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Julio Ojeda-Zapata
Works at The St. Paul Pioneer Press
Attended Colegio Espíritu Santo in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico; St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lives in St. Paul, MN
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Decades after the old man went there, my son visited St. John's University with doubts about whether it was the right fit. he came away impressed.
He has been accepted there but hasn't yet decided to enroll. St. John's is on his short list, though. His Johnnie dad is happy about that.
Thirty-six years ago this winter, a Catholic young man living in San Juan, P.R., took a leap of faith and — sight unseen — chose a secluded, wooded Benedictine campus in a faraway land called “Minnesota” as his home for the following four years. It was…Read more ›
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I love to read and I've lately been disgusted with myself for not doing more of it.
I'm talking about reading books, specifically, and I've been feeling tortured about the backlog of unread volumes in my bookcases.
So, this year, I vowed to get caught up. What's more, I set a goal for myself of reading 200 books this year.
I love to read and I’ve lately been disgusted with myself for not doing more of it. I’m talking about reading books, specifically, and I’ve been feeling tortured about the backlog of unread volumes in my bookcases. So, this year, I…Read more ›
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Decent update to Inbox by Gmail, the alternate Gmail interface I've been using more and more.
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I agree: It's crazy that Google hasn't updated its mobile productivity apps for the iPad Pro.
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As a palm tree-adoring Puerto Rican, I never thought I would say this...but St. Paul is home.
As a palm tree-worshipping Puerto Rican, I am not crazy about Minnesota winters … but this bitter season does sometimes trigger fond memories. It was during a deep-freeze January that my wife, son and I moved into our current home, which turned out to be one of…Read more ›
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If you, like me, were a child geek in the '60s and '70s, I will wager you read some of these.
Book day was perhaps my happiest time in grade school, when I was so awkward and shy I was all but unable to make friends. Books were my buddies. On book day, boxfuls of Scholastic Corporation volumes arrived to much…Read more ›
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A somewhat tardy tip of the hat to Turkish Airlines for making the best Super Bowl ads, IMHO.
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From my tech blog: My Instagram use has ramped up, so I turbo-charged my picture-posting hardware and software setup.
How I turbo-charged my Instagram. Capture. I'm addicted to Instagram, the popular photo-focused social network, but the service is frustrating in some ways. There's no desktop-posting option, for one thing. I'd love to upload photos via a Macintosh or Windows PC, but that's not an option, ...
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The Pioneer Press' new site looks awesome, but I'm excited about it because it's powered by WordPress, just like my personal and work blogs.
Pioneer Press has a brand-new site. Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 4.47.20 PM If you haven't visited the Pioneer Press website in a while — perhaps out of frustration with its glitchiness, glaring incompatibility with mobile devices, and so on — you might want to take another look.
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Husbands, stop everything and bookmark two blogs that are essential reading.
I've been reading one of these, The Good Men Project, for a while:  
My wife just turned me on to the other one, Must Be This Tall To Ride.
It's funny ... and it just might avert your divorce.
I'm a single dad documenting his journey. A guy trying to walk a higher path. And messing up. A lot.
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I agree: It's insane that Apple hasn't updated its mobile productivity apps for the iPad Pro.
There's every indication a new 4-inch iPhone is coming, but what will it be called?
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Wow, there's a lot of me in this post. I agonize a lot about stuff, and overthink things.
Outgoing people with anxious minds – or minds that overthink – tend to feel anxiety the most intensely, often because we don’t talk about it. And by “often” I mean never. Our anxiety is a contrast …
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Tech writer. Nerd. Boricua. Cover picture by Steve Borsch.

I’ve had a lifelong fascination with technology, and I’ve been a journalist all my life — starting with my cute little articles for my grade-school newspaper, “La Flama,” in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

So, in a way, I’m one of the luckiest persons alive: I work as a technology journalist.

Today, I cover consumer technology for for, a MediaNews Group and Digital First Media property, and its St. Paul Pioneer Press dead-tree counterpart.

I report on a wide range of tech topics, post often to my tech blog, and slap together tech videos from time to time (when I’m not in one).

I also write books on occasion.

My third, recently released book, The Mobile Writer, is aimed at those who want to be productive on mobile devices (such as iPads and Android tablets) but don’t know how to get started. The book is a tech-gear and how-to guide for those wanting to get real writing done on ultraportable computing gadgets, but confused about their many hardware and software options.

Buy The Mobile Writer  here.

I’m also the author of iPad Means Business and Twitter Means Business. A fourth, coffee-themed book is in the planning stages.

I’m active on TwitterGoogle+ and Facebook, among other social networks.

I make frequent appearances on local and national TV-news broadcasts, radio programs and technology podcasts. This blog has archived video or audio of most such media appearances.

I speak with some regularity about journalism, technology and social media (and how the three intersect). A number of such engagements are archived here in video or audio form.

I’m a nerd (in the sci-fi-fanatic and tech-enthusiast senses of the word). I love to merengue, make sushi and brew that perfect cup of café (watch me rave about my favorite coffeemaker).

A native of Quito, Ecuador, I spent most of my childhood in San Juan and wear the “boricua” badge with pride.

I live with my wife and son in St. Paul, Minn., where I sometimes grumble about the non-tropical climate but love to strap on a snowboard.

  • Colegio Espíritu Santo in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico; St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Tata (what my wife and son call me), Bombi (high-school nickname), Julio (pronounced "JULE-ee-oh" instead of the usual "HOO-lee-oh; nickname on my mother's side of the family), July (nickname on my father's side of the family)
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Food: Poor - FairDecor: GoodService: Poor - Fair
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