Weekly output: Life as a journalist, data-cap calculations, FCC vs. net neutrality, “EC 261” flight-delay compensation

I got through this Thanksgiving without having to write a single gift-guide story. I can’t remember when I could last make that claim.

11/20/2017: EP 57 – What It’s Like To Be a Journalist in This Day and Age, The Lorne Epstein Show

I sat down in the studios of Arlington’s low-power FM station WERA in late August with Epstein and my fellow guest (and Washingtonian Tech Titan honoree) Tajha Chappellet-Lanier to talk shop about my profession. A little while later–Epstein is apparently better at working ahead of time than me–the show aired.

11/21/2017: Internet data caps: Why you end up busting them, USA Today

A reader’s e-mail about being puzzled by Cox telling her she’d exceeded its 1 terabyte data cap led me to revisit data caps and their essential unfairness.

11/21/2017: How the FCC’s plan to kill net neutrality affects you, Yahoo Finance

You can advance a respectable argument against net-neutrality rules by saying that ISPs have given up on trying to block or slow individual sites. Calling a repeal of those regulations on the behavior of corporations alone “restoring Internet freedom” is not that argument.

11/23/2017: Delayed in Europe? How EC 261 Services Can Get Airlines to Pay, The Points Guy

I’ve had this story on my to-do list since seeing AirHelp present at TechCrunch Disrupt NY in 2014. A year later, I finally tasked another company expert in the European Union’s “EC 261” flight-interruption regulation to get Lufthansa to compensate me for the hours-long delay that held up my return from IFA in 2012. The airline sent me a check last March, and then it took me another year and a half to sell a piece about it. That itself only happened when a TPG editor asked if I had other posts in mind after passing on one I’d thought to pitch after seeing a friend’s byline there.

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Weekly output: OS X Photos export, Karma unlimited LTE, low-power FM, Facebook privacy, tech fails of 2015

I completely spaced about doing this post yesterday. You’d think that remembering to write my weekly recap would be a given after four years of practice, but I guess not…

12/21/2015: How to get a photo out of Apple’s Photos, USA Today

All the hilarity of the runup to Christmas kept me from remembering to note this column, posted a day later than usual, in the first version of this post.

12/23/2015: Review: Karma Sells Unlimited Mobile Broadband — But Is That a Viable Business?, Yahoo Tech

My own research about the usefulness of an unlimited-data LTE service with a 5-megabits per second speed limit (basically, a lot of binge-watching on Amazon and Netflix) suggested it’s an iffy proposition. The comments, however, feature more positive testimony from several Karma users, including one who said it ended a need to rely on slow, expensive, data-capped satellite Internet.

Yahoo Tech LPFM post12/24/2015: Low-Power FM: When Your Local Radio Station Is Really, Really Local, Yahoo Tech

This was a story I’d been looking forward to doing since about 2000–and for much of the intervening years, I thought I’d have to drive out of town to visit a low-power FM station. Instead, I could walk to WERA’s studios in Arlington (the address is 2701-C Wilson Boulevard, but the front door is actually on North Danville Street) and listen to it anytime I run an errand in our car.

12/25/2015: Tip: Use Facebook Lists to Keep Friends Close, Acquaintances Less Close, Yahoo Tech

I indulged in some post-publication editing to explain that while you might not need to go through the workaround specified, one of my editors did. As is my usual practice, I called out the change in a comment.

12/27/2015: Tech Fails: The year in consumer gadget calamities, USA Today

I did something a little different with this column: Instead of investigating a particular gadget or software malfunction, I tried to inventory the year’s biggest sources of these annoyances. Would you add anything to my list?

Update, 1/3/2016: Added a link to a story I spaced about including the first time around.