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Encyclopedia > Robert X. Cringely

Robert X. Cringely is the pen name of both technology journalist Mark Stephens and a string of writers for a column in InfoWorld, the weekly computer trade newspaper published by IDG. A pen name or nom de plume is a pseudonym adopted by an author. ... InfoWorld is an information technology online media and events business operating under the umbrella of InfoWorld Media Group, a division of IDG (International Data Group). ... IDG (International Data Group) is a publisher of magazines which focus on information technology. ...


Stephens as Cringely

Stephens was the third author to contribute to Infoworld under the Cringely pseudonym, the first two being Rory J. O'Connor and then Laurie Flynn. During his lengthy tenure (1987-1995), the character of Cringely changed dramatically (morphing from a private eye type to a slick, womanizing tech insider), and became an increasingly popular tech pundit after authoring the book Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition and Still Can't Get a Date (1992, ISBN 0-88730-855-4). Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions Battle Foreign Competition and Still Cant Get a Date (1992, ISBN 0887308554), is the title of a book written by Robert X. Cringely. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...

After a financial disagreement in 1995, Stephens was dismissed from Infoworld, and was promptly sued by IDG to prevent him from continuing to use the Cringely trademark. A settlement was reached out of court that allowed him to use the name, so long as he did not contribute to competing technology magazines. As a result, Stephens' writing as Robert X. Cringely regularly appears in publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, Forbes, Upside, Success, and Worth. Stephens has also appeared as Cringely in two documentaries based on his writings: Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires and Nerds 2.0.1. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ... The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Upside is a magazine for venture capitalists. ... Success may mean: a level of social status achievement of a objective/goal the opposite of failure Success, Western Australia is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia in Australia HMAS Success has been the name of two ships in the Royal Australian Navy HMAS Success (H-02), an S class... Worth is a personal finance and luxury lifestyle magazine in the United States. ... Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires is a documentary film written and hosted by Robert X. Cringely. ... Nerds 2. ...

Stephens' Cringely currently writes an online column for the PBS website called I, Cringely: The Pulpit, and has launched a new internet television show NerdTV, also for PBS. More recently he has become a blogger for the Technology Evangelist site. InfoWorld continues to print its Robert X. Cringely feature, Notes From the Field, written by an experienced technology journalist whose identity remains a well-kept secret. Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... It has been suggested that IPTV be merged into this article or section. ... NerdTV is PBSs new tech TV show. ...


Stephens earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio[1] in 1975. A bachelors degree (Artium Baccalaureus, A.B. or B.A.) is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... The College of Wooster is a liberal arts college with fewer than 2000 students located in Wooster, Ohio, in Wayne County, Ohio. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ...

In 1998, it was revealed[2][3] [4] that Stephens had falsely claimed to have received a Ph.D. from Stanford University and to have been employed as a professor there. Stanford's administration stated that while Stephens had been a teaching assistant and had pursued course work toward a doctoral degree, he had never held a professorship nor had he been awarded the degree. Stephens then stated that while he had received a master's degree from the department of communications and completed the classes and tests required for the Ph.D., he acknowledged that he failed to complete his dissertation. Asked about the resulting controversy, Stephens told a reporter: "[A] new fact has now become painfully clear to me: you don't say you have the Ph.D unless you REALLY have the Ph.D." [5] 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. ... The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San José in an unincorporated area of Santa Clara County. ... A teaching assistant (TA) is a junior scholar employed on a temporary contract by a college or university for the purpose of assisting a professor by teaching students in recitation or discussion sessions, holding office hours, grading homework or exams, supervising labs (in science and engineering courses), and sometimes teaching... This article is about the thesis in dialectics and academia. ...


  1. ^ "The Double Life of Robert X. Cringely" by Liesl Schillinger, Wired Magazine, December 1998
  2. ^ "Stanford Says Cringely Never Completed Doctorate" by Laura Evenson, San Francisco Chronicle, November 11, 1998
  3. ^ "Compressed Data; Stanford Gave Writer A Start, but Not a Ph.D.", by Lisa Napoli, New York Times, November 16, 1998, Late Edition - Final, Section C, Page 5, Column 3
  4. ^ Resume of the nerd" by Rob Morse, San Francisco Examiner, November 13, 1998
  5. ^ "PBS analyst falsely claims Stanford Ph.D" by Marni Leff, Stanford Daily, November 11, 1998

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