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Always in My Pocket

I’ve carried a pocketknife since the 1980’s. I wasn’t like most people, who pick up the habit from their dad or grandfather. I think (based on no real data) that carrying a knife is more prevalent if you grew up in a mechanically-oriented family, especially from the US South or Midwest. So for a boy from California, […]

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Tom Back in 1999, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, Dori decidedly to create this newfangled thing called a “blog.” Frankly, I was skeptical. “So you write stuff you want, on any subject at all, and random people come and read it?” “Yeah, that’s the way it works,” she replied. That didn’t sound quite right, but […]

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I bought this T-shirt recently from Thinkgeek. It’s an homage to the original Macintosh television ad, aired during the 1984 SuperBowl, which I of course was watching live (I didn’t yet have a DVR, due to their not-yet-invention). The ad was directed by Ridley Scott, who had previously directed tiny art films like Alien and Blade Runner. I […]

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My little Apple PR story

On the occasion of Apple PR VP of Communication, Katie Cotton, announcing her retirement from Apple, many commentators are recounting some of their experiences with Apple PR, which could often have the opposite effect of what a journalist expects. When I speak to a PR rep from most other tech companies, I usually end up […]

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Yesterday around dinnertime, there was a knock at my door. It was one of the neighbor ladies, and she was holding a clipboard. “Hi,” she said. “I’m circulating a petition for a ballot proposition for the City of Healdsburg.” “OK,” says I. “What’s it about?” “It would put water fluoridation in the City up for […]

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Normally I don’t claim to be an Internet graybeard, because I tend to hang in circles where there are many people who have been doing this online stuff even longer than me. Still, I’ve been using online communications since the days of 1200 baud modems, which is way longer than most people I run into. […]

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I spent yesterday at a Microsoft Dev Camp in San Francisco with sessions taught by Microsoft evangelists. The camp’s focus was on Windows 8 for HTML5 and JavaScript developers—in particular, creating applications using technologies these developers already knew and selling them in the Microsoft store. Those who’ve been around awhile might remember that this is […]

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Get ready for Mountain Lion with my new ebook!

I’m pleased to announce availability of my latest ebook, “10 Things To Do Before Upgrading to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion,” from Peachpit Press. It’s a short ebook that I wrote last week, and it’s only $2! At the moment, it is only available from the iBookstore, but I hope to soon add links to […]

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