Apple and Android Pay, meet Ojezap Pay


I made another of my periodic guest-host appearances on the Minnov8 Gang Podcast with Tim Elliott, Graeme Thickins, Phil Wilson and Steve Borsch … who, as per usual, are a bunch of weisenheimers.

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Having a blast writing all about ‘Star Wars’


With a certain little movie called “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hitting theaters this week, I’ve been doing a bit of “Star Wars”-related news coverage.

First, I wrote about local “costumers” who show up at charity and publicity events dressed as “Star Wars” characters.

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I talked tech with the Kaplans (Shop Girls)


Allison Kaplan, my former Pioneer Press colleague and the host of Shop Girls, had me on the show (as she tends to do this time of year) so we could talk tech for the holidays.

I made a couple of dynamite discoveries while I was there.

First, Allison’s mother, Harmony, is now her co-host. Cool! Second, Harmony is the radio program’s tech guru of sorts with a regular segment on the latest in the tech world. Even cooler!

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Google Cardboard is a hit on WCCO show

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In what has become holiday tradition, I was again a guest on the WCCO Sunday Morning news program with Esme Murphy to talk about tech gifts for the holidays.

Esme was most fascinated by Google Cardboard, the simple virtual-reality goggles that serve as holders for a smartphone in order to view VR videos and photos.

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Social Print Studio a classy print service


Instagram photos are online constructs that, usually, aren’t meant to be printed out.

Sometimes, though, you want to frame such square pictures, or to bestow prints upon others. A host of print-to-order services have cropped up for such occasions.

Most such services leave me underwhelmed, at least based on a scrutiny of their sites, but there’s one exception. It’s a service so compelling I felt duty-bound to use it post-haste.

It’s called Social Print Studio (formerly Printstagram).

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I’m Julio Ojeda-Zapata, a nerd, boricua and tech writer living in St. Paul, Minn.
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Julio's bookshelf: read

MacArthur at War
liked it
This sweeping account of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's Pacific exploits during World War II is heavy on the minutia but nonetheless thrilling. This isn't an adoring account, either, but a warts-and-all tale.
The Menopause Book
My wife pulled this out and jokingly asked me if I wanted to read it. Challenge accepted. I learned a lot.
The Wedding Heard ’Round the World: America’s First Gay Marriage
really liked it
Decades before Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage, the authors (who are a couple) pushed boundaries. A good read.
"The Last Starfighter" with a twist, this grabbed me more than the author's earlier, better-known "Ready Player One" (which I never finished).
Everything That Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists
it was ok
I had a hard time getting through this disjointed narrative. It's in some ways a rehash of the authors' earlier minimalism manual. Not impressed (but I like their blog and podcast).