Editors & Team
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.
Candice Clark, 2015 Copy Editor Intern: Candice is just your everyday, average young woman. As Copy-Editor, she edits the Gear Diary Team’s posts for spelling, grammar, and overall kickass effectiveness. In her spare time she attends college at Texas Tech University, where she will graduate with her Bachelors in Communication Studies in the spring of 2016.
Candice is known by her close friends and family for two things: her awesome sense of humor and her love of reading. After learning to read at age two, she has been an unstoppable force in buying, reading, and recommending books to everyone she knows. Her favorite book is The Great Gatsby and her favorite accessory is her Kindle Paperwhite, which can always be found in whatever bag she’s carrying that day.
Being a young adult, Candice is proficient in the ever-expanding world of gadgets and technology, but she’s not the biggest fan of Facebook and only uses it to keep up with her many relatives. When she’s not studying, editing gear reviews, or trying to become a fully functioning adult, Candice can be found reading, writing decent reviews on Amazon, or watching Netflix.
You can send Candice an email.
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.
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.
Chris Chamberlain: Chris 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.
Perry Brauner: Perry is an Architect from Livingston, New Jersey who always tries to take advantage of the best technology that’s available to him.
When he’s not playing with or writing about gadgets, Perry is a big sports fan, especially following the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Eagles. He also inherited a love of cooking and baking from his mother. Perry married his wife Stacey in July of 2013 and could not be happier that she also shares his love of technology.
Greg Alston: [Jailbreaking and writing about all things Apple is his specialty] Greg is a writer based out of Washington, DC where he has lived his entire life. Working full time as an Office Assistant Manager and Notary at one of the 50 largest firms in the US, he finds every opportunity to follow his true passions, writing and technology.
Writing since the age of three, Greg grew tired of reading reviews of the same products he would purchase and decided to take it upon himself to write more honest reviews that the average consumer would respect. Being a fan of technology at an early age, Greg regularly is talking about a new product he’s seen or products that he’s like to try. When he’s not talking geek, Greg is usually traveling, on the beach drinking bourbon and eating lobster rolls, or rooting for one of his favorite teams, the Chicago Bulls, the Arizona Cardinals, or the Washington Nationals. As of recent he’s also discovered his love for cooking and enjoys trying out new recipes on his family at every opportunity.