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I completed two rites of spring today: editing and uploading my SXSW photos (here’s the Flickr album) and weeding the lawn for the first of many times this year. One of them has left me sore. 3/16/2015: This VR Demo Let Me Soar Over San Francisco Like a…
I completed two rites of spring today: editing and uploading my SXSW photos (here's the Flickr album) and weeding the lawn for the first of many times this year. One of them has left me sore. 3/16/...
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I had a busy schedule at SXSW, but I had to make time for yesterday's keynote by Google [x] "Captain of Moonshots" +Astro Teller. If you were around the festival yesterday, I hope you did too. Here's my recap for +Yahoo Tech.  
AUSTIN—Google’s first “Project Loon” wireless internet balloons were designed to explode. Astro Teller, the “Captain of Moonshots” at the five-year-old Google [x] research project, shared those tidbits during an hour-long “Moonshots and Reality” SXSW keynote that focused on the “bumps and scrapes” that those high-risk, high-reward projects endured, and what they taught the engineers involved. The only way to defeat that impulse is to get your p...
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AUSTIN–I’ve been here since Friday afternoon for SXSW. Total number of tacos consumed to date in my fourth trip to this festival: seven. 3/9/2015: Apple Watch, WTOP I shared a few thoughts about the promise and risks of this smartwatch on the day of its…
AUSTIN--I've been here since Friday afternoon for SXSW. Total number of tacos consumed to date in my fourth trip to this festival: seven. 3/9/2015: Apple Watch, WTOP I shared a few thoughts about t...
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I gave myself an extra day to explore Mobile World Congress, yet I still ended this year’s pilgrimage to Barcelona wishing I’d had more time to check out all the gadgets/services/apps on display. It appears I need to work on my MWC clock management. But I…
I gave myself an extra day to explore Mobile World Congress, yet I still ended this year's pilgrimage to Barcelona wishing I'd had more time to check out all the gadgets/services/apps on display. I...
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Oh well.  Next year.

Saw a bunch of skiers on the W&OD Friday.  By Saturday it was too melted.  Yesterday it was rideable from Falls Church to Shirlington.
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BARCELONA–I’m here for my third Mobile World Congress. My major discovery so far this time around: I should have flown out Friday evening, so that I could get the falling-asleep-on-the-train phase of jet lag out of the way before the wireless show’s press…
BARCELONA--I'm here for my third Mobile World Congress. My major discovery so far this time around: I should have flown out Friday evening, so that I could get the falling-asleep-on-the-train phase...
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In its Superfish scheme, Lenovo apparently couldn't be bothered to learn from other attempts to ad-monetize products and services that already have paying customers. But on the off chance other companies would like to educate themselves, I wrote a recap for +Yahoo Tech of how Lenovo (and Verizon Wireless and AT&T) went astray trying to turn customers into ad demographics.
About the nicest thing you can say about Lenovo shipping some of its computers with Superfish adware that fatally compromised its online security is this: It wasn’t the first. And it won't be the last. Here's a look at how other companies have tried to goose their revenues by selling customer behavior data on products that customers had already paid for.
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What if privacy is becoming a luxury good?
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I spent my last two days and change at SXSW without a working power adapter for my MacBook Air, and remaining productive on my laptop was far easier than I could have imagined. The insulation around the cable on my 2012 model’s MagSafe 2 charger had…
I spent my last two days and change at SXSW without a working power adapter for my MacBook Air, and remaining productive on my laptop was far easier than I could have imagined. The insulation aroun...
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The most interesting demo in the Google Fiber SXSW space here has more in common with feathers than fiber. Trying out Birdly was one of the more amusing things I've done for +Yahoo Tech. 
I look at the Transamerica Pyramid before me, gaze down at the streets of San Francisco some 800 feet below, and start flapping my arms. Because I am a bird.
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Weekends are a slow time around here, but not last weekend. Credit for that goes to the switch back to Daylight Savings Time… and a post I dashed off on my iPad in a fit of nerd rage last summer that I haven’t tried to promote since. That rant about the…
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BARCELONA–I did something weird when I got off the plane in Brussels Sunday morning after a horrendously-delayed flight out of Dulles: I took the phone out of airplane mode. My usual routine on a trip to Europe has been to limp along on WiFi until I can…
BARCELONA--I did something weird when I got off the plane in Brussels Sunday morning after a horrendously-delayed flight out of Dulles: I took the phone out of airplane mode. My usual routine on a ...
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For the first time since last summer, I’m about to depart for a trip without including a smartwatch and its charger in my luggage: I returned the Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live I’ve been trying out to Google PR on Wednesday. (I took advantage of having to…
For the first time since last summer, I'm about to depart for a trip without including a smartwatch and its charger in my luggage: I returned the Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live I've been trying out...
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I suppose I should be watching the Oscars now–but first there was dinner, cleaning up and then this little routine. For what it’s worth, I’ve watched a surprisingly high number of this year’s nominees given my father-of-a-toddler status. But aside from…
I suppose I should be watching the Oscars now--but first there was dinner, cleaning up and then this little routine. For what it's worth, I've watched a surprisingly high number of this year's nomi...
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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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