FAQ

How did you get a job working as a video host?
I started working at CNET Networks in 2004, as an intern. I mostly worked on webcasts… pretty dry stuff, mostly white papers and other business-related audio casts for the IT world. The person I reported to, James Hilliard, was also an audio producer at the company. Around that time, CNET was launching Buzz Out Loud, a daily podcast dealing in tech news hosted by Tom Merritt and Molly Wood, which James produced.

Somewhere in that time, I was hired full-time to produce and edit the First Looks from the Labs series. James left for another job soon after, and asked me to take over producing BOL. Eventually, I started speaking on the show as well! Apparently I made a good impression, because my new boss asked me to start hosting video content on CNET TV. I wrote and hosted videos there (occasionally even editing them myself, which is a very strange experience) until 2007.

Do you still do any video or audio editing? What do you use?
The only thing I regularly edit myself is Sword and Laser. The gear and apps I use are:
Shure SM7B Vocal Microphone
M-Audio Fast Track Ultra (no longer made, similar)
Audio Hijack Pro
Audacity

What shows are you working on now?
See the Shows page for a full list of past and recent projects!

You’re a gamer, huh? What do you play on?
Primarily I play on PC, but I have been known to play on the Xbox and PS3 (especially during my years at Qore). I’m also the co-founder of one of the largest guilds in World of Warcraft, Alea Iacta Est. We’re now a gaming community that spans games, consoles and PC platforms. My main in WoW was Winema, a tauren shaman. For the Horde!

What tech do you use?
You can find all my current gadgets on my gdgt profile.

Do you work with startups?
I do! I’m an advisor for several companies officially, including gdgt, Soundtracking, about.me, and WeGame. I also work with other companies in an unofficial capacity, and I’m always happy to look at new products and sites and give my opinion!

6 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. FIRST! Hey at least you know somebody clicked on the toolbar. Speaking of which, did you ever do any work with usability design? You seem to have a great eye for it. It’s not making things pretty, it’s the things you talk about like “why aren’t USB power cords standardized?”


  2. Dave Friedel:

    FIRST! Hey at least you know somebody clicked on the toolbar. Speaking of which, did you ever do any work with usability design? You seem to have a great eye for it. It’s not making things pretty, it’s the things you talk about like “why aren’t USB power cords standardized?”

    I try to consider usability with the companies I work with as an advisor. I’m very product-oriented, but the most important thing is making websites and products intuitive for users.

  3. I watched your interview with Seanan McGuire using Google Hangouts. Your camera was much better than the other two. Can you recommend a webcam that is both Mac and Win compatible? Thanks.


  4. Bryan Dennett:

    I watched your interview with Seanan McGuire using Google Hangouts. Your camera was much better than the other two. Can you recommend a webcam that is both Mac and Win compatible? Thanks.

    I finally thought to google your name plus “webcam.” The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 looks like a winner. Thanks

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