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My Experience

My first editorial job (as a nascent copy editor) was at PC Magazine. I started working here in 1997, when print was huge (as was the magazine itself), personal computers were well on the way to becoming mainstream, smartphones did not exist, and floppy disks were de rigueur. I worked up to Senior Editor, then left in 2010 for Consumer Reports to work for its electronics team. After spending one lost year in marketing, I happily returned to PCMag in 2016 to edit and produce the PCMag Digital Edition, which I’m still doing today, along with various other projects as they arise.

My Areas of Expertise

  • Editing

  • Writing

  • Personal tech

  • Tech toys for kids

The Technology I Use

After years of resisting, I went full Apple a few years ago and haven’t regretted it. My current phone is the iPhone 8 Plus — yep, it’s an antique, but I can not quit the home button and Touch ID. (I will have to soon, I know!) I work on a 2020 MacBook Pro, and my home computer is a 2017 MacBook Air that’s still going strong.

Other gadgets I use frequently are an ancient iPad, mainly for reading news and surfing; an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, for reading ebooks that mostly come from my local library; an Anker Powercore 10000 portable charger, which is incredibly handy; and a Canon EOS 77D, because it takes better photos than any smartphone.

For work, I live in Google Docs all day long. Slack has been life-changing, particularly since I started working remotely. I have mixed feelings about Asana, but it saves me frequently.

A truncated list of my favorite personal apps: LastPass for password management, the Kindle app on my iPhone, Netflix, the Fitbit app, and Apple Maps for GPS. Social media: mainly just Instagram, for following other photographers and pottery-maker accounts. Twitter makes my eyelids twitch. And I quit Facebook recently and do not miss it at all.

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