About me

I’m a 50-ish, American family guy who’s worked with technology since the early 80s. I got my first cell phone in the mid 90s, and used various PDAs, MP3/media players, etc. I didn’t get a personal smartphone until 2013, when I replaced my company-issued BlackBerry. I had been part of an emerging-technology group at work, so had hands-on experience working with new mobile devices ranging from the Palm VII to BlackBerry when it entered the scene.

For some time now, my primary area of professional interest has been in security, although I wouldn’t consider myself a hacker. I’m more interested in the security capabilities of smart phones and how, in actual practice, they support or undermine data security.

Prior to my family’s switch to Android and iOS, my ‘daily driver’ phone was a Microsoft Lumia 950XL (now a Samsung Galaxy S8+), the same phone my wife had (now a Google Pixel 2 XL). My daughter had a Lumia 640XL (now an iPhone 7+). We’ve also had a Lumia 925, 521, 640,  1020, and a 920.