Portfolio

I’ll use this space to present some of my projects. Here are a few—stay tuned for more!


Some Articles 

 

December 7, 2015
Apple iPad ProApple iPad Pro
ComputerShopper.com

Apple may be playing catch-up, issuing its first oversize tablet, but the iPad Pro cuts no corners: It’s a fittingly luxurious take on the form.

 

November 30, 2015
Amazon Fire HD 8Amazon Fire HD 8
ComputerShopper.com

Though far from the most powerful, highest-resolution slate on the market, the HD 8 is a serviceable, fairly priced tablet for Amazon fans and Prime subscribers.

 

Amazon FireNovember 13, 2015
Amazon Fire
ComputerShopper.com

Though far from top-notch hardware, Amazon’s $49.99 Fire 2015 tablet is a stunning value for first-time tableteers, kids, and Amazon Prime members. It’s a slam-dunk for the holidays or gifting.

 

October 21, 2015
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 (8-Inch Android)Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8
ComputerShopper.com

Lenovo’s 8-inch “Lollipop”-Android version of the Yoga Tab 3 scales back on its predecessor’s specs and achieves a lower price, longer battery life, and some surprises.

 

JKobo Glo HDuly 27, 2015
Kobo Glo HD
ComputerShopper.com

The Glo HD competes well with Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite and the top-of-the-line Voyage, in terms of price and specs. It’s your best alterna-reader if you’re not committed to the Amazon ecosystem.

 

May 28, 2015
AAmazon Kindle Voyagemazon Kindle Voyage
ComputerShopper.com

Amazon’s top-of-the-line e-reader, the Kindle Voyage, is gorgeous. With an auto-adjusting light, page-turn controls, and a flat, tablet-like surface, it’s hindered only by its price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kobo Aura H20

October 8, 2014
Kobo Aura H2O
ComputerShopper.com

Pricier than Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, the H2O packs a larger, sharper display—and it’s waterproof. Serious e-readers will like it for reading in the bath or at the beach, but know that it’s a premium-price device, with full-color Android tablets right on its heels.

 

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

July 18, 2014
2014 Guide: The Best E-Readers for School
ComputerShopper.com

Should you get an e-reader—or a tablet—for school? E-readers are cheap (and distraction-free). Here’s how to see if a Kindle or a Nook is right for you.

 

Amazon Kindle Fire HDXNovember 26, 2013
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX (7-Inch)
ComputerShopper.com

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is a family-friendly, entry-level tablet with a nice, high-def screen and plenty of speed for the price. The hardware’s great, but how well it will fit you (or your family) depends on how big an Amazon devotee you are.

 

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013, Wi-Fi)

October 15, 2013
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013, Wi-Fi)
ComputerShopper.com

Today’s top-choice e-reader, the 2013 Paperwhite refines last year’s winning hardware, backed by the strongest and most perk-packed e-book ecosystem out there.

 

Kobo Aura

September 24, 2013
Kobo Aura
ComputerShopper.com

The Aura costs $30 to $50 more than its main competitors. In terms of design, software, and build, it justifies the pricing, but it’s squeezed by cheaper E Ink readers on one side and color tablets on the other.

 

Toshiba Satellite P55-A5200

September 16, 2013
Toshiba Satellite P55-A5200
ComputerShopper.com

With a vibrant 15.6-inch 1080p display and a DVD drive, the Toshiba Satellite P55-A5200 would have been a slam dunk in the days before touch-enabled displays. But lacking touch and weighing almost twice as much as ultrabooks, the P55 may be overpriced at $649.

 

July 29, 2013
Best E-Readers for School2013 Guide: The Best E-Readers for School
ComputerShopper.com

E-readers and students make an affordable match, but which model to pick for class? We’ve tested ’em all.

 

Kobo Mini

February 26, 2013
Kobo Mini
ComputerShopper.com

Enchantingly petite at first glance and grip, the Kobo Mini is the cheapest ticket to Kobo’s content ecosystem. But its main selling point—its small display—may be its biggest hurdle.

 

HP EliteBook Folio 9470m

February 6, 2013
HP EliteBook Folio 9470m

ComputerShopper.com

HP extends its EliteBook line with a solid ultrabook. The 9470m is sleek and light, with a removable battery and plenty of ports. Windows 8 is an option, but without a touch screen, execs may prefer to stick with Win 7.

 

Kobo Glo

December 19, 2012
Kobo Glo

ComputerShopper.com

The Kobo Glo is smaller, lighter, and brighter than the Kindle Paperwhite and its competitors. It’s a compelling e-reader for those seeking ePub support and an alternative to Amazon’s walled garden of content.

 

Apple iPad Mini

December 4, 2012
Apple iPad Mini (16GB, Wi-Fi)

ComputerShopper.com

Apple’s baby iPad rivals the best 7-inch tablets with its slightly larger-than-the-pack screen and barely-there profile, but it’s a good value only for those already invested in Apple’s ecosystem.

 

Dell XPS 14 (2012 Ultrabook Version)

November 27, 2012
Dell XPS 14 (2012 Ultrabook Version)

ComputerShopper.com

At 4.6 pounds, it’s heavy for an ultrabook, but the XPS 14 packs top-notch processing and all-day battery life in a case that’s as strong as it is good-looking.

 

Amazon Kindle (2012)

November 20, 2012
Amazon Kindle (With Special Offers, 2012 Version)

ComputerShopper.com

The cheapest major-bookstore e-reader, the 2012 basic Kindle is a serviceable model for the budget-strapped, but it lacks a physical keyboard or touch-sensitive display, so typing and searching on it is awkward.

 

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Wi-Fi)

October 29, 2012
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Wi-Fi)

ComputerShopper.com

The Kindle Paperwhite, with its built-in lighting, near-white background, and high resolution, is today’s best Kindle—and the best monochrome e-reader, period. At $119 and $139, the Wi-Fi models justify stopping short of buying a $199 tablet.

 

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (3G)

October 22, 2012
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (3G)

ComputerShopper.com

The Kindle Paperwhite, with its built-in lighting, near-white background, and high resolution, is today’s best Kindle—and perhaps the best monochrome e-reader, period. But we’re not convinced the extra $60 to $80 for the 3G version (versus the Wi-Fi only) is worth it for those who have Wi-Fi access.

 

Acer Aspire V5-171-6867

October 2, 2012
Acer Aspire V5 171-6867

ComputerShopper.com

As light as an ultrabook and as powerful as a notebook, this 11.6-inch Aspire gives students and professionals a solid, general-purpose mobile solution at $550. Its battery life and plain appearance won’t wow you, though.

 

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580

September 6, 2012
Lenovo IdeaPad Y580

ComputerShopper.com

The IdeaPad Y580 is an admirably fast 15-inch laptop built for entertainment as well as work or school. It’s a bit bulky for commutes, but a good deal at around $1,200.

 

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

July 31, 2012
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight

ComputerShopper.com

This e-reader makes E Ink readable in the dark. It’s our pick for those not wedded to Amazon or who want access to ePub content from libraries and e-book sellers. (Note, though, that good 7-inch color tablets are getting close in price.)

 

Idolian IdolPad Plus

July 17, 2012
Idolian IdolPad Plus

ComputerShopper.com

If money’s tight, the under-$100 IdolPad Plus is a serviceable 7-inch Android tablet. It’s adequate for e-reading, music, and light Web browsing, but curb your expectations–performance gets sacrificed on the altar of price.

 

Amazon Kindle Touch

December 23, 2011
Amazon Kindle Touch (Wi-Fi, With Special Offers)

ComputerShopper.com

Though last to the touch-input e-reader party, Amazon delivered a winner with the Kindle Touch. It gets our nod for sleek design, as well as its MP3-playback, text-to-speech, and Web-browsing functions. (Not to mention Amazon’s awesome content ecosystem.)

 

Amazon Kindle 2011 (With Special Offers)

November 23, 2011
Amazon Kindle 2011 (With Special Offers)

ComputerShopper.com

The cheapest on-ramp to Amazon’s vast pool of content, this $79 Kindle is a light, well-made device for the money. To save a few bucks versus the competition, though, you’ll have to tolerate this e-reader’s awkward onscreen keyboard, lack of touch input, and ads.

 

Sony Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1)

November 21, 2011
Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1

ComputerShopper.com

The PRS-T1, priced more competitively than previous Sony e-readers, is a genuine alternative to the Kindle and Nook families, given its light-but-sturdy build, extensive reading controls, and audio/Web functions.

 

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

November 18, 2011
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch (Late 2011)

ComputerShopper.com

The Nook Simple Touch is a more-than-worthy competitor to Amazon’s 2011 Kindle Touch. It’s a good e-reader for those not wedded to Amazon or who want access to the wide ePub content available from public libraries and e-book sellers.

 

Kobo eReader Touch Edition

September 30, 2011
Kobo eReader Touch Edition

ComputerShopper.com

With excellent font and formatting controls and a trim body, Kobo remains a compelling e-reader choice, even facing an onslaught of new Amazon Kindles.

 

Save Money on Gas With These Apps and WebsitesAugust 2011
Save Money on Gas With These Apps and Websites

Entrepreneur.com 

 

 

When You're Hungry for Sales, Consider These Lead-Gen ToolsMay 2011
When You’re Hungry for Sales, Consider These Lead-Gen Tools

Entrepreneur.com

 

WikiReader

February 10, 2011
WikiReader

ComputerShopper.com

The WikiReader might appeal to a limited demographic—such as users in developing areas without consistent Net access—but it’s too pricey for what it is, and marred by readability and usability issues.

 

Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor

December 23, 2010
Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor

ComputerShopper.com

Although it’s Wi-Fi only and lacks an Apple-style app market, the NOOKcolor is a solid choice for readers who want to go a bit beyond the Kindle and into iPad territory for a lot less money.

 

Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650

December 1, 2010
Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650

ComputerShopper.com

A full-screen touch display makes navigating this e-reader easy. It’s a good fit for shoppers who appreciate its build quality and don’t mind its lack of wireless, but let’s be clear: You’re paying more for a slimmer feature set.

 

Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350

December 2, 2010
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350

ComputerShopper.com

Those who value a rugged, small-as-possible e-reader with a lean feature set (and won’t miss wireless connectivity) might consider this pricey model a viable alternative to a Kindle or Nook.

 

Four Ways to Get Paid FasterNovember 2010
Four Ways to Get Paid Faster: The Latest Online Billing Tools Speed Up Receivables
Entrepreneur.com

 

Amazon Kindle (Third Generation, 2010 Version)

October 13, 2010
Amazon Kindle (Third Generation, 2010 Version)

ComputerShopper.com


2010’s version of the Kindle is the best current dedicated e-book reader for most casual users, if you’re willing to commit to Amazon’s content ecosystem.


 

Some Blogs and Websites

 

TheDAREforce.com (Sept. 2009 to Jan. 2010)

Inside Dorset House Blog (Aug. 2005 to Sept. 2008)

GalapagosArtSpace.com (Nov. 2003 to Jan. 2005)

Wordsupply.com (March 2000 to Present)

SmallPress.org (May 1999 to Jan. 2001)

DorsetHouse.com (Oct. 1996 to Sept. 2008)


 

Some Book Projects

Pragmatic Guide to JavaScript

Pragmatic Guide to JavaScript

by Christophe Porteneuve

Pragmatic Bookshelf (Nov. 2010)

My role:

  • Developmental Editing

Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project BehaviorAdrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies:
Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior

Winner of the Software Development Jolt! Award, 2008

by Tom DeMarco, Peter Hrushka, Tim Lister, Steve McMenamin, Suzanne Robertson, and James Robertson

My role:

  • Developmental Editing
  • Book Production
  • Marketing

The Deadline: A Novel About Project ManagementThe Deadline: A Novel About Project Management

Winner of a Software Development Jolt! Productivity Award, 1997

by Tom DeMarco

My role:

  • Developmental Editing
  • Book Production
  • Cover Design, Page Design
  • Marketing

Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd ed.

A classic text on software project management.

by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister

My role:

  • Developmental Editing
  • Book Production
  • Marketing

Waltzing With Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects

Winner of the Software Development Jolt! Award, 2003

by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister

My role:

  • Developmental Editing
  • Book Production
  • Cover Design, Page Design
  • Marketing