Saturday, April 25, 2009

Robert reporting from the RSA Conference

I just completed a freelance assignment covering the RSA Conference 2009 for RSA.

I wrote 17 stories that were posted on the conference Web site during the week long event April 20-24. I interviewed keynoters and wrote stories on several of the breakout sessions. Here are just a few:

"Lax security can invite lawsuits" is about a panel discussion, moderated by CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin, about legal issues related to e-discovery and company liability for data breaches.

"Innovation Sandbox winner announced" is about a competition among early-stage tech security companies who presented their innovations and business plans to a panel of judges.

"Social networks present new risks for malware, ID theft, etc." is about how people let down their guard when visiting "friends" on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.

"Tackling Cyber Security Challenges Today" was a very interesting panel about how the U.S. government, including the National Security Agency, Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, are trying to protect cyberspace from attack.

"The 'MythBusters' stars next challenge: Is code unhackable?" Is about the Discovery Channel show whose co-hosts gave a keynote on the last day of RSA Conference 2009.

More Examiner posts

I've added a few more posts to, which I hope you'l appreciate.

I had a lot of fun writing about my exasperating experience with Facebook, which I chronicled in the post "Facebook's Catch-22 Rule."

This post is from my coverage of the Embedded Systems Conference about wireless mesh networks: "Wireless networks can help around the house."

Another ESC story about tear-downs, where engineers take apart a product to show you how it works -- or in this case, didn't work: "Nintendo's 'Virtual Boy' undergoes autopsy at ESC."

This was a fun story from ESC about a computer that mounts on a shopping cart handle and organizes your shopping trip. "Now you'll have no excuse to forget the milk."

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Examiner post

I posted another blog item on about a new Bluetooth headset product coming from Plantronics.
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Monday, April 6, 2009

My new role as an "Examiner"

I finally started posting articles in the last week for, the blogging site for the San Francisco Examiner newspaper. The paper has recruited an army of several hundred bloggers, mostly in the Bay Area but also in some other U.S. cities, to write about everything under the sun. We make a pittance, but it could result in some valuable exposure and help build a porfolio of articles.
Here are the first four articles I wrote:

Plantronics takes 'one giant leap' for managing multimedia audio
Savi Office introduction. March 31

Now you'll have no excuse to forget the milk
Shopping cart-mounted computer. March 31

Nintendo's 'Virtual Boy' undergoes autopsy at ESC
Failed product, April 1

Wireless networks can help around the house
Mesh networks, April 6

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