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Today's my first day back in the saddle here at The Watergate after a 10 day vacation in Istanbul and the Aegean coast. I feel great and couldn't recommend Turkey more highly. 


We had our fair share of travel-related technology failures, mostly charging iPhones and the iPad. And we had our fair share of successes, too, mostly using the Eye-Fi memory card in my camera to send photos to the iPad and then upload them to Picasa. That part went off without a hitch. It was something to be sitting in rural turkey uploading photos of Istanbul for our parents in the American West all without a (real) computer or even a single wire. Here's one of the photos, one that I particularly loved for obvious reasons.

In any case, it feels good to be back on The Atlantic Tek channel. I have one piece of house news that you should know. Nicholas Jackson, my partner in launching our revamped technology coverage here has moved up the ranks. He's now the editor of the Life channel here at The Atlantic. His intelligence, fearlessness, and work ethic made him a wonderful colleague. I'll miss him, but not that much because he'll still be sitting at a desk ten feet from mine. 

And never fear, Becca Rosen and I will continue bringing you tech news that isn't just company press releases and/or skirmishes between Silicon Valley egos. Soon, we'll add another writer to our ranks, too, so stay tuned. 
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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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