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Journalist, IT Consultant, Web Developer

Over the past two decades, Lance has worn a variety of different technology hats – journalist, Web developer, software trainer, and IT pro. He began his long career as a writer and editor, working in advertising and publishing, but the lure of computers eventually drew him into the wild world of technology.

As an IT admin for a large global company, Lance tackled everything from desktop and end-user support to server and network administration. As a journalist, he has written everything from product documentation to magazine articles and, for the past few years, has been a freelancer with Microsoft TechNet Magazine, where he writes a monthly column on Microsoft utilities. He also writes for CNET News, producing daily news stories and opinion pieces. As a Web developer, Lance works on Web pages for different clients, including diving in to hand-code HTML and CSS.

In his personal life (yes, IT people sometimes have a personal life), Lance enjoys hiking, biking, and improvisational performance.

In his column on TMCnet, Lance will be speaking directly to the IT pro – the person on the front lines of computer support, writing news stories, opinion pieces, product reviews, and anything else that IT pros might find helpful in their daily work. You can reach Lance at lpw@pobox.com and follow his exploits on twitter..

Latest Articles

Determine if Your Web Site is Mobile Device Friendly - 02/10/2012
Are You Certifiable? - 02/08/2012
IT Professionals a Bit More Optimistic about Job Market - 02/06/2012
iPhone Tops Among Mobile Workers - 02/02/2012
IT Departments Will Have to do More with Less in 2012 - 01/30/2012
iPad Gaining More Traction among IT Pros and Business Users - 01/26/2012
IT Pros to See Small Pay Boosts This Year - 01/24/2012
Mozilla Easing Closer to Enterprise-Friendly Firefox Releases - 01/19/2012
Takeaways from CES 2012 - 01/17/2012
Employee Confidence in Job Market on the Upswing, says Study - 01/12/2012
Programmers in Top Demand for 2012 - 01/11/2012
Make Sure Your Applications are Compatible with Windows 7 - 01/05/2012
More SMBs Eyeing Tablets in the Year Ahead - 01/04/2012
2012: The Year in Tech - 01/03/2012
More Companies Supporting 'Bring Your Own Device' Programs - 12/28/2011
Windows 7 Deployments Gaining Momentum - 12/21/2011
Small Increase in IT Hiring Expected Next Quarter Says Robert Half - 12/19/2011
LinkedIn Cautions against the Most Overused Buzzwords - 12/15/2011
Which Computers are the Most Reliable? - 12/13/2011
2012 IT Job Market Looking Okay Despite Economy - 12/09/2011
Get the Edge on Microsoft Products with TechNet Edge - 12/07/2011
One in Three Consumers to Use Tablets by 2014 - 12/06/2011
IT Gender Gap Closing but Disparities Remain - 12/02/2011
My Thoughts on the iPhone 4S - 12/01/2011
More Workers Staying Connected Off the Job - 11/29/2011
More Workers Using Social Networks to Find a Job - 11/23/2011
Most IT Pros Happy with Their Current Jobs - 11/21/2011
Stanford Offering Free iPhone/iPad Developer Courses Through iTunes U - 11/17/2011
Android Phones to Gain More Traction Among Enterprises - 11/15/2011
Google Rolls out Google+ Pages for Businesses - 11/10/2011
BlackBerry Phones Losing Traction in the Enterprise Market - 11/09/2011
Mobile Data Traffic to Grow Ten Times by 2016 - 11/09/2011
Tech Job Requests Growing Less Urgent, says Dice - 11/07/2011
Survey Shows Dip in Confidence among IT Workers - 11/03/2011
A Look at Adobe Creative Suite 5 and 5.5, Part 3 - 10/31/2011
A Look at Adobe Creative Suite 5 and 5.5, Part Two: Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fireworks - 10/28/2011
A Look at Adobe Creative Suite 5 and 5.5, Part 1 - 10/25/2011
Microsoft Updates Windows Intune - 10/20/2011
My Quest for the iPhone 4S - 10/18/2011
Some CIOs Eyeing Decrease in IT Spending - 10/14/2011
Microsoft Advising Companies to Move to Office 2010 - 10/13/2011
Industry Facing Shortage of Microsoft .NET Developers - 10/06/2011
Employees Would Give up Key Perks to Use Their Own Mobile Devices and Apps - 10/05/2011
IT Security Managers Unaware of Security Issues, says McAfee Survey - 10/04/2011
Mozilla Proposes Slower Firefox Update Schedule for Enterprises - 09/29/2011
Access Your Entire iTunes Library from Your Mobile Device - 09/28/2011
Microsoft Launches Windows Server 8 Developer Preview - 09/27/2011
How to Install the Windows 8 Developer Preview - 09/26/2011
Companies Cite Virtualization as a Critical Initiative - 09/20/2011
Internet Explorer Best Browser at Blocking Malware, says Report - 09/14/2011
Microsoft Slowly Revealing Details about Windows 8 - 09/12/2011
Requests for Mobile App Developers Growing, Says Dice - 09/08/2011
IT Admins Acknowledge Consumerization of IT but Still Face Hurdles - 09/07/2011
Half of IT Pros Surveyed Let Users Install Their Own Software - 09/01/2011
Small Businesses Not Protecting Their Virtual Servers - 08/29/2011
Almost Half of Companies Lose Sensitive Information on USB Drives - 08/23/2011
Healthcare Companies Providing Job Opportunities to IT Pros - 08/18/2011
Symantec Finds Security Holes in Apple's iOS and Google's Android - 08/16/2011
Growth in Data Brings Opportunities for IT Pros - 08/15/2011
IT Spending to Grow 7.1 Percent This Year, Says Gartner - 08/12/2011
A Look at Skype for the iPad - 08/10/2011
Tech Savvy Workers Attracted Toward Startups - 08/04/2011
Microsoft Touting IE9 as Best Browser for Business - 08/03/2011
Insider Threats Pose Risk to Corporate Data, says Study - 08/01/2011
IT Worker Confidence Stays Flat, but Confidence in Employer Grows - 07/28/2011
LinkedIn Rolls out New Web Plug-In to Help Job Applicants - 07/26/2011
Microsoft Releases Windows Live Mesh for Mac - 07/22/2011
Microsoft Renews Push to Move Companies Away from Windows XP - 07/20/2011
IT Spending Squeeze is Over, says New Study - 07/19/2011
Almost All Businesses Surveyed Hit by Security Breach in Past Year - 07/15/2011
A Quarter of Companies Say They Use Cloud Computing - 07/14/2011
Get Technical Help from Microsoft's Windows Expert Community - 07/07/2011
Mobile Devices Playing Key Role for SMBs - 07/06/2011
Microsoft Office XP Nearing End of Support Life - 07/05/2011
Microsoft Launches First Service Pack for Office 2010 - 06/29/2011
IT Facing Mixed Windows and Browser Environment - 06/21/2011
Control Your PC from Your iPad - 06/20/2011
Learn About Cloud Computing at the Microsoft Virtual Academy - 06/14/2011
Majority of Hiring Managers to Hire More IT Pros During Second Half of Year - 06/09/2011
Apple Provides Support Page for Businesses Using iPad - 06/08/2011
Almost 9 Million Tablets Being Used by SMBs - 06/07/2011
Use Ontrack to Restore Lost Data - 06/02/2011
Companies Say They Don't Have Enough IT Support Staff - 05/31/2011
Tablet Use Surges Among SMBs - 05/23/2011
Most IT Execs Say They Support Too Many Applications - 05/17/2011
Consumerization of IT Limping Along - 05/13/2011
Outsourcing Costs Often Higher than Expected - 05/11/2011
Create a Free Web Page through your iPhone with Zapd - 05/05/2011
Imagination Technologies Records Accelerated Deployment of Video SoC IP Cores - 05/05/2011
IT Index Finds Dip in Worker Confidence - 05/03/2011
Google Updates Chrome Again - 05/02/2011
Software Engineer Ranked Best Job for 2011 - 04/28/2011
A Look at the iPad 2 - 04/26/2011
Survey Finds Many Companies Unaware of Security Risks - 04/25/2011
More Workers to Grab Email via Mobile Devices - 04/19/2011
More Small Businesses Eyeing Social Media - 04/15/2011
RIM to Launch PlayBook Tablet with Event on April 14 - 04/12/2011
Learn to Use Microsoft Products through 'How do I?' Videos - 04/11/2011
Gartner Advises CIOs to Embrace Tablets - 04/08/2011
A Look at Google Chrome 10 - 04/06/2011
A Look at Firefox 4 - 04/04/2011
The iPad in the Enterprise - 03/31/2011
Microsoft Releases Windows Intune - PC Management for Businesses - 03/28/2011
Multitask More Efficiently with Virtual Desktop Software - 03/24/2011
Internet Explorer 9 Goes Live - 03/22/2011
LinkedIn Launches Online News Site - 03/15/2011
Businesses Cite Pitfalls of Running Cloud-based Apps - 03/14/2011
Microsoft Playing Taps for IE6 - 03/09/2011
Get Help on Microsoft Software Through Microsoft Answers - 03/08/2011
Windows Server 2008 R2 Gets Service Pack 1 - 03/07/2011
Service Pack 1 Debuts for Windows 7 - 03/02/2011
Learn about Notebooks at NotebookReview - 02/25/2011
RSA Outlines New Strategies for Tackling Security Threats - 02/23/2011
IT Pros Facing Challenges Patching Software Holes - 02/22/2011
Internet Explorer 9 Inching Closer to Final Release - 02/16/2011
IT Folks Fuzzy About the Cloud - 02/09/2011
Recover Files with Recuva - 02/08/2011
DNS: PandaLabs Spots New Malware Plaguing Facebook - 02/03/2011
IT Salaries Flat in 2010 - 02/01/2011
Biggest Source of Security Holes is Third-Party Software - 01/28/2011
A Look at Windows Remote Desktop - 01/26/2011
Mid-size Companies Lay Out Priorities with Higher IT Budgets - 01/24/2011
Google Chrome Ready for the Enterprise - 01/20/2011
IT Pros More Optimistic about Jobs and the Economy - 01/20/2011
The Verizon iPhone - Yes or No? - 01/18/2011
CES: More than Just Tablets - 01/14/2011
Tablets Galore at CES - 01/10/2011
Find Free Software at the Free Country - 01/06/2011
Go Back in Time with Windows System Restore - 01/03/2011
The Year Ahead for IT - 12/29/2010
DNS: Bit9 Reveals Top Vulnerable Applications of the Year - 12/27/2010
Dice Survey Points to Increased IT Hiring Next Year - 12/23/2010
Store and Sync Your Files Online with Dropbox 1.0 - 12/22/2010
Teach Your Parents (and Anyone Else) Tech - 12/16/2010
Ways to Securely Erase a Hard Drive - 12/14/2010
A Look at Nuance's PaperPort Professional 12 - 12/13/2010
U.S. News & World Report Highlights Best IT Careers for 2011 - 12/09/2010
Hiring Managers Planning to Hire More IT Staff - 12/07/2010
A Look at VMware Workstation 7 - 12/01/2010
Windows Gadgets to Monitor Your Network PCs - 11/29/2010
Google Expands and Streamlines Google Apps - 11/22/2010
Gartner Offers Advice on Migrating from IE6 - 11/19/2010
Find Hardware and Software with Microsoft Windows Product Scout - 11/17/2010
Half of SMBs Polled Block Access to Facebook and Other Social Networks - 11/16/2010
IT Jobs Show Gains in October - 11/12/2010
How to Manage ISO Files - 11/10/2010
Data Growth is Top Challenge for IT - 11/08/2010
Android Gaining in Business World - 11/02/2010
Robert Half Eyeing Modest Increases in IT Salaries Next Year - 11/01/2010
IT Job Confidence Declining - 10/29/2010
Users Frustrated with IT Security Policies - 10/25/2010
IT Pros Willing to Buy their Own Tech Products for Work - 10/22/2010
Tune Into TechNet Radio - 10/20/2010
Optimize Your PC with Slim Computer - 10/19/2010
Use Windows PC Scout to Find the Right PC for You - 10/14/2010
Tech Industry Leaders Optimistic on Recovery But See Flat Employment - 10/14/2010
Windows Live Essentials 2011: Why It's Worth Exploring - 10/12/2010
Security Admins Speak Up: More Awareness, Controls Needed for Web 2.0 - 10/06/2010
Microsoft Security Essentials Available to Small Businesses - 10/04/2010
A Few of My Favorite Laptop Utilities - 09/27/2010
Lack of Data Retention Policies Could Prove Problematic - 09/22/2010
Edit Your Docs on the Go with Documents to Go - 09/22/2010
Get Your Free Office 2010 Migration Guides from Microsoft - 09/17/2010
A Look at the Dell Studio XPS 16 Notebook - 09/14/2010
Certain IT Jobs Among Fastest Growing in America - 09/09/2010
Microsoft Broadcaster Finds Content for IT Blogs - 09/08/2010
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Problems - 09/07/2010
Learn About Windows 7 Through Microsoft's Online Events and Webcasts - 09/01/2010
Companies Need to Tap into Social Media to Reach Out to Consumers - 08/30/2010
A Look at Lenovo's High-End Laptop - the ThinkPad W510 - 08/25/2010
Cell Phone Use Jumps Among Business Executives - 08/19/2010
Employees Sneaking Past IT to Run Unsupported Apps - 08/17/2010
Healthy Spending Expected on PCs from SMBs - 08/12/2010
Organizations Still Running Windows XP SP2 Face Security Risks - 08/11/2010
Tackling Windows 7 Hardware Compatibility Issues - 08/10/2010
The Cost of Cybercrime - 08/05/2010
IT Decision Makers Planning to Up Their Budgets - 08/03/2010
IT Worker Confidence Hits Highest Level in Three Years - 07/29/2010
Move Your PC Management to the Cloud with Microsoft Intune - 07/27/2010
Easing the Upgrade to Windows 7 - 07/26/2010
Word 2010 Impressions - 07/22/2010
IT Companies Optimistic About 2010's Second Half - 07/20/2010
Upgrade from Office Live Workspace to Windows Live SkyDrive - 07/19/2010
Run Windows on a Mac Through Parallels Desktop - 07/13/2010
Windows Live Essentials Wave 4 Hits Beta - 07/08/2010
Learn Microsoft Software Through Virtual Labs - 07/07/2010
Find Technical Resources with Microsoft Desktop Player - 07/06/2010
Your Microsoft Support Options - 06/30/2010
Outlook 2010 Impressions - 06/25/2010
Migrating to Microsoft Outlook 2010 - 06/21/2010
Office 2010 Available for All - 06/18/2010
Microsoft Revamps TechNet Subscriptions - 06/15/2010
New Windows Live Sync is Coming - 06/14/2010
Office Web Apps Now Online - 06/09/2010
Office 2010 Available for $10 for Your Users - 06/07/2010
Companies Unaware of all their Cloud Services - 06/03/2010
Microsoft Offers Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 for Schools - 06/01/2010
Free Software Uncovers the Specs on Your PC - 05/27/2010
Manage Your Hard Drive Partitions - 05/25/2010
Another Study Sees Value in Cloud Computing - 05/24/2010

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