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What I Do


Last updated Sunday, May 4, 2008

Other Writing

This page describes the writing I did from 1995 until about 2004.

PC World

Beating the Wi-Fi Blues (Apr. 04)

O'Reilly Networks

Muscle Up Your Mac FTP (3/4/05)
How to Record a Podcast (1/25/05)
Building a mailing list in LAMP + sendmail (7/1/04)
Squeezing NAT out of Panther (10/25/03)
Back to the future: new Wi-Fi bridges use 1999 standard (8/28/03)
It doesn't pay to be popular (5/30/03)
Hot Spots start to get real (3/6/03)
WAP11 and WET11 for bridging wireless networks (9/11/02)
Convivial Area Networking brings a shipload of smarties together (6/7/02)
Adobe's open source embrace (5/31/02)
Sorting out the latest wireless alphabet soup (4/5/02)
Review of 3Com's unique wireless workgroup bridge (2/1/02)
Small towns on the Maine coast get broadband wirelessly over miles and miles (10/12/01)
Bridging wired networks with Linksys 802.11b wireless access points (8/24/01)
Cornucopia of wireless specs threatens 802.11b stability (6/8/01)

Original Business 2.0

I was a regular columnist for Business 2.0 during its heyday. It was eventually sold to Time-Warner, which took the name but only a couple of the staff to rename its own eCompany Now. The new Business 2.0 is one of the few Internet publications that weathered the storm and has found a new reporting niche. (The links below may or may not work: you may have to pay for access.)

Site search engines don't think like people search (Sep. 00)
Yahoo's Business Express service worth the money (Aug. 00)
No Logo book review (June 00)
Why search engines ignore sites with ugly URLs (June 00)
Using Customers Email as Their Account Names (Jan. 00)
Death of comparison shopping (Oct. 99)
Well, ExSKUse me: organizing hierarchical information (Sept. 99)


802.11 Planet: Mike Daisey was working wirelelessly at a Starbucks near the WTC when the world collapsed (10/10/01)

Seattle Weekly: The Revolution Will Be Wireless (and Free) (7/19/01)
Seattle Weekly: Starbucks Soft Launches Wireless Network (5/31/01)


NetBITS tried to bring some sense to the background radiation of new technology and deveopments on the Internet by explaining basic principles and answering questions from readers. NetBITS ran from October 1997 to February 1998. I served as editor in chief and wrote a number of articles.

Web Developer

It's a fast-paced world: in September 1995, I received a press release from Mecklermedia announcing a new publication for web programmers called Web Developer. I sent e-mail to the press contact asking how I could get in touch with the editor, David Fiedler; David e-mailed me within a day asking for clips; I sent him URLs for articles I'd written. Within two days of my original e-mail, I was a contributing editor and columnist. Within two months, the first issue appeared.

Within two years, the print magazine was stopped, but the Web site still produces fresh content daily as an important part of, Mecklermedia's content empire. David Fiedler writes the very entertaining Refresh Daily column which is, of course, refreshed weekly.


A tongue-in-check e-mail to then-editor-in-chief Stewart Alsop about his misunderstanding of how AOL's TCP connector worked resulted in a nice response and a feature article assignment -- his form of revenge, I suppose. I wrote one of InfoWorld's first pieces focused on the Internet, about pricing service from ISPs in several major cities and the features one should look for in price-comparing.

I wrote a few pieces again for InfoWorld in 2002 and 2003 about wireless networking, and was listed for a couple of years as a contributing writer--although I only contributed a few pieces. The news editor moved to Australia, and they moved more to in-house wire service reporting.

Other Magazines

I started contributing brief items to Fortune magazine's Personal Technology section in Feb. 2001, edited by my friend and colleague Peter H. Lewis. I covered Microsoft's Windows XP (next-generation consumer operating system) public announcement. I managed to work in a few nifty bon mots, I think, including quoting Mandy Patinkin in The Princess Bride. The May 2001 issue contained a piece on personal firewalls. Unfortunately, Fortune, like all business magazines suffered a drop in advertising, and hence freelance writing.

I filed five stories for Wired magazine between December 2000 and spring 2001, but three of them are Infoporn (graphic stats) articles which don't appear online! Drat. And in this day and age. I also wrote one of the pieces for "Gigatrends" issue, which tracked innovations that may happen by making reasonable, attributable extrapolations of today's technology. Mine was on personal and one-of-a-kind manufacture, which uses machines that deposit, cut, or otherwise layer materials to create three-dimensional objects from computer files. My Wired infographics were on Web bugs, surveillance and interception, and radio spectrum reallocation. Wired also went through downsizing of editorial staff and a reduction in ad revenue, as well as hiring a new editor in chief, all of which led to no repeat performance there to date.

My only piece for Time Inc.'s eCompany Now appeared in the December 2000 issue about The Cartoon Bank, a division of The New Yorker, which handles cartoon licensing rights and reprints of art for the publication. It's a powerhouse of revenue, generating a profit and putting money into its artists pockets. eCompany Now changed its name to Business 2.0 (see "original Business 2.0," above).

I was a contributing editor, columnist, and occasional feature writer for Adobe Magazine for several years until its demise in 2000. Read any column or article from oldest to newest in PDF form.

I've also written for On Magazine (deceased).