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.
|Jamie’s 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 graphics and vectors for a variety of stationary and magazines.
Jamie has now been writing guides, reviews and editorials for a wide variety of subjects on Techgage for over eight years (as well as being the resident Photoshop guru), with a keen interest in audio, peripherals, networks, and of course, gaming. He’s been known to play around with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, and other electronics in his spare time.
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|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 [email protected] 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.
|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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All positions for Techgage are voluntary, but can be rewarding. In addition to being a great way to get your fix of the ‘shiny-shiny’, you get to build your reputation as a knowledgeable authority in the world of PC technology, and you get a cool Techgage.com email address. You’ll also join a spirited team of dynamic individuals who care deeply about providing our visitors with the best experience possible.
To be the best candidate for a position at Techgage, we suggest that you:
- Are passionate about PC technology (being opinionated is a plus!)
- Are a “self-starter” who is willing to work independently on projects
- Be able to write with proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation
- Are generally knowledgable in most areas of PC hardware (CPUs, motherboards, graphics, storage, peripherals, accessories), software (gaming, productivity, operating systems), or consumer electronics (home theater, audio, video, ‘connected home’ products)
- Have an entertaining writing style
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