About

Short-and-sweet bio:

Julio Ojeda-Zapata is a longtime tech journalist and sometime author. Learn about his latest book, The Mobile Writer, at ojezap.com/themobilewriter. He lives in St. Paul, Minn., with his wife and son. Find him at ojezap.com.

Slightly longer bio:

As a longtime technology journalist, Julio Ojeda-Zapata has combined his lifelong fascination with technology and his love of journalism into a career that thrills him every day. He is currently a tech writer at TwinCities.com and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He also writes books on occasion. Learn about his latest book, The Mobile Writer, at ojezap.com/themobilewriter. Julio is a nerd and a proud boricua (or Puerto Rican). He lives in St. Paul, Minn., with his wife and son. Find him at ojezap.com.

The whole enchilada:

I’ve had a lifelong fascination with technology, and I’ve been a journalist all my life — starting with my cute little articles for my grade-school newspaper, “La Flama,” in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

So, in a way, I’m one of the luckiest humans alive: I have worked as a technology writer for the bulk of my quarter century as a professional journalist.

Today, I am the business-desk technology reporter for TwinCities.com, a MediaNews Group and Digital First Media property, and its St. Paul Pioneer Press dead-tree sibling.

I report on a wide range of tech topics, post often to my tech blog, and slap together tech videos from time to time (when I’m not in one).

My writing has appeared in a wide range of print and online outlets, including The Magazine, TidBITS, Mpls.St. Paul MagazineMSP-C and the San Jose Mercury News.

I also write books on occasion.

My third, recently released book, The Mobile Writer, is aimed at those who want to be productive on mobile devices (such as iPads and Android tablets) but don’t know how to get started.

The book is a tech-gear and how-to guide for those wanting to get real writing done on ultraportable computing gadgets — efficiently, comfortably and enjoyably — but are confused about their many hardware and software options.

Buy The Mobile Writer here.

I’m also the author of iPad Means Business and Twitter Means Business. A fourth, coffee-themed book is in the planning stages.

I’m active on TwitterGoogle+ and Facebook, among other social networks.

I make frequent appearances on local and national TV-news broadcasts, radio programs and technology podcasts. This site has archived video or audio of most such media appearances.

I speak with some regularity about journalism, technology and social media (and how the three intersect). A number of such engagements are archived here in video or audio form.

I’m a nerd (in the sci-fi-fanatic and tech-enthusiast senses of the word). I love to merengue, make sushi and brew that perfect cup of café — Watch me rave about my favorite coffee maker:

A native of Quito, Ecuador, I spent most of my childhood in San Juan and wear the “boricua” badge with pride.

I live with my wife and son in St. Paul, Minn., where I sometimes grumble about the non-tropical climate but love to strap on a snowboard.

Portrait-photo credit: Ben Garvin of the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Snowboard-photo credit: Richard Marshall of the St. Paul Pioneer Press

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