Welcome to Techgage, a leading independent technology news site for IT professionals, PC enthusiasts, and 'gear freaks' of all stripes. Techgage is dedicated to keeping its visitors ever apprised of the latest in cutting-edge PC hardware, software, and consumer electronics.
Updated daily, Techgage is committed to delivering fresh, informative, and enjoyable technology content that consists of news, product reviews, topical articles, and industry coverage and analysis. Our staff members are technology experts, carefully chosen for their knowledge, commitment to integrity and factual accuracy, while providing a dollop of helpful insight and opinion as well. We hold ourselves to high standards of quality in every regard, from detailed comparison testing to in-depth product analysis.
Techgage is an advocate of the consumer first. We won't ever modify an article because of external pressure by a PR firm - we stand behind our testing methods and conclusions. We fully recognize our two-fold role in the tech industry as an independent tech journal, to keep our visitors up-to-date on the latest products and technologies and to protect the public from shady or dishonest practices when necessary.
Techgage is a distributed enterprise. Our staff comes from many locations throughout North America and Europe, with diverse backgrounds ranging from audio engineering to photography. We all share one thing in common, however - a passion for technology, and a dedication to providing the highest quality coverage of every aspect of the PC technology and consumer electronics industries that is relevant to the consumer. From the latest gadgets and gear to in-depth testing of the newest enthusiast hardware, Techgage has something for every enthusiast.
| Rob's interest in tech began at the tender age of 11 – right about the time he accidentally formatted the family's 80286 DOS PC hard drive instead of the intended 5.25" floppy. Soon enough, what began as an intrigue into the world of technology became a desire to eat, breathe, and dream it.|
Rob was born, and is stationed in Eastern Canada. His content focus revolves around CPUs, GPUs and gaming, with software trailing close behind - especially where Linux is concerned. As the Editor-in-Chief of Techgage, Rob's primary objective is ensuring that the site stays true to its mission statement: To be an "Advocate of the consumer, first".
When not glued to the television watching Arsenal F.C., the Indianapolis Colts or Formula One, Rob enjoys spending time with family and friends, gaming (he has an affinity for MMOs, first-person shooters and racing titles, along with old-school games and emulation), listening to music or fixing a problematic benchmarking machine.
| Brett has been actively attempting to fix his own messes since his introduction to an 8088 system at a friend's house in 1986. After accidentally overwriting an important line in one of the programs that his friend's dad needed for work and then saving the changes, he was tasked with fixing it by poring through lines of BASIC to figure out "what should go there?!" Since then, he's been hooked on building/breaking systems from every major processor group from the 80286 to present day.|
Brett came to Techgage after spending several years as a technology journalist at the British computing site bit-tech. There, he was largely responsible for bringing forth the voice of the consumer and demystifying the business behind technology in his many editorials. He also oversaw the Modding section and worked with some of the greatest "Mod Gods" known to man, including one that always called Techgage home - forum resident Tech-Daddy. He proudly watched with his friends and teammates at bit when their "baby" hit the big time and was picked up by a major publisher, and decided to retire from writing... until he couldn't stand being away from it any more.
Though he's been actively curious about most every part of computers and computing over the years, his interests have largely settled on digital photography, information/operating systems security, and reverse engineering. He has very little interest in reviews outside of these areas, preferring to instead keep his editorial pen as sharp as a sword. His continued love of the business behind tech gives him a great interest in and passion for writing editorials discussing the financial and legal decisions that influence the industry of technology.
Digital Lifestyle & Networking
|Born from strong Indiana stock, Greg hasn't always been the handsome lad we find today. He was bitten by the tech bug at an early age, when his BASIC-teaching father brought home an IBM 80286. With his first laptop, a 450MHz Pentium II, he would spend countless hours at Indiana State University playing Age of Empires II, when he should have been in class or studying. Finally old enough to afford to purchase his own hardware, he built his first machine using a SOYO KT333 motherboard, an AMD Athlon 1700+, and a 20GB hard drive. Never one to sit still, Greg continued to tinker with his machines until a Network Administrator role opened up at his place of employment. Upon receiving that position, it was clear that no other person with a pulse had put in for that job. Fast-forward to a more recent time, Greg is now in his ninth year in IT, spending six of those years at a pair of local startups, one managing a datacenter's cloud department, and currently part of a four-man team responsible for 13 global datacenters for his present employer. A proud holder a VCP5 certification, he literally uses zero of that training in his day-to-day professional life. Being fortunate enough to contribute to Techgage since 2005 has been one of his life's greatest highlights, if a bit unexplainable. He's married to a wonderful woman and spends his free time hoping desperately that his house doesn't wash away in a flood.|
| Robert's fate was sealed when, in 2003, he researched and built his very own desktop from scratch. After experiencing firsthand what a 3x jump in CPU frequency could do for performance (and what that early HyperThreading feature could do to system responsiveness), he began to follow the great processor war with interest, hence, his enthusiasm for computers and technology in general only grew from there.|
NotRob™ currently lives in Texas, about as far from RealRob™ as is geographically possible. He has a passion for technology and a real enthusiasm for computers in general, with a few of his achievements including a 100% 3.8GHz 24/7 stable overclock on a water-cooled E8300, and one or two (temporary) records broken with a Q6600 with chilled water. His more recent OC's are simply used for Folding@home and other distributed computing projects that search for cures to various diseases.
In the interim, he picked up a few IT certifications and a Bachelor's degree in Business and continues to avidly follow science and technology-related topics. As the processor wars tapered off, there seemed to be little else that could deliver tangible, let alone significant performance boosts on a regular cycle – at least, until SSDs came along. With them, he found a new niche to follow.
Audio & Peripherals
| Jamie has been abusing things, both electrical and mechanical, since he was a little lad. His first PC was an Intel 80386 running a relatively modern Windows 3.0, and all he wanted it to do was play games. What began as a curiosity quickly turned into an obsession. Bashing away at mem-manager, autoexec.bat, and config.sys (the thankless task of convincing games to play well with the hundreds of audio interface standards), serial network connections with null modem cables, and putting up with lack-luster hardware, it was all for a love of games!|
As the years matured, Jamie quickly found himself in the position of being the 'go-to' guy to get computers fixed for friends and family. This technical interest, mixed with a creative streak, landed him a job working as a graphic designer for a print studio. This entailed fixing the often fickle-natured digital printers, RIPs, and plate setters, as well as producing and converting images and documents into vectors.
Spurred on by dissatisfaction with workplace peripherals and an innate ability to rant, Jamie ended up as a writer for Techgage, doubling up as the site's Photoshop Guru and 'long-into-the-morning' proofreader and editor. Forever expanding horizons and inspired by the latest wave of miniature devices and computers, Jamie's interests now lead him down the path of electronics, playing around with devices such as the Raspberry Pi and Arduino.
Chassis & Peripherals
| In comparison to other staff members, Ryan's obsession with computers developed later than most. Well into his 20's, he began to tinker with an old Pentium 3 to see how it worked and how each part fit together. After upgrading to a Pentium D-based system, where he chose all of the parts himself, the rest is history as he dove into the world of overclocking, building, modding, and customization - without ever looking back.|
After using Techgage as a review source for years, he finally created a forum account and found that the Editor-in-Chief was living in the same town. This sparked a number of conversations and before long, he was added to the roster of editors and placed in charge of chassis, coolers, and peripherals.
Being the "basket chassis" that he is, if he doesn't have his head stuck inside of a system, Ryan is a system administrator by day, and a husband, father, and gamer by night.
| Mario's no stranger to computers… any type of computer. His first contact happened in the 80s with the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, where he first learned to program in Z80 assembly. In 1989, he got his first Personal Computer, an Amstrad PC 1512. Since then, computers have been his passion - and profession, as a software developer and systems analyst.|
University put him in contact with the UNIX operating system. Through the university satellite company, JUNITEC, where he worked for the last 3 years of his graduation (which he never finished, [long story]), he had the pleasure of working with some of the legendary systems of the late 80s and 90s. The second generation NeXT computers, the Amiga 500, Apple's Macintosh II and Classic, in a company that served as a think-tank for software development projects. His first real job at Alcatel put him in contact with the mainframe IBM ES9000, the VAX 8600, and IBM AS/400 minicomputers.
Today, Mario lost much interest in different architectures and sticks to personal computers, in general, and Intel x86/64 architectures in particular. As a 43-year-old software developer, Mario prefers to concentrate, instead of disperse, lest he experiences a forceful retirement. Gaming has always been his second computer passion, after programming. So, he does what he can to bring some of that passion into Techgage.
| JD didn't build his first custom PC until 2006; until then, he really only had a spurious interest in PCs. But, once the bug bit, his enthusiasm for the hobby and his fascination for the people who share that enthusiasm only grew with the passage of time.|
But, even before his passion for PC hardware took hold, he had a similar passion for many different things. Formula One and San Francisco 49ers football are particularly rabid obsessions (he owns a collection of West Coast Offense playbooks on .pdf and studies them fastidiously - he knows how to install and explain how "Double Wing Rt - F Left, 2 Jet Flanker Drive" is supposed to work!), but writing and editing are just as important to him as Alain Prost is. Star Wars and people in general also fascinate him, as does the concept of masks and masked characters in fiction.
As far as technology is concerned, JD is particularly interested in PC chassis design, audio equipment, and high-performance vehicles. He hails from the Philippines, but has lived in Southern California since 1989.
| Tom's love for technology started at an early age when his dad brought home an IBM XT Clone, complete with 8088 processor, no hard drive, dual low-density 5.25" disk drives, RGB graphics, and IBM DOS 3.1. Tom was instantly hooked by writing programs in BASIC, fiddling with text-based games, and even the occasional educational game - much to his protest. His next big technology jump came when he got his next computer, a Compaq Presario 850. The 486DX2 @ 50MHz with 4MB of RAM and 200MB HDD, combined with a 2400bps modem, opened up a whole new world of possibilities. He and a friend started a BBS called King Arthur's Court, running Wildcat! BBS software. It was nothing more than a single-node BBS with a very small but loyal user base. They didn't make any real waves, but they had a lot of fun doing it.|
Tom loves building computers, tinkering with Ubuntu, gaming, and just about everything associated with computers. In 2007 Tom studied for and received his General class Amateur Radio license from the FCC. He assembled and tuned antennas, worked on and modified radios and talked all over the world, using nothing more than a few watts of power and a cooperative atmosphere to bounce his signals.
Tom works in Technical Support at a local startup that specializes in virtualization. He spends his spare time helping his wife care for their son - and when he isn't doing that, he is always tinkering with some project that usually involves computers or consumer electronics in some capacity.
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