their pre-dinner reception. I am okay with that ...
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Would any +Verizon FiOS TV viewers like to break out a calculator and see how much money--if any--they'd save by switching to a Custom TV set of channels? One analyst I spoke to for today's +Yahoo Tech column found it would increase his monthly bill.
Over the weekend, Verizon rolled out a way to pay for TV that appears to break the channel-bundling model, which leads to people paying more than they should, for channels they don’t want. But does the math on the new pricing plan really work to the subscriber's benefit?
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Over the last few weeks, I did the one thing I was sure I’d never do after leaving the Post: prepare my own taxes instead of paying a tax professional to do the work. I’d outsourced my tax prep over the last three years with generally satisfactory…
Over the last few weeks, I did the one thing I was sure I'd never do after leaving the Post: prepare my own taxes instead of paying a tax professional to do the work. I'd outsourced my tax prep ove...
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After a weekend dominated by gardening and laundry, I’m off to Vegas tomorrow–I’m speaking on a panel at the National Association of Broadcasters’ conference there. (They are covering my airfare and one night’s lodging, something my regular editors…
After a weekend dominated by gardening and laundry, I'm off to Vegas tomorrow--I'm speaking on a panel at the National Association of Broadcasters' conference there. (They are covering my airfare a...
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Starting tomorrow, I’m going to have a little less time each week to get my work done, courtesy of the Nats’ 10th season in D.C. beginning with Monday’s home opener. (If I stop responding to e-mail, phone calls and social-media interactions shortly before…
Starting tomorrow, I'm going to have a little less time each week to get my work done, courtesy of the Nats' 10th season in D.C. beginning with Monday's home opener. (If I stop responding to e-mail...
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The total weight of my worldly possessions dropped by about 2,557 pounds a week and a half ago: I gave away the 1992 Acura Integra that had become a driveway-bound monument to how getting around D.C. has changed for me. I should have done that long ago:…
The total weight of my worldly possessions dropped by about 2,557 pounds a week and a half ago: I gave away the 1992 Acura Integra that had become a driveway-bound monument to how getting around D....
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Damn you, OS X autocorrect

I know, I know: Making fun of autocorrect fails is not new. But the automatic spelling correction in OS X is something else, courtesy of its apparent inability to figure out that my starting a word with a capital letter suggests I might be typing a proper…
I know, I know: Making fun of autocorrect fails is not new. But the automatic spelling correction in OS X is something else, courtesy of its apparent inability to figure out that my starting a word...
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I turned it off when Apple added it.  It's always destructive, never useful.
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My trip to the NAB Show ended with a red-eye flight home to the East Coast, something I don’t think I’ve done for business travel since 1996. Let’s just say I can’t rally from the experience as well as I did back then. 4/14/2015: The Other Reason Tax Prep…
My trip to the NAB Show ended with a red-eye flight home to the East Coast, something I don't think I've done for business travel since 1996. Let's just say I can't rally from the experience as wel...
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If my bank account gets compromised and I report the loss soon enough, the bank has to make good on that even if the hack wasn't the fault of its own bad security. But if weak authentication at a tax-prep service leads to billions of dollars in fraudulent tax refunds getting paid out... everybody kind of throws their hands up and explains how it's the other party's fault. I unpack this maddening situation at +Yahoo Tech. 
Few things make me feel less secure about my money than tax time. Not because the Feds taking some of it. No, it’s because tax prep reminds me of how weak security can be at many of the financial sites tax-prep services need to talk to. But as with a lot of security issues, this situation is more complex than it looks.
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I didn’t see or touch an Apple Watch until yesterday–when I played with a couple in an Apple Store, just like anybody else could. That was a somewhat unavoidable consequence of my freelancer status intersecting with Apple PR’s choosy habits (as seen…
I didn't see or touch an Apple Watch until yesterday--when I played with a couple in an Apple Store, just like anybody else could. That was a somewhat unavoidable consequence of my freelancer statu...
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As I’ve been plugging away at my taxes this year, one thing’s become blindingly clear: I’m not doing my my share to prop up the electronics industry. My Schedule C will show only one gadget purchase for all of 2014, a $35 Google Chromecast. Every other…
As I've been plugging away at my taxes this year, one thing's become blindingly clear: I'm not doing my my share to prop up the electronics industry. My Schedule C will show only one gadget purchas...
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The camera on my Nexus 4 went out a few months ago. I suspect carrying it in my pocket without using a case scratched the lens, because it won't focus.
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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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