Scot Finnie
Scot Finnie is an award-winning journalist, magazine editor, author and was Editor in Chief of IDG's Computerworld for a decade. Finnie's topics of current interest include cybersecurity, emerginng technologies, such as AI and machine learning, and cloud transformation. Connnect with him at LinkedIn.

Finnie also served on the editorial staffs of ZDNet, PC/Computing, InformationWeek and Windows Magazine. He has written articles for numerous publications, including CIO, CSO,, Security Boulevard, CFO, CNET, PC World, PC Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science and many others.

Finnie authored a book on Windows 95 (The Underground Guide to Windows 95, Addison-Wesley, 1996).

In 2006, fed up with Windows Vista, he undertook a 90-day full-immersion test of Apple's Macintosh and surprised himself by not switching back to Windows. In 2014, Finnie readmitted Windows 10 to his computing environment, alongsde the Mac, to get the best experience with Nuance's Dragon speech-recognition software. Since then, Nuance discontinued its Mac speech-recognition product. All but the simplest speech recognition is difficult on the Mac because of Apple's sandbox security measures.

With the increasing business adoption of web-based applications, such as Google's application suite, speech-recognition is becoming less relevant. Dragon Professional Individual 15 does a great job in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Notepad as well as the few other applications it directly supports. But it doesn't work with unsupported applications and has trouble with web-based Windows. Plus it requires a browser plug-in to function in a web window. The upshot is that Finnie is typing a lot more and dictating a lot less. He continues to use both the Mac and Windows.

These days, Finnie is a self-employed content consultant, editor and writer contracting with various companies, including PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers). He also enjoys woodworking in his spare time.

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