MinuteBots appear on KSTP-TV newscast

Central High School’s MinuteBots robotics team appeared on KSTP-TV News. Exciting! It was not the team’s first media appearance, either.

As I noted earlier, the MinuteBots (including my sophomore son) placed second in a regional competition in the Twin Cities, and are St. Louis-bound for an international competition if they can raise enough money for the trip.

They’re close. More …

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TUAW Talkcast has me on to talk Fire TV

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The Unofficial Apple Weblog had me on its TUAW Talkcast last night. Discussion topics included Amazon’s new Fire TV video-streaming box. More …

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Minnov8 transforms me into Clark Kent

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My recurring guest-host stints on the Minnov8 Gang Podcast are always memorable.

Co-host Phil Wilson always has me in stitches. He and the other regular gangsters (Steve Borsch, Tim Elliott and Graeme Thickins) are supersharp dudes, so discussing tech trends with them is a privilege and a joy.

And, perhaps best of all, Steve Borsch hits his Mac immediately after we are finished recording an episode to fashion ingenious blog-post art that riffs hilariously on something I said. More …

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My son and his robotics team win BIG

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My son, now a high-school sophomore, has a lengthy history of one-upping the old man.

When I was his age, I listened to John Williams’ “Star Wars” soundtracks but could not play them. I was terrible at music lessons and never really mastered a musical instrument.

My son, also a nerd, does not just listen to the Imperial March from “The Empire Strikes Back” but effortlessly belts it out – among others, like “Fiddler on the Roof” – on a violin. More …

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MacBreak Weekly celebrates FirstTech

skitchMacBreak Weekly, the Apple-themed TWiT podcast, noted in this week’s episode the imminent demise of the Minneapolis-based FirstTech independent Apple reseller.

FirstTech in 1977 became the first-ever such dealer, claiming the fifth Apple II to roll off the assembly line, and selling it in short order.

In the MacBreak Weekly episode, host Leo Laporte refers to my article on the subject. More …

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I’m Julio Ojeda-Zapata, a nerd, boricua and technology journalist in St. Paul, Minnesota. This is my personal site.
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