Keith Shaw

Cool Tools Columnist / Multimedia Content Editor

The first gadget Keith Shaw ever wanted was the Merlin, a red plastic toy that beeped and played Tic-Tac-Toe and other various games. Since then, his obsession with technology, both small and large, has grown into the multimedia empire that is Cool Tools. A child of the '70s and teen-ager of the '80s, Shaw has been a fan of computers, technology and video games right from the start. He won an award in 8th grade for programming a game on the school's only computer, and saved his allowance to buy an Atari 2600. He took a side trip in the '90s to the world of newspaper journalism, and has worked at a variety of newspapers in New York, Florida and Massachusetts. In 1997, he combined his love of technology with his journalism skills, working at Computerworld for a few years before joining Network World in 1999 as the company's product reviews editor. In 2000, Shaw took over the Cool Tools column, which continues to appear in the print version of Network World weekly. Shaw started the Cool Tools video show in 2005, and in 2006 teamed up with Multimedia Editor Jason Meserve to create the company's weekly Twisted Pair podcast (RIP). Shaw has a bachelor's degree in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University. He won an award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for a 2003 article on anti-spam testing, and a Gold Award in their 2010 Digital Awards Competition for the "ABCs of IT" video series. Shaw is also the co-creator of http://www.taquitos.net, the crunchiest site on the InterWeb, which has taste tested and reviewed more than 4,000 varieties of snack foods.

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Home network video cameras continue to impress

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30 years of gadgets, computers and video games from my fabulous life

30 years of gadgets, computers and video games from my fabulous life

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I went to RSA and all I got was a bunch of security reports...

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Review: Plantronics Voyager UC headset

Review: Plantronics Voyager UC headset

Your new desk headphones for music listening will also cover you for incoming smartphone calls or videoconferencing chats.

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