Hi. I’m Tom Negrino. I’ve been writing about Macs, other computers, and software since dinosaurs ruled the earth. OK, it’s actually been since 1987. These days, I make my living writing books about computers and software.
I bought my first Mac in the fall of 1984, began writing software reviews and feature articles for the late MacGuide magazine, and started writing for Macworld shortly thereafter. I was a Contributing Editor at Macworld from 1990 through 2004. We parted on good terms, and I still write for them. Over the years, I’ve also written for most of the other Mac magazines.
Dori and I were one of the first bloggers; our shared blog, Backup Brain, was first published in November 1999. I use Backup Brain to talk about stuff that publishers won’t pay me to write about, such as politics and home theater. The blog section on this site consists of my posts that are republished from Backup Brain. We were equally quick to pick up on Twitter; in fact, there’s more tweeting than blogging these days. Perhaps the pendulum will swing back. Of course, it’s impossible to ignore Facebook, and my tweets are automatically reposted as Facebook status updates. You can follow me on Twitter, or check out my Facebook, Google+, or LinkedIn pages by clicking the appropriate icons at the top of the page.
In late 1999, we fled from Culver City in the Los Angeles area to Healdsburg, in the middle of the Sonoma wine country. It’s a better place to live in general and was a fine place to raise our son. Now that he’s grown, it’s just us. Since 2013, we greatly miss our very excellent cat, Pixel, who always made an appearance in each book. Of course Pixel has his own website, where he lives on.
Photo credit: Morgen Benoit Photography