My Work

Below is a small sample of my recent work. You can see more at my author page for the publications I work for, all of which are linked to here. But for some highlights from the past few months, try these articles:

  • How to Level Up the Picture Quality of Your Cheap TV [Popular Science]: A truly good TV can make your movies and favorite shows look amazing, but not everyone has $1,500 to plop down on a high-end panel. That doesn’t mean you’re stuck with mediocrity, though—if you aren’t happy with your TV’s picture, there may be a few things you can do to kick things up a notch.
  • How to Stop Your Computer From Randomly Waking Up From Sleep Mode [PCMag]: If your computer keeps waking up from sleep mode, there may be a few settings you can tweak to fix the problem. Here’s how to make sure your computer stays asleep.
  • Show off Your Dolby Atmos Surround Sound With These Room-Rumbling Films [The Inventory]: So you went and got yourself a fancy new Dolby Atmos surround sound setup, and you want to see what it can do. Or maybe you want to show it off to your friends and family, but need the perfect scene to really drive it home. You have more options than you might think.
  • The Principles of Buying Tech that Lasts, According to an Expert [NBC News]: Buying eco-friendly tech is about more than seeking out recycled or renewable materials, low power consumption and sustainability promises. One of the best ways to lessen your impact on the environment is to keep your gadgets longer so new ones don’t have to be manufactured at such a quick-fire rate.
  • The Best True Wireless Earbuds That Won’t Break the Bank [The Inventory]: When Apple killed the headphone jack and introduced AirPods, they changed the earbud game forever. Today, “true wireless” earbuds have trickled down to the budget realm, and the market is flooded with affordable alternatives.
  • How to Buy Refurbished Tech at Amazon, Walmart, Apple, and More [NBC News]: With phones and laptops reaching staggering $1,000+ price tags, it feels like you need to scrimp, save and hunt for coupon codes just to save a few bucks off the latest and greatest phone. But there’s a much better way to save money: Buy a refurbished model instead.
  • The Best Laptops Under $1,000 This Year [Reviewed]: These days there’s a laptop for just about every budget, whether you need an inexpensive Chromebook for browsing the web or a high-powered machine for video editing or gaming. But for most people, the sweet spot is about a grand.
  • How to Optimize Your Home Network [IGN]: You may be willing to put up with half-baked Wi-Fi when you’re sitting around browsing Facebook, but when you start working from home, the stakes change. Now your network is more important than ever – so here’s how to improve your Wi-Fi speed and keep your network stable and secure.
  • The Three Tiers of Dolby Atmos: In-Ceiling, Up-Firing, and Virtual Surround Compared [The Inventory]: Dolby Atmos is the new hotness when it comes to home theater gear, but there are a lot of different ways you can incorporate Atmos into your setup. Let’s talk about the difference between “virtual” Atmos, up-firing drivers, and dedicated in-ceiling speakers.
  • PS5 & Xbox Series X: Teraflops Aren’t The Only Measure of Power [IGN]: Sony has finally given us a deep dive into the specs of its upcoming PlayStation 5, and while the talk was mostly aimed at developers with super in-depth explanations around SSD, GPU, and audio design, gamers are already abuzz with speculations about how performance between the PlayStation 5 and Xbox’s Series X consoles might compare.
  • How to Deal with Movies That Bounce from Too Quiet to Too Loud [Popular Science]: I love big movie explosions as much as anyone, but I have a bone to pick with movie studios: It feels like every time I watch an action movie, I have to turn the volume way up just to hear the characters speak, then quickly turn it down every time something explodes. And when I’m not quick enough on the draw, my sleeping wife gets very angry.
  • How to Find an Apartment When You’re Moving Across the Country [New York Times]: Apartment hunting can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, but put 2,000 miles between you and the haystack, and it turns into a seemingly impossible quest. If you’re moving to a faraway city, some careful planning can help you find a place to live.
  • How to Get Better Graphics on Old PC Games [PCMag]: Even though my Steam library is overflowing with new games I bought on impulse, it’s hard to resist the allure of the classics. But running old games on your modern PC is more complicated than you might think. While the pixelated graphics of the ’80s and ’90s are charming, the dated polygons of early 3D games can sometimes hamper the experience.
  • How to Build a Killer Gaming PC for $100 [Popular Science]: Building your own computer from scratch allows you to craft the perfect rig for your needs, but if you’re on a super-strict budget, a shiny, new, custom-built PC isn’t always feasible.
  • Google’s Apparent Plan to Tackle Lag on Stadia, Explained [IGN]: Google’s Stadia game-streaming service is a fascinating leap into the future of gaming. But in a world of varying internet speeds, restrictive data caps, and the worrying loss of “ownership,” it has a few challenges to overcome. Stadia engineers think they can at least conquer the input lag problem with what Google calls “negative latency.”
  • What Is Ray Tracing, and Should You Care? [IGN]: We just learned a whole lot more about the upcoming PS5, thanks to another interview with system architect Mark Cerny. In it, he delved a bit more into how the PS5 will deal with ray tracing⁠—the ultra-realistic lighting effects that have been all the rage on gaming PCs this year⁠.
  • How to Use Your iPad as a Second Monitor on Any Computer [PCMag]: Two monitors are better than one, and with macOS Catalina, you can turn your iPad into a second display with just a few clicks thanks to a new feature known as Sidecar. But Sidecar is limited to certain Macs and iPads, which is a bummer if you have an older device (or a Windows PC).
  • The Sometimes Circular Logic of Twitter’s Trending Timeline [OneZero]: Every time a celebrity’s name pops up in Twitter’s trending timeline, I like to play a little game: are they actually dead, or, did they make a politically controversial statement? Unfortunately, that game is sometimes hard to play, since clicking on the person’s name inevitably brings me to a feed of reaction GIFs that offer no context as to what happened.
  • How to Build a Small Form Factor Gaming PC That Can Fit Anywhere [The Inventory]: When you think of a “gaming PC,” chances are you picture a tricked-out desktop tower the size of a large sock drawer. But why waste that much space? With a Mini-ITX motherboard and the right case, you can build a tiny PC that fits just about anywhere, without sacrificing on power.
  • Six Google Tricks That Will Turn You Into an Internet Detective [New York Times]: Like it or not, Google is most people’s portal to the internet. And when you’re searching for something simple — like the latest news about Iran — Google will usually get you what you want on the first try. But if you’re trying to find something a bit more niche, you may need to do some digging.
  • How a Brand Name Becomes Generic [New York Times]: When you need to blow your nose, there’s a good chance you ask for a Kleenex, even if the box being handed to you doesn’t bear the Kimberly-Clark-owned Kleenex logo. When you use a brand name as a generic term, you’re using a proprietary eponym, and there are more examples of this phenomenon than you might realize.
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