Christopher Null – About the Author – Clips/Writing Samples

Christopher Null
Writer, Journalist, Editor / Technology, Business, Entertainment

ABOUT

Christopher Null is an award-winning journalist, editor, and columnist. He is best known as the founding editor of Filmcritic.com, which was launched in 1995 and acquired by American Movie Classics in 2009. He also founded Mobile PC magazine in 2003, the first ever periodical focused exclusively on mobile technology, before spending 4 1/2 years writing about tech daily for Yahoo! as “The Working Guy” and 6 years as the tech columnist for Executive Travel magazine. Null has additionally worked for a variety of technology and business publications, and today he continues to write regularly for Wired, PC World, and numerous other outlets. Today he runs a media company, Null Media, which provides editorial consulting, strategic direction, and writing services to media and non-media companies alike. Null Media publishes Drinkhacker.com and Film Racket, among other sites.

Null received an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin in 1996. His first novel, Half Mast, arrived in bookstores in 2002 and was heralded as “the best of contemporary American fiction” by the New York Resident. His 2005 book, Five Stars!, a how-to guide for aspiring film critics, is often used as a textbook for film criticism curriculum at a number of colleges and universities. It was reissued in 2013 in its second edition.

GIGS

2011-present, Founder and Editor in Chief, Null Media LLC
2010-present, Blog Editor, Intuit Small Business Blog
2010, Columnist/Blogger, Yahoo! News, Technology
2006-2010, Columnist/Blogger, Yahoo! Tech
2003-2005, Editor in Chief, Mobile magazine (formerly Mobile PC)
2002-2003, Editor in Chief, New Architect magazine
1998-2002, Reviews Editor & Executive Editor, Smart Business magazine (formerly PC Computing)
1997-1998, Managing Reviews Editor, LAN Times magazine
1995-2012, Founder, Editor in Chief, Publisher & Director, Filmcritic.com (now part of AMC Television)
1995-1997, Contributing Editor, Feedback magazine
1994-1997, Entertainment Forum Moderator, The Diner online service
1994-1996, Contributing Editor/Columnist, Texas Business Weekly
1991-1993, Associate Editor, Scream N Meme magazine
1991-1992, Editorial Columnist, The Daily Texan

CLIPS (this is a small selection; links to latest published works can be found in real-time on Facebook)

FEATURES

“Why the fax still lives (and how to kill it),” PC World, January 2014
“The unreal deal: How to ID phony phones, counterfeit CPUs, and other tech traps,” PC World, September 2013
“The worst deals in tech: Are you being fleeced by these 7 overpriced products?,” PC World, August 2013
“Inside e-ployment: Online staffing services put temporary labor within reach of small businesses,” PC World, July 2013
“You’re Gonna Want to Sit Down for This: 6 High-End Desk Chairs Reviewed,” Wired, June 2013
“9 Social Media Mistakes Your Business Must Avoid,” PC World, May 2013
“8 Ways the Death of Cash Will Change Your Life,” Laptop, April 2013
“The 21 Worst Tech Habits–And How to Break Them,” PC World, April 2013
“8 Secrets to Super-Productive Telecommuting,” PC World, April 2013
“Make Your Business Shine Online: 8 Steps to Boost Visibility,” PC World, March 2013
“Do Social Media Ads Really Work? We Put Them to the Test,” PC World, February 2013
“How to Clean Up Your Business’s Online Reputation,” PC World, January 2013
“45,000 PC World Readers Name the Brands They Love (and Love to Hate),” PC World, December 2012
“Does Your Small Business Need a Mobile App to Stay Competitive?,” PC World, December 2012
“6 Kickstarter Nightmares, and How to Prevent Them,” PC World, November 2012
“Key Strategies for Your New Organized Office,” PC World, September 2012
“How to Improve Your Site’s Search Engine Ranking with SEO,” PC World, August 2012
“The 5 Best Online Marketplaces for Selling Handmade Goods,” PC World, May 2012
“How to Get Your Business Started on YouTube,”
PC World, April 2012
“Beyond Yelp: Which User Services Matter?” PC World, February 2012
“Four Virtual Assistants Tackle Real-World Tasks,” PC World, October 2011
“15 Top Transportation Apps for Planes, Trains, and Cars,” PC World, October 2010
“Which Online Mapping Service Is Best?” PC World, October 2010
“10 Businesses You Can Start From Your Smartphone,” PC World, September 2010
“Defeat Tech Distractions,” PC World, May 2010
“Technology’s Most (and Least) Reliable Brands,” PC World, February 2010
“Technology We’ll Miss When It’s Gone,” PC World, November 2009
“How to Avoid Facebook and Twitter Disasters,” PC World, August 2009
“Facebook Etiquette: 10 Rules for Better Socializing,” PC World, July 2009
“How to Live Your Entire Life on Facebook,” PC World, March 2009
“How to Start an Online Business for $100,” PC World, November 2008
“15 Hot New Technologies That Will Change Everything,” PC World, October 2008
“25 Best Business Software Tools and Web Services,” PC World, September 2008
“What Does It Take to Get a PC with XP?” PC World, July 2008
“Top 50 Tech Visionaries,” PC World, May 2008
“Ten Great (but Fake) Tech and Science Videos,” PC World, September 2007
“The 50 Best Tech Products of All Time,” PC World, April 2007 (Maggie Award winner)
“The 50 Most Important People on the Web,” PC World, March 2007
“Smart Phones Get Smarter,” PC World, February 2007
“The 15 Best Places to Waste Time on the Web,” PC World, December 2006
“The 13 Most Embarrassing Web Moments,” PC World, November 2006
“The Future of Your PC,” PC World, October 2006
“5 Hot Products for the Future” Business 2.0, July 2006
“All-Star Tech Stores,” PC World, June 2006
“Broadband To Go,” PC World, March 2006
“23 Things to Do With a Thumb Drive,” PC World, February 2006
“Dude, You’re Getting a Dell — Every Five Seconds,” Business 2.0, December 2005 (subscription required for some B2 stories)
“Nice (Horizontal) Pants!” Business 2.0, December 2005
“The Ultimate Geek Gift Guide,” Wired News, November 2005
“23 Computing Cures,” Maximum PC, August 2005
“The Mobile Crash Kit,” Mobile, August 2005 [PDF]
“The Birth of the Notebook,” Mobile PC, April 2005 [PDF]
“Pseudo-Scientific Real World Testing: Is It Safer to Drive Drunk or On the Phone?” Mobile PC, February 2005 (reprinted in Maximum PC, July 2009)
CNET’s Business Buying Guide, CNET, September 2003
“How Netflix is Fixing Hollywood,” Business 2.0, July 2003
“The Check is in the Car,” Business 2.0, July 2003
“Mess with the Bull, Get the Horns,” Smart Business, November 2001

TECH NEWS / ANALYSIS

“The moral of the Twitter-GoDaddy breach: People are the easiest thing to hack,” PC World, January 2014
“The 9 Lessons of WikiLeaks,” eSecurity Planet, January 2011
New Year’s Tech Resolutions for Small Businesses,” PC World, December 2010
“Too Young to Tweet?” eSecurity Planet, November 2010
Best New Tablet Computers,” Executive Travel, July/August 2010
“Does Gaming at Work Improve Productivity?” PC World, December 2008
“The 411 on Your Next Cellphone,” Popular Science, July 2008
“The Computer That Reads Hand Signals,” Popular Science, June 2008
“Super Charged,” Popular Science, July 2007 [PDF]
“The Best: Web 2.0 Acquisition Bait,” Wired, January 2007
“No Longer Safe for Work: Blogs,” Wired News, October 24, 2005
“Musical Geeks Mine 8-Bit Sound,” Wired News, October 13, 2005
“Photoshop Magic Melts Prison Bars,” Wired News, October 5, 2005
“Buck Stops for Web Panhandlers,” Wired News, June 10, 2003
“Lamo Hacks Cingular Claims Site,” Wired News, May 29, 2003
“Online, Some Bloggers Never Die,”Wired News, April 22, 2003
“Misfired Messages Roil Businesses,”
Wired News, April 1, 2003
“Paypal Tightens Transaction Reins,” Wired News, March 26, 2003
“Net Hacker Tool du Jour: Google,” Wired News, March 4, 2003
“Hackers Run Wild and Free on AOL,” Wired News, February 21, 2003
“Down and Out, South by Southwest,” Smart Business, July 2001
“Free Windows?” Smart Business, January 2001
“Web of Lies,” PC Computing, January 2000
“The Free Economy Goes Bankrupt,” PC Computing, December 1999
“Cyber Swindle,” Austin Chronicle, January 1997
Executive Travel complete column archives

OPINION

“Solving the Gadget Power Crisis: One Nuke at a Time” (prank), Mobile PC, April 2005 [PDF]
“A Few of My Favorite Gadgets,”
Mobile PC, March 2005 [PDF]

INTERVIEWS

James Carville: “James Carville, New Spokesman for Maker’s Mark,” Drinkhacker.com, August 2012
Sean “Puffy Daddy” Combs: “Diddy Talks Ciroc,” Drinkhacker.com, November 2009
Kevin Smith: “How To: Improve Your Home Movies,” Wired, August 2006
Mark Ecko: “What’s On Your Mobile?,” Mobile PC, October 2004 [PDF]
Michael Schrage (MIT Media Lab): “Inside Line,” Smart Business, December 2001/January 2002
Tony Romeo (Unilever): “Inside Line,” Smart Business, July 2001
Neil Armstrong: “From Spaceman To Chairman,” Smart Business, January 2001
Sky Dayton: “Inside Line,” PC Computing, March 2000
Barry Sonnenfeld: “Back in Black,” San Jose Magazine, April 1998

TECH PRODUCT REVIEWS

“Sofa Surfers: 4 Universal Remotes Tested,” Wired, February 2012
“The Skinny on Ultrabooks,”
Wired, January 2012
“Overclock Your Home Office with an All-in-One Printer,”
Wired, November 2010
“Best of the Mobile Web,” PC World, October 2007
“Vizio P42HDTV,” “LG Electronics 42PC1DA,” “Maxent MX-42HPM20,” (plasma TVs), PC World, August 2006
“Two, Two, Two Chips in One,” (dual-core laptops), Wired, May 2006
“Battery Boosters,” PC World, April 2006
“Dell Inspiron XPS-2,” Mobile, May 2005 [PDF]
“The Best Software You’re Not Using,” PC World, October 2003
“Mega Storage to Go,” PC World, August 2003
“Ultimate Bargain PCs,” Smart Business, June 2002
“Toshibo Libretto L1,” Wired, September 2001
“Multimedia Moguls,” (desktop PCs) Men’s Journal, June 2001
“Scan I Am,” (scanners), Working Woman, April 2001
“Flat Is Where It’s At,” (LCD monitors), Working Woman, February 2001
“Like to Watch? / The Search Is On,” (various reviews), PC Computing, August 1999 [alt link]

TECH HOW-TO STORIES

“How to Run Your Business in Evernote,” PC World, October 2012
“Hardware Speed Boosts for Your PC,” PC World, March 2011
“Software Speed Boosts for Your PC,” PC World, March 2011
“Networking Speed Boosts,” PC World, March 2011
“How Do You Know When Your PC Is Too Slow?”
PC World, March 2011
“5-Minute Fixes for Windows PCs,”
PC World, November 2010
“Fast Fixes for Office Annoyances,” PC World, November 2010
“The 25 Worst High-Tech Habits (and How to Fix Them),” PC World, November 2010
“Work Smarter in Windows: 55 Great Productivity Tips,” PC World, October 2010
“25 Most Popular Windows Tips: The Best Explained and Worst Debunked,” Maximum PC, December 2008
“Search Engine Optimization for Your Web Site,” PC World, December 2008
“How to Buy a Gaming PC,” Military.com, November 2008
“Step-by-Step: 5 Laptop Upgrades You Can Do Yourself,” also: GPU and CPU upgrades, PC World, August 2008
“50 Ways to Make Your Software Do More,” PC World, February 2008
“Make Vista Liveable,” Maximum PC, January 2008
“How to Survive the Worst PC Disasters,” PC World, May 2007
“35 Things Every PC Owner Should Know,” PC World, March 2007
“Networking Made Easy,” (how-to), PC Computing, September 1999

MOVIES

“The Best and Worst Movies About the Internet,” PC World, November 2008
“Animals in the Movies Quiz,” Parade, October 2007
“Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” Wired News and filmcritic.com, May 2005
“Cubicle Verité,”
(roundup), Business 2.0, November 2003

FOOD, WINE, & SPIRITS

“Raise Your Spirits: 7 Clever Toys to Trick Out Your Bar,” Wired, October 2013
“We Can Drink the Rest Tomorrow: 5 Wine Preservation Systems Tested,” Wired, June 2013
“Whisky Blender Provides Bespoke Potables by Mail,” Wired, March 2012
“Sangrita Recipe,” Food Republic, June 2011
“Kitchen KitschTech: The Business Behind TeleBrands,”
Maximum Tech, February 2011
“Kitchen Counter Tech: 25 Essential Culinary Gadgets,” Maximum Tech, February 2011
“Baby It’s Cold Inside: One Man’s Search for the Perfect Ice Cube,” Wired, January 2011
“Automatic Martini Maker Leaves Us Shaken and Blurred,” Wired, November 2008
“Winebloggin’,” Parts 123456. Wired, July 2008 – March 2009
“Go With the Grain,”
(rice cookers), Wired, November 2006 (scroll down)
“Brain Food,” Mobile, August 2005 [PDF]
“Vino a Go-Go,” Mobile PC, December 2004
“Brew It Yourself,” Silicon Valley Home, May 2004
“The Whine About Wine,” San Francisco Magazine, August 2003
“Read the Wine Print,” San Francisco Magazine, July 2003
“Bring on the Wine Glut,” San Francisco Magazine, May 2003
“The Hamburger, Deconstructed,”
San Francisco Magazine, April 2003
Collected Drinkhacker.com posts, 2007-present

MISCELLANY

“How to Get Big Companies to Listen to Your Complaint,” Wired, December 2011
“Ultimate Bathroom Gadgets,” Maximum Tech, February 2011
“How to Ace a Press Interview / Multitask / Get Promoted / Get Fired,” Wired, August 2007
“The Best Geek Vacations: The South Pole, Chernobyl, Tatooine,” Wired, July 2007
“The Best: Deadly Poisons, Ingested or Inhaled,” Wired, August 2006
“The Worst: Stupid Engineering Mistakes,” Wired, June 2006
“Best Free Stuff on the Web,” PC World, August 2003
“Firing Line,” (virtual reality cop games), PC Computing, June 2000
“Bad Boys,” (SFPD ride-along), PC Computing, March 2000

OFFLINE / DISCLAIMER

By and large, stories from Smart Business, Working Woman, San Jose Magazine, PC Computing, Internet World, Computer Gaming World, and PC Week are not archived online. Older links may not work. Scans have been uploaded where available. Additional clips on request.

BOOKS

Five Stars! How to Become a Film Critic, The World’s Greatest Job – non-fiction published 2005, second edition 2013, Sutro Press
Half Mast – novel published 2002, Sutro Press
PricewaterhouseCoopers E-Business Technology Forecast, 2002-2004 – (co-author) nonfiction published 2002, PWC
Network Professional’s Library: Network Administrator’s Reference – (co-author) nonfiction published 1999, Osborne/McGraw-Hill

FILM AND SCREENPLAYS

Scoot! (director, co-producer, camera) – short film – 2001
“Streetwalker” (writer, producer) – commercial – 2001
Pressurecooker (writer, producer, actor) – short film – 1997

SELECTED APPEARANCES AND INTERVIEWS

This Week in Tech (TWiT), Tech News Today, November 25, 2013
This Week in Tech (TWiT), Tech News Today, June 25, 2013
Business Superstar (Interview), April 8, 2013
Hacking Media Production Podcast, April 3, 2013
This Week in Tech (TWiT), Tech News Today, December 13, 2012
This Week in Tech (TWiT), Tech News Today, August 30, 2012
NPR’s Marketplace, “Apple’s ‘Genius’ Manual for Customer Service” August 30, 2012
NPR’s Marketplace, “Paper or Digital? How Do You Want Your Map?” June 7, 2012
This Week in Tech (TWiT), Tech News Today, May 16, 2012
NPR’s Marketplace, “Where’d Nigeria Get So Many Princes, Anyway?” March 23, 2012
This Week in Tech (TWiT), Tech News Today, February 14, 2012
This Week in Tech (TWiT), Tech News Today, August 25, 2011
This Week in Tech (TWiT), Tech News Today, March 10, 2011
This Week in Tech (TWiT), Tech News Today, January 4, 2011
NPR’s Marketplace, “Apple’s New App Store: Coming to a Screen Near You,” December 17, 2010
This Week in Tech (TWiT), Tech News Today, July 22, 2010
On Garner Road, Episode 8: Film, Tech, and Whisky, May 6, 2010
KROQ’s The Kevin & Bean Show, April 5, 2010
wsRadio San Diego, April, 2010
ESPN2′s First Take, March 8, 2010
Osmosis Online, “Ingredients for a Drinkhacker: an Interview with Christopher Null,” February, 2010
NPR’s Marketplace, “How Facebook Can Make More Money,” February 3, 2010
NPR’s Marketplace, “Moment of Truth for MySpace,” June 17, 2009
G4TechTV’s Attack of the Show, January 10, 2009
Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline, December 12, 2008
ABC 7 View from the Bay, September 18, 2008
ABC 7 View from the Bay, May 6, 2008
Computer America radio, January 17, 2008
NBC 5 Chicago, June 11, 2007 (on OnStar)
Fine Living Network, “Tech Check,” December 9, 2006
Cranky Geeks, August 17, 2006
G4TechTV’s Attack of the Show, August 5, 2005
CNN Live Sunday, February 19, 2005
The Travel Channel’s Travel Gear, November 6, 2004
CNN.com, “Rehashed Summer Smashes,” May 16, 2003
TechTV’s Call for Help, August 28, 2002
NPR’s All Things Considered, September 1, 2000
TechTV’s The Screen Savers, August 3, 1999

Null was on The Screen Savers about a dozen times from 1998 to 2000, but those shows appear tragically lost to time. Today he is a frequent guest on San Francisco TV newscasts, is interviewed regularly by a variety of print media, and is a regular guest on a variety of radio programs around the world.

AWARDS

nma_graphic2 National Magazine Awards, 1999, 2000 >>>
17 American Society of Business Publishing Editors Awards, 2000, 2001, 2002
Jesse H. Neal Award, 1999
3 Computer Press Association Awards, 1999, 2000
4 WPA Maggie Awards, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008
Folio Award, 1999
3 Ozzie Awards, 2000, 2002
B2B Magazine Award, 2012

CONTACT

e-mail:click here
daily rant: chrisnull.com
web: sutropress.com
web: drinkhacker.com
web: filmracket.com
web: nullmedia.com
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