Articles

Here’s a list, in reverse chronological order, of the articles I’ve had published since 1987. You can click a link to read the article or learn more about the publication in which it appears.

Note: If you’re looking for articles I’ve written for this site, use the topical links in the navigation bar — or the search box — to find them. I’ve also written hundreds of articles for my book support site, Maria’s Guides. This page lists articles that are not on either site.

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2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

  • "Destination Wickenburg," SW Aviator, January/Feburary 2003

2002

2001

2000

  • "Microsoft Office: The Abridged Manuals," MacAddict, December 2000
  • "Flying Facts: How Helicopters Fly," self-published for EAA Young Eagles Rally, December 2000
  • "Creating a Rollover Navigation Bar," Mac Today, November/December 2000
  • "Serving Up Images in Slices," Mac Today, September/October 2000
  • "Setting Up a Webcam, Part Two: Going Online," Mac Today, July/August 2000
  • "Print Custom Data on Preprinted Forms—Perfectly!", FileMaker Pro Advisor, June/July 2000
  • "How to Create Macros," MacAddict, June 2000
  • "Setting Up a Webcam, Part One: Getting Started, Mac Today, May/June 2000
  • "Create Great Summary Reports," FileMaker Pro Advisor, May 2000
  • "FileMaker Pro: The Website Fixer-Upper," MacAddict, April 2000
  • "Creating Animated GIFs," Mac Today, March/April 2000
  • "How to Use Word’s Style Sheets," MacAddict, March 2000
  • "Use Sorts and Multi-Level Sorts for Better Data Viewing," FileMaker Pro Advisor, February 2000
  • "Graphic Text, Part 2," Mac Today, January/February 1999
  • "Find the Data You Need—In a Flash!," FileMaker Pro Advisor, December/January 2000

1999

  • "Rope in Your Finances," MacAddict, December 1999
  • "Graphic Text, Part 1," Mac Today, November/December 1999
  • "The Value of Value Lists," FileMaker Pro Advisor, October/November 1999
  • "Graphics with an Edge," Mac Today, September/October 1999
  • "Power Up Your Databases with Plug-Ins," FileMaker Pro Advisor (cover story), August/September 1999
  • "Getting Back to Basics," Mac Today, July/August 1999
  • "Layouts Unleashed," FileMaker Pro Advisor (cover story), June/July 1999
  • "Using the Control Strip," Mac Today, May/June 1999
  • "MacAddict Advice Guide," MacAddict (cover story), April 1999
  • "Using the Application Menu," Mac Today, March/April 1999
  • "Using Sherlock to Search the Internet," Mac Today, January/February 1999
  • "Internet Messaging with FileMaker Pro," NetProfessional (cover story), January/February 1999

1998

  • "NetObjects Fusion 3," MacAddict, December 1998
  • "Mac OS 8.5 Networking," NetProfessional, November/December 1998
  • "Preparing Graphics for the Web," MacAddict, October 1998
  • "Top 10 Mac Tools," Computer User, September 1998
  • "Macromedia Flash 3," MacAddict, September 1998
  • "Create Custom Web-Publishing Solutions with Home Page 3.0," FileMaker Pro Advisor, August/September 1998
  • "Claris Home Page 3 Assistants," NetProfessional, July/August 1998
  • "Excel 98," MacAddict, June 1998
  • "RagTime 4.2 takes unique path to integrated docs," MacWEEK, May 7, 1998
  • "About Face: Microsoft Office 98," Computer User, April 1998
  • "The Alternative to America Online," Computer User, March 1998
  • "Microsoft Office 98," Computer User, February 1998
  • "Mac OS 8: Lived-In Review," Computer User, February 1998
  • "New Features of Mac OS 8.1," Computer User, January 1998

1997

  • "Mac OS 8 Tips & Tricks," Computer User, November 1997
  • "Elusive Apple," Computer User, October 1997
  • "Mac OS 8 is Finally Here!" Computer User, September 1997
  • "Apple Shake-Up," Computer User, August 1997
  • "Photoshop and Live Picture Compared," Computer User, June 1997

1996

  • "I’ve Got a Ducati…Under My Butt," Back Roads, October 1996
  • "Macintosh Hard Disk Maintenance: Reformatting," Data-Tech News, Summer 1996
  • "Four Ways to Keep Your Mac Healthy," Data-Tech News, Summer 1996
  • "Good Things, Small Packages," BBS.net, June 1996
  • "MYOB Accounting 6: Big payoff for small offices," MacWEEK, May 13, 1996
  • "Fetching Fonts," BBS, May 1996
  • "View a .zoo," BBS, April 1996
  • "QuickBooks Pro 4.0 adds muscle to its accounting," MacWEEK, March 18, 1996
  • "Games," BBS, March 1996
  • "Fileware," BBS, March 1996
  • "Motorcycling on the Web," Back Roads, February 1996
  • "Intuitive Big Business a little too big and slow," MacWEEK, January 22, 1996
  • "Grab a Bag and Bag Some Files," BBS, January 1996

1995

  • "Sharewaring," BBS, December 1995
  • "Sharewaring," BBS, November 1995
  • "Sharewaring," BBS, October 1995
  • "Sharewaring," BBS, September 1995
  • "Sharewaring," BBS, August 1995
  • "FlexWare 8.0 seamlessly melds accounting modules," MacWEEK, July 31, 1995.
  • "BBSing the Macintosh Way," BBS, June 1995.
  • "QuickBooks 3.0 offers easy, inexpensive accounting," MacWEEK, March 6, 1995.

1994

  • "FlexWare offers powerful, modular accounting for Macs," MacWEEK, August 8, 1994.

1993

  • "MacP&L builds up credit," MacWEEK, September 13, 1993.
  • "FastTrack Schedule," MacUser, January 1993.

1992

  • "Running a BBS on a Macintosh," Boardwatch, January/February 1992.

1991

  • "Courseware for the Long Haul," Data Training, June 1991.

1990

  • "Personal Computers: An Audit Perspective," co-authored with Jayawant G. Khandeker, Internal Auditor, October 1990.
  • "Online Writers," Chips Off the Writer’s Block, January/February 1990.

1988

  • "Microcomputer Controls – A Policy Primer," The MIS Information Security Resource Manual, MIS Training Institute, 1988.

1987

  • "Auditing Construction Project Budgets," The Audit Advisor, October 1987.

Other Published Work

Here are a few other things I’ve written as work-for-hire pieces over the years.

  • Various User’s Guides and other software documentation for Letraset USA and International Typeface Corporation, 1992 to 1996.
  • Textures & Tones User’s Guide, The Timeline Group for Letraset, September, 1994.
  • "A Prospective Author’s Guide to Writing a Book Proposal," Giles Road Press, February 1994.
  • Macintosh Tips & Tricks for Word 5.1 and Macintosh Tips & Tricks for Excel 4.0, Giles Road Press, 1993.
  • Fidonet Gateway, M.E. Connick and Company, December 1992.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word 4.0 for Macintosh, Intermediate Microsoft Word 4.0 for Macintosh, and Advanced Microsoft Word 4.0 for Macintosh, Computer Applications Learning Center, Inc., 1991.
  • Microcomputers and Auditing, Institute of Internal Auditors, Inc., 1990.

Editorial Positions

I have held a number of editorial positions and authored some regular columns thoughout my writing career. Here’s a list.

  • Contributing Writer, Informit.com, October 2004 to present
  • Contributing Editor, FileMaker Pro Advisor, September/October 1999 to present.
  • Contributing Writer, Mac Design, (formerly Mac Today), January 1999 to June 2001.
  • Contributing Editor, Computer User, April 1997 to June 1998.
  • Publisher, Macintosh Tips & Tricks, Flying M Productions (formerly Giles Road Press), since September 1992.

Columns

My work as a columnist is the closest I get to having a regular job. I’ve held a number of columnist positions over the years, although these days I’m too busy to reliably produce a magazine column. Here’s a list.

  • “Adventure Flying,” Aircraft Owner Online, November 2009 to present.
  • “FileMaker Fundamentals,” FileMaker Pro Advisor, September/October 1999 to April/May 2002.
  • "Designing Web Graphics," Mac Design, (formerly Mac Today), July/August 1999 to May/June 2001.
  • "Inside Mac OS 8.5," Mac Today, January/February 1999 to May/June 1999.
  • "Macintosh Tips," Computer User, November 1997 to May 1998.
  • "Macintosh News," Computer User, April 1997 to October 1997.
  • "Sharewaring," BBS, August 1995 to June 1996. (Publication ceased in June 1996.)