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.

Circle: Parental controls through a Disney-branded router add-on

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Sneak peek: 15 gadgets to put on your holiday wish list

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Cables and chargers go big and long

Cables and chargers go big and long

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Riding the new Wi-Fi wave, part 3: AmpliFi

Riding the new Wi-Fi wave, part 3: AmpliFi

Well designed Wi-Fi mesh system is easy to install, provides users with tons of network data.

Acer TravelMate 802.11ad notebook: An industry 'first' you might never need or use

Acer TravelMate 802.11ad notebook: An industry 'first' you might never need or use

Be really prepared for Wi-Gig with this notebook, if it ever catches on, that is.

Why your smartphone is sicker than a room full of snotty toddlers

Why your smartphone is sicker than a room full of snotty toddlers

New report says mobile device malware is surging, getting more sophisticated.

Lenovo kicks off IFA with four new notebook/tablet offerings

Lenovo kicks off IFA with four new notebook/tablet offerings

New designs and styles breathe life into notebook, 2-in-1 market

Saving stuff: Your VHS tapes, your data, your car battery, your wrists

Saving stuff: Your VHS tapes, your data, your car battery, your wrists

A roundup of some gadgets that crossed the Cool Tools HQ desktop.

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Amped Wireless goes mesh with Ally brand

Wi-Fi system includes AVG partnership, parental controls and high-powered, long range coverage.

Netgear joins Wi-Fi mesh wave with Orbi system

Netgear joins Wi-Fi mesh wave with Orbi system

Wi-Fi home router maker has new system that merges ease of setup with access to advanced networking settings.

Back to school stuff for the discerning techie (or techie-in-training)

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Yeah, we don't want to go back to school either. But if you have to, here are some ideas to help geekify and techify your classroom experience.

The stereotypical IT guy is now a psycho loner. Progress?

The stereotypical IT guy is now a psycho loner. Progress?

Trailer for new "IT" movie pits techie vs. CEO.

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