Keith ShawCool Tools Columnist / Multimedia Content Editor, Network World

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The first gadget Keith Shaw ever wanted was the Merlin, a red plastic toy that beeped and played Tic-Tac-Toe and other various games. Since then, his obsession with technology, both small and large, has grown into the multimedia empire that is Cool Tools. A child of the '70s and teen-ager of the '80s, Shaw has been a fan of computers, technology and video games right from the start. He won an award in 8th grade for programming a game on the school's only computer, and saved his allowance to buy an Atari 2600. He took a side trip in the '90s to the world of newspaper journalism, and has worked at a variety of newspapers in New York, Florida and Massachusetts. In 1997, he combined his love of technology with his journalism skills, working at Computerworld for a few years before joining Network World in 1999 as the company's product reviews editor. In 2000, Shaw took over the Cool Tools column, which continues to appear in the print version of Network World weekly. Shaw started the Cool Tools video show in 2005, and in 2006 teamed up with Multimedia Editor Jason Meserve to create the company's weekly Twisted Pair podcast (RIP). Shaw has a bachelor's degree in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University. He won an award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for a 2003 article on anti-spam testing, and a Gold Award in their 2010 Digital Awards Competition for the "ABCs of IT" video series. Shaw is also the co-creator of, the crunchiest site on the InterWeb, which has taste tested and reviewed more than 4,000 varieties of snack foods.

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Top 10 home Wi-Fi network errors (and how to fix them)

The chances are pretty good that you have a wireless home network, or you've been asked by friends, family or co-workers to help install one in their home.

2 Services That Help Protect Public Wi-Fi Users

Private Wi-Fi can automatically connect and activate itself from startup, and proXPN's Premium version offers the ability to configure your iPad or iPhone to also use the service.

Linksys Routers Get Smart (Except for 'Easy Setup')

Shaw reviews Cisco's Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA4500.

Broadway Gizmo Brings Live TV to Your iPad, iPhone

When fully connected, users can stream live TV content from the box to any client device, including iPhones and iPads, or just regular old PCs or Mac notebooks.

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Tech Movie Guide for 2012

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Japanese Fishing Game Will Keep Your Wrists Busy

Video game lets up to 8 people catch fish and sharks in a virtual pond.

Black Friday Goes Viral Video Crazy

Justin Bieber and Rebecca Black help hype up made-up holiday.

2 Tools That Can Kill Dead Spots

Shaw reviews D-Link's Amplifi PowerLine AV 500 4-Port Gigabit Switch, Cisco's Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender/Bridge.

The 10 Geekiest iPad Apps Ever

HP TouchPad Joins the Tablet Race, but Has Some Catching up to Do

Shaw reviews the HP TouchPad.


Unintentional comedy at a gadget keynote

Asus Padfone launch creates a viral superstar


Sony's Streaming Media Player Has a Boatload of Content

Shaw reviews Sony Network Media Player.