I’ve been writing about personal computers, software, and networking since the early 80s, but you’ve probably never heard of me.
(My first opus was, I believe, a guide to available word processing computers, written in the early 80s for a magazine whose name escapes me, is now defunct, and is probably out in my garage somewhere. And in 1983, I hit the relative big time with an InfoWorld review — still readable via Google Books — of software for the Osborne One “portable” computer.)
Lack of fame doesn’t bother me; I’m a pretty shy person who gravitated to tech journalism because it lets me do my work by simply working with a machine and telling people what I discovered — instead of making lots of phone calls and merely quoting others.
On any given day, I’d much much rather analyze spec sheets or run benchmarks than schmooze.
Because of the collapse of the traditional publishing model — in which it was a publication overall and its editors who were trusted — writers these days need to transform themselves into a brand. I guess this blog and my Twitter feed are a recognition of that fact, but you won’t find me going overboard with that.
Actually, following the early Feb. demise — temporary, I hope — of LinuxDevices.com (and sister sites WindowsForDevices.com and DesktopLinux.com) I’m newly, and suddenly, unemployed. Frankly I’m glad for a little rest after four years without even a whole week off, and writing/editing thousands of stories. But between selling off all my excess tech gadgets via eBay, taking care of deferred home maintenance, etc. etc., I do intend to keep writing.
Prospective employers can check out my LinkedIn profile for more info. My writing samples are all over the place, not least at the LinuxDevices.com, WindowsForDevices.com, and DesktopLinux.com sites, which remain up for the time being.