About

As a Puerto Rican or “boricua” long ago transplanted to St. Paul, Minn., I still spend Januaries and Februaries in a “Dear God, what I have done” state — except when I am snowboarding, which is a blast.

I do like it here, despite the cold months and the scandalous absence of palm trees and pounding surf. My wife and I live in a fine house, in a great part of the city, with neighbors we have come to adore. When the weather is warm, we sit out on our big front porch for hours and feel fortunate, indeed.

Professionally, I’m a journalist. Always have been. As a schoolboy, I began writing for “La Flama,” the cute little student newspaper at my Colegio Espíritu Santo parochial school in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, and I’ve never stopped being a newspaperman.

Today, I wear a variety of journalism hats.

My day job at the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper is a tasty gumbo of reporting and writing (often about technology) along with website minding, digital production and social-media management. I’m on the newsroom’s “online team” and I’m never, ever bored.

In my spare time, I’m a “contributing editor” (as in regular contributor with a masthead mention) at TidBITS, the venerable Apple-enthusiast site.

As an author, I have several books about consumer technology and mobile productivity under my belt. As of April 2017, I’m embarking on a tech-book project for Take Control Books, an imprint created by the TidBITS folks (more on that to come).

My writing has appeared in a variety of print and online outlets, including The Magazine, Macworld.com, Mpls.St. Paul Magazine, MSP-C and the San Jose Mercury News.

I make occasional appearances on local and national television-news broadcasts, radio shows and tech podcasts. I speak with some regularity about journalism, technology and social media (and how the three intersect).

I’m a nerd (in the sci-fi-fan 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 (warning: f-bombs):

Photo credit: Ben Garvin