In Defense of a High-Quality, Public Education
Keynote address to the graduating class of the Multidisciplinary Studies Department at Stony Brook University.
Stony Brook University, May 21, 2010
Old Meets New: The Meaning of Tradition
Keynote address to the first class of the new journalism school at Stony Brook University.
Stony Brook University, April 25, 2007
The NYT Learning Network: Ask a Reporter
Students ask questions about how and why I chose journalism, how editing is different from reporting, and whether being a journalist is fun. (Preview: Yes indeed, it's fun.)
The New York Times, January, 2008
Travel Review: Ohla Hotel, Barcelona
An ultramodern experiment just steps from the Gothic quarter. Its rooms, some of which feature glass-enclosed shower stalls as centerpieces, start at 190 euros (about $245). Photograph by Jade-Snow Joachim.
The New York Times, February 26, 2012
Giving a Cellphone, No Strings Attached
Choosing the right cellphone to give can be difficult, but once that choice is made, there’s another big issue to consider: How to get the discounted price for a phone without committing the gift-getter to a long-term contract.
The New York Times, December 1, 2008
Betting Your Retirement on Your Start-Up
With small-business loans and second mortgages scarce these days, some middle-age entrepreneurs are starting companies using their retirement savings, a novel financing method that they say avoids loan payments and early withdrawal penalties.
The New York Times, October 1, 2008
Devices That Track Every Precious Need
It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are? How about your pets? And your car? It is possible to get answers to all these questions instantly over your cellphone or computer, using the same technology that guides you from place to place on a road trip.
The New York Times, April 9, 2008
Telecommuters Cry ‘Ouch’ to the Tax Gods
Tens of thousands of telecommuters are receiving tax bills from states where they do not live, do not vote and do not use local services like schools.
The New York Times, February 20, 2008
Face-Lift at the Garden Taps Corporate Money
Until the wrecking ball arrives at Madison Square Garden, its owner, Cablevision, is busy remodeling some sections of the dowdy yellowing arena in an effort to squeeze out a few (million) extra dollars from its corporate clients.
The New York Times, February 8, 2008
Forget the Carats. How Many Gigabytes?
Flash drives have become so compact -- and inexpensive -- that they are finding their way into everyday items like pens, bracelets, picture frames, clock radios and even car stereos.
The New York Times, December 5, 2007
Software That Can Track Your Performance Quickly
How well is your business performing, and what adjustments can be made -- right now -- to improve its fortunes? Chances are the answers are swirling around in the many computer systems that track your company’s finances, inventory, payroll and sales activity. The hard part is collecting and making sense of the bits of information.
The New York Times, September 12, 2007
A Nod to Journalistic Integrity Is Seen in an Editor’s Return
Last week, the International Data Group removed the chief executive of its largest-circulation computer magazine, PC World, and reinstated its top editor, who had quit days earlier over the executive’s decision to not run an article critical of an advertiser.
The New York Times, May 14, 2007
USA Today to Use Items From Start-Up News Site
Three months after two journalists left The Washington Post to start a new-media venture, their political coverage has found its way back to a national newspaper: USA Today.
The New York Times, April 23, 2007
Trimming the List of Things People Can’t Do
For people with limited vision, hearing or mobility, the season of giving -- and receiving -- can be an opportunity to try out the growing number of gadgets that can simplify life or inject an extra dose of fun.
The New York Times, December 6, 2006
Sparing Paper Checks That Last Trip to the Bank
Many small businesses are starting to use scanners specially designed to turn paper checks into screen images that can be deposited over the Internet, without having to leave the office.
The New York Times, November 9, 2006
The Word on Warranties: Don’t Bother
It may be tempting to buy extended warranties with all those high-tech gadgets on your holiday list, but the experts say they are almost always a waste of money.
The New York Times, November 1, 2006
Putting Tech to Work, on the Cheap
Here are ways that small businesses can get more out of the technology they already have.
The New York Times, September 12, 2006
Sports’ Greatest Hits at One Web Site (but There’s a Catch)
ESPN is the most visible player in an experiment being played out across the Internet, where programmers are trying to figure out how to bring expensive old-media-style content, and its revenue models, to the Web.
The New York Times, July 31, 2006
Ads by the Dozen
CBS will advertise its fall lineup on 35 million egg shells.
The New York Times, July 17, 2006
Solar Power Where You Might Not Expect It
New Jersey has set an aggressive schedule for making renewable energy -- wind, water, geothermal -- contribute a large portion of the state's power needs, with an emphasis on solar power produced at the point of consumption, like a home or an office building.
The New York Times, June 4, 2006
A Mini-Y2K Looms, and Other Blips
Computers can be a source of great power -- and frustration -- for operators of small businesses. Here are new technology tips that can address both ends of that spectrum.
The New York Times, May 1, 2006
Computer Technology Opens a World of Work to Disabled People
An abundance of new technology is allowing disabled people to work from home.
The New York Times, March 1, 2006
A New Law and Lots of Headaches
Don't look now, but an important regulatory deadline is approaching that could turn your business upside down -- or, more precisely, inside out -- even if your company never intends to go public.
The New York Times, February 21, 2006
Too Many New Gadgets, Too Much Information at Risk
At first, owners and operators of small businesses may see benefits to employees buying their own smart phones and hand-held organizers. But, it turns out, this trend is also giving technology departments a big headache.
The New York Times, February 21, 2006
A Country House? Let Renters Pay the Mortgage
With the New York City real estate market getting further out of reach for many middle-income buyers, several agents in the Woodstock area are promoting a novel idea: Come up here and buy not one house but, potentially, two or three, and let tourists help pay the mortgage.
The New York Times, November 25, 2005
The University of Florida developed its own monitoring software to stamp out peer-to-peer file sharing on campus, touching off a debate: How much network policing is too much?
Network Computing, February 19, 2004
The U.S. Navy is putting online collaboration to the ultimate test: training sailors to fight a different kind of enemy.
Network Computing, September 18, 2003
What Is Intelligence Chatter, Anyway?
Slate, September 12, 2003
Bellevue Hospital Communicates Without Wires
Long Island Business News, July 26, 2002
A Backup Plan
Is there even a little chance that you could be laid off? Practical advice for how to plan ahead if you want to save what’s on your C: drive.
Newsweek.com, May 20, 2002
CAMPUS LIFE: Afraid of Lab Courses? Workshop Offers a Cure
Marjorie Kandel, a chemistry lab instructor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, took an $80,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and organized a series of lab anxiety classes to ease students' fears.
The New York Times, December 15, 1991
CAMPUS LIFE: Sign Language -- Foreign Or Merely an Easy A?
Stony Brook currently accepts a one-year series of American Sign Language courses to satisfy its foreign language requirement, but some faculty members are questioning both the policy and the quality of the sign-language courses.
The New York Times, May 26, 1991