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It has been my pleasure and privilege to work for, work with, and mentor many talented men and women in the publishing industry. Right now I am freelancing and write regularly for the New York Times, Information Security, CIO, HowStuffWorks.com, Newsforge.com, Network Computing, various CDW magazines, Sam Whitmore's Media Survey, and Business Communications Review. The most updated place to find links to all my current work is my strominator.com blog

 

Over the past two decades, I have held editorial management positions on numerous publications in the computer technical trade press in the areas covering networking and enterprise IT, reseller/channel, OEM, and consumer/enthusiast focus. Many of these were at various stints at CMP Media, launching a new series of Web properties under the DesignLine series of sites for the Electronics Group, as the Technology Editor at VARBusiness, and as the founding editor-in-chief of Network Computing magazine. I also held the position of Editor-in-Chief for Tom's Hardware Guides and launched a new series of Web properties under the Guru series for them in 2005.

 

In 1995, I began an almost weekly series of essays called Web Informant essays that are archived elsewhere on this site, and available via email to anyone. While the email sequence continues, the best place to view this content is my blog, where I post more frequently.

I also write a monthly column for the Yomiuri Shimbun, one of the largest circulation newspapers in Japan. My essays appear on the first Tuesday of every month on both the web site, called the Daily Yomiuri, and in the print edition under the Cyberworld section. I began writing for them in August 1998.

Published books

I have written two books: Internet Messaging (1998) with Marshall T. Rose and Home Networking Survival Guide (2002) by myself. There was another "zeroth" book on OS/2 that I co-wrote with Mike Edelhart back in the late 1980s but I'd rather forget about that experience, and anyway the book was never published.

The Recent Past

If you are looking for some of my past work, you can either search my web site or check any of the links below to track down a particular article. I have organized them into producing white papers and advertorial supplements, producing entire web sites, and general freelance assignments. I should warn you that a lot of these links aren't going to work.

        In 2005, I took over the editorial operations for TG Publishing, owners of Tom'sHardware.com. I wrote many pieces for them, and helped to launch an entire new series of sites under the Guru label to expand their reach into gaming, digital entertainment, and mobility products. Some of my favorite articles are linked to here.

        In August 2000, I began freelancing for VARBusiness magazine, writing features and technology stories. Then I began working full-time for them as Technology Editor from April 2002 to June of 2004. During this tenure, I published over a hundred stories, reviews, and a few covers along the way. I am particularly proud of two entire issues that I organized, assigned all the copy, edited, and produced: State of Technology 2003: Tech Innovators, State of Technology 2002.

        I also wrote a monthly column from 2000-2002 for TechTarget‚s SearchSecurity.com web site, where I reviewed security-related products under David Strom's Security Tool Shed. I continue to work for the company's print magazine today.

White Papers/Advertorials

 

Title

Client (link to paper)

Anatomy of a Web Hack (SQL Injection How-to, 5/06)

Breach Security

Windows XP (10/01)

Ziff Davis Custom Publishing/CDW

Evaluating Wireless LANs (5/01)

Ziff Davis Custom Publishing/CDW

Network storage topics (1/01)

Ziff Davis Custom Publishing/CDW

Security topics (8/00)

Ziff Davis Custom Publishing/CDW

Ecommerce Hosting Options (5/00)

Ziff Davis Custom Publishing/Micron

Windows 2000 Revealed (4/00)

Ziff Davis Custom Publishing/CDW

Networking Windows 2000 (2/00)

Ziff Davis Custom Publishing/CDW

The new breed of email server appliances (5/99)

Technauts Inc.

Email Application Servers: Beyond One-to-One Messaging (4/99)

Delano Technology Corp.

Internet @Appliances Industry Report (10/98 - 7/99)

Core Competence, Inc.

Find the job via the web (10/97)

CareerPath

The Challenge of Electronic Commerce: Selling lemonade has never been this tough (6/97)

Decision Resouces, Inc.

GroupWise vs. Outlook/Exchange (11/96)

Novell

Intranet Introduction

Attachmate

Picking the right Intranet Technologies

Attachmate

Netopia vs. Ascend ISDN Routers

Farallon

Technology in our Schools: Project PortNet (6/95)

Port Washington Schools

Past Web Sites

I have assembled a variety of editorial content for the following web sites, and in some cases played the role of a managing editor and hired other writers. This goes back to the dark ages when the Web was really getting started. Luckily, very few pages remain of this work. But I have cataloged it here for completeness.

 

Site

Responsible for site during

Web site link

Guru series of sites for TG Publishing/Tom's Hardware

2005

www.denguru.com

www.mobilityguru.com

www.tgdaily.com

www.twitchguru.com

DesignLine series of sites for electronics designers for CMP Electronics Group

2004

www.automotivedesignline.com

www.powerdesignline.com

www.wirelesslandesignline.com

Computer Associates' CA World (wrote series of roving reporter dispatches during trade show)

1996-7

www.caworld.com

Intranet Construction Site (managed entire site content, coordinated with various print versions for CMP Media)

1997

www.intranet-build.com

WebCompare (managed content of entire site, collected information on web server software for Meckler Media)

1996-97

www.webcompare.com

The Distant Past

Over the years I have written thousands of articles for numerous publications and Web sites, and appeared on radio and TV shows. Here is as complete and accurate a list of what I have done. And before you come after me, I apologize that many of the article links are broken. I can't keep up with the various sites moving my stuff around!

Publication (link to my article archives)

Dates Contributed

Corporate Web site (if still running)

8Wire

2001-2002

(defunct)

Avatar

1996

(defunct)

Beyond Computing

1994

(defunct)

Business Communications Review

1994, 2006

www.bcr.com

Byte.com

1999-2000

www.byte.com

c|Net

1996-2001

www.cnet.com

CBS-TV Up To the Minute

1996

uttm.com

Communications Week

1993-96

techweb.cmp.com/cw/

Computer Mediated Communications

1996

www.december.com/cmc/mag/

Computer Press Assn. Newsletter

1995

None

ComputerLetter

1994-95

www.computerletter.com

ComputerWorld

1996-99

www.computerworld.com

Connexions

1996

(defunct)

Datamation/Intranet Journal

1997-9

www.intranetjournal.com

FamilyPC

2001

(defunct)

Financial Technology

2000

(defunct)

Forbes ASAP

1993-96

www.forbesasap.com

HomePC

1996

(defunct)

Infoworld

1993-98

www.infoworld.com

Interop online

1996

www.interop.com

Internet World

1997- 2000

www.iw.com

ITworld/Ecommerce Newsletter

1998-2002

www.itworld.com/nl/ecom_in_act/

LAN Times

1996

www.lantimes.com

Marketing Computers

1994

www.marketingcomputers.com

Mobile Computing

1997

www.mobilecomputing.com

Net.Insider

1997

(defunct)

Network World

1993-2002

www.nwfusion.com

Network Computing (full time 1990-92)

1990-2000, 2006

www.nwc.com

New Media

1999

www.newmedia.com

New York Times

2004, 2006

www.nytimes.com

NPR Science Friday (Radio)

1996

None

OII Groupware

1994

None

PC Computing

1993

home.zdnet.com/pccomp

PC Magazine

1997

www.pcmag.com

PC Week (full time 1987-1990)

1997

www.pcweek.com

SD Times

2000

www.sdtimes.com

SearchWin2000.com

2000-2002

www.searchwin2000.com

ServerWatch (Internet.com)

2000

www.serverwatch.com

Small Business Computing

1999

(defunct)

VARBusiness magazine (full time 2002-2004)

2000-2004

www.varbiz.com

WebBuilder/DevX

1998-9

www.devx.com

Windows2000 Advantage

2000-2001

www.windows2000advantage.com

Windows Sources/Pro

1996-98

(defunct)

Wired Magazine

1994

www.wired.com

XML.com/WebReview

1995-99

xml.com, webreview.com

ZDNet Enterprise

2000

www.zdnet.com/enterprise

David Strom