I wrote a guest piece for my former colleague Stacey Higginbotham’s wonderful newsletter on the internet of things. It tackled the need and importance of trust, privacy, and security in this new age of computing.

A couple of ice ages ago, when I started writing about technology, personal computing was shorthand for computers used by enthusiasts. Such machines were eons away from becoming the personal computers that now sit on our desks and in our backpacks. In the post-PC age, personal computing means tablets and smartphones. After all, these always-on mobile devices are our constant companions. We are now glued to their screens, and more importantly, they are personalized to serve our every need.

Going forward, however, personal computing will become something else thanks to the growing number of connected devices — what readers of this newsletter affectionately call the Internet of Things. Indeed, in looking around my apartment recently I realized just how many of these devices had entered the most personal of my spaces: my home.

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Stephen Robles of AppleInsider invited me to for a conversation for the AppleInsider podcast. It was a delightful chat about a range of topics, including iPad Pro, Creator Economy, Social Media Platforms, and our deal with this devil called social media. I talk about my ongoing (and unending affair) with the Internet and why we always tend to underestimate its power — both on the upside and the downside.

July 1, 2021, San Francisco

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David Ingram has written a thoughtful piece about technology’s role in 2020 — both the good and the bad. He asked me about Zoom and its long term impact on how we live online. I enjoyed the conversation about our collective behavioral shift towards video as the primary communication mode in the future. “We are returning to a model of work-home life that would have been unfamiliar to our parents but completely familiar to our great grandparents,” said Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, an author. The final piece is worth a read.

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Given that nearly “half of the media jobs lost this year were in digital, print and broadcast newsrooms,” it is no surprise that many media personalities are running into the arms of Substack. As I told Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo, “They are the great white hope of media right now.” 

The upcoming launch of a Substack reader app will make them a direct threat to the always in two minds platisher, Medium. On Twitter, @nickcicero said it best: “Email newsletters are just community-driven blogs with a specific distribution model, meaning platforms need better ways to deliver reliable reach for their creators.”

To be clear, I am rooting for the folks over at Substack — it’s not as if any of the people still in legacy media are doing anything other than complain while they wait for the guillotine. Whatever the future of the media industry is, it is going to be found by startups experimenting with the new and the bold. “As a former media guy,” I told Pompeo, “I would like my industry peers to survive and thrive and do well, and I think Substack shows them the way.”

Read: Why Substack is so hot/ Joe Pompeo, Vanity Fair Magazine.

December 8, 2020. San Francisco

Kai Brach, who once interviewed me for his wonderful OffScreen magazine, recently asked me what five things I think are worthy of our time and attention. This feature is part of his wonderful newsletter, Dense Discovery. My answers are in issue number 115. They involve photography, food, video, writing, and work—all my favorite things. Have a look.