For those interested in finding my recent articles, I like to publish an occasional summary. Here’s a selection from the last few weeks:
- The rebirth of letterpress at Wired's Backchannel. Letterpress printing nearly died as a practical craft. Digitally driven analog technology brought it back from the brink, and the future will be even more interesting as 2D cutting and engraving and 3D printing becomes affordable and widespread. (A lot of research for this story didn’t fit, so expect even more detail in the future.)
- Three separate stories for Fast Company dealt with privacy and intrusion: “Here’s How To Track The Smartphone Apps That Are Tracking You,” “The Feds And Tech Firms Who Let Ransomware Spread Must Help Stop It,” and “Have These Researchers Created An Unbeatable Ad-Blocking Technology?”
- I love QR Codes, despite the fact that they’ve been ridiculed—in America! not elsewhere—for years. Apple’s addition of automatic bar code (1D) and 2D codes (including QR Code) in iOS 11, coming later this year, means I had to write about what QR Codes were, anyway, and why you might learn to love them for Macworld.
- You can turn your Mac into a DVR! With a little networked hardware and new DVR software, it’s a cinch. I recommend Plex, which I covered in this story at Macworld, and which is now out of beta. It’s the best current option.
In my “spare” time, I’m letterpress printing a book. You can read more about it in my book progress blog.