Sharon Machlis has been an online content pioneer since before the World Wide Web, having programmed and set up "one of the earliest online transmissions of news from a newspaper to its readers" in 1987 (see Wikipedia entry Fred the Computer ). She coded her first Web site in November of 1995, before many major companies had a Web presence, and has programmed her own sites in Perl, PHP and Ruby on Rails.

Sharon joined Computerworld in 1997 as a writer covering security, government technology and e-commerce before becoming online news editor and then online managing editor. She helped lead Computerworld's transition from a print-centered to Web-focused editorial team.

During her tenure as online managing editor, has won almost every major editorial online award in the trade press, including ASBPE best Web site, MIN best of the Web and the Jesse Neal Award for best Web site.

She was previously a senior editor at Design News, where she won a Jesse Neal certificate of merit for a 10-page cover feature on engineering in the Soviet Union, as well as a Cahners gold medal of excellence for best technical feature.

She began her career as a reporter, technology columnist and business editor at the Middlesex News, a daily newspaper in Framingham, Mass. Sharon holds an Extra-class ham radio license and was honored by the Association of Radio Amateurs of Bosnia & Herzegovina "for extraordinary contribution to transmitting of humanitarian messages of the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina" during the 1992-95 war. You can follow Sharon on Twitter @sharon000 .


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Latest Posts by Sharon

How can seeing more info about your health possibly be bad? Here's how.

June 06, 2014 12:55 PM EDT
OSI layers? Peering? Cute kittens? They're all here in this video of a crowd-pleasing 'lightning talk' by NPR news app developer Jeremy Bowers.
April 30, 2014 6:16 AM EDT
The goal is to make it easier to create either simple Google Charts or complex D3 visualizations
April 29, 2014 6:08 AM EDT

This headline on a CNN slideshow is either deliberately misleading or written by an editor who doesn't understand the basics of surveys and sampling.

April 14, 2014 12:54 PM EDT

We've lost a brilliant entrepreneur and tech visionary with the passing of IDG founder Patrick J. McGovern.

March 20, 2014 9:55 AM EDT
Rock1997, Wikimedia Commons

Apparently not everyone learned their lesson from the 'IE users are dumb' hoax.

March 06, 2014 2:34 PM EST

February 25, 2014 2:26 PM EST
A victory over a tough team should mean more than defeating an opponent in last place. Here's a look at how each team's 13-3 record stacks up.  
January 31, 2014 6:18 AM EST
Maria Peagler at

Yes there's such a thing as too much data -- especially when it comes to my Inbox. 

January 03, 2014 12:38 PM EST
Mass. Sen. Pat Jehlen

It'd sure help the rest of us if all who opine about standardized test results first had a basic understanding of statistics.

December 12, 2013 12:22 PM EST
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