We are The Committed.
A card-carrying member of the Apple ecosystem since the "dark days" of the 1990s, I cut my professional teeth as the product manager of VersionTracker. Since then, I've worked successfully on dozens of products, a few of which have even won an award or two along the way.
As the founder of specular media, I provide strategy and planning for companies interested in entering the mobile app world. I love the market analysis and planning aspects of product development, which I've championed as a regular contributor to a number of podcasts, including Your Mac Life and MacJury.
I've got a Political Science degree from University of Oregon around here somewhere, but no one has ever asked to see it.
An accidental technologist, I launched macosxhints.com as a hobby back in November of 2000. It eventually grew into a huge hobby, and in 2005, I sold it to and joined Macworld. My duties there included running the macosxhints site, writing about technology in general, and being the on-staff scuba and golf go-to guy when relevant apps appeared.
I also created numerous video blogs, mainly in the area of OS X tips, and was a frequent contributor to the Macworld podcast series.
After nearly five years with Macworld, I left in the spring of 2010 to join Many Tricks, makers of numerous nifty (if I do say so myself) utilities for the Mac.
When not working, you can find me golfing, scuba diving, or spending time with my family.
I bought my first Mac in 1991 - a PowerBook 100 - and never looked back. After working as a teacher of English as a foreign language, then a French-English translator, I side-graded and started writing about Macs. I've been doing it full-time for a dozen years.
I'm a Senior Contributor to Macworld, where I am The iTunes Guy. I'm also a regular contributor to TidBITS, The Loop Magazine, and several other publications. I've written more than twenty books, including Take Control books about iTunes, LaunchBar and Scrivener.
My hobbies including listening to music; I'm a huge music fan, and proud to be a Deadhead (a fan of the Grateful Dead), and I review classical CDs for MusicWeb International. I also like seeing performances of Shakespeare plays; my goal in the coming years is to see every one of his plays on stage, and I recently moved near Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, to be able to do that.