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Low-Tech Papa

  Am I a low-tech parent or a high-tech parent? I tend to the low-tech approach, and the following stories show other parents in internet and tech professions who tend in the same direction … strongly. The first story is from NPR: Even Techies Limit Their Children’s Screen Time. Referenced in that story are two […]

“I Share, Therefore I Am”: What is the quality of my connection to others?

The iPhone in my pocket chimes at me. The sound makes me happy as I almost physically feel a squirt of dopamine in my brain. I wonder who made a comment and to what thread. Those push notifications — Facebook this time — give me an immediate feeling of connected goodness. But how connected am […]

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Collaboration Makes Me Happy

Wikipedia has been a great inspiration to me. It gives me hope that this giant wave of activity that is the Internet will help carry humanity to new and better places. Wikipedia gives me this hope because it is a collaborative effort of regular people, and it is an enormous collaboration. I use Wikipedia all […]

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Yearning for an Easier InDesign-to-ePUB Process

As popular as eBooks have become in the last few years, I continue to be surprised at how difficult it can be to create a high-quality eBook. It’s especially surprising how difficult it can be for a traditional-book designer to create an eBook from an Adobe InDesign file … while maintaining reasonably good control over […]

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Website Usability and Paper Prototyping

Cardboard, Glue, and Masking Tape When I was a kid, some of my favorite toys were the ones I made — often with little more than cardboard, glue, and masking tape. Little did I know I was foreshadowing my involvement in usabililty testing and paper prototyping. Avoid “Code, Test, Fix”, (Time, Money, Frustration) So often, […]

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Building a Collective Brain with a Wiki

For the Want of a Training Manual Sink or swim? Trial by fire? You may have used these expressions to describe seeing a new hire flail about because no one had the time to train him or her properly. Heck, you may have been that new hire on an occasion or two. Oh, but for […]

The stack of books generated during my MSIT program at Marlboro College Graduate School

My Revels at Marlboro College Graduate School Now Are Ended

I miss pizza night. Pizza night was every other Friday. Halfway through a three-hour class, we’d break for pizza that was ordered by the school: part of my tuition, as I figured it. What made it so enjoyable wasn’t just the pizza, it was the chance to talk and relax with the instructor and the […]

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