Published on May 12, 2008
Slide 2: Articles Audio / Video Gear Car Gear Desktop Computer Gear Digital Cameras Do-It-Yourself Gear Geek Toys Generic PDA related GPS Handheld PCs / Ultra Portables Home Tech Laptop Gear Linux Based PDA related Miscellaneous Musical Gear Other Gadget Sites Other PDA related Palm OS related Portable and Console Gaming Symbian OS Related Travel Gear Watches and Clocks Windows Mobile related Wireless (WiFi, Bluetooth, Cellular) Slide 3: Since 1997, we've reviewed hundreds of products and I want to express my appreciation to the 140 product reviewers 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 a little information about our staff: the-gadgeteer.com Julie Strietelmeier : Editor in Chief : Julie Strietelmeier : 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 24" Apple iMac. My PDA and phone usage is in constant flux. I get bored easily and can never get enough new devices to try. Rob Tillotson : Web Developer and Contributing Editor (Hardware) : Rob Tillotson : Web Developer and Contributing Editor (Hardware) Ever since I my parents bought me a VIC-20 at age 13, I've been addicted to computers and technology. After spending far too many years in college I now do Python and Ruby on Rails software development, and I wrote and maintain the custom CMS used to run this site. My love of portable gadgets started when an Apple developer showed me his pre-release Newton, and since then I've had a 200LX, too many Palms to count, and now a Windows Mobile smartphone. Now, I spend my days working at home, surrounded by a collection of PCs and Macs and five gaming consoles (eight if you count the portable ones). Kent Lanum : Contributing Editor (Windows Mobile Software) : Kent Lanum : Contributing Editor (Windows Mobile Software) I confess that I too have a problem...I am addicted to gadgets. I have always been strongly attracted to bright shiny objects, machinery, electronic gizmos, particularly handheld devices and all kinds of software. I have used punch cards on mainframes, cruised at 1200 baud on my first Tandy PC and found delight in portable computing power with the Apple Newton. Now as a contributor to this web site, I feel I can continue this life style of ÒgeeknessÓ with some legitimacy. I am currently supported in this addiction by my 5-year old Dell Franken-PC with all its non-native parts, a Toshiba Tablet PC, two Compaq servers and last but not least, my current PDA or "girlfriend" as my wife refers to her, an i-mate JasJar (aka the HTC Universal). Mark Adkins : Contributing Editor (Palm Software) : Mark Adkins : Contributing Editor (Palm Software) I got hooked on technology in the mid-70's using Commodore PETs to learn BASIC on. Since then, I've managed to have, use, modify, or destroy pretty much any techno-gadget made- BetaMax to TiVo, 8-track to iPod, Timex-Sinclair 1000 to Fujitsu Lifebook. I work as an Adaptive Technologist, matching gadgets to the needs of people with disabilities, which gives me the chance to mess with a lot of stuff I'd never be allowed near otherwise. I now own way too much- MP3, GPS, cell phone, digital cameras, Palm PDAs, and can proudly boast that we have more computers in our house than we do people! Meredyth: Contributing Editor (Hardware) : Meredyth: Contributing Editor (Hardware) I am an life-long gadget enthusiast. I started my addiction as a child with the 2XL, moving up to the Speak&Math and later (regrettably) a menagerie of Petsters and Teddy Ruxpin's less known cousin, Talking Mother Goose. After the humiliation of middle school, I focused on less plushy electronics, such as computers and handhelds. I'm a self-espoused dorky Mac Fan Girl. Since 1984, I have been a proud Mac user and owner. My first laptop was a Powerbook 165c and my first PDA was a Newton 110, the standard of which I still compare all my handhelds to. My gadget-based hobbies are home automation and designing/building electronics.... and maybe still a few cute robotic toys :)! Ryan Preston: Contributing Editor (Hardware) : Ryan Preston: Contributing Editor (Hardware) I have always been less interested in how a gadget functions compared to how its functionality can best serve me. From playing Pitfall on our Mattel Intellivision 16-bit videogame system and learning DOS commands, as a kid in hope of manipulating my grades, ala Matthew Broderick in ÒWar GamesÓ, to implementing global software applications for a major corporation, it has been a long, strange trip. The Intellivision, our familyÕs first VCR, then computer, an original Nintendo, my first cellphone, laptop, PDA (Palm V), digital camera, TIVO and MP3 player, these are a some of the devices that are associated with my journeyÕs milestones. Interested to see what new gadgets will accompanying me in the future. Kelly Hall: Contributing Editor (Hardware) : Kelly Hall: Contributing Editor (Hardware) Since we are all confessing, I must admit I have always admired gadgets, but I am the last to get them. To illustrate this point, I did not even own a computer until 3 years after Julie started up The Gadgeteer. To make matters more embarrassing, the Win95 OS was a hand-me down from my parents. I still have this computer and it sits in a corner of the house being used by my three toddlers. My gadget-life quickly changed when I entered the Air Force, where I served as a communications-computer systems officer. On active duty, I was paid to manipulate gadgets and research new technology. After that fast-paced life, I entered the realm of parenting. Now, the majority of my gadgets are ones that sing nursery rhymes, recite the alphabet, or moo. Steve Hughes: Contributing Editor (Hardware) : Steve Hughes: Contributing Editor (Hardware) I may be new to some of you, but Julie and I go way back and I've actually done some work here in the past. I happen to be related to fellow Editor Kelly Hall as she is my sister, "Wonder Twin Powers, Activate!". I got my start on an Apple Mac in the early 1990's as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator. I am currently using the Samsung Trace t519 as my daily driver, it comes in handy during my worldly travels. And I love to travel with my gadgets, especially mechanical dive watches. My PDA consists of a handmade leather Saddlebag that contains a spiral bound notebook, ballpoint pen, and Passport. What can I say, I don't like being a total slave to technology.... David Rees: Contributing Editor (Hardware) : David Rees: Contributing Editor (Hardware) Like a majority of the folks here at The Gadgeteer, IÕm a lifelong tech-person too. It started with the original Pong and has progressed to the 24Ó iMac, 17Ó Macbook Pro, Blackberry 8800 and the list goes on & on. I am truly addicted to the tech-adrenalin rush, always searching for the coolest new tech-toy. So much so that when my wife and I got married we had to negotiate me starting a second job/small business to fund my habit. I will be representing the West Coast on this very Midwest/East Coast centric crew. Rohit Tikmany: Contributing Editor (Symbian / Windows Mobile Software) : Rohit Tikmany: Contributing Editor (Symbian / Windows Mobile Software) I'm the newest member of the Gadgeteer team. Like most others in the gang, my gadget lust began probably when I was a child. My day job keeps me at the confluence of education and new media. By night, I turn into an information junkie. I also suffer from cyber-machismo. I take perverse pleasure in sending 5 twitter updates an hour while sifting through several dozen articles on Wikipedia. One of the freakiest things I did was organizing a Flash Mob in 2003. Current melange of gadgets: Sony MEX-BT2500, Sony HDR-SR5, Jabra BT5010, iPod Touch, SE p990i, Logitech Quickcam 9000 Pro, HP Bluetooth Mouse, Philips Aurelle LED, Scott eVest, VU Speakers and Asus EEE. Next in line: Livescribe Pulse.
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