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TR Member Spotlight with Maxwell Edison

This week's TR Member Spotlight shines on one of TechRepublic's original opinion leaders: Maxwell Edison. You could probably guess that Maxwell is responsible for a couple "firsts" on TechRepublic, but do you know what they are? Find out the details to this and much, much more.

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This week's TR Member Spotlight shines on one of TechRepublic's original opinion leaders: Maxwell Edison.

Did you know that Maxwell's former profile got kicked off the site? Have you heard about Maxwell's "Silver Hammer"? You could probably guess that Maxwell is responsible for a couple "firsts" on TechRepublic, but do you know what they are? Find out the details to these things and much, much more. Listen to the podcast.

About

Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

78 comments
BFilmFan
BFilmFan

A most enlightening interview with another user I am proud to call a long term TR companion. As I have said before though, everything in life is about politics, even the water! It's nice to be able to place a voice with the weilder of the Mighty Silver Hammer.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I've been waiting for ages for this one and when it finially hit the net I've been run off my feet figures. X-( OH God no not another phone call I'll get back to this latter I hope. :_| Col

Tig2
Tig2

Max- a wonderful interview. Sonja- a great job as always! Max, as always you are endlessly fascinating. I found it interesting that you and I came to IT kinda the same way. I will hold on to the podcast so that I can console myself the next time I start feeling like a dinosaur. Recent days find me more often than not in a doctor's waiting room somewhere. Not for me but helping out a friend who can't drive herself to the multiple appointments that she needs to get to. I think often of all of you TR types that I have gotten to know over the years and find that while sitting about or pacing the parking lot (have to train!) your words come back to me about one thing or another. Thank you so very much for adding to my library of recalled words when I need them.

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

I always download the Spotlight mp3 files for reference and other devious activity. Now, MY Spotlight was 128KBps, CaptBilly got 160KBps, but Maxwell Edison only got 64KBps. When I first grabbed the file I had a horrible feeling I'd only got 40% of it. Anyway, it didn't matter as the voice came across as sweet as a nut. Good Spotlight (if a little small in terms of file size). ;)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Nice to put a voice to the opinions and information. You do great work, Max.

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

every time that I think of CAD it reminds me of Dongles. The very same Dongles the kids in Manual Arts used to remove and hide to torment the Teachers. Great interview, Baden-Powell would be proud of you.

neilb
neilb

Great to be able to put a voice to the posts. Neil :D I still intend to pay the steak dinner that I owe. Not this year, alas. But sometime soon.

CaptBilly1Eye
CaptBilly1Eye

...good to be able to tag a voice and personality to an impressive contributor! My ears perked when you mentioned the Scouting trip to Minn. I went on a 150 mile, two week trip with the Scouts in the 70's. We left out of Ely and got so far into the wilderness that we saw no signs of people for over five days. It was an experience I'll never forget. How great that you are able to be part of the memories your kids will treasure. ...who knows, maybe I'll run into you at the Poker tables in Vegas, I usually frequent the ones at MGM & Venetian when I'm in town. I'll keep an eye out for ya. ;-)

jdclyde
jdclyde

great cast and great positive outlook on life. I used to have the same idea about the Q&A section, until it all got blended together and turned into 101 ways to ask for a password hack.... ;\

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Great cast Sonja. I had been waiting to hear from Mr. Edison. Glad it finally came. I guess being AWOL for a while it seemed like factopinguess hadn't been spouted for quite a while. Glad to hear it bust out again. :) Roses are red Violets are blue I'm a schizophrenic And so am I :p

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

You have a smile in your voice, Maxwell. Always like to hear that. Golf? Break 100? Aaurggh. You're right, golf is fun. I didn't think it would be until I played the first game. Hooked now. Thanks so much for an interesting interview - both of you! :)

JamesRL
JamesRL

As Jerry Seinfeld would say "not that there's anything wrong with it"... But now I really have to listen to it - I can't from work. Max coming out of the closet, who'd a thunk it. James

maxwell edison
maxwell edison

Just stop answering the phone and hang-out here listening to all these podcasts instead. Thanks for the comments.

maxwell edison
maxwell edison

Too bad we couldn't have connected when I was in Minnesota.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

I finally had the time to listen to the pod cast and it was indeed excellent. I consider myself fortunate to be a part of this amazing membership.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

When I was in SF, I learned a little bit more about podcast production -- like they should be recorded in mono, 64KBps, and 44.100 KHz. I was all over the board before, but the ones from here on out should be consistent. Nice eye for details, Brian. :)

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

in about twenty years where you and Time-Life sell "Best of TR Spotlight" on whatever the popular media of the time turns out to be. I'm just too tired to flesh out the details, but it's funny as heck. Really.

maxwell edison
maxwell edison

Northern Tier High Adventure Base. But your trip was twice as long as ours - 75 miles, 6 days. Next trip to Vegas is in September.

maxwell edison
maxwell edison

I couldn't let you (and others) have all the fun!

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I have a lot to learn. It is kind of a pita to get past all the password hack requests some days. Then again, great threads to play in.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

But of course I may be wrong. However I do remember a TR Insider who wouldn't give his name & address for security reasons. So he didn't get any TR Swag before others knew about it. :0 Col

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

The last time I tried it I woke up in hospital with broken bones and a lot more work to do with an alternative or powdered bones if I didn't return to work and that wasn't even [b]SWMBO[/b] in a bad mood. :_| I now have 14 Techs working here and I'm working harder than ever pathetic for a place where I was supposed to retire to and get to play with my toys. :( I actually got to touch the Ducati last week as I walked past it pity really as I started to replace some parts just little things like new Spedo and tacho and I got as far as removing the old ones connecting the wires and I had to leave it there 6 months ago now with the new instruments hanging by the wires. Of course if it was [b]SWMBO[/b] car I would have to drop everything and [b]FIX IT NOW[/b] :D I actually had to work on her car recently when the Drivers door refused to open so I just lifted off the door and said Fixed take it for a drive. I never knew that Snap On Extension Arms bent like that and I still have the bruises to prove just how bendable they are. :^0 She said something about the car not looking right so I offered to remove the other doors which got her going so I resisted the urge and moved the hinges and replaced the door catch. Funny thing while it was cutting away the striker I wasn't allowed to touch it and it would have been a quick simple job that I could have got away with in about 30 minutes but when it had all broken it took much longer and I decided that watching her crawl in from the passengers side was maybe getting a little dangerous well my constant laughing at least was. :D Anyway Max great Pod Cast and you are far more interesting than I ever could be. Here's a new Screen cleaner that you'll enjoy and it's even safe to look at. :0 It's supposed to clean the inside of the screen though I'm not to sure just how clean it will get. ;) http://tinyurl.com/5qaqel Col

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

She has touched my heart several times, a real sweetie.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

They are actually paying me to talk to you guys and gals? SWEET! :) Seriously, I have a lot of fun talking to everyone. These Spotlight interviews are one of my best brainstorming ideas EVER.

jdclyde
jdclyde

is that because it is talk and now music, so you don't need the extended detail, allowing you to keep the size of the file smaller?

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

What were the pioneers of modern computing eating? Geek Bytes! :D

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

there are a lot of kids out there that have benefited from blokes like you that have given their free time and inspiration. I take my hat off to you. A lot of kids miss out on experiencing nature and the skills that a scout learns first hand. G'donya

Tig2
Tig2

We hunt and camp in the Fall in Ely. It is very possible to leave all civilization completely behind you in a few miles. Mike's favorite time to go after grouse is mid October. My birthday is also mid October. We compromise by going up together. Granted, I spend a lot of time in the truck and with a book than I do looking for grouse. My crap eyesight is really not well suited to hunting anymore. Next time you come to MN, I get to buy you a beer!

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Last night, I was standing at a Red Box, renting a video, when a man came up to me and asked, "Where did you get that shirt?" I've had it forever (since my high school days), and those brain cells were killed a long time ago, so I answered, "I think at an Army surplus store." "No, you didn't," he said, going on to explain that it was a Boy Scouts shirt that was worth a lot of money. It has "Explorer" stitched over the right pocket, and there's a badge ironed over the left pocket. However, I always thought it was a vest because the sleeves are chopped off (I think that's how I got it, but I've been known to alter clothing...), which of course deminishes its value. The timing was certainly interesting, since we just recorded this podcast. Now I feel even closer to you guys! Shucks!

jdclyde
jdclyde

because if it isn't some scumbag asking how to break into their stolen laptop, it is about their windows server or AD. Very few are topics I even care about anymore. :( When they took categories away, they ruined the Q&A for me.

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

reinventing the wheel. :) If that is the corporate standard, I would assume someone else has already performed that evaluation and analysis. Why would Sonja have to do so again? :p ;\

jdclyde
jdclyde

there was no real reason to settle on those settings other than to be consistent? :0 Guess I was looking into this to much, huh? :p I was giving SOMEONE credit for testing with the different sample rates and making an evaluation of quality vs economy of size and making a sound decision based upon that research. Silly me.... ;\

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

I guess that's how the other CNET brands do it -- namely ZDNet and BNET. Helps prevent potential headaches down the road.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Went for a drive instead. A day trip to the Beach is always fun. Thankfully, at this time of year, heavy traffic is outbound in the morning, inbound in the afternoon. I think if I ever hit the lotto, I'm going to be mean to B-L and donate a full up natatorium (diving pool and all!) to the town. Talk about your white elephant...

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Except the sleeves are sliced off, like I said. I either got it from an old boyfriend of at a thrift store... my brain has decided it wasn't important enough to remember those details. :)

CaptBilly1Eye
CaptBilly1Eye

Being the pack rat I am, I have saved everything. I have a box full of all kinds of scouting stuff A lot of it is from the 1969 National Jamboree in Idaho. It was during that trip that Armstrong walked on the moon and we all got to see it live on a huge outdoor screen. It was an amazing two weeks! I bet a collector would kill for some of junk I've saved. ...collector cards, neckerchiefs, slides, several uniforms, merit badges (I was an Eagle), coins, medallions, patches, belt buckles, etc. I also have a buncha stuff I traded for with scouts from all over the world while at the Jamboree and at Philmont Ranch. But, again... being the pack rat I am, I'll never sell it on eBay. I'll most likely give all me booty up to a friend's sons. Having no kids of my own, it seems a waste to have no one enjoy it.

jdclyde
jdclyde

Not everything is a yes or no, right? :D For me, just less I care about, not working with windows servers or active directory, they are a waste of my time. actually started going back to some of the linux sites to read questions and answers recently.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I was never very good at answering them. Perhaps I've stopped looking because the quality of question has gone down and I don't see many learning opportunities there any more. Or maybe the questions are at the same level they always were and I've just learned somethings over the years. Nah.