John F. McMullen

John F. McMullen lives with his wife, Barbara, in Jefferson Valley, New York, in a converted barn full of pets (dog, cats, and turtles) and books. He has been involved in technology for more than 40 years and has written more than 1,500 articles, columns and reviews about it for major publications. He is a professor at Purchase College and has previously taught at Monroe College, Marist College and the New School for Social Research.

MucMullen has a wealth of experience in both technology and in writing for publication. He has worked as a programmer, analyst, manager and director of data processing (what would now be called “CIO”) for two large investment firms. He has also worked as the officer of a consulting and services firm, has co-owned his own consulting firm and worked as a college professor of information systems.

In the writing area, McMullen has been a contributing editor for Computer Shopper, Computers & Electronics, HyperAge and Computer Living – New York. His writing has also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, PC Magazine, InfoWorld, the National Review, Lear’s and MicroTimes. McMullen was the co-author of one of the first books on microcomputer communications (“MicroComputer Communications – A Window on The World” – John Wiley, 1983) and a contributor (with Esther Dyson, Steve Wozniak, William F. Buckley, Henny Youngman, Ray Bradbury, Les Solomon and many others) to “Digital Deli,” an anthology that was well ahead of its time.
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Philosophy and Technology? Philosophy and Technology? Philosophy and Technology? Philosophy and Technology?


Philosophy and technology may not seem like highly interrelated disciplines, but with people's increased interaction with technology, some...

From Ada Lovelace to Deep Learning From Ada Lovelace to Deep Learning From Ada Lovelace to Deep Learning From Ada Lovelace to Deep Learning


Computer programming can be traced all the way back to 1843 - before computers even existed! Throughout the ages, computer programming has...

More Than Moore - 50 Years of Moore's Law More Than Moore - 50 Years of Moore's Law More Than Moore - 50 Years of Moore's Law More Than Moore - 50 Years of Moore's Law


In 1965, Gordon Moore predicted the doubling of computing power every year (later modified to every two years). Fifty years later, Moore's...

Don’t Look Back, Here They Come! The Advance of Artificial Intelligence Don’t Look Back, Here They Come! The Advance of Artificial Intelligence Don’t Look Back, Here They Come! The Advance of Artificial Intelligence Don’t Look Back, Here They Come! The Advance of Artificial Intelligence


Rather than simply helping to guide humans' decisions, artificial intelligence is now beginning to make decisions for humans. Where is this...

Who Owns All the Data Collected About You? The Answer May Surprise You Who Owns All the Data Collected About You? The Answer May Surprise You Who Owns All the Data Collected About You? The Answer May Surprise You Who Owns All the Data Collected About You? The Answer May Surprise You


It seems that personal information is anything but personal these days, with firms buying and selling data on people without their consent...

A Different Way Of Looking at the Impact of 3-D Printing A Different Way Of Looking at the Impact of 3-D Printing A Different Way Of Looking at the Impact of 3-D Printing A Different Way Of Looking at the Impact of 3-D Printing


3-D printing is poised to revolutionize manufacturing as we know it. Here we take a look at how printing technology has affected us, and...

How Technology Is Changing Our Brains How Technology Is Changing Our Brains How Technology Is Changing Our Brains How Technology Is Changing Our Brains


Constantly using Google to look up facts is changing the way our brains work. Here we take a look at what that might lead to

Why 2014 Won't Be the Year of Wearable Technology Why 2014 Won't Be the Year of Wearable Technology Why 2014 Won't Be the Year of Wearable Technology Why 2014 Won't Be the Year of Wearable Technology


Experts are predicting a surge of wearable technology for consumers in 2014, but based on current data and trends, it seems unlikely

The Steve Jobs Scam The Steve Jobs Scam The Steve Jobs Scam The Steve Jobs Scam


On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone. This announcement changed technology, and life in general for many, but was it...

Google: Good, Evil or Both? Google: Good, Evil or Both? Google: Good, Evil or Both? Google: Good, Evil or Both?


Elegant software and hardware products should be tools to enhance our lives, not devices of entrapment. Which side Google's technologies...

News Isn't the Only Thing the Internet's Changing News Isn't the Only Thing the Internet's Changing News Isn't the Only Thing the Internet's Changing News Isn't the Only Thing the Internet's Changing


If news business is, in fact, evolving into something new - a combination of print and digital - journalists aren't the only ones who'll...

Data Corrupts - Big Data Corrupts Absolutely Data Corrupts - Big Data Corrupts Absolutely Data Corrupts - Big Data Corrupts Absolutely Data Corrupts - Big Data Corrupts Absolutely


Before the extent of mass surveillance in the U.S. was revealed, we could all claim we didn't know any better. Now the problem - and our...

Say Goodbye to Today's Technology Say Goodbye to Today's Technology Say Goodbye to Today's Technology Say Goodbye to Today's Technology


Just when you think you've got the hang of new technologies, they're gone. And that means major changes for consumers, companies and the...

Buying a New Car ... Er, Computer Buying a New Car ... Er, Computer Buying a New Car ... Er, Computer Buying a New Car ... Er, Computer


Much has been written about the automation of the automotive manufacturing process and the resulting loss of jobs. But there's another side...

Can Online Education Really Make the Cut? Can Online Education Really Make the Cut? Can Online Education Really Make the Cut? Can Online Education Really Make the Cut?


A battle between technology and education isn't really the point here so much as how best to make use of technology to provide flexible,...

Reboot: How to Adapt to a New Tech Environment Reboot: How to Adapt to a New Tech Environment Reboot: How to Adapt to a New Tech Environment Reboot: How to Adapt to a New Tech Environment


We don't know what the future will bring, but the key to adapting is embracing the changes as they come

Why I Don't Believe In a Tech Sabbath Why I Don't Believe In a Tech Sabbath Why I Don't Believe In a Tech Sabbath Why I Don't Believe In a Tech Sabbath


We need more and more information to be productive citizens of the 21st century. The Internet is the best way to get it

Approaching The Future Approaching The Future Approaching The Future Approaching The Future


What does the future have in store for us? Experts have differing views on what to expect when it comes to the future of technology and how...

Why There Are No Winners In the Privacy Debate Why There Are No Winners In the Privacy Debate Why There Are No Winners In the Privacy Debate Why There Are No Winners In the Privacy Debate


Privacy for ourselves but not for others doesn't make sense, but that doesn't stop us from wanting it. Read about how the privacy debate's...

Will Bitcoin Win the Race to Become an International Currency? Will Bitcoin Win the Race to Become an International Currency? Will Bitcoin Win the Race to Become an International Currency? Will Bitcoin Win the Race to Become an International Currency?


In an age where banks are not looking as trustworthy, many are wondering if Bitcoin can take their place

The Digital Divide: A Technological Generation Gap The Digital Divide: A Technological Generation Gap The Digital Divide: A Technological Generation Gap The Digital Divide: A Technological Generation Gap


The first digital divide was financial - separating those who could afford modern technology from those who could not. However, we are now...

Will Computers Be Able to Imitate the Human Brain? Will Computers Be Able to Imitate the Human Brain? Will Computers Be Able to Imitate the Human Brain? Will Computers Be Able to Imitate the Human Brain?


The notion of The Singularity has been hotly debated for years. Will robots rule the world? Find out what both sides of the debate have to...

In the Wake of Aaron Swartz, New Awareness Over Internet Rights In the Wake of Aaron Swartz, New Awareness Over Internet Rights In the Wake of Aaron Swartz, New Awareness Over Internet Rights In the Wake of Aaron Swartz, New Awareness Over Internet Rights


Aaron Swartz's death shined a spotlight on the overall questions concerning the use and value of data, and the public's rights when it...

Freedom of Speech on the Internet? It's Complicated Freedom of Speech on the Internet? It's Complicated Freedom of Speech on the Internet? It's Complicated Freedom of Speech on the Internet? It's Complicated


The Internet crosses international and legal boundaries, which makes determining what's allowed difficult

Hurricane Sandy: Why I Spent It at Barnes and Noble Hurricane Sandy: Why I Spent It at Barnes and Noble Hurricane Sandy: Why I Spent It at Barnes and Noble Hurricane Sandy: Why I Spent It at Barnes and Noble


As recently as five years ago, hurricanes would have kept us in our homes. But times have changed. Find out why writer John McMullen sought...

For the Love of Hackers For the Love of Hackers For the Love of Hackers For the Love of Hackers


There is a hacker code of ethics. Unfortunately, a few hackers have been breaking it for years, putting everyone at risk

How Big Data's Getting Smaller How Big Data's Getting Smaller How Big Data's Getting Smaller How Big Data's Getting Smaller


How to collect and analyze big data is only one side of the equation; the other is how to understand it. Here are some ingenious ways that...

Why Quantum Computing May Be the Next Turn on the Big Data Highway Why Quantum Computing May Be the Next Turn on the Big Data Highway Why Quantum Computing May Be the Next Turn on the Big Data Highway Why Quantum Computing May Be the Next Turn on the Big Data Highway


If we are going to be able to make sense out of all the data that we are accumulating, we'll need a faster way to process it. Quantum...

It's Cloudy In the Cloud It's Cloudy In the Cloud It's Cloudy In the Cloud It's Cloudy In the Cloud


Cloud computing is both a new and exciting way of using our technological resources in the most efficient way possible and a reminder that...

Tech Failures: Can We Live With Them? Tech Failures: Can We Live With Them? Tech Failures: Can We Live With Them? Tech Failures: Can We Live With Them?


As we turn over more and more of our lives to intelligent systems, we must demand quality - or face the consequences

Email Spam: What Goes Around Comes Around? Email Spam: What Goes Around Comes Around? Email Spam: What Goes Around Comes Around? Email Spam: What Goes Around Comes Around?


Spam may be little more than annoying email. Then again, it might just steal your identity or drain your bank account

Digital Data: Why What's Being Collected Matters Digital Data: Why What's Being Collected Matters Digital Data: Why What's Being Collected Matters Digital Data: Why What's Being Collected Matters


There are limits on how much information law enforcement agencies and government can collect about you. Unfortunately, the restrictions on...

As Technology Changes, How To Avoid Becoming Obsolete As Technology Changes, How To Avoid Becoming Obsolete As Technology Changes, How To Avoid Becoming Obsolete As Technology Changes, How To Avoid Becoming Obsolete


As the pace of change accelerates, how can we avoid becoming obsolete? Here, John McMullen examines the price we pay - and what we get in...

E-Books: What They Mean for Writers, Readers and the Written Word E-Books: What They Mean for Writers, Readers and the Written Word E-Books: What They Mean for Writers, Readers and the Written Word E-Books: What They Mean for Writers, Readers and the Written Word


The publishing world is undergoing a major shift as reading becomes increasingly digitized, and that's affecting readers and writers too

From Howdy Doody to HD: A History of TV From Howdy Doody to HD: A History of TV From Howdy Doody to HD: A History of TV From Howdy Doody to HD: A History of TV


The Web brought us information when and where we wanted it. Now we expect the same from TV. It's a far cry from the days when whole...

Astounding Sci-Fi Ideas That Came True (and Some That Didn't) Astounding Sci-Fi Ideas That Came True (and Some That Didn't) Astounding Sci-Fi Ideas That Came True (and Some That Didn't) Astounding Sci-Fi Ideas That Came True (and Some That Didn't)


We can only guess what the future of technology holds, but history suggests that if you're looking for future facts, you might just find...

Creative Disruption: The Advance of the Internet Creative Disruption: The Advance of the Internet Creative Disruption: The Advance of the Internet Creative Disruption: The Advance of the Internet


Many of today's technologies are based on a few key innovations in the graphical Web browser and the development of the World Wide Web

Technology and Music: From Records to Digital Recordings Technology and Music: From Records to Digital Recordings Technology and Music: From Records to Digital Recordings Technology and Music: From Records to Digital Recordings


For better or for worse, the impact of technology has never been more obvious than in the music industry

Creative Disruption: The Rise of E-Books and Digital Publishing Creative Disruption: The Rise of E-Books and Digital Publishing Creative Disruption: The Rise of E-Books and Digital Publishing Creative Disruption: The Rise of E-Books and Digital Publishing


From typewriters to publishing on demand, the book and publishing industry had been undergoing major changes

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