About

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Dan Frakes is a respected technology writer, editor, and book author, as well as an authority on computing and digital devices. He’s currently a Senior Editor at The Wirecutter and The Sweethome (New York Times companies), the best sites for figuring out which gear to spend your hard-earned money on without spending all your time researching.

For over a decade prior to that, he was a Senior Editor and the “Mac Gems” columnist at Macworld, where he also covered the Mac and iOS platforms; general and mobile computing; fitness technology and wearables; digital media; and consumer audio. He was previously Senior Reviews Editor for Playlist magazine and Website (now part of Macworld proper), and at various times an Editor, Contributing Editor, and columnist for MacFixIt.com.

Dan is also the author of two editions of the acclaimed Mac OS X Power Tools; author of Your iPod Life; co-author of Ted Landau’s Mac OS X Help Line; and a past editor/author of The Macintosh Bible. These days, he focuses on PDF over paper as a part-time editor for the Take Control series of technology-focused ebooks. He also contributes to the online publication TidBITS and writes articles for various other publications. In the mid-90s, he created one of the first electronic books, InformINIT, an award-winning guide to the “classic” Mac OS. All together, he has written over 1000 articles and has authored, co-authored, or edited over 30 books.

Dan was previously named to the MacTech 25, a publicly chosen list of the most influential people in the Mac technical community. He’s also one of the people behind ChangeShortName, a popular utility for OS X.

In addition to running his own consulting practice, Dan previously worked in IT at a major university; he was also a public-policy analyst at a research and consulting firm, where his projects included the evaluation of educational technology policy. He is a frequent speaker at tech-related events and was a seventeen-year veteran of the Macworld/iWorld (formerly Macworld Expo) Conference Faculty.