About TDR and John Dodge


(Updated 2/22/2016) The Dodge Retort (TDR) covers my favorite topics: technology, media and just plain interesting stuff. This is my third blog, preceded by a yearlong stint at Thinking Tech at CBSi site SmartPlanet.com and two years at Green Engineering (born Design Engineering-at-Large) at engineering magazine Design News where I was editor-in-chief until February, 2009.

Most recently, I was the community manager at the EnterpriseCIOForum.com, a custom online community for CIOs sponsored by Hewlett Packard and produced by IDG. After five years of doing that, I decided to return to freelance journalism in July, 2015. Real independent journalism, that is.

The links below go to pages showcasing my 40 years as an online and print journalist.

Who should read TDR? The answer is anyone who wants to take advantage of insight accumulated during my 35 years following technology, engineering and business (PC Week, WSJ and Boston Globe among others): specific topics include consumer electronics, social networks,  IT, tractor repair, products that piss me off, the reinvention of media and other eclectic subjects. As always, your comments here or to me at jdodge349@gmail.com are welcome.

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  1. Josh Patel says:

    Just stumbled and submitted your site to Viralogy. Hope you get some great traffic from it. Your blog is here http://www.viralogy.com/blogs/my/13727

    – Josh

  2. John, I will look forward to your blog updates and when twitter starts working again tonight I will follow you there.
    Your Blog on Bernie Madoff reminds me of the great presentation given by Frank Casey to the Boston Irish Business Association meeting in November what a story! Frank mentioned they tried to get the WSJ to print and investigate the story for 3 years!.
    Happy New Year say Hi to everyone for us.

  3. Jay Williams says:

    Hi John,

    I sent you an email at jdodge349@gmail.com with a story about my Dad’s last mission in a P38 and with some details about pheasant hunting. Did you get it?

    I hope you and your family are doing well.

    Best wishes,

  4. Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. It’s very colorful and lovely OLED screen is slightly smaller than the touch screen, but the player itself feels quite a bit smaller and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is noticeably smaller in width and height, while being just a hair thicker.

  5. Simmy Atkins says:

    We just found your fantastic article on your April visit to Cuba. We returned this past Monday from Cuba. Jorge was our guide and he made thr trip for us

    Thank you John for your beautiful report on Cuban visit. We just returned and found your article after searching for “Jorge Perez Soria (on Google) who was also our fantastic guide! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed your
    clear, accurate descriptions and sensitive insights. We hope one day, soon, Jorge will be able to attend a baseball game with you in Boston and then come to NYC so we can show him around!
    Muchas gracias.

    S & R Atkins

  6. John says:

    Simmy, thanks for the note. We adored Jorge, but I am reluctant to send him my post even though things surprisingly seem free and easy in Cuba. But maybe I should…don’t want to get him in trouble…what do you think?

  7. Simmy says:

    John, I think you can send your article to his e-mail. I don’t think it will cause him
    any problems .We too felt there has been great relaxation on various
    restraints. If you are concerned about any particular comments, can you edit
    those out before sending? If you need his e-mail address, you can e-mail me for it.

  8. John says:

    Well, yes…maybe I will. Did you go to the re-union?

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