I’m Jeff Porten, and I wear several hats.
I’m a Macintosh, IT, and business development consultant, and all-around Mac guru. I do consulting on all of the above, primarily for small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits.
I’m a freelance writer, with most of my work centered around the above. I write regularly for TidBITS, and I used to write for Macworld and other IDG publications. With the publication of Take Control of Your Productivity, I’m branching out as a productivity consultant and speaker. Same focus as my Mac and IT consulting: small businesses, nonprofits, teams at larger companies, and self-employed jacks of all trades. My first book, The Twentysomething Guide to Creative Self-Employment, was published back when I actually was twentysomething.
My home territory is roughly anywhere between New York and Washington, DC. I’m on the road elsewhere frequently.
I am usually involved with various nonprofits and progressive activism. I am the Chair of the Board of Student Pugwash USA, with prior stints as an officer or advisor at the World Federalist Movement, ISODARCO, the Kappa Alpha Society, and “Noodle Club” (a networking group for nonprofits in Washington, DC).
Finally, I play a hell of a lot of poker, and I appear to be reasonably good at it.
Feel free to reach me by email.
Earned my $10
Watch live: Elizabeth Warren makes an announcement in Lawrence, Mass.
Laughed out loud when I realized how this headline would sound to anyone who doesn’t know either name.
(And to those who do: he hasn’t, the premise of the story is ridiculous.) Has Brian Bendis Made Tim Drake a Virgin Again?
Very amusing, Captain Marvel is set in the 1990s, and so is the website. Captain Marvel
Friends in the UK, this just came to my attention. We’re not involved, so I don’t have more details than this.
Student/Young Pugwash UK is collaborating with British Pugwash to host a major, one-day conference exploring the prospects for arms control and disarmament over the coming years. London, 23 Feb
Pugwash Peace & Disarmament Conference – SYP UK Annual Conference. | Network for Peace
Deirdre O’Leary I’ll assume this is someone you know from the Deirdre O’conference. Apple names Deirdre O’Brien senior vice president of Retail and People
Holy *fuck*, this is Not The Onion. Unbelievable. I’m certain this is illegal (and will never be pursued by the FEC or whomever is in charge of that). Trump campaign: Send us $1 and we’ll scroll your name during State of the Union live stream
Story broken by the same guy who released the governor’s yearbook picture, so let’s call this what it is: a test to see how far Democrats can be pushed to eat their own. I suspect the answer is “much more than we should.” Justin Fairfax, second in line for governor of Virginia, faces sexual assault allegation
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Cast Combines ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Rent’ on ‘Carpool Karaoke’
Hive mind: What’s in these Ed Bacon photos?
Well, now I know how Joel Avery will be spending his retirement. An 80,000-Piece, 9-Foot Diorama Of The Death Star Trench Run From Star Wars: A New Hope
Clearly these people don’t spend enough time in strip clubs. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema puts on boots and America cringes
Part of a new NatGeo series, including: Why the Earth Isn’t Flat Even Though It’s Not Curvy Where You Are; Why What Your Cousin Heard on Oprah Doesn’t Replace Modern Medicine; and Even If You’re Full After a Big Dinner, Plan to Eat Tomorrow. Why cold weather doesn’t mean climate change is fake
Anne Hathaway is my new favorite celebrity. Anne Hathaway tricked Ellen’s audience into a fake ‘citrus healing’ ritual before telling them never to put something in their mouths just because a celebrity tells them to
My last story from CES includes tech for diabetics and the blind, STEM education for girls, a mention of the Spanish Inquisition no one expected, and giant relaxing egg furniture.
CES 2019: Startup Gadgets at Eureka Park – TidBITS
Heads up, in theaters in September. Megan, let’s make this a tradition, every 34 years.
Fathom Events | Lawrence of Arabia
2nd-to-last story from CES, in which I tell you about a pen. That uses chocolate for ink. In 3D.
CES 2019: Somewhere Between Star Trek and Harry Potter – TidBITS
Dear every friend in or visiting Philly: let’s go let’s go let’s go! I may need to buy a membership. Marvel superheroes exhibit coming to Franklin Institute
I casted some pod defending the honor of CES. Some discussion of Comic-Cons occurred.
Episode 239: “All in on Dark Mode”
It’s 11 o’clock, and Mitch McConnell is a douchebag of evil David Bier on Twitter