I write, therefore I am. Iíd be honored if you check out some
links to copy I have posted on various Web sites.
Read my† Broadband/Convergence/IP
Telephony/VoIP blog on CNET's ZDNet, the leading technology site on the Web!
Scroll down this
link to read what USA Today has to
say about my blog. If you want to see a video in which my Blog is promoted,
I write about the intersection of politics, judicial matters
and technical standards for TMCNet.† I created this blog, which is called
RSS-Regulations, Statutes and Standards. Get to my RSS blog here. And by the way if you want
to read the announcement from TMC that I will be blogging for them, well, I'd
certainly have no
problem with that.
I am the BlackBerry
blogger for ZDNet- the only one of their bloggers to write two blogs. Before
that, I was the BlackBerry blogger for AOL-owned Weblogs,Inc., a collection of several
dozen blog sites and publisher of Engadget.
Read my archived BBHub BlackBerry blog here.
I am developing an Internet video show for the well-known PodTech Network where Robert Scoble calls home. The show will be
offered two or three times a week and encompass the intersection between technology
and politics. I'll provide the link when it is up.
I am helping to lead a new discussion on Mobile Messaging for
Corante. My goal: to be a thought leader
in this space. My posts are here.
I write a Blog for AllBusiness.com.
It is called Tech@Work. Read it by clicking here.
I'm one of the more popular bloggers on the Huffington Post! Read all 200+ of my
My newest book is Caution! Music
& Video Downloading. This book, from John
Wiley & Sons, encompasses how to download and use music and other
multimedia files -- without compromising your computer's security or your own,
for that matter. You
can read about me here. Want a sneak peek? Here is Chapter
1, the Table
of Contents, and the
Index. That's just a taste. Buy it now on Amazon.com,
Barnes & Noble.com.
Here is my new wireless
networking book! It is on
sale on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com,
and my hometown Powell's
Books. The publisher
is AMACOM Books, the publishing arm of the American Management Association. The
book offers advice and instruction for consumers and small-to-mid size
businesses. I am proud to say it has received rave reviews from the likes of Online
and Small Business Opportunities magazine.
I am proud to say that many of my nature photos and
how-to photography lessons were adapted by Mark Soper for Easy
Digital Cameras. Que Publishing
is the house. You can buy it now on Amazon.com
Working under the supervision of a highly respected staff analyst, I've just written
research report on Ultra Wide-Band technology. My client is In-Stat/MDR, part of Reed Elsevier, a worldwide
information publisher as well as one of the leading technology research
firms in the world. The report is now available for sale.
I am an analyst with The Edison Group, a leading technology
analysis and consulting firm with many top high-tech
As we think of the
victims of 9-11, we feel the urge to be more secure in our homes, lives, and
travels. Read my major
piece for the Gannett
News Service on how technology can help us in this important quest.
| I'm now into video.
Check out my new multimedia gallery by clicking
| Have camera, will travel.
Check out my photo gallery here!
I'm Russell Shaw, an Internet and telecommunications
author, journalist and consultant from the verdant, "it doesn't rain as
much here as you think" city of Portland, Oregon. Contact me at: email@example.com. If I am
traveling, try me at firstname.lastname@example.org
CLICK here for Russell Shaw's Brainstorm Central
Check out my archived Blog entries on Metroblogging Portland, the global, collection of Blogs from more
than 50 cities.
I'm Blogging regularly
for TheStandard.com, the online presence for the once-hot and now newly reborn
Industry Standard magazine. One of my latest posts offers my recommendation
about what Google should do next.
I'm one of two writers on blog marketing for RSSApplied.† Look for some of my posts here.
number of my articles can be accessed on USA Today! Are marathon
online sessions on health-information Web sites hurting your health rather than
helping it? Read my article on cyberchondria.
Do you know someone who is planning to apply to college? Are they Web-savvy, or
do they need a reason to be knowledgeable about such things? Here's my piece
about how being Web
savvy can improve college admission chances. If you log on to the Web from
your workplace, you might want to read
this first. Check out my article on Web search engines here!
What is a virtual character? Find out in this
article. What role did the Web play in the first-off year election cycle
where it began to be widely used for more than brochureware? Read my
piece here! And here's how to keep your
PC running during the mercurial weather and brownout risks of summer and
I am proudly represented in literary
matters by Waterside Productions, Inc.,
the world's premiere literary agency for computer and technology authors. My
agent is Carole
McClendon, vice-president of Waterside.
I've just produced a series called The
Future Of Wireless for Web site publisher Corante.
The series, sponsored by Earthlink, examines the ways in which people and
companies use cell phones and other wireless communications options to connect
and communicate with each other. I invite you to read about how a
leading social networking service is using cell phones to hook members up
with each other (sometimes, literally). Here's my piece interviewing two
experts on how
cell phone users will play games on a new generation of handsets. I spoke
to three digital luminaries for Music Goes Mobile,
my piece on music over cell phones. Also, please check out my article on how a
Minnesota city is serving its citizenry with municipally owned and operated
Read my articles Branding the Donkey,
which is about how Bloggers with Democrat leanings made some money on the side
in the last election and Branding the Elephant,
which takes a look at the same subject from the right half of the aisle.
My credits include:
One of my newer books is "Starting
With MP3," a consumer-themed book on MP3 technology and other
multimedia. It is available for purchase on most major book Web
sites. Here's the table
of contents. I'll take you to the specific book order pages: all you
need to do is click. OK, here goes: Amazon.com,
Barnes & Noble.com,
If you live in England, blokettes and blokes, you can order it from Amazon's
I've blogged about the HBO show "Six Feet Under" for the popular
television blog, TV Squad. Read my
Every once in awhile, I have the privilege of becoming involved in a project
that not only piques my intellectual or technical interest, but enables a
better world. On that note, I was proud to have written an online course
on "Working In A Diverse Environment." The course was part of a
learning module being prepared by major online learning company DigitalThink, for one of
their top management consultancy clients in the world. That consultancy,
in turn, offered the course to its client base. Their clients are a broad
cross-section of major American and international corporations. One of my
other courses, Communications
Industry Overview, is still being offered. The course is intended for
business development managers, sales managers, analysts or other employees
who need an overview of the communications industry..
I've written consumer technology product reviews for Internet Broadcasting
Systems, the leading aggregation of television news Web sites. Are you
looking to buy a new digital camera? My article is posted on the Web sites
of television outlets such as WRC-TV,
Washington, D.C. and if you plan to join the millions of folks with a
digital video camera, read the basics on the Web sites of such television
stations as WYFF-TV,
Greenville, S.C. and WMAQ-TV,
Chicago. Check out my article on mobile computing on the sites of such
stations as KTVU-TV,
San Francisco, WCVB-TV,
Boston, and WSBTV.com,
Atlanta. My review of some cool mobile multimedia entertainment products
is posted on many sites, including that of KIRO-TV,
Seattle. Don't have a housekeeper or live-in teenager? Read my article
about the Roomba robotic vacuum. It's posted on numerous Web sites,
including those of WJAC-TV,
Johnstown, Pa. and KSBW-TV,
Monterey, Cal. Got a gift you want to return? Read my article
on the site of WFTV, Orlando, Fla.
The Gannett News Service distributes a weekly
technology section to its more
than 100 newspapers and television stations. The combined circulation
for this section is more than five million. I've written for them
regularly. Read my article on the use of the Web in last yearís election
cycle, posted on such sites as the Arizona
Republic and WGRZ-TV
in Buffalo, N.Y. E-mail greetings are getting a funky new look thanks to
technology that puts a face on your message. With that in mind, read my Arizona
Republic article on virtual characters. Recently, the Detroit News ran
piece on how being Web-savvy can improve the chances for college
admissions, and even scholarships. One of my more recent articles covered
using the Web, as well as other online and offline sources to look for
airfare bargains. Read the article on most any Gannett television or
newspaper Web site, such as WTLV
in Jacksonville (cool considering I went to college in that city), the Cincinnati
Enquirer, the Palm
Springs, Calif. Desert Sun, the Westchester County, N.Y. Journal
News and the Reno
Gazette-Journal. One of my most popular articles covers
"cyberchondria," the phenomenon of searching health sites for
medical info, and maybe overdoing it a bit. Read it on such Gannett sites
as the Fort
Collins Coloradoan, the Norwich,
Ct. Bulletin, WLTX-TV
in Greenville, S.C., and the Salinas
Californian. Sometimes you can find better buys on lesser-known online
shopping sites than on the sites you might visit first. Read about this
phenomenon on the Web site of the Green
Bay Press-Gazette and the Visalia,
Cal. Times-Delta. My article on surfing the Internet at work was
carried in the Detroit
News. Another article reveals how search engines index Web sites. Once
again, read the article on most any Gannett television or newspaper Web
site, including such television station sites as WXIA-TV
in Atlanta, and newspaper Web sites such as those of the Arizona
Republic, the Cocoa Beach, Fl., Florida
Today, the Westchester County, N.Y. Journal
News, and as close to my Portland home as Gannett gets, in the Salem,
Journal. In keeping with our patriotic times, military-related Web
sites are experiencing heavy traffic. Read about this phenomenon on the
sites of such newspapers as the Cincinnati
Enquirer and the Pensacola
News Journal. Read my article about alternate cell-phone providers, as
posted on the Web site of the Burlington,
Vt. Free Press. Researching your ancestors? Read my article in The
Honolulu Advertiser. If you're looking for some new sites to check
out, you might want to read my site reviews of some of the Webby
award winners. Here's a link to a new piece I've written on Internet
mailing lists, an article on grammar
checkers included with word processors help the writing process or
suppress creativity, as well as one on how
to keep your computer running when the power goes out.
From time to time, I participate in
Podcasts. These are live events which are then posted on the Web after
they occur. You can use your streaming audio player to listen to them.
Here's a live
link to one of five Beercasts I participated in from the Goose
Hollow Inn in Portland. To
retrieve and then listen to any of the five, access the Portland pull-down
menu on this page,
and choose any of the Table 4 links.
Greetings, mate! I am now writing for the British publication Windows
XP Answers. Read my article on how
to use Netscape 7.1. As you will see if you
read the article, I am also authoring video tutorials for them.
I write for the popular how-to
publication PC Today. Recently, I
had a cover story that was a basic guide to the sometimes arcane world of
digital audio formats. If you want to learn how to master Windows Media Player 9,
wrote regularly for now-discontinued EZ Tech Guide: Windows XP, a
publication of international computing magazine house The Future
Network's Future Network USA. I have articles on how to migrate
your files from one PC to another, tools to diagnose your underperforming PC, as well as
the best way to install an optical drive. In another recent issue, I
had stories on preventing online identity theft, how to lock
down Windows XP, how to use the Internet Explorer security settings, a guide on understanding Web site privacy policies, and how to
practice Instant Messaging privacy. You may also want to read
my reviews on Web security products ViewRemote and SecureSend.
The previous issue contained my pieces that explained how to choose your digital camera settings, how to select a tripod, and what all those graphics-related file extensions mean. See my articles
down the size of digital photos you want to post to the Web, how to get
started in genealogy, how I
traced my family tree (and you can, too), as well as an
overview of genealogical software and Web site resources. Some of my
other articles include tutorials on when
and how to upgrade to Windows XP, how to use
MSN Messenger, the
best ways to share an Internet Connection, as well as how to achieve
a modicum of online privacy through encryption. Read a copy of my
how-to article about instant messaging by clicking here.
I write retail strategy articles for Dealerscope, a magazine
that covers retail store operation best practices. If you complete a free,
brief registration, you'll be able to read pieces such as my article about
how retailers can overcome the extended
warranty sales hurdle. This is an article on best practices for retailers
to train their employees. Here's an overview
of the latest inventory control software utilities available for retailers.
I am a contributing editor at Financial
Engines, a leading-edge investment advisory Web site founded and
chaired by Nobel Prize-winning economist William Sharpe. Check out my Personal
Finance Frequently Asked Questions List, one of several I have written
for this site. I have also written a Glossary
with definitions of more than 750 personal finance and investment terms.
If you are registered with Financial Engines, you can read the section I
wrote on stock options. This content is in the Investor Education area,
which will become available to you after you register. This is big-time
stuff, and I am excited. I have also written a newsletter for a corporate
user product that this widely
praised service released some time ago.
I write for Broadcasting
& Cable, the largest television industry trade publication. Read
new article on a key cable system executive in charge of his company's advanced
networking and broadband Internet initiatives. I also have numerous columns
of commentary on the intersection of television and the Internet. The
column, which is the only one of its kind in the industry -- is free, but
only available to registered users of the site. Many of my columns should
be linked from
this page. I performed a search for my Broadcasting & Cable articles on
FindArticles.com, which yielded
results. If you want to read even more of my weekly columns, here's a registration form.
I performed most of the research and
wrote significant portions of "The Hundredth Window," a book
about Internet privacy co-bylined by TrustE co-founder Charles Jennings and
current TrustE chair Lori Fena. Through the magic of the Internet Archive
Wayback machine, here are some Privacy
Tips I wrote for the book, and which were excerpted on the book's
From time to time, I discover some of my
older pieces in the digital archive sections of publications I've written
for. I've just located an American
Journalism Review feature
I wrote about the obstacle course some news organizations have faced when
they've tried to obtain public records under the Freedom of Information
I'm writing cell phone use
instructions for ego scout, a
portal with clear, model-by-model explanations of how to use these
sometimes confusing devices.
I write technology and marketing-driven white papers for several prominent
corporate clients. One is Grass
Valley, a major provider of digital technology solutions for
television station and network news operations all over the world. Grass
Valley is part
of French-based video technology giant Thomson.
To read my white paper, click here
Throughout most of the last two decades,
my profiles of leading CEOs appeared in Delta Sky, the in-flight magazine
of Delta Airlines. I've got two for you: a profile of Chick-Fil-A CEO
and then-USAA CEO
I am now writing regularly for iMedia
Connection, a site full of strategic and technology advice and news
for product marketers. Read my article on what you can do to avoid having your
legitimate e-mail snagged by spam filters. Read why you should include rich media in
your ad, as well as how rich media technology has developed over
the years. Want to know about how Web sites and advertising agencies
use online behavioral targeting? Read Part 1 of my new piece here and Part
Techies at Microsoft have long worked on products for consumers and
businesses. Now, they are using blogs to
communicate design and operability issues with each other before they
ready those products and solutions for the rest of us. So many other corporations
are using blogs as well- in some cases as client-communication
replacements for email. Here's my overview
of this trend. To read my article about the fast growing world of
electronic greeting cards, click here. Ever
wonder how affiliate marketing got its start? No, it wasn't Amazon.com.
Get the scoop here.
I've appeared in PR Week, the weekly
bible of the public relations industry. One of my more recent pieces
explored how companies should use the information gathered from customers
via feedback forms on their Web sites. I have scanned in a faxed copy of
the article, so the visual quality is not very good. If you want to try to
read my article anyway, click
here to read the first part of the piece. To read the remainder of the
article, click here.
Maybe I am not the top-of-the-scale
neat freak, but that doesn't prevent me from writing pieces for Workspace Magazine. To read my
latest article, click here.
I cover the enterprise security space
for the aptly named Enterprise
Security Today. Read my
article entitled about the perceived security (or lack thereof) in
Microsoft's forthcoming Longhorn OS.
I was a contributing editor at Internetcontent.net.
This resource was a comprehensive Web site all about the technical,
marketing and legal issues surrounding content-centric Web sites, and the
writers and artists who provide content for them. Hereís the profile
of me that ran on the site, as well as a list of my recent stories.
Read my article on self-syndication.
If you are thinking about writing or providing content for mobile devices
such as Personal Digital Assistants or Web-enabled cell phones, click
Contributing editorship at
a lodging industry news Web site from
business-to-business "vertical portal" VerticalNet.
Here's one of my
here to read about how hotels plan for natural and technical disasters.
Now, you can take a visual tour of a hotel before you book it. Interested?
Hereís some other content I write on a regular
GeoTrust is a company that supplies
information, products, and services designed to improve the two-way
communication of trust-related information between e-businesses and their
various constituents and stakeholders.
I have worked on several major projects for the company. For example, I wrote this
FAQ about privacy in e-marketplaces. I also compiled a B2B e-commerce
Privacy Glossary. And click the following link to read the Internet Archives cache of the
security and privacy news roundup I compiled weekly for GeoTrust.
A good number of my personal finance advice pieces are posted on
Women's Financial Net.Considering how
much money I have spent on women, and how much I have wasted on same
(including some in the very recent past who shall go unmentioned for fear
of me being sued or getting a mean-spirited "what's your
problem" phone call by the new guy they are "seeing") --
the fact that I write articles that tell women how to manage their money
is both delicious irony and top-of-the-scale magnanimity.
Travel and the Web are two of my passions. That's why I was pleased as punch
about my gig writing weekly reviews of travel and other multimedia Web
sites for NOW (Network Of the World), a
British-based streaming media and digital television content delivery
service. Here's Google's
cache of some of my pieces.
I wrote reviews of streaming media sites for the monthly free ChannelSeek
Guide, which was a magazine published by the streaming audio and video
directory site ChannelSeek. Here's
one page of my reviews,
am a contributing editor at Hotel
& Motel Management, a periodical and companion Web site that
covers the lodging industry. For an annotated ad linked list of some of my
here. As 2004 drew on toward a close, the lodging industry continued
its recovery. Read
why. Now that many airlines have slashed travel agent commissions,
will hotels do the same? Read
this article to find out. Some states and other jurisdictions, look at
Internet taxes as a potential cash cow. As you might expect, hotels aren't
too crazy for this idea, and want to head
off this trend at the pass. †What are some trends resulting in more
free-to-guest, video on demand services in hotel rooms? Read
on. Here's the latest about how hotels use
independent Web sites to fill empty rooms, and both why and how Third-party
Web sites are trying to be more hotel-friendly. Meanwhile, some of
these same Web sites are grappling with the implications
of Internet sales taxes. Here's an
article about why and how hotels are making high-speed Internet access
available to guests. Private hotel ownership groups find themselves in
increasing competition with publicly
funded or convention center hotels or such entities built with the aid
of substantial tax breaks. Stay in a limited service hotel lately? If you
think that you spotted some businesspeople who wouldn't have been caught
there just a couple of years ago, here's
why. Know those frequent-guest loyalty programs? Here's how some
hotels are building them up, and making
them work. But if you offer pop-up ads on your hotel site, here's
why your guests just might not stay loyal. Read about how new Internet
tools are helping hotels
create innovative online marketing programs. Are you an hotelier
rethinking your foodservice options? If so, you will want to read this
piece. Odds are you have guests who would favor optimal lighting
conditions for the workspaces in their rooms. With that in mind, here is
some information about trends
in task lighting. If your guests find bugs in your hotel room, you
probably won't come back. That's why I wrote an article about pest-control
best practices for hotels. In this environment of war and spiking
energy prices, my article about efficient
energy management practices for hotels couldn't be timelier. Here are
some tips about maintaining
your foodservice refrigeration systems, and new
ice-machine technologies. And if you are an hotelier thinking about
passing along your properties to the next generation, you may want to read
this article first. If you are more concerned about financial issues
in the here-and-now, read my article on private
equity financing for hotel property improvements.
I was a Contributing Editor at
magazine. The periodical ceased publication in 2002,
but is still available online. To read one of my articles,
thereís more coming!
Photo Gallery- Although I work with words, and words usually work for me, I
also love visual imagery. I live in the most picturesque part of the North
American continent, ideal settings for photographs I take with my digital
camera. I'm building a photo gallery -- not necessarily of the best-known
natural and human wonders, but a mix of the wondrous and mundane that I come
across in my wanderings. Click here to bookmark to reach and bookmark the
section of my site where I've started to list, and then link to, individual
photographs I've taken in my wanderings. But first, please remember --
not all who wander are lost!
I've been quoted as
an expert in Forbes.com,
as well as recently in the
It's good to be geek.
Sometimes I get really worked up. I am pissed off about
actions taken by the greedy and powerful, such as outsourcing white-collar
support jobs overseas. My letter to the editor is the fourth on
Salon.com page. When I get worked up, I speak
my mind. And if you think those two proclamations were something, check out
what I think about people who don't vote. Read what I wrote in the Letters
section of Salon.com about
care prices, the overly clinical music of "jazz" trumpeter
Marsalis, and, why so many "ordinary Americans"
the abolition of the estate tax. ZDNet
published my fears about how
giants will try to lock up access to digital music. When I travel, I like to
go to drop in on
current and prospective clients. On such road trips, I visit restaurants
and post my take on the
experience from a people-watching standpoint. And, if you go around saying
"duh" a lot, you'll want to read
The Mavens' Word of the Day site's
answer to my
query about how the term originated. As you can see,
There are other people with my
name. Iíve had correspondence with Russell Shaw, a Phoenix Realtor who owns The Russell Shaw Group.
He seems like a genuinely nice guy. Not only that, but
REALTOR magazine, the official magazine
of the National
Association of Realtors, rated him the Number
117 REALTOR in the nation in terms of 2001 sales. There are others with my name as well. I'm
not him. Or him. This guy sounds cool, but I'm not him
either. Nor am I any of these people, except, of course, for this
one. But I certainly rooted for him!
How did I get here? Not that many years ago, I talked
about my views of the writing life for an interview with me that was posted on
the Studio B Literary Agency site. Read it
I also try my
best to “have a life.” Sometimes, my schedule results in not enough free time
to socialize, read, and engage in my main hobbies: astronomy, the
outdoors, following politics,
reading, photography, meteorology, primatology, multimedia content creation,
But despite the tradeoffs and sacrifices Iíve made to get to and maintain where
I am I feel blessed.
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