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Jeff Porten

Jeff Porten

Jeff Porten provides consulting services on Mac, IT, and productivity, and is a freelance writer in Philadelphia. His most recent book is Take Control of Your Productivity.

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The Amazing Meeting 2011: Skeptic Podcasts

Continuing his reports from The Amazing Meeting, our roving correspondent Jeff Porten interviews the people behind a pair of popular podcasts: Skeptoid and the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe.

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The Amazing Meeting 2011: What is the JREF?

Roving correspondent Jeff Porten heads to The Amazing Meeting, an annual conference organized by the James Randi Educational Foundation. In his first report, Jeff interviews JREF president D.J. Grothe about the organization’s mission and how it is using iOS devices to help people think critically.

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CFP 2011: Shine On, You Crazy Senator!

At the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2011 conference, Jeff Porten describes and comments upon the keynote delivered by Senator Pat Leahy.

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CFP 2011: Arab Spring or Twitter Revolution?

From the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2011 conference, Jeff Porten reports on a panel that discussed the role online media played in the Arab Spring revolutions.

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CFP 2011: Teens and Data Retention

At the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2011 conference, Jeff Porten passes on details of two additional talks, one on how teens view online privacy, and the other about data retention policies and their possible effects.

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CFP 2011: “Do Not Track” Debate

At the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2011 conference, Jeff Porten listens in on the debate about the proposed Do Not Track header that would theoretically prevent companies from tracking your online activities.

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Should We Care about New Top-Level Domains?

Playing the press fly on the wall, Jeff Porten listens in on the .nxt conference, where there’s much discussion of the wonderful future where .com, .edu, .org, and the many country top-level domains are joined by hundreds of others. But who still cares?

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iOS Hearing Aids… or, How to Buy Superman’s Ears

In which Jeff Porten realizes that he can turn an iPhone or iPod touch into a poor man’s hearing aid for two bucks, and then discovers that he can hear more than he bargained for.

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CES 2011: More Exhausting News from the Future

Jeff Porten braved the miles of vendors at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to report on items of interest to Mac users (and score some discount codes for TidBITS readers in the process).

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(Not) Getting Things Done with Bumptop for Mac

Frustrated by the way the Desktop doesn't work with Spaces for organizing files and folders used in different projects, Jeff Porten takes the desktop replacement Bumptop for a spin. Alas, its representation of the physical world ends up being more trouble than it's worth.

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CES 2010: More ShowStopping Products

ShowStoppers isn't exactly related to CES, but many of the CES exhibitors showed up at this media event, showing off neat products ranging from a GSM-to-VoIP call router to a 3D printer, along with a service that will ensure Jeff Porten never again gets a second date.

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CES 2010: Living in the Past

Covering the cutting edge at CES inevitably leads to a bumpy ride back to Earth. Jeff Porten reflects on how he has glimpsed visions of the future, all while struggling to get a decent Internet connection in the here and now.

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CES 2010: Blending the Future

During the press days at CES, before the exhibition floor opens, some of the most interesting bits of technology are shown to members of the media, like our own Jeff Porten. Read on to learn about laser projectors, minuscule computers, iPhone-controlled hovercrafts, and yes, a blender.

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CES 2010: Rolling the DECE

Jeff Porten returns to Las Vegas to cover (such as is possible) CES for TidBITS, and while trying to figure out what to focus on, he ran across a proposal to make DRM-protected video semi-portable. Whee!

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CFP 2009 Part 1: Threats to Privacy

Ironically, after being detained due to anti-terrorist regulations, Jeff Porten reports from the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2009 conference.