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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Articles by John F. McMullen



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


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


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


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


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


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...


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.


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


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


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


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


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...


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...


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


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,...


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


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


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...


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...


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


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


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...


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...


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


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...


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


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...


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...


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


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


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


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


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...


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


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...


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...


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.


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


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

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