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We love all things tech, be it smartphones, apps, cameras, tablet, TVs, gaming gear...you name it. We can't get enough of the latest tech goods—after all, why else would we choose to write about them for a living? But if you're anything like us, chances are you're interested in a lot of other stuff too. This is where Geek Tech comes in.
Geek Tech is devoted to the sorts of things geeks love that you might not find elsewhere on TechHive: Hacks and do-it-yourself projects, funky gadgetry, space and science news, robotics developments, and the latest memes—and all things in between.
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Meet the Crew
Learn a little more about the fine folks who bring you fresh-baked geekery every day...
Nick Mediati - Geek Tech Editor (@dtnick)
I've been hooked on tech since I first laid eyes on an Apple IIe in kindergarten. I cover security, privacy, and social media for PCWorld, Macworld, and TechHive, and oversee Geek Tech. When I'm not staring at a computer screen, you can find me at an Oakland A's game.
Gadgets and gear: 13-inch Apple MacBook, iPhone 4, original iPad
Favorite book: The Catcher in the Rye.
Meme of choice: Nyan Cat.
WIN/FAIL moment: One morning I came to the office, sat down at my desk, and powered on my PC, and heard the worst noise coming from it. Fearing the worst—a dead hard drive—I called the helpdesk and asked to have it checked. The helpdesk technician retrieved my PC, tested it, and found nothing wrong with it.
She brought it back upstairs, hooked it back up in my cube, and powered it on. It made the weird sound again. She then pulled out my keyboard tray and the noise stopped. It turned out that a key was stuck on the keyboard, which resulted in a rapid-fire system beep that sounded like something much worse.
Elizabeth Fish (@elizabethfish)
In between writing for Geek Tech, I also run my own local news website here in the UK, called The Lincolnite, something I started straight after gaining my degree in Journalism. I also happen to own a large collection of rats (something I love myth-busting) and enjoy going to the gym.
Gadgets and gear: 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro, iPhone 4S, and an original iPad. You'd think I was an Apple fangirl, but I have a home-built Windows desktop on hand at home too...
Favorite book: I have a lot of favorite books as i enjoy reading. My favorite book of all time is possibly Lord of the Flies, though, and Flat Earth News by Nick Davis will drag me into a fiery debate on the current state of journalism.
Meme of choice: Nyan nyan nyan...
WIN/FAIL moment: One ultimate fail came when I tried to install an operating system onto my parent's computer, but wanted to do a fresh install, rather than install it straight over the existing OS. I made an error somewhere and got too technical, and what should have taken under an hour ended up taking three days and having to ask someone else to do it for me--I still blame it on my parents having a bad computer!
Jason Kennedy (@kennjason)
I am a systems administrator living in Seattle. When I'm not up to my elbows in a server, I'm up to his elbows in the latest electronics or technology news or trying out languages like Dart and Ruby. I cover future technology and science for Geek Tech.
Gadgets and gear: iPhone 4S, Asus Eee Transformer, and whatever else I can throw Linux on.
Favorite book: The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny.
Meme of choice: The various incarnations of Come at Me Bro.
WIN/FAIL moment: I think this is a little bit of both. When I was a young teenager, a friend and I used to be addicted to a strategy war game on his Apple IIc. I can't remember what it was called—it was some 2D bit of awesomeness. One summer, we huddled around that computer and built a map to play on, but it wasn't just some any ordinary map. We drew out The Forgotten Realms (of AD&D) with it entirely from memory and discussion. Fact-checking afterward (via my Forgotten Realms Atlas!) showed we were pretty on the mark. Oh, the map had balance issues, as you can imagine. All those mountains in the west sucked to cross.
Cassandra Khaw (@casskhaw)
I write about video games (and techy things) for a living. I also practice popping (it's a form of street dance, for the uninitiated), read voraciously, cook and spend too much time drooling over hardware I don't need.
Gadgets and gear: iPad 2, iPhone 4S, 17-inch Asus G74S, Kindle Fire, BlackBerry PlayBook—no, I don't know why I have that many tablets either.
Favorite book: Hands down, Lyda Morehouse's Archangel Protocol. (Actually, the whole series is awesome but the boss said only to mention one.)
Meme of choice: Lolcats.
WIN/FAIL moment: So, my G74S (his name is Fenris, by the way) was a birthday gift from my mother and the source of some embarrassment. While she was busy trying to negotiate the final price, the salesman offered to fit in 16GB of RAM for me. I ended up squealing so hard we weren't able to get any more discounts.
Yaara Lancet (@ylancet)
I’m a foodie, horse-lover, and biologist who enjoys being a geek as a full-time job. My secret wish is to have a Web app that lets me try out cool gadgets the minute I read about them. Find me also at MakeUseOf and my very own lnct.org.
Gadgets and gear: 3-year-old 15-inch Dell laptop, Acer Liquid E, original iPad.
Favorite book: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.
Meme of choice: I don’t really like memes, but I love Engrish!
WIN/FAIL moment: I was just completing my M.Sc. in Animal Behavior when I heard MakeUseOf was looking for staff writers. I was very much into writing and tech at that point, but my life was going in a different direction.
I thought it could be fun, so I applied for MakeUseOf, a move that ended up changing my life. Instead of loving technology and writing on the side, it’s now my full-time job!
Kevin Lee (@baggingspam)
I'm a small-time tech hound, amateur photographer, and a general know-at-least-something of all things geeky hailing from New York. I usually cover science, medicine, technology, and Minecraft breakthroughs on Geek Tech. When away from my computer, I'm usually reading a book, cooking something delicious, shooting something with my camera, or more likely shooting virtual people over Xbox Live.
Gadgets and gear: 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro, iPhone 4S, Nexus 7.
Favorite book: 1984 by George Orwell.
Meme of choice: WHUT!? cat.
WIN/FAIL moment: While in high school, I spent an entire summer putting together a competitive-level Pokémon team of dragon types or at least large reptile-looking pocket monsters. I pretty much went way too deep with breeding them so they would have the special moves I wanted and the right natures. I probably spent a good week alone using a trading exploit to duplicate legendary Pokémon and their held item so that I had a continuous supply of leveling rare candies.
The worst part of it was calculating the exact number Individual Value stats I would need to min/max my teams attributes and which specific enemies I needed to defeat over and over again. Somewhere in that digital Pokémon world is just a pile--a mountain of "unconscious" Zangooses and Pikachus I harvested for points that I kept track of on a piece of graph paper. By the end of that summer I assembled my team, fought a few matches, and had a collection of hundreds of duplicated legendary Pokémon.
Jacob Siegal (@JacobSiegal)
I have been enamored with technology, media, and video games since I was a kid, so naturally, I started writing about the world I admired so much as soon as the opportunity presented itself. If you ever find me without a smartphone, laptop, or portable game console on my person, please send help, something has gone terribly wrong.
Gadgets and gear: Asus G74Sx, iPhone 4, iPad 2.
Favorite book: Breakfast of Champions.
Meme of choice: Nigel Thornberry.
WIN/FAIL moment: When I was ten years old, I attended a summer camp at the McWane Science Center. Our final task before camp ended for the summer was to create something, anything really, to show off to all the parents coming in to pick up their kids.
I spent about two weeks crafting a space-themed board game, complete with its own original rules, characters, and cards, and ended up coming in second place overall. Man, I really need to find that thing.
TechHive Robot - Mascot (@TechHiveBot)
I'm Geek Tech's robot mascot. I spend my days keeping watch over the TechHive offices to make sure that things don't get too out of hand around the office keg. I try to write when I can (see above photo), but it's a little tough when you're made of plastic.
Gadgets and gear: I am a gadget!
Favorite book: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.
Meme of choice: Socially Awkward Penguin.
WIN/FAIL moment: There was that time I freaked out Albert the Intern. That was fun.