What I’ve learned from hiring my own replacement

As I’ve posted below, I’ve left my position as IT Specialist/Web Developer at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers to start my new gig with the American Bar Association Journal. I made it clear to my outgoing employers that I wanted to do everything I could to make the transition to the next person as seamless and pain-free … Read more

Information architecture for news websites

Here’s a great series of articles about how to structure and present information on news websites. The link will take you to the first of a series of seven posts outlining some pretty advanced thinking about content management, the semantic web, and what makes sense for consumers of web content in terms of navigation, metadata, … Read more

Deploying a network printer painlessly

I searched around on the internet this morning and I couldn’t find an example of exactly what I wanted to do, but I DID figure it out, so I thought I’d post it  here in the hopes that it would be useful to others. Here’s the situation: You have a new printer on your network. … Read more

GestureTek Turns You into the Controller

(Note – This article was first published by h+ Magazine, on May 12, 2010.  It’s republished here for my own archives.) Chances are, you’re not using the same computer you were twenty years ago. But chances are, you’re still using the same basic user interface — a mouse for pointing, a keyboard for typing. While … Read more

Droid has replaced three gadgets in my gadget bag

I have been on verizon for over a decade now, and honestly, I have been pretty happy with them. Problem is that until now, their phones sucked. I had some thoughts of getting an iphone when they first came out, but they were way too expensive, and besides, AT&T is horrible. But now, there is … Read more

Ice-T demonstrates the proper disassembly of a MacBook Pro

See, this is how the professionals do it.

Windows 7 upgrade path — if you use XP, you must wipe and reload.

Oh, man.  This is a really, really bad idea from Microsoft.  On the other hand, it’s going to mean some easy money for me.  Let me remind you, my friend, that my computer-fixin’ rates are quite reasonable. “…Windows XP users, including the millions who have recently snapped up cheap, XP-powered netbooks, will first have to … Read more

Tweet Map mashup lets you find out what people are saying in your neighborhood

This is a neat little mash-up. Say you want to know what people in your geographic area have to say on a particular subject. It’s trivially easy to find out with this map of tweets by subject. Or, to be more clear, choose a geographic area using the Google map, and then type in a … Read more

Digital media competition encourages educational experiments

Whether it’s mapping an ancient Roman burial route over time, constructing a homemade flashlight or learning how to make art from recycled materials, HASTAC and the MacArthur Foundation are helping fund the digital media experiments that could provide innovative learning opportunities for youngsters. In an effort to bring education up to speed with the digital … Read more