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Editorial Team and Staff
Julio Franco, Executive Editor
Before the 90's dot com bubble and years before blogs were even called blogs, it was 1998 and I found myself spending countless hours playing with computer hardware and on the web. I decided to create a website about PCs and technology. One thing led to another, and after years of hard work, thousands of articles, and millions of visitors later, TechSpot evolved into what it is today: one the premier tech enthusiast destinations online. On a more personal note, I hold a Master's degree in Management Information Systems. When I'm not working on TS, I enjoy spending time with my wife and children, family, and close friends as well as traveling on occasion. Other topics that constantly grab my attention include politics, business, sports and architectural design.
Jose Vilches, Managing Editor
I've been fascinated with everything technology-related and taking stuff apart for as long as I can remember. Got my first system, an Apple Macintosh Color Classic, around 1993 and became 'obsessed' with the Internet and computers towards the end of that decade, when personal websites on Geocities were all the rage and getting online required asking everyone at home not to unhook the phone. Curiosity and countless hours online led to some self-acquired knowledge of hardware, software, and later on to venture as an independent web developer. I landed on TechSpot back in 2007 to help with the Downloads and Drivers sections and have since moved to take on other roles. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Informatics and hope to pursue a Master's in management soon. Besides technology, I enjoy sports (mostly soccer and MMA), traveling, gaming, grabbing a cold beer on weekends, and just spending time with family, friends, and my soon-to-be-wife.
Erik Orejuela, Downloads & Drivers
As a Business major I may not go as deep into computer hardware as some of my fellow editors, but I do love the thrill of a good multiplayer match and enjoy the latest in technology gadgets. I also enjoy fishing, diving, boarding and the beach in general on the weekends. I'm married and have little baby boy who lights up my day.
Per Hansson, IT Administration
I live in Sweden and have been into computing for as long as I can remember. I devote most of my time keeping track of the latest hardware and writing about it here on TechSpot. I also enjoy a good game for relaxation. When I'm not at my computer I'm working as a mechanic for my friend Andreas who rides a 250cc road racing motorcycle in the European Championship, so if you ever want to meet me in real life, go to the closest racetrack to you when the EC in 250cc runs and buy me a beer ;-).
Steven Walton, Reviews
During my late high school years I discovered gaming on computers and by the time I finished school in 2001 it was clear my future would lay within the industry. Before I became interested in computer hardware I was somewhat addicted to online strategy gaming. This addiction also got me involved with website design as I was interested in the Internet and how it worked. Being a hands-on technical person I soon moved away from games and developed an interest for the hardware that ran and made the game possible. Today I am still just as enthusiastic about computer hardware and I really enjoy how it is ever evolving. When I am not playing with computer hardware I enjoy fishing, driving and playing sports.
Matthew DeCarlo, News and Features Editor
With no formal IT background, most of my experience stems from industry-related publications and excessive curiosity. I found TechSpot in early 2008 while hunting for an active tech community and I was instantly hooked. I spend most of my waking hours in front of a PC, but outside the realm of technology and work, I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend and our dog, playing video games, picking locks, training with kettlebells, and shooting firearms.
Shawn Knight, News and Features Editor
I have been interested in computers and technology in general for as long as I can remember. I received my first computer as a Christmas gift in 1998 and got into case modding and overclocking shortly thereafter. Aside from writing for TechSpot, I operate my own tech site and a personal blog. While away from the computer, I enjoy cars (mostly drag racing), hockey, good music, MMA and just hanging out with friends. My motto, Do what you love and love what you do!
Rick Burgess, News Editor
The Interwebs was but a nascent glimmer when I began slowly pecking away at the keyboard of my first PC -- a truly archaic beige box brimming with high-end components like an 8 MHz 286 CPU, 128k of RAM and two 5.25-inch floppy drives. Despite its obvious limitations (less obvious at the time) -- with the help of GW-BASIC and Asteroids -- that cantankerous device helped nurture an incurable fondness for PCs. Since then, my continually evolving experiences with digital things have been seasoned with repair and consulting work at independent computer shops peppering California's scenic coastline. I've also had the fortune of being an Intel engineer, a system/network administrator for both Windows and Mac environments and currently operate my own computer repair and consulting business in Los Angeles. I'm a dabbler in many areas, but enjoy most things science; particularly the stranger-than-fiction explanations that often emerge as we perceive, explore and measure our unfathomably prodigious realm of existence. I also appreciate good food, good stories and good games.
Ivan Franco, Product Finder
Adonis Figueroa, Developer
Jessica Zuņiga, Developer
TechSpot Contributing Members
We would like to extend our appreciation to long standing members who have helped shape TechSpot and its community over the years. Most of them can be seen participating on the forums and reached through that medium using the usernames:
Phantasm66, TS|Thomas, Justin, LNCPapa, SNGX1275, Mictlantecuhtli, Nodsu, Poertner1274, Momok, Didou, Arris, MrGaribaldi, Bobbye, Broni, Mailpup... and the list keeps growing.