Keith Shaw

Contributing Writer

The first gadget Keith Shaw ever wanted was the Merlin, a red plastic toy that beeped and played Tic-Tac-Toe and various other games. A child of the '70s and teenager 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.

Shaw has a bachelor's degree in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University and has worked at a variety of newspapers in New York, Florida and Massachusetts, as well as Computerworld and Network World. 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 taquitos.net, the crunchiest site on the InterWeb, which has taste-tested and reviewed more than 4,000 varieties of snack foods.

What is a WAN? Wide-area network definition and examples

What is a WAN? Wide-area network definition and examples

WANs connect smaller networks across long distances, and their architecture, protocols and technologies have evolved to their latest incarnation, SD-WAN.

What is a hypervisor?

What is a hypervisor?

A hypervisor is a process that separates a computer’s operating system and applications from the underlying physical hardware. Usually done as software, the hypervisor drives the concept of virtualization, allowing the physical host...

Review: Two higher-end peripherals for your notebook lifestyle

Review: Two higher-end peripherals for your notebook lifestyle

Go ahead and splurge on this fancy webcam and speakerphone.

Review: More sleep-related devices to help you get more ZZZs

Review: More sleep-related devices to help you get more ZZZs

Another sleep data tracker and 'sound blanket' aim to let me snooze more.

App time! Rounding up two new mobile and desktop apps

App time! Rounding up two new mobile and desktop apps

Quickly improve photos with Photolemur or add a musical soundtrack to your videos via Moodelizer.

Tiny gadget roundup time!

Tiny gadget roundup time!

Reviews of some smaller devices that help make life more enjoyable.

Data time: Tracking sleep, tracking my car

Data time: Tracking sleep, tracking my car

Seagate and IDC recently issued a white paper that predicted an explosion of the amount of data that we’ll be dealing with by 2025. As more device makers create Internet of Things devices, these devices will create tons of data...

Get into the spring mood with some new gadgets

Get into the spring mood with some new gadgets

Rounding up some cooler (and wetter) devices to help you survive spring (or just make life more enjoyable).

Turn an old Wi-Fi network into a wireless mesh

Turn an old Wi-Fi network into a wireless mesh

Add or expand an old wireless router with the AmpliFI HD Mesh Point.

Clean up your desk space with cool MacBook Pro docking station

Clean up your desk space with cool MacBook Pro docking station

Load and lock - automatic docking station connects peripherals and makes for a better looking office space.

Bonus benefit from cord-cutting: A wireless network alternative

Bonus benefit from cord-cutting: A wireless network alternative

Leftover coaxial cables can provide data networking access for dead spots in your home.

Mobile networks still stink, with more workers coming

Mobile networks still stink, with more workers coming

New survey says connectivity issues top complaints for enterprise mobile workers.

Netgear doubles down on Orbi wireless gear

Netgear doubles down on Orbi wireless gear

Smaller devices and additional 'satellite' options available for those with smaller homes.

Review: Canary Flex security camera lives up to its name

Review: Canary Flex security camera lives up to its name

Flexible mounting options and rechargeable battery let you pick where you want to record video in your home.

Is a 4G hot spot still needed in today's world?

Is a 4G hot spot still needed in today's world?

Review of the latest Verizon Jetpack has me wondering about whether we need these devices anymore.

How to add an external HDD to Sony PS4 (plus video)

How to add an external HDD to Sony PS4 (plus video)

Quickly add extra storage to your game console with these handy tips from Mr. Cool Tools himself.

Review: Plantronics BackBeat 500 Series wireless headphones

Review: Plantronics BackBeat 500 Series wireless headphones

Entry-level headphones aimed at millennials, other first-time wireless headphone users

Get better sleep by adding more noise

Get better sleep by adding more noise

Sound machine offers variety of background noises to help you sleep better. Really.

Six Flags New England adds VR to another roller coaster

Six Flags New England adds VR to another roller coaster

Galactic Attack VR and mixed reality experience added to Mind Eraser.

Head-scratching ways companies screw up Wi-Fi

Head-scratching ways companies screw up Wi-Fi

Old gear, bad locations and overcrowded volume top the poor choices that many companies make when it comes to wireless networking.

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