I’m Glenn Fleishman, a Seattle-based technology journalist, and two-time winner on Jeopardy! I write largely about where technology crosses with people’s lives, as well as exhaustive technology explanations.
I've contributed to the Economist since 2005, including nearly 400 online blog posts and articles. I contribute features to that publication as well as Fast Company, MIT Technology Review, Boing Boing, TidBITS, Six Colors, and others. (PR folks, see this contact page.)
My wife and I have two sons, and we live in Seattle. I do sleep. I live as @glennf on Twitter. There’s an RSS feed for most of my articles everywhere. I also run isbn.nu, a book price shopping service. I appear on a lot of other people's podcasts. I once had an extensive site with links to all my articles, but Google and Bing have a remarkably good snapshot of my life available that’s updated without work on my part. I post pictures to Flickr. My business name is Unsolicited Pundit, which dates back to before I could rant so freely—and sometimes get paid for outbursts. Thanks for visiting.
Vocations in which I have engaged: Sound-board operator, typesetter, graphic designer, curriculum developer, imaging-center manager, box-office manager, course manager, catalog manager, programmer, database administrator, editor, conference planner, speaker, book-information expert, columnist, reporter, radio guest. I was trained as a typesetter, one of the last such apprenticed in that profession, and have a degree in graphic design. I learned how to typeset and print on a letterpress in college, and took a class in 2011 to refresh and extend my knowledge. I worked on my elementary school, junior high, high school, and college newspapers, both as an editor and typesetter/graphic designer.
From late 2012 to late 2014, I was the editor of (and since May 2013, the owner of) The Magazine, a digital magazine for curious people with a technical bent. I hosted The New Disruptors, a podcast in which I interviewed makers and connectors about how creative people — artists, writers, designers, and beyond — can directly reach their audience. From 2000 to 2013, I wrote a column every two or four weeks for The Seattle Times about Apple stuff. For a decade, I wrote nearly daily at my own wireless data site, Wi-Fi Networking News. From about 2004 to 2013, I built and developed the back-end content-management system and subscription system for TidBITS. I published quite a bit at Ars Technica at times. Between 1998 and the late 20-oughties, I wrote at various times extensively for the New York Times, Wired, Popular Science, and Business 2.0. I have written something like 20 books, many of them in the Take Control ebook series produced by TidBITS Publishing, and all the rest by Peachpit Press.
I worked for Amazon for six months in 1996–1997 and never regret having left when I did. I know more than most human beings on the planet about the vagaries of book data, such as page count and authoritative titles. My first computer was a 1979 OSI C1P. I love the smell of letterpress ink, ladybird beetles, and goat-cheese fritters. At one time, I thought HD Radio would be the next big thing in technology. There are probably other things I could tell you that would bore the pants off you. My old site is still reachable with outdated content at links like this and this, but I’m only maintaining it to avoid breaking a few useful static pages.