Carly Z – [Our resident eBook Goddess!] Carly blames her sense of humor on genetics and walking into too many things head first as a child. She developed a love of gadgets sometime in college and it has snowballed since then. She uses and abuses an iPhone and iPad, but still has a soft spot for her Google Chromebook as well. Carly’s non-geek time is spent hanging out with her dog and patient and wonderful wife, reading voraciously, and being an avid runner. Occasionally she remembers to do her chores.
Carly majored in philosophy in college, a degree that while fun, is generally non-applicable to real life. However, she’s always available for discussions of whether a chair is really a chair, and whether your pinkie can be you if it contains your personality.
She lives in New Jersey, and is one of the few residents of the state who maintains there are good parts to it beyond being close to New York City.
Michael Anderson – [Our resident music authority and all-around Gaming Guru!] – Despite living in New York’s ‘Southern Tier’ (more precisely the ‘Crystal City’ of Corning) for nearly a year, Mike and his family still consider themselves Massachusetts natives. They love the vineyards and hiking and climbing offered by the Finger Lakes, but miss the Boston influence on arts and shopping. Mike made the move to work as a Statistician with Corning Incorporated, famous for products such as Pyrex and Corelle, but now the biggest maker of optical fiber, LCD flat panel glass and ceramic filters for car and truck engines.
Mike has been a techno-junkie for ages, mixing a love for gadgets, computers, electronic music making, and video games. From the Apple ][ to the HP 200LX to a new Macbook Pro powering Mac & Windows games and music software, he has had his fingers in nearly every generation of device ... except for phones, which have remained fairly utilitarian for him. This hasn't ben helped by restrictions at his last two employers, including a 'no camera' rule at Corning. His main gadgets right now are a new 15" Macbook Pro, a Lenovo s10 netbook, a Dell Axim x51v, a Nintendo DS, a Sony PSP and a Motorola Z6cx phone.
While not crunching numbers for Corning, Mike and the family enjoy spending time outdoors and generally doing stuff together - anything from hiking and biking to watching movies and playing board games or thrashing around playing Guitar Hero World Tour.
Joel McLaughlin - Joel is a system admin for a local college in Columbus, OH. He is married and has one son. These people also try to curb his techno gadget lust, but fail, most of the time! His passions in technology are Open Source, UNIX, Handheld computers of all sorts from the Nokia Internet Tablets to Pocket PCs and the new UMPC’s that are coming out.
He also tends to be pretty mobile. When he knows of an issue with one of his servers he wants to fix it NOW! Hence the propensity to go more towards mobile computing. Operating systems he uses are Windows XP, Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux.
Christopher Gavula - Chris has been a COBOL programmer, a desktop support technician, network engineer, telecommunications manager, and even a professional musician. Currently, he is focused on deploying Voice over IP technologies in a large, corporate setting. He started working full-time at the tender age of 14, even before there were PCs, and will probably be working and trying to finish “just one more project” as he’s lowered into the grave.
Chris says “the great thing about this business is that it is always changing with new things to learn and do - but then that’s also the hardest thing about this business!”
David became AutoworldToday’s editor in 2002. On average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his girlfriend Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.
You can send David an email.
Travis Ehrlich – [Finding and sharing inexpensive iPhone & iPad apps is his specialty!] – Travis has been a high school teacher and coach in a small South Texas town for eleven years. His love for gadgets began at a very early age, and he has been a cross between a jock and a geek for most of his life. He has two boys (ages 4 and 2), and a wonderful wife who lets him be a gadget freak.
In December Travis will graduate with a Masters of Education Administration from Lamar University. He is a fairly new Mac convert and has drank the whole pitcher of kool-aid! He is also an avid guitar player and turns handmade pens whenever he can find a spare moment.
Doug Moran – Doug is a nerd from way back, falling for a Commodore PET at the age of 15, and never looking back. Riding the nerd wave, he got a Computer Science degree and entered the tech industry at a young age, deciding after a year and a half of front-line phone technical support that he should try something, *anything* else. He settled on technical writing, and has been cranking out documentation for companies like Unisys, SGI, Cisco, Juniper, and many others ever since. The fact that he commutes between his family in Austin and his day job in California is something that he is simply trying to live with.
A major PDA fan, Doug ran through every Palm from the Palm Pilot 1000 up to the Palm III before moving to a Handspring, a Tapwave Zodiac, and a brief flirtation with Windows Mobile via an unlocked HTC Universal, before settling on his current iPhone 4 32Gb. He loves eBooks, and has been lusting after and trying to squeeze aside money for the iPad ever since it was announced. Aside from his beloved Sami, “the fam” consists of Maggie, Joseph, two dogs, and five cats.
Michael Siebenaler – From living in Blakeslee, Bowling Green, and now New Bremen, Michael has covered Northwest/Central Ohio throughout his media multitasking. Since deciding he could write car model instructions for his Magnum P.I. Ferrari better than the manufacturers, Mike has loved analyzing what people experience through media and how they understand media, which has become his lifelong passion, especially since beginning on his Apple ][c then eventually publishing film reviews in 1993 and video game reviews in 1994. In 1995, Mike married his amazing wife. After 10 years and two technical writing degrees (1995 and 2005) in the college town of Bowling Green, they moved to New Bremen to start a family in 2005, which currently stands at three girls.
Mike loves video production, music, computer, video game, voice recognition, and various gadgets (he is a big James Bond fan). His main hardware gadgets include a Nintendo 3DS, VuPoint import camera, Dell Inspirion 530S, Amazon Kindle, Nintendo DSi, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and Sony PSP with software staples like Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 and various video programs. Mike’s related expertise and experience includes instructional technology, non-profits, grantwriting, community relations, web production, public relations, trade shows, media research, and journalism.
Mike currently works full time as a technical writer/illustrator for Midmark Corporation, a medical equipment company located in Versailles, Ohio, and also teaches technical writing, English and other courses at Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio as an adjunct faculty. Recreation time includes running, screenwriting, swimming, reading, family game nights, basketball, and editing/transferring family home movies.
Chris Chamberlain: Chris Chamberlain is a food and drink writer based out of Nashville, TN where he has lived his entire life except for four years in California where he studied liberal arts at Stanford University and learned how to manipulate chopsticks. He is a regular writer for the Nashville Scene and their “Bites” food blog. He has also contributed to the Nashville City Paper, Nashville Lifestyles magazine, 2001 Edgehill, Her Magazine, NFocus and Gear Diary and Food Republic.
Chris enjoys traveling and eating all over the world, but he much prefers the food of his southern homeland. His restaurant/travel guide and cookbook “The Southern Foodie” will be published by Thomas Nelson in the fall of 2012. One of his favorite things in life to do is to put a shoulder on the smoker and watch SEC football all day long while waiting for his pork reach “pig-picking” temperature as slowly as possible.
Bryan Eley: A senior software tester and network admin for a small hi-tech multimedia company that produces a number of online applications for several tech giants.
Bryan got his professional start in PC technology when he discovered research PhDs in his second job out of college were not very computer savvy. The one upshot of working in that lab is that he met his future wife there, a fellow science geek as well. Bryan has been hooked on computers since his Commodore 64 days, when absurd amounts of was spent entering pages on machine language code for equally absurd simple games. Back in 2005 Bryan received an Axim X51v as a Christmas gift and he has been fiddling with mobile tech ever since. He is currently in the Android camp where phones are concerned, but has dabbled with Blackberry, WebOS and Windows Phone OSes as well.
When not busying himself with tech-oriented tasks Bryan likes spend time cooking (he has over 90 cookbooks, yet still jumps on the internet to find culinary info), reading, working in his garden, calligraphy, and spending time with his two sons and two cats.
Kevin Stanford: Kevin is our staff photographer at most event and trade shows. You can send him an email, here.