Welcome to my digital home

You've found my online profile and digital landing page. This site is primarily a place where I post samples of my work and links to personal media channels at Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.  

I am currently a freelance writer, consultant and digital content developer. For more than 30 years, I worked for The Courier-Journal, a Gannett newspaper in Louisville, Ky. I wrote the Gizmo column for the Courier-Journal and Gannett, reporting on gadgets, gear and electronic games.

My columns appeared the Tech section of USAToday.com and other outlets including ABCNews.com, The Detroit News and The Chicago Tribune. In the early days of the personal computer explosion, I wrote about online services for several tech magazines including PC Computing, Link-Up and PC Week.

I also held several news jobs including political writer, assistant city editor, bureau chief for the paper's Washington and Indiana offices, and business technology writer.

In 1996, I developed the newspaper's first official website and managed its growth into one of the leading digital operations in the Gannett family. I was the Online Production Manager in 2012 when I accepted an offer to take early retirement.

My current work involves a variety of projects. I still cover tech products and services on my own blog at GizmoEditor.com.  And I've expanded into video with a channel on YouTube to offer video product reviews.

For about five years, I was the Tech Expert at MyWell-Being.com, a digital information service sponsored by Humana Inc. to deliver tips and advice to the Baby Boomer generation. The site was suspended in 2016. The last time I checked, you could still view the videos that we produced in 2012. And, here are a few of my columns that I reposted on the Gizmo Editor blog:

I'm also working on several projects with Stephen E. Arnold and Arnold IT. Steve is a consultant who specializes in data search and other information technology topics. In the 1980s, we both worked at Data Courier, part of the Bingham publishing group and a pioneer in online databases. At Data Courier, we developed Business Dateline, one of the first full-text databases to index and deliver regional business articles.

Steve and I were partners in a start-up company that produced Plumb, a newsletter that covered computer bulletin boards. We sold the newsletter to Meckler Publishing and I continued as editor for several years writing the newsletter and editing Meckler's annual Bulletin Board Systems Directory.

Today we work on projects that create content to help a clients raise their online profile. Augmentext.com explains how the system works. You can see other ArnoldIT projects at Xenky.com and a sample of our web video reports on YouTube.

Early in 2015 we published CyberOSINT: Next Generation Information Access, a book that focuses on the rapidly-expanding field of automated collection and automated analysis of open source information. In 2017, we published Dark Web Notebook, a 250-page guide to the digital underworld written specifically for law enforcement, intelligence, and corporate security personnel. More recently, I worked with Steve on a report that examines Amazon's role in the growing business of policeware - software and services that assist law enforcement, intelligence and security organizations.



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