Category: Digital Excellence & Literacy

How Do You Get Scott Adams To Block You On Twitter?

Scott Adams of Dilbert
Yesterday, I learned the answer to the question, “How do you get Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, to block you on Twitter?” It wasn’t an answer I was actively seeking but resulted from Scott Adams explaining the proper use of “pour” and “pore” when discussing documents. (This was in reaction to the President’s recent Tweet). I... Read more »

Living the Linux Laptop Lifestyle Revisited

Living the Linux Laptop Lifestyle Revisited
When I wrote about my Linux-powered laptop awhile ago, things were going well, tech-wise. My refurbished Windows 10 laptop was a powerhouse, allowing me to blog and write, as well as keep up with my freelance work. (Writing includes my recent essay in The Joy of Joe: Memories of America’s Fighting Man from Today’s Grown-Up Kids).... Read more »

Red Alert: 48 Crucial Hours for Net Neutrality

Red Alert: 48 Crucial Hours for Net Neutrality
With a potential Congressional vote to end Net Neutrality, it is imperative that people contact their Representatives to urge them to vote against the FCC’s recommendations. (And you can learn more via http://www.battleforthenet.com) But why should we support Net Neutrality? You may be thinking…and here are some good reasons: Ajit Pai, Chair of the FCC, has... Read more »
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The Myth of "Crushing It" In the Gig Economy

The Myth of "Crushing It" In the Gig Economy
One of the many challenges of balancing freelancing and caretaking while working in the “gig economy” is that gaining a new client can be slightly disruptive. I should know – in the past few weeks, I’ve taken on another short-term project. As a freelance copywriter/marketing consultant, I often find myself “in the hustle” when it... Read more »

Net Neutrality Update: "One More Vote" on 2/27

Net Neutrality Update: "One More Vote" on 2/27
We’ve focused on net neutrality in the past, both in terms of Ajit Pai’s destructive efforts as well as possible next steps to restore net neutrality. Thankfully, there are efforts to push this through…but things are at a bit of a standstill. So this means that not only is there further work to be done,... Read more »

Net Neutrality Next Steps

Net Neutrality is one of the key issues driving conversation – and activism – in early 2018. (For an overview of the issues involved, check out this recent radio appearance). Thanks to two recent forums on Net Neutrality – one held this past Tuesday at Center on Halsted; the other driving Netsquared Chicago’s February meeting,... Read more »
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This Blog's Best of 2017

This Blog's Best of 2017
Every year, I make an effort to list blog posts from the past year as a “best of” summary. Unfortunately, personal events made it hard to create a “Best of 2016”. This year has been a challenge, with no posting in one month (due to personal issues), but otherwise, here is a compilation of this... Read more »

Net Neutrality Follow Up: Radio Islam Appearance

As a follow up to last week’s Net Neutrality post and my recent post on Ajit Pai, here is the recent conversation I had on Radio Islam on WCEV 1450 AM. Enjoy!

Ajit Pai: The Grinch Who Stole Net Neutrality

Ajit Pai: The Grinch Who Stole Net Neutrality
(Note – as a follow up to yesterday’s item, my appearance on Radio Islam on WCEV 1450 AM will be on Tuesday, December 19th, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm CST. Available via radio or streaming. And now, Ajit Pai and Net Neutrality…) When Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and two of... Read more »
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MEDIA ALERT: Monday Discussion of Net Neutrality on Radio Islam

With the recent FCC decision to repeal Net Neutrality, conversation and advocacy are becoming more intense…and I have been invited to join the conversation. I will be a guest on Radio Islam this Monday, December 18th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm to discuss Net Neutrality. (You can either tune in live or catch it streaming via the... Read more »