About Julie and the rest of The Gadgeteer team
Owner, Editor in Chief
I was born a gadget freak. This is a fact that can be proven by looking at a note written by a teacher on the bottom of one of my grade school report cards. “…Julie continues to bring little toys and things to school to trade with the boys…” Lucky for me, my parents never condemned my love of tech. My Dad actually encouraged it, by allowing me to dismantle old household devices in order to retrieve the magnets from their motors. As for computers, I started out with a Texas Instruments TI/994a computer, then several Commodore 64’s, an Atari ST, various home built Windows boxes and currently a 27″ Apple iMac. My smartphone usage is in constant flux. I get bored easily and can never get enough new devices to try.
After running 3 successful dial-up BBSes (Bulletin Board Systems – remember them?) from 1990 – 1996, I started The Gadgeteer as a small hobby site on the Geocities free community pages back in the summer of 1997. By December of that same year, I purchased the domain name of the-gadgeteer.com and within 3 years, The Gadgeteer grew to become one of the most trusted product review sites on the net. Recognized by Microsoft, the Wallstreet Journal and many other industry sources as the site to go to for real hands-on reviews without the fluff…
Since 1997, we’ve reviewed hundreds of products and I want to express my appreciation to the 140 product reviewers (with Judie Lipsett being the number one contributor for over 6yrs until leaving to start her own site Gear Diary) that have contributed to this site over the years. The wide range of expertise from these folks has contributed to the credibility of our product reviews. So thanks again to everyone who has contributed thus far to The Gadgeteer. And now, here’s information about the rest of my team:
Rob is our resident Apache, PHP, Linux and all around server master.
Janet Cloninger worked for years as a chemist and then as a programmer; she’s now a stay-at-home mom with a serious gadget habit. She loves cases, bags, and her iPad.
Morgan is an avid writer, gamer, and film nut who, when not fantasizing about quitting her day job, is fascinated by all things gadgetelogical. She still grasps at the dream of being obscenely rich and famous but for now lives in New Jersey with her dog and partner.
[Fort Worth, Texas]
Kathleen has always enjoyed the sciences – in particular biology and entomology since she was a little one lying on her stomach staring at ants. Then she switched gears and briefly worked as an end user services tech in the private sector before becoming a stay-at-home mom and home educator. When smart mobile devices became popular she was hooked. Now she is also a Gadgeteer and loving every minute!
Ryan Chapman is a proud Husker fan, martial artist, and avid reader of sci-fi/fantasy. Her passions are gadgets and gaming; preferably FPS or RPG games, and, as one of the younger Gadgeteers, remembers the first real gadget of her own being a pair of headphones and a portable CD player. Her favorite type of gadgets are gaming accessories and any kind of case for her iDevices.
Andy Chen is a Fire Prevention Officer/EMT and former Electronics Specialist with the FBI. His interests include wireless devices and everyday-carry gadgets.
[Closter, New Jersey]
Jackie’s father used to work for DEC (Digital Equipment Corp) and his mother used to be a calculus professor. So naturally he went into the tech field and been loving it ever since. He currently owns a recording studio, computer consulting office and a computer retail store. And like all Gadgeteers, he’s hooked on gadgets!
[Sun City, Arizona]
Larry Geisz (Larry g to his friends) is truly a product of the 70’s. Being raised in a time when consumer technology was starting to emerge gave him the chance to explore exciting new innovations and gadgets (think Pong, Atari, Tandy TRS-80). He has a passion for playing and listen to music, playing video games and exploring the usability of gadgets and devices.
Bill Henderson is a pathetic Apple fanboy who also loves audio, especially headphones and earphones. He has years of experience reviewing music for the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. He is currently an Art Director at Scholastic Book Fairs in Florida.
Steve Holt is Director of Marketing and Operations at Savant Learning Systems. He has also been a professional speaker and consultant for over 10 years on various topics such as marketing, social media, leadership, and small business development, and he is also married with 4 kids. You can find out more about Steve at www.steveholt.com.
[Fort Wayne, IN]
The qualities of a gadget that pique myinterest are design, functionality and practicality. I’m fiendishly fond of getting my hands on anew gadget to plumb the depths of its features and help owners to learnsomething they might not have otherwise known or to educate potential buyers andaid them in a purchasing decision.
[Bow, New Hampshire]
Having retired from the IT industry (called the Computer Industry when I began) where I worked for over 35 years, I now have the time to find and use unique gadgets that not only satisfy my curiosity, but also are useful. My goal is to share my experiences with the readers who hopefully will find the reviews helpful too.
Dave Rees is an avid tech/gadget guy at both his day job and on the side as well. He is a dedicated athlete, Apple fanboy, and family-man.
Smythe Richbourg has been an avid Mac user since getting his first Mac in 1987. A lifelong gadget fan, he’s been hooked on the modern electronic organizer since getting the very first Newton. He lives in Cary, NC, with his wife, and whatever dogs and daughters happen to be home at the time. He’s also an amateur photographer and cyclist.
[New Hyde Park, NY]
Liz is an IT gal by trade who loves computer geekery, coffee, and of course, gadgets! In her spare time she likes to tinker with photography and work on tech projects. You can find her blog over at http://binarydigit.org
[Safety Harbor, Florida]
Raul is a freelance video producer and music video director that enjoys coming up with the creative stories and ideas. He is a gadget freak at heart and loves gadgets big and small.
[San Jose, California]
John Schettino has been playing with computers since the dark ages when CPU clock speeds were single digit mHz, and 8 bit integer arithmetic was king. He’s an author, technologist (currently for Microsoft) and tinkerer with all things computer related.
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