Columns from 1998 to 2008

This is pretty much my own list of the Star-Ledger columns I wrote from 1998 through 2008. (I started writing the column in 1995, and I’m still at it.) I’d had this list as a Word document on my computer, but I figured I might as well share it. It is somewhat raw and unfiltered. And sorry, but this doesn’t have links to columns.

2008

12/30: Essential and useful tools for collaborating with colleagues

12/23: Primer on making the most of digital photography (photo books, slideshows, etc.)

12/16: Companies, nonprofits, etc., using online video

12/9: Deal blogs and comparison shopping

12/2: Overview of options for building a website (or having others build one for you)

11/25: Hire others to do your work with DoMyStuff.com, oDesk, etc.

11/18: Kyte and other tools for broadcasting video from a cellphone

11/11: Family time, screen time, and Pew research

11/4: Websites to watch on Election Day

10/28: Quick ways to build mobile websites, as with Kyte.tv

10/21: Printers, phones, and other devices that should be easier to use

10/14: ScanMyPhotos and other ideas for digitizing snapshots

10/7: Niche social networks, like Birdpost

9/30: Facebook marketing ideas

9/16: Making a movie, with iMovie, in a couple of hours

9/9: Online sharing, with digg, delicious, etc.

9/2: Evernote

8/26: How Twitter can be useful

8/19: Interesting companies from LaunchBox Digital

8/12: OpenID, Facebook Connect, and the future of passwords

7/29: Niche shopping spots

7/22: Apple’s iPhone 2.0 software

7/15: Interesting uses for USB

7/8: Social travel sites

7/1: Atlantic essay, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”

6/23: File format woes and documents becoming inaccessible

6/17: Adobe Air and other “cloud computing” services

6/10: Apple’s iPhone 3G

6/3: Email add-ons, like Xobni

5/27: Social networks for mobile phones

5/20: The web’s online design resources

5/13: Offbeat guides to New York City

5/6: Maybe there should be a moratorium on new software

4/29: Microblogging

4/15: Ideas for disconnecting and avoiding information overload

4/8: Content management systems

4/1: Predictions for apps with iPhone 2.0

3/25: Artists and writers who have found a following online

3/18: Personal outsourcing

3/11: Niche virtual worlds, like vSide

3/4: Google and user-generated map info

2/26: RockYou, Slide, and slide shows

2/19: Video hubs for hotels

2/12: You don’t need your TV

2/5: The switch to the Mac is easier now

1/22: Facebook applications (some love them, other don’t)

1/15: Zunafish and other web trading spots

1/8: End of DRM

1/1: 10 startups from 2007

2007

12/25: Interface overload

12/18: E-books, the Kindle, and e-book readers

12/11: Short films, like with iTunes

12/3: Add a website to your holiday card

11/27: iPhone jealousy

11/20: Texting websites

11/13: Spots for foodies, like foodblogs and recipe searches

11/6: Updating your online status, with Twitter, etc.

10/28: Easy website building, with Pagii and Weebly

10/21: PowerPoint alternatives

10/14: Niche cameras

10/7: People-powered search, like ChaCha and Askville.com

9/3o: Get your kid to teach you Facebook and social networking

9/23: Converting all your movies, photos, and record albums to a digital format

9/16: Web jargon, like trackback and permalink

9/9: FuzzWich, Aniboom, and simple, DIY animated shorts

9/2: ZoomInfo, PeekYou, and other people search and profile spots

8/26: Blogs as conversation spots, via comments

8/19: Geni

8/12: Weight loss sites

8/5: Predictions for Apple:

7/29: PAYjr, Minti, and teaches kids about money and finances

7/22: Houseblogs and DIY home project blogs

7/15: Disconnect between Web 2.0 and today’s OSes

7/8: Online t-shirt companies

7/1: iPhone reviews

6/29: Where to look for iPhone coverage

6/26: Ten startups to watch

6/24: Pre-release iPhone accessories

6/17: “The Sopranos” finale

6/10: Online maps

6/3: On-demand publishing

5/27: Online video instruction

5/20: Scrapbooking and Scrapblog

5/13: 15 rules for email

5/6: Discovering art online

4/29: Kids should avoid computers

4/22: Shareware getting ignored

4/15: Hoaxes everywhere

4/8: Firefox add-ons

4/1: Web 2.0 homepages, like Netvibes

3/25: iPhone frenzy

3/18: Web 2.0 music sites, like Pandora and iLike

3/11: Answering questions about Web-based software

3/4: Web 2.0 roundup

2/25: Parenting blogs

2/18: Opening a store, like with CafePress

2/11: Resources for newbies

2/4: Google Book Search

1/28: No column

1/21: Digg and reader-rated news

1/14: Stock art and photos

1/10: iPhone

1/7: Wish list for 2007

2006

12-31: No column

12-24: 2006 was the year of video

12-17: iTunes tips

12-10: Machinima

12-3: Podcasts to check out

11-26: Gifts to make with your computer (photo books, etc.)

11-19: PC-connected keyboard and making music with your PC

11-12: Merging of TV and Internet

11-5: Comcast Blast! and super-fast Internet access

10-29: Primer on PDFs

10-22: Digital video beyond YouTube

10-15: GrandCentral

10-8: iPod stereos/speakers

10-1: Online privacy and social networking

9-24: Spam false positives unavoidable (“I am not a spammer”)

9-17: The Flickr phenomenon

9-10: Niche music stores

8-6: Nike+iPod Sport Kit

7-30: Web 2.0 Office competitors

7-23: Data retrieval, for thousands of dollars

7-16: Reasons to use photo organization software

7-9: Quickest ways to build a Web site

7-2: Social bookmarking

6-25: Online tutorials

6-18: Flash memory

6-11: Digital photo accessories

6-4: Info “stranded” on your computer

5-28: Black bear resources

5-21: Browser options and add-ons

5-14: No column

5-7: Offbeat travel spots

4-30: .Mac

4-23: Note-taking software

4-16: Podcasting gets easier, especially with Odeo

4-9: Wait to buy a PC

4-2: “Thomas” phone

3-26: YouTube and video sharing

3-19: Mashups

3-12: Multifunction printers

3-5: Travel recommendations

2-26: iTunes lectures

2-19: Email filters and how to use them

2-12: Original TV-like programming and Amazon “Fishbowl”

2-5: Keep backups on-site and off-site

1-29: Books by bloggers

1-22: Life hacks

1-15: Album art and liner notes for the digital age

1-8: Vigilance (i.e. privacy) when “sharing” online

1-1: Crystal ball for columns I’ll write in 2006

2005

12-25: Top developments of 2005

12-18: Video podcasts and the video iPod

12-11: del.icio.us and organization excesses

12-4: Free, legal music

11-27: Flock browser

11-20: Web 2.0 (Writely, etc.)

11-13: Gmail hacks

11-6: Liveplasma and new interface for information

10-30: Fontifier and handwriting fonts

10-23: Legality of selling or giving away CDs (and keeping digital version)

10-16: 37signals and project management

10-9: $100 laptop

10-2: CEO blogs

10-2: RSS made easier

9-25: Zinio magazine reader

9-18: Giving up my CDs

9-11: Sketchblogs, WetCanvas!, and amateur artists

9-4: No column

8-28: Being your own PC guru

8-21: BroadbandAccess wireless from Verizon

8-14: Non-blockbuster software, like Moneydance

8-7: Mass customization

7-31: Remote-control PC support

7-24: No column

7-17: Projects inspired by the open source movement

7-10: Open source moves beyond geeks (Firefox, etc.)

7-3: Sharing video clips online

6-26: Services/products for “business” on vacations

6-19: Apple OS X 10.4, Spotlight, and search as the new OS

6-12: Web building tools

6-5: Tagging

5-29: Learning to play the piano

5-22: Geeks on Call

5-15: Podcasting

5-11: Upgrading digital cameras (ran on a Wednesday)

5-1: What first-time digital camera owners should expect

4-24: Meetup fees

4-17: Wikis

4-10: Branigan, author of book about high-tech crime

4-3: Apple’s Pages and desktop publishing

3-27: Switching to the Mac isn’t so easy

3-20: MotionBased

3-13: Alienware notebooks PC

3-6: World of Warcraft game

2-27: iPod add-ons

2-20: Giving up Google

2-13: Handhelds waning in popularity

2-6: What’s wrong with Microsoft Word

1-30: “Mouthsounds” and CDs with books

1-23: Macintosh mini

1-16: iSight and videoconferencing

1-9: Subscription music services

1-2: No column

2004

12-26: Missing manuals from software (and what to do about it)

12-19: Exploring the “hidden,” or unexplored, features in your software

12-12: Photo organization

12-5: Blogs abroad

11-28: Photo books

11-21: Upgrade hoax

11-14: WiFi everywhere (DVR, cameras, etc.)

11-7: Film fans and their websites

10-31: Political weblogs will “call” the election

10-24: Advice for backups

10-17: WiFi as a public service (libraries, cities, malls)

10-10: Ideas for scanners

10-3: Hard drive crash

9-26: Insiderdom, via the Internet

9-19: “Tarnation”

9-12: Recipe management software

9-5: Digital slide shows

8-29: Moblogging, especially with photos

8-22: Library of Congress

8-15: Hotel Internet access

8-8: Problems with spam blocking

8-1: Short films as online ads

7-25: Political ads online (and political info in general)

7-18: How a band/artist will be “discovered” online

7-11: MUDs

7-4: Simple tips to avoid tech support calls

6-27: Researching tech support when buying tech products

6-20: Production-on-demand and InstaBook

6-13: Where and how people find music

6-6: Weblogs I like

5-30: Phishing

5-23: Altering digital photos on your PC

5-16: Power and features of digital cameras

5-9: RSS

5-2: Music created with Apple GarageBand

4-25: Digital scrapbooking

4-18: Nikon D70

4-11: Fan fiction

4-4: News from elsewhere

3-28: Internet radio

3-21: Spyware and legislative/regulatory action

3-14: Instant messaging

3-7: Fan sites and their creators

2-29: Web-based email

2-22: Firewalls

2-15: Photo printers

2-8: Indie computer games

2-1: iLife for Windows?

1-25: Web comics

1-18: Mars rovers and space resources

1-11: Spyware

2003

12-28: Shareware

12-21: livingwithoutmicrosoft.org and Microsoft alternatives

12-14: PC makers as purveyors of consumer electronics and gadgets

12-7: Friendster and social networking

11-30: Comparison shopping

11-23: User reviews

11-16: Windows Media Center

11-9: AOL and broadband

11-2: Vonage

10-26: Eliyon Networking

10-19: Kiosks for photo printing

10-12: Expansion cards for PDAs, like one for Britannica

10-5: Macromedia Contribute

9-28: Online calendars

9-21: End-user license agreements and Microsoft viruses

9-14: Dear RIAA, re amnesty program and MP3 lawsuits

9-7: Camera phones

8-31: Panera Bread and free WiFi

8-24: Building your own weblog

8-17: Grokker

8-10: netomat

8-3: Domain names, from buying them to .tv

7-27: RFIDs

7-20: Latest in PDAs (and the Palm Tungsten C)

7-13: Browser toolbars

7-6: Meetup

6-29: Push technology and online video

6-22: QandANJ.org

6-15: Amazon and PayPal donations

6-8: Starwars.com Hyperspace and subscription fees

6-1: Home networking

5-25: Photobots.com

5-18: Language learning resources online

5-11: Web site defacements

5-6: iTunes Music Store (ran on Tuesday)

5-4: Photoblogs, audioblogs and mobile blogs

4-27: Fictionwise

4-20: CDT spam study

4-13: Bluetooth

4-6: Plagiarism

3-31: Foreign publications and translation services, re the war

3-24: “Dear Raed” and other war sites and weblogs

3-17: Ten Second Films

3-10: Long Bets

3-3: Burn Rate card game

2-24: RealNetwork’s SuperPass

2-17: Update on the Ceiva

2-10: Sonic Memorial Project

2-3: Spectrum policy

1-27: Filtering software and Children’s Internet Protection Act

1-24: Are weblogs too insular for a mass audience?

1-20: Heart-rate monitors and being low-tech

1-13: Lessig’s anti-spam vow (and my qualms with it)

1-6: PublixDirect, online groceries, and dotcom ideas revived

2002

12-30: Amazon algorithms expert, Froogle, and shopping as data

12-23: Greeting cards and spam/viruses

12-16: BookCrossing

12-9: Microsoft researchers: Music/movie P2P can’t be stopped

12-2: Refurbished products

11-25: Do broadband gatekeepers put Internet at risk?

11-18: Movielink

11-11: Problems locating wireless hotspots

11-4: Google as cultural icon

10-28: Annoying, or innovative, Internet ads

10-21: Ashcroft v. Eldred, Copyfight, and copyrights

10-14: The Sims Online

10-7: Spam problem, and no solution in sight

9-30: Broadband services as a way to earn revenues

9-23: Digital camera reviews

9-16: Battle between media players and formats

9-9: No column (9/11 anniversary)

9-2: College students and legality of music downloads

8-26: CafePress

8-19: Web Lab and Ground Zero forum

8-12: E-books

8-5: Pop-up ads and aggressive advertising tactics

7-29: Censorship, Saudi Arabia, and Harvard study

7-22: Dance Dance Revolution

7-15: Latest browser wars and IE alternatives

7-8: Deep linking and the law

7-1: Developments in snapshot printing

6-24: Apple ads on the Mac/Windows switch

6-17: Webby Awards

6-10: Twofifty.net

6-3: Judging a Web site by its “cover”

5-27: AOL/MSN competition

5-20: Corporate blogs

5-13: NYCwireless and “free” wireless

5-6: OQO and modular PCs

4-29: eBay as a dot-com star (and selling my iBook)

4-22: My spam-coping strategy

4-15: Techno-nostalgia and classic gaming

4-8: Yahoo and marketing preferences

4-1: Radio Paradise and Internet radio woes

3-25: Whitney Biennial 2002

3-18: Yahoo, online help, and lack of phone support

3-11: PhotoPoint, online storage, and startups folding

3-4: PayPal, IPOs, and credit cards

2-25: Major public comments in Microsoft anti-trust case

2-18: DVD players and MP3s

2-11: Broadband policy (reaction)

2-4: Broadband policy

1-28: Enron gems, from 15 minutes of Internet searching

1-21: PCs fast enough? No, and they never will be

1-14: Digital hub update, via Gates (CES) and Jobs (Macworld)

1-7: Document Not Found and “contingency” design

2001

12-31: Internet jolted into reverse (and self-publishing online)

12-24: iPublish, MightyWords, and the e-book

12-17: Microsoft’s wallet and anti-trust concerns

12-10: iPod and other gadgets for the holidays

12-3: Lessig and Internet under siege

11-26: John Freyer and allmylifeforsale.com

11-19: XML

11-12: Wayback Machine and Internet Archive

11/5: AirPort and wireless everything

10/29: Photoshop Tennis

10/22: List of “hot” startups now an artifact

10/15: Pundits

10/8: MobileStar/Starbucks wireless Internet access

10/1: Weblogs and personal accounts of the WTC attacks

9-24: Internet’s role in reaction to terrorist attacks

9-17: Did not run due to news related to terrorist attacks

9-10: Bears at the cabin

9-3: Gator and Internet advertising

8-27: Hurricanes

8-20: Java and Microsoft

8-13: Cell phones everywhere, as the ultimate information device

8-6: Libraries as a resource

7-30: Area:One music festival and Intel gadgets

7-23: PC makers at the mercy of Microsoft

7-16: AT&T, TCI, Comcast, and the Internet in 2005

7-9: halfkeyboard

7-2: “Goodbye” notes at failed dot-coms

6-25: Microsoft and its rivals

6-18: Online wedding planning

6-11: Paytrust and the complexity of industry transformations

6-4: Startups, like idrive, revamping

5-28: Upgrading a Palm or handheld

5-21: AT&T’s “You Will” ad campaign, etc.

5-14: Electronic Literature Awards

5-7: iBook woes, and should I defect to Windows?

4-30: Medical info and doctors’ attitudes toward the Web

4-23: Kozmo, Urbanfetch and rising dotcom prices

4-16: AskTog and upgradability

4-9: Google and new search features

4-2: Web advertising slump and larger ads

3-26: Geekcorps

3-19: Micropayments and Qpass

3-12: Napster and the music industry

3-5: AvantGo and reading on a Palm

2-26: PC as a “digital hub” for a “digital lifestyle”

2-19: Viruses, like AnnaKournikova.jpg.vbs

2-12: Plastic

2-5: End of snapshots

1-29: YadaYada and the wireless Web

1-22: iClips and personal video

1-15: VentureWire Redux

1-8: Bluetooth

1-1: Harold Bloom and a transparent Internet

2000

12-25: Internet cafes in Mexico

12-18: Tech support via the Web

12-11: Ceiva

12-4: easyEverything

11-27: Overdosing on news

11-20: Zaplets and email with applications

11-13: GadgetCentral.com and gadgets in general

11-6: Modo’s downfall and risks in buying from startups

10-30: PlanetFeedback.com and other complaint sites

10-23: Snapfish.com

10-16: Dot-com entertainment casualties

10-9: Modo

10-2: CueCat

9-25: Everyone used to want to join a startup

9-18: “253” and hypertext fiction

9-11: Spam

9-4: Geoff Cook

8-28: Information architects

8-21: “405” (the movie)

8-14: “Big Brother” and voyeur TV

8-7: Cookies

7-31: Scour.com, MPAA suit, and attitudes toward copyright

7-24: Computer storage for portable devices

7-17: Person-to-person commerce

7-10: Your brain, wired to the Internet

7-3: Clicks and bricks

6-26: Tellme (and Internet via the phone)

6-19: Springsteen and Napster

6-12: Why dot-coms fail

6-5: Online reviews (as at Epinions and Amazon)

5-29: Banana ads for Ask Jeeves

5-22: Computer woes, crashes, etc.

5-15: DSL

5-8: Stock market and free deals

5-1: Usenet

4-24: NameBoy (domain name generator)

4-17: VentureWire

4-10: Microsoft anti-trust case

4-3: High-school reunion

3-27: Linux and Eazel

3-20: Yahoo! FinanceVision

3-13: Urbanfetch and Kozmo.com

3-6: TerraServer

2-28: Handspring, eyemodule, and modular add-ons

2-21: Email etiquette

2-14: Ads in email (and everywhere else)

2-7: Mac OS X controversy

1-31: GoTo.com (and per-click ads)

1-24: Backflip (and Web services you don’t really need)

1-17: weblogs

1-10: Value America woes

1-3: Venture-capital sites and info

1999

12-27: Epinions, Deja, BizRate

12-20: Whitney.org (“American Century”)

12-13: Free agents (Guru.com, etc.)

12-6: expertcity.com

11-29: Gift certificates

11-22: Comparison shopping

11-15: iExchange and Predict It

11-8: eHow and other how-to spots

11-1: flyswat and GuruNet

10-25: Beta launches

10-18: Amazon.com’s McCourt email

10-11: Live event guides, like Yack

10-4: No column

9-27: No column

9-20: No column

9-13: Evite and event organizers

9-6: No column

8-30: WNTI, WFMU and Web radio

8-23: Fast, simple search engines

8-16: No column

8-9: Sticky elements

8-2: Telephone-like Web services

7-26: Online file storage

7-19: No column

7-12: No column

7-5: Voice chat

6-28: Third Voice

6-21: Web sites changing names

6-14: Film industry reporting

6-7: Home improvement

5-31: Sports sites for women

5-24: No column

5-17: Thomas Edison and animation

5-10: Searchable video

5-3: SimCity

4-26: Online calendars

4-19: No column

4-12: Advertising everywhere

4-5: Free fax services

3-29: FamilyPoint, etc.

3-22: Atom Films

3-15: No column

3-8: Privacy labels

3-1: Virtual wallets

2-22: Free-PC and free iMacs

2-15: The GO Network

2-8: The Brain

2-1: NetZero and free Internet access

1-25: The Station@Sony.com

1-18: Webby Awards

1-11: NewHoo, Mining Company

1-4: Network computing

1998

12-28: Web-based email

12-21: IPOs . . . anything worth visiting?

12-14: Book and music recommendations

12-7: International Space Station

11-30: Prince of Egypt and other movies

11-23: Electronic greeting cards

11-16: Microsoft anti-trust case

11-9: The bandwidth gap and “hi-fi” sites

11-2: Company info, like at Hoover’s

10-26: FlashRadio, et. al.

10-19: Wired Digital sale

10-12: DIY email lists

10-5: Historical (and newsworthy) documents

9-28: iMac

9-21: AskJeeves

9-14: Web site makeovers

9-7: Alexa

8-31: NetGrocer

8-24: MP3

8-17: ChickClick

8-10: Convergence of PC and TV

8-3: Sites with staying power

7-27: Business travel

7-20: Portals

7-13: Useful sites

7-6: TV show sites

6-29: Comparison shopping

6-22: Home plans

6-15: Image searches

6-8: Niche computer news

6-1: Healthfinder

5-25: Technorealism

5-18: Polls

5-11: Travelogues

5-4: Java games

4-27: Email newsletters

4-20: CD-building

4-13: Site compatibility problems

4-6: Cool uses of animated GIFs

3-30: Internet fraud

3-23: Sites shut down (Word, etc.)

3-16: Temp agencies

3-9: Dan Gutman

3-2: Fantasy baseball

2-23: Web rings

2-16: Grammar and usage

2-9: Extreme sports (Olympics column was nixed)

2-2: Quizzes

1-26: Foreign newspapers

1-19: “Seinfeld”

1-12: “Riven”

1-5: ISPs and Web sites: looking more alike

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