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Ken Gruberman
Ken Gruberman, a life-long resident of Los Angeles, has two identities and bridges two worlds.

As The Tech Daddy, Ken helps people understand the personal technology that is all around them, such as Macintosh and Windows-based computers, cell phones, digital cameras, TiVOs and the like. Ken wrote for MacUser Magazine for 7 years and edited his own national, award-winning publication for 17 years. Ken has contributed articles on personal technology to AARP Magazine, which has the biggest circulation of any general interest magazine in the world.

Ken consults with individual clients and businesses on the most effective ways to use their computer hardware and software, how to prevent problems from occurring, how to effectively integrate Macs and PCs, and the best strategies for maximizing their computer investment.

As Quill Music, Ken is a six-time Grammy Award winning music copyist, orchestrator, librarian, contractor, score supervisor and researcher. For the past 44 years his work has appeared in music for films and television. He has worked with some of the most respected film composers in Hollywood, including John Williams (Rosewood, Seven Years in Tibet, Amistad and Summon the Heroes for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta), Jerry Goldsmith (Air Force One, The Shadow), George Fenton (Final Analysis, Groundhog Day, Multiplicity) Hans Zimmer (Broken Arrow, Eraser), Alan Silvestri (Contact), Randy Newman (Maverick), James Newton Howard (Dante’s Peak, Outbreak) and David Arnold (Independence Day). In addition, Ken has worked with the composer Joseph Vitarelli on more than 20 different HBO films and documentaries, including the record-breaking miniseries “John Adams,” and the Academy-award nominated documentary “My Architect.”

Ken was the first music preparation professional in Los Angeles to use computer-based notation. He was a guiding influence for the development of MOTU’s “Composer’s Mosaic,” and worked with the development team for AVID’s “Sibelius” music notation software. In addition, Ken has spoken on many panels involving music notation and technology, and has given lectures and demos at both the Seybold Seminars and MacWorld Expo in San Francisco.

Entries by Ken Gruberman

United Airlines' "Tech Failure" Was Really a People Failure

(13) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Yesterday, United Airlines experienced yet another computer breakdown; this time world-wide. I was caught right in the middle of it as I was attempting to travel from my home in Los Angeles to Orlando. Today the company asked for feedback on my "airport experience" and here's what I...

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The Tech Daddy Applies For Health Care

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 11:07 AM

Over the years -- in this publication and elsewhere -- I've reviewed software, hardware, movies, music and even an Oscar telecast. Today I'm reviewing a process. Namely, the process involved with signing up for health care under the ACA, the Affordable Care Act.

As someone who works as...

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JJ Abrams' Tacky Trek

(33) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 2:11 PM

It's almost a given that techno-geeks love Star Trek; The Big Bang Theory has made that point quite eloquently over the years. I'm happy to say the Tech Daddy is no exception. I've enjoyed every incarnation of Trek -- both on TV and at the movies -- since...

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Can an iPad Really Replace a Computer?

(31) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 11:34 AM

Can you really ditch a standard computer and just use an iPad? This is now the #1 question I hear from my clients.

The question has become so prevalent, I recently gave a presentation on the subject at our local library in Altadena ... to a packed house....

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Worst. Oscars. Ever.

(114) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 12:15 PM

Not only am I The Tech Daddy here on the Huffington Post, but I'm also Quill Music; I've worked as a music copyist and orchestrator in the professional music community of Los Angeles for over 40 years. I've even worked on a few Academy Awards shows. And I've watched the...

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It's in the Cards

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 8:25 PM

Just in time for the holidays, Creative Home has released the all-new Hallmark Card Studio For Mac (HCS). Now Mac users can print out genuine Hallmark cards and projects just as PC users have been able to do for several years; the latest version for PC is called

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The Long Haul

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 5:09 PM

Where have I been, you may ask? The Tech Daddy has been doing private consultations, but I'm glad to be back ... and I've got an inspiring tale of perseverance and loyalty to tell you. It's about brothers Dave and Ken Stillman and their brainchild TypeStyler -- a...

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Is It Plugged In? DIY Tech Support

(13) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 3:41 PM

2010-03-18-ComputerFrustration.jpgDoes your computer drive you crazy? Do you feel helpless and frustrated because you can't figure out what's wrong with it? Let Ken Gruberman, The Tech Daddy, lead you through the Tech Support maze with some tips and suggestions on how to get...

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One Password to Rule Them All

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2010 | 11:00 AM

When it comes to your computer and the Internet, are you being buried by a passel of passwords? Can't remember another 4-digit PIN code to save your life? Did you write all your passwords and codes down, and then forgot where you put them? Don't worry yourself sick... help is...
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Who's Your Tech Daddy?

(7) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 11:50 AM

Allow me to introduce myself: I'm Ken Gruberman, The Tech Daddy. I've been answering questions and writing about personal technology since 1991. And now, it's my honor to be here on the Huffington Post. I look forward to being your trusty guide, advisor and wise-cracking sidekick as you hack your...

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