Hi, Friends.

The author, age 3, in styling duds with his mother.  

I’m Glenn Fleishman, a Seattle-based technology journalist, and two-time winner on Jeopardy! I'm a freelance writer and editor. In the last few years, I've contributed to the Economist, the Atlantic, Fast Company, MIT Technology Review, Boing Boing, TidBITS, Six Colors, and others.

At Macworld, I write the Mac 911 user-help column and a column on privacy and security for Macworld called Private I. I'm also the weekly co-host of the Macworld podcast.

I write about the technology behind spacecraft, digital imaging, computer and mobile security, and cryptography among many other topics.

My wife and I have two sons, and we live in Seattle. I do sleep. I live as @glennf on Twitter. I also run isbn.nu, a book price shopping service. I appear on a lot of podcasts, especially on The Incomparable, a flagship show and network of geek-adjacent programs, where I host Afoot, a mystery-genre podcast.

During 2017, I’m the Designer in Residence at the School of Visual Concepts working in its letterpress program. As part of my residency, I’ll be designing and printing a book of some of my reporting on type, printing, and history reporting.

Past work

From late 2012 to late 2014, I was the editor of — and from May 2013 to late 2014, the publisher 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.

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.

Vocations in which I have engaged: Sound-board operator, typesetter, graphic designer, curriculum developer, imaging-center manager, professional granola maker, box-office manager, course manager, catalog manager, programmer, editor, conference planner, speaker, book-information expert, columnist, reporter, radio guest. I was once quite literally paid to write some high-quality gibberish.

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 in 2011 took a class 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.