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Ruminations is where I share works in progress. Please follow the pointers below to learn more about me and the stories you’ll find on these pages. Thank you for visiting. Please return and tell a friend.

Who is Tom Abate and what does he write about?

Eclectic notions arising from my experiences and observations.

Stories and commentary based on research, interviews, and observations.

Satire, fiction, humor, and advice from the Dead Blogger’s Society.

Experiences and events that formed my character and inform my work and beliefs.

What is ‘Ruminations’ About?

Essays, Journalism, Whimsy, and Reflections from a writer in rebellion against the cloud.

Hi. I’m Tom Abate. My Ruminations arise from a lifetime of working class and white-collar experiences, including more than 30 years of writing about Silicon Valley. I hope you’ll find my work useful, informative and, at times, entertaining.

I have many interests, but just one cause: helping writers, artists, artisans, and other self-employed people get a better ROI for their creative and commercial efforts online.

… cloud computing has fenced off cyberspace and created a handful of ginormous cash registers and vending machines in the sky …

 The internet was designed as a virtual frontier where anyone could peddle ideas, products, services, things we haven’t yet imagined. But cloud computing has fenced off cyberspace and created a handful of ginormous cash registers and vending machines in the sky. Money goes up. Stuff comes down. Artists and artisans can’t compete with the cloud – unless and until they work together to develop easy-to use software and business systems so they can create virtual villages – communities of interest and marketplaces in which ordinary people can thrive.

I’ve been a “beat reporter” for years. I burrow into a topic, learn what’s going on, and share what I know. I’m sure there are folks – maybe you –already doing stuff along these. Please find me if I don’t find you first. There’s lots to be done, but I truly believe amazing things become possible when people of like mind work together.

I invite you to learn more about me from the biographical capsules and resume below.

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