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To promote a brand or blog, the place to start is with a pen and paper. Find a relaxed place to work away from your computer to begin, put the pen to paper and draw or list your central ideas in a simple way.

Of all the questions I receive via e-mails and at appearances, the one that is most on users' minds these days seems to be that of the impact of the Apple iPad (and tablets in general).

The prepaid cell phone model is becoming more common for broadband or fast-access Internet service. It is much more expensive than regular broadband access, but like all such services, it will probably come down in price over time.

Q: Dad, how will I know when it is the right time to get married?

Today some questions and answers from the e-mail inbox.

This week in the column I look at a few lessons we can learn from the study of music and technology.

This week in the column I draw some parallels between recent tech trends and the popular Seinfeld sitcom.

In one episode of "Seinfeld," George's girlfriend glosses over details in her adventures by simply saying, "yada, yada."

Today I'd like to answer a reader's recent e-mail to me in detail.

There's a clash of the titans brewing in the ongoing war of words between Adobe and Apple. Apple has implemented rules for iPad and iPhone developers that basically shut out Adobe Flash and several other third-party development programs from being used on Apple's devices.

I saw a video demo this week that really shows the iPad's potential to create a new way of looking at apps or programs.

Facebook is apparently about to introduce some changes, and a couple of these have the Internet buzzing. recently published several articles on this topic, which we review below.

Today, some of your e-mail questions answered:

The Apple iPad continues to get constant attention online, especially since its April 3 release date grows closer. Pre-orders were impressive but seem to have slowed down a bit.

Say what you will about Google, but no one can accuse them of standing still.

Today I want to address a common question from folks who are confused about social networking.

The introduction of the Apple iPad has led to a constant buzz online concerning touch screen devices, in particular e-books.

The Harvard Business Review recently presented an excellent article by Morten Hansen on five mistakes to avoid when working with others.

One of my favorite episodes of the original "Star Trek" series had Mr. Spock trying to confuse a pair of identical female robots by telling one that he loved her, but telling her identical twin that he hated her. The object was basically to make them both "blow a fuse" by the illogical nature of his statement, since they were both exactly the same.

Thanks as always for your e-mails and suggestions for the column and podcast. Today I'd like to answer a few recent queries.

Social networking is the refrain of almost any online article or news story these days. Most stories concentrate on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for business, but there is another class of products that are equally important in this area of technology: the location-based services such as Foursquare.

This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was different from past shows in many respects. Probably the biggest news was the large number of tablets and e-book readers announced. It's difficult to draw a clear line of distinction between these two types of devices, but generally they break down like this:

Netbooks -- those small devices that are actually underpowered laptops -- make me yawn. My reasoning on this has always been that for the same money, you could buy a good used laptop with power to spare.

This week I get to answer some more of your recent email questions.

Welcome to the first Tech Talk column of the new year dedicated to some of your recent e-mail questions.

This week in the column I share a few random thoughts on the current state and potential of technology.

Today, some final thoughts as we leave 2009 behind ...

This week in the column I discuss three instances in which technology can help us learn valuable life lessons.

There are three types of mobile devices that should become tech trendsetters next year: the ever-improving cell phone, the e-book reader and the Tablet PC.

Today in the column and the podcast I discuss issues relating to social networks, origins of the need for them, and some possible upsides and downsides of this trend to watch out for.

Social networking has become the focus of most online businesses and Web sites. Today, I'd like to share my thoughts on its history and where I believe it's going.

"Name That Tune" was a popular radio and then television show that originally aired in the 1950s.

This week in the column I "name that tune", describing the song and dance routines of some new tech trends.

In the column this week I describe some of my recent adventures with my new iMac and Magic Mouse, as well as briefly mention the Gateway SX 2800 PC series.

When I started using computers in 1983, I subscribed to several magazines on the subject. One of my favorites was Byte, a technical and entertaining effort.

This week in the column I answer some recent emails of general interest.

Today, some questions from the in-box.

Today in the column I look at the recent Fortune Magazine award to Steve Jobs as CEO of the decade, as well as other tech news.'

Some time ago I wrote a column on problem-solving that used two analogies, that of the first Boston Red Sox World Series victory and the safe recovery of the NASA astronauts on the perilous Apollo 13 mission.

Now that Windows 7 and Snow Leopard for the Mac are on the market, we can all step back and see just how they seem to be doing.

I've mentioned before that my two major hobbies in life turned out to be my two main professions: music and technology. In a way this perfectly expresses my own opposite natures and perhaps the duality that we all have within us.

I'd like to begin today by thanking everyone for the tremendous response to the new TFP Tech Talk page on Facebook and my associated account on Twitter.

If you saw the movie "Shrek," you may remember how Shrek the ogre tried to explain himself to the donkey with one word: layers.

Last week Google released Google Wave to a large number of developers. Wave purports to combine several functions into one package.

Today, some questions and answers from the inbox.

When I was making a living as a musician, I sometimes felt a bit misunderstood. Because I worked very hard to master several styles of music that I loved, I was always getting categorized by one faction or the other.

Today in the column I cover the recent Apple show and other new tech developments.

Imagine someone blowing up a balloon, then quickly letting the air escape. Now, imagine them doing it over and over in a seemingly endless cycle. To paraphrase a famous anti-drug commercial, this is your brain on Apple.

Last week it was announced that the Disney Co. is buying Marvel Entertainment for around $4 billion -- Mickey Mouse meets Spider-Man, I suppose.

Today in the column I cover a few recent tech stories.

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