Column

I have been writing a column about the web, internet culture, and personal technology for the Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest daily newspaper, since 1995. It is the longest-running daily newspaper column about the online world and the way it’s influencing our lives, from friendship to reading—and beyond. The column has often appeared in other newspapers, including The San Diego Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Birmingham News, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Seattle Times, and many others.

The column appears online at NJ.com.

2014

Backing up a computer is easier than ever: Just do it, March 14, 2014

Beyond the 4-by-6: Photo printing, from mosaic posters to mini-stickers, March 7, 2014

Computers 101: What really matters when buying a new computer, February 24, 2014

Inexpensive apps let you retouch your photos, February 14, 2014

Facebook’s new app, for people tired of Facebook, February 7, 2014

For millions, the Super Bowl action will be on Twitter, January 31, 2014

The weirdest company ever? It’s Google, January 24, 2014

The Windows 8 debacle and the coming ‘XPocalypse,’ January 17, 2014

The future of tech? Examine the startup acquisitions, January 10, 2014

8 substitutes for the tech manual you didn’t get with your gadget, January 3, 2014

2013

A top 10 of technology from 2013, December 27, 2013

Internet critics foresee a world of screen-crazed automatons, December 20, 2013

Beyond the slideshow: online tools for creating photographic montages and narratives, December 13, 2013

Smartcameras, mirrorless compacts, and other options for camera buyers, December 6, 2013

6-second stop-motion clips go viral with the Vine app, November 22, 2013

Under-the-radar apps worth using, from backups to personal finance, November 15, 2013

For tweens, Instagram may be the gateway to Facebook, November 8, 2013

Password managers aren’t always simple, but they are secure, November 1, 2013

8 internet perils highlighted by The Circle, October 25, 2013

Like it or not, your face will appear in online ads, October 18, 2013

Apps inspired by Uber aim to simplify tasks, October 11, 2013

Stand out in the in-box: tips for email subject lines, October 4, 2013

Expect “interface overload” with frequent updates to phones and tablets, September 27, 2013

Home automation is coming to your house via the “internet of things,” September 20, 2013

Whisper app lets you share secrets, September 13, 2013

Teaching your kids the lost art of using reference books, September 6, 2013

Subscription shopping, from black beans to bizarre socks, August 16, 2013

Google wants your brain, August 9, 2013 [PDF version]

Track your online presence with these analytics tools, August 2, 2013

Should a self-published book be your next business card?, July 26, 2013

What’s the right age (and the rules) for kids and email, July 19, 2013

Personal archiving for the online era, July 12, 2013

Foodies thrive in the online world, July 5, 2013

Cloud computing is convenient — and confusing, June 28, 2013

Action movie effects with your phone camera, June 21, 2013

Productivity and the distractions of email, June 14, 2013

Useful concepts (and jargon) from the world of startups, June 7, 2013

Deciding what you should use (Twitter? website?) for your online presence, May 31, 2013

Rugged cameras, hard drives, and other gadgets, May 24, 2013

Why I like to pay: Don’t rush to grab those free apps and other freebies, May 17, 2013

The ingredients of a great profile pic, May 10, 2013 [PDF version]

Google Glass and etiquette, May 3, 2013

How to build a media empire with Flipboard and other online tools, April 26, 2013

Use your phone to relax (really), with meditation apps, April 19, 2013

Is it possible to use apps as a substitute for your monthly mobile phone plan?, April 5, 2013

Angry Birds: Cartoons today, then theme parks and movies tomorrow, March 28, 2013

Skype, Tumblr, and other tools to stay in touch with a faraway friend/relative, March 22, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Camera and apps on cameras, March 15, 2013

New wave of wireless stereos, March 8, 2013

This may be the year of the wearable computer and Google Glass, March 1, 2013

Making movies with your phone, February 22, 2013

Smartwatches and an Apple iWatch, February 15, 2013

The phenomenon of Apple fandom, February 8, 2013

Micro-communication and micro-style, February 1, 2013

Snapchat and a new era of photo sharing, January 25, 2013

Using a smartphone instead of a PC, January 18, 2013

Standing desks are all the rage, January 11, 2013

2012

My wish list for the technology of 2013, December 28, 2012

Toy companies lure kids with digital add-ons to traditional toys, December 21, 2012

Subcompact publishing and a new era for magazines, December 14, 2012

The end of the handwritten thank-you note, December 7, 2012

An alternative to internet-connected devices for kids’ tech gifts, November 30, 2012

Printing books to preserve memories, November 23, 2012

Confusion (and lots of choices) for computer buyers, November 16, 2012

Smartphones and social media during Hurricane Sandy, November 9, 2012

Hurricane Sandy and the fear of digital isolation, November 2, 2012

The crazy mess of Facebook’s account controls, October 26, 2012

Amazon, Netflix, and the new producers of TV, October 19, 2012

How to stop annoying Facebook notifications and other Facebook tips, October 12, 2012

Happiness (and positive psychology), via the smartphone, October 5, 2012

My kids’ tutor is an iPad, and they don’t even know it, September 28, 2012

Social television will transform how we watch TV, September 21, 2012

Learning a computer language with Codecademy, September 14, 2012

Spots for (legitimate) free music, images, e-books, and more, August 24, 2012

The Curator’s Code and giving credit for links, August 17, 2012

Apple buys Tumblr, Evernote buys Day One, and other fanciful acquisitions, August 10, 2012

Is Facebook headed for the has-been file alongside AOL, August 3, 2012

Will smartphones replace cash and credit cards?, July 27, 2012

You don’t need to appify every part of your life, July 20, 2012

The fascinating world of legal blogs, July 13, 2012

Balancing the books with web-based accounting tools, July 6, 2012

Do-it-yourself tools for creating mobile apps, June 29, 2012

Today’s challenge: whether to get in touch by email, text, Facebook, or another tool, June 22, 2012

Animated GIFs and nostalgia for recent digital technologies, June 15, 2012

BookExpo America, BlogWorld, and the meeting of books and blogs, June 8, 2012

Delicious, Pinboard, and a cautionary tale about Internet acquisitions, June 1, 2012

Socialcam, Viddy, and other video-sharing apps, May 25, 2012

Why big-company websites often fail us, May 18, 2012

Digital apps the future of Moleskine notebooks, May 11, 2012

“Social reading” and how it’s trying to reinvent the reading experience, May 4, 2012

Flipboard, Google Currents, and other apps to reinvent the reading experience, April 27, 2012

Pair and other micro-social networks, April 20, 2012

Acquired startups may soon disappear or fade from view, April 13, 2012

Accessories for our mobile devices, from pillows to blood-pressure monitors, March 30, 2012

Apps a new “board” for games like Monopoly and Life, March 23, 2012

Compared to smartphones, single-use gadgets look ancient, March 16, 2012

Dropbox more than a convenience: cloud storage service a sign of the times, March 9, 2012

Pinning your photos with Pinterest, March 2, 2012

Please, don’t give your 8-year-old an iPod touch, Feb. 24, 2012 [PDF version]

Rooting for the underdog—Microsoft, Feb. 17, 2012

Evaluating the Facebook Timeline, Feb. 10, 2012

Specialized writing tools, like Day One, for screenplays, journals, and more, Feb. 3, 2012

“Smart cameras” with apps may be the future of photography, Jan. 27, 2012

A tale of an Apple failure, so far: iCloud, Jan 20, 2012

Watching television shouldn’t be such a challenge, or require so many remotes, Jan. 13, 2012

20 tech battles to watch in 2012, Jan. 6, 2012

2011

Rounding up interesting predictions for 2012, Dec. 30, 2011

Are “smart” tools, autocorrect, and other “smart” technologies making us stupid?, Dec. 23, 2011

The Amazing Typewriter and other apps/tools summoning technologies of the past, Dec. 16, 2011

Are customers getting lost in Google’s rush to bring out services and tools?, Dec. 9, 2011

Kickstarter helps creative types fund their ideas, Dec. 2, 2011

Time-saving tools for the holidays, from comparison shopping to e-cards, Nov. 25, 2011

Kindle Fire offers great tablet computing for the masses, Nov. 18, 2011 [PDF version]

Time to retire the term “vanity press” as self-publishing hits the mainstream, Nov. 11, 2011

Gestures, voice commands, and a revolution in interfaces, Nov. 4, 2011

Other companies edging into Apple’s terrain, Oct. 28, 2011

You can create videos with tools like Animoto and iMovie trailers, Oct. 21, 2011

A Google store could be coming to a mall near you, Oct. 14, 2011

Steve Jobs: hero on the level of Springsteen, Oct. 7, 2011

Playing music with apps rather than instruments, Sept. 30, 2011

Yelp can learn a thing or two from Zagat guides (now owned by Google), Sept. 23, 2011

“Smart technologies” getting better, from face recognition to autocomplete, Sept. 16, 2011

The “filter bubble,” Hurricane Irene, and missing the “big picture” in the news, Sept. 9, 2011

Mobile phone cameras come in handy for everything from grocery shopping to web searches, Aug. 26, 2011

Rethinking (and streamlining) word-processing tools, with simplicity, Aug. 19, 2011

Quitting email: Noble experiment, but not a real solution, Aug. 12, 2011

Is Google+ just another step in conversation (and social networking) overload?, Aug. 5, 2011

Preserve your digital photos for posterity (and avoid losing them), July 29, 2011

YouTube is now a terrific resource for video tutorials, July 22, 2011

The self-tracking movement, with gizmos like Fitbit, July 15, 2011

Using Zapd to build a website in 60 seconds, July 8, 2011

Guess what? Google isn’t the only way to search the web, July 1, 2011

Expect smartphone apps right in your car’s dashboard, June 24, 2011

Apple, iCloud, and the shortcomings of cloud computing, June 17, 2011

Internet history is vanishing into thin air, June 10, 2011

Going on a trip? Don’t leave home without a smartphone, June 3, 2011

Reinventing the book, one uncertain step at a time, May 27, 2011

Why I never wrote a column with the headline “100 reasons why I don’t have a blog,” May 20, 2011

Creativity and innovation at startup accelerators and incubators, May 13, 2011

Group messaging with Beluga, GroupMe, and others, May 6, 2011

Building an app with Podio, April 29, 2011

Storify and the art of the tweet, April 22, 2011

All about gadget lust, April 15, 2011 [PDF version]

Facebook is a must-have for marketing, April 8, 2011

Bevy of online profiles can be tough to manage, April 1, 2011

Gaming isn’t just for gamers on the Internet, March 25, 2011

First on to-do list: respect low-tech to-do lists, March 18, 2011

Quora vies for hot new startup status, March 11, 2011

Revolution and reliability collide in Libya, March 4, 2011

App issue? Drop a line to the developer, February 25, 2011

Discover your inner auteur, February 18, 2011

Remote controls out of control, February 11, 2011

Online photos have owners, too, February 4, 2011

New devices require new backups, January 28, 2011

YouTube is much more than viral video, January 21, 2011

Free online tools a boon to startups, January 14, 2011

Tips to go paperless, January 7, 2011

2010

2010 was the year we learned what personal computing should really be like, December 31, 2010

Quick ways to donate your money, from SMS to Facebook apps, December 24, 2010

Flipboard and other apps let friends choose the news for you, December 17, 2010

Why I love Tumblr for blogging, December 10, 2010

New alternatives for holiday greeting cards, December 3, 2010

Smartphone apps bring holiday savings, November 25, 2010

For better or worse, you’ve still got mail, November 19, 2010

Why buy when you can “mesh”: ownership vs. sharing?, November 12, 2010

Social networking is not an unvarnished evil, November 5, 2010

iPad, netbooks, and other devices make computer-buying decisions harder, October 29, 2010

On Facebook, privacy is Mission Impossible, October 22, 2010

Before you try to publish, know the ABCs of e-books, October 15, 2010

QR codes bring ‘quick response’ links using smartphone barcode apps, October 8, 2010

Trouble with iPad is having just one, October 1, 2010

Designer duds for gadgets show your style, September 24, 2010

Convergence is here—really, September 17, 2010

Internet TV may have a place in your home, September 10, 2010

Reading is getting too complicated (and distracting), August 27, 2010

Research that won’t leave you Google-eyed, August 20, 2010

Singing a new tune on web music services, August 13, 2010

If the internet controls your brain, take a break, August 6, 2010

Quick advice for creating your own iPhone app, July 30, 2010

Photo booth strips, stickers, and other interesting ways to print photos, July 23, 2010

Google on the brain, July 17, 2010

9 gripes (and 3 fixes) for web site problems, July 8, 2010

Spreadsheets go beyond number-crunching, July 1, 2010

Are your kids ready for tech gadgets?, June 24, 2010

Eventbrite, SignUpGenius.com, Sched, and other tools for event planning, June 17, 2010

Internet Week NY, with the city as the center of tech culture, June 10, 2010

Advances in technology, but often a decline in the quality of phone calls, video, and sound, June 3, 2010

What’s a book, what’s an author, and other up-for-grab questions in publishing, May 27, 2010

The wallet-less future and using your phone for cash, May 20, 2010

Digital sensors and the internet of things, May 13, 2010

Easy blogging tools, May 6, 2010

Going geek when you go outdoors, April 23, 2010

Video chatting is going mainstream, April 15, 2010

The iPad is a great device, but still a work in progress, April 7, 2010

Test-driving the iPad, April 3, 2010

Why you should buy a cheap computer, April 1, 2010

An iPhone camera addict is born, March 26, 2010

Journalism’s new story, March 19, 2010

The litl offers something new in family computers, March 4, 2010

The long view on URL shorteners, Feb. 25, 2010

Searching for the real Google, Feb. 18, 2010

Digital world extends books’ shelf life, Feb. 11, 2010

Apple iPad mania will grow as release nears, Feb. 4, 2010

Apple iPad is an iOpener, Jan. 28, 2010 [PDF version]

Finding the key to free old files, Jan. 21, 2010

Lost in the Twitterverse? Here are a few guides, Jan. 14, 2010

Apple tablet rumors garner anticipation, Jan. 7, 2010

2009

Predictions and wishes for the new year, Dec. 31, 2009

Last-minute gifts are just a click away, Dec. 24, 2009

New phones could send computers to the trash, Dec. 17, 2009

An augmented reality: Shop until your phone drops, Dec. 10, 2009

Even with cloud computing, it’s important to back up your data, Dec. 3, 2009

The world of web startups—an alternate reality, Nov. 28, 2009

Web 2.0 Expo and “The Power of Less,” November 19, 2009

Publishing free e-books as marketing or promotional tools, November 12, 2009

Distracted living: You know it when you see it, November 5, 2009

What is an e-book, and how do you read one?, October 29, 2009

Social networking beyond Facebook and Twitter, October 22, 2009

The latest tech industry battle: Facebook vs. Twitter, October 15, 2009

Location-based and GPS tech for phones (via Yelp, Loopt, and other apps), October 8, 2009

The rise of crowdsourcing, October 1, 2009

Mega-zooms, HD video, and other advances in digital cameras, Sept. 24, 2009

Some web diversions, like Twistori and Wordle, can be productive, Sept. 17, 2009

Lean startups + startup incubators = lots of startups, Sept. 10, 2009

Apple rumors roundup, Sept. 3, 2009

Learning via YouTube video tutorials, Aug. 27, 2009

Using Twitter without tweeting, Aug. 20, 2009

Usability testing to improve websites, Aug. 13, 2009

Surfing the web for inspiration, Aug. 6, 2009

7 tips for making the most of LinkedIn, July 30, 2009

The end of the business card and what might replace it, July 16, 2009

Posterous, drop.io, and other very (very!) simple websites, July 9, 2009

Forms, simplicity, and other reasons I’ve come to rely on Google Docs, July 2, 2009

Anyvite and other competitors to Evite for e-invitations, June 25, 2009

The ups and downs of the lifestreaming trend, June 18, 2009

Aviary, Snipshot, and other web-based photo editors, June 11, 2009

The book industry embraces technology at BookExpo America, May 28, 2009

Customer-relationship management (CRM) software, like BatchBook and Highrise, May 21, 2009

Frugality blogs, May 14, 2009

Box.net, Dropbox, and drop.io and cloud computing storage, May 7, 2009

Facebook Connect and a universal log-in for the web, April 30, 2009

Shazam, Songza, and other services for discovering new music, April 23, 2009

The term API actually means something, and it matters, April 16, 2009

An hour-long crash course in learning Twitter, April 9, 2009

Options for monetizing a website, April 2, 2009

Google Voice, GrandCentral, and reinventing phone service, March 26, 2009

Using video tutorials to learn how to use software, March 19, 2009

Managing your money with Mint, Wesabe, and other financial tools, March 12, 2009

My wife’s hard drive woes—and the need to have a backup plan, March 3, 2009

AOL and its niche websites, Feb. 24, 2009

Art being created with the small screen and touch interface of the iPhone, Feb. 17, 2009

Sophisticated and powerful tools for email lists and e-newsletters, Feb. 10, 2009

Facebook is changing the face of friendship, Feb. 3, 2009

Twitter is spawning a fun and wild mix of offshoots and services, Jan. 27, 2009

This will be the year Microsoft becomes irrelevant (sort of), Jan. 21, 2009

The e-reading and e-books experience, with “Call of the Wild” and an iPhone, Jan. 13, 2009

Seven startups to watch in 2009, from Animoto to Yammer, Jan. 7, 2009

2008 (and even earlier)

I don’t have links to columns from earlier than 2008, but I do have a somewhat “raw” list of those columns: Star-Ledgers columns (2008 and earlier).

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