CMP/UBM/Informa (Strom archive)

I have a long history with CMP Media, then called United Business Media, now Informa — having worked at four full-time editorial positions. In 2013-2014, I wrote for one of their blogs called Solution Providers for Retail, how the channel can help retail businesses with their technology needs. Sadly, the blog has been since retired.

Earlier, I wrote a few pieces for a blog of Dr. Dobbs called Develop in the Cloud, mostly on app dev topics; and others for Internet Evolution. Those posts are gone to the sands of time too.

A few years ago I wrote a series of freelance pieces for Most of these are also gone.

  • Top disruptive techs for 2008 (1/3/08)
  • Top tips for securing your laptop (11/24/07)
  • Five networking pet peeves (7/9/07)
  • How to get started with Web 2.0 (6/4/07)
  • Six decisions to deploy endpoint security (4/24/07)
  • Microsoft Still Trying to Get Open Source (4/4/07)
  • The growing need for personal firewalls (3/24/07)
  • How To Protect Your Precious PC Data: From Physical Security To Encryption (2/10/07)
  • Five disruptive techs to watch in 2007 (1/2/07)
  • Group chat evolving into E-Mail 2.0 (12/7/06)
  • Web 2.0 makeover strategies (11/28/06)

My first position with CMP was the founding editor-in-chief to launch Network Computing magazine back in the summer of 1990 — good times. (Here is a guest column that I wrote in 2000 on the magazine’s 10th anniversary.) My most recent article was Freddie Mac cashes in on Web services (9/18/06), a case study on the financial services firm.

In the fall of 2004, I worked for the Electronics Group and help launch a series of Web sites aimed at electronics designers under the label, and hired its first staff of site producers. Finally, I started doing freelance work for VAR Business in 2000, and worked full-time as their Technology Editor during 2002-2004. Here is a page of the highlights from that era. (Some of these links are outdated.)

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