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.

Cool Yule Tools for the Home

Cool Yule Tools for Work

Cool Yule Tools for Work

We offer up our humble list of products and technologies that may impress someone on your holiday gift list.

Cool Yule Tools for Play

Cool Yule Tools for Play

Network World's gift guide is ultra-techie and ultra-geeky, some of the stuff you may look at and go, “what kind of gift is that?”. Quite simply, it’s stuff we’ve tried out this year, stuff we’ve liked, or stuff that we think can help...

9 ways to celebrate

9 ways to celebrate "Back to the Future" Day

If you’re looking to join the festivities, we have several suggestions on things you can do. Grab your flux capacitor and let’s generate 1.21 gigawatts of fun!

Another giant leap for robotkind

Another giant leap for robotkind

Next week, I'm on assignment with Computerworld where I'll get to see the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals. More than 20 teams are taking their robots and putting them through a series of obstacle challenges in the hopes of finding...

Road to the DARPA Robotics Finals
video

Road to the DARPA Robotics Finals

Watch the entire series of videos showing scientists preparing for the June 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge finals.

Videos: CES 2015 has it all from wearables to laptops

Videos: CES 2015 has it all from wearables to laptops

Take a look at the sights and sounds from the annual consumer show in Las Vegas.

15 things Back to the Future II got right (and horribly wrong)

15 things Back to the Future II got right (and horribly wrong)

The "Future" is now (well, in October).

The best techie gifts for 2014

The best techie gifts for 2014

Our motto: “He Sees You When You’re Sleeping, He Knows When You’re Awake…”Image by Troy GalluzziAfter months of investigations, cups of coffee and several arm-twisting interrogation tactics, the Cool Yule Tools staff of writers and...

Can Keith Code: Lesson 2, Rock, paper, scissors and user feedback

Can Keith Code: Lesson 2, Rock, paper, scissors and user feedback

Our intrepid reporter discovers why developer friends get moody whenever they solicit user feedback.

Can Keith Code? Lesson 1, Scratching the surface

With the kids on-board for the “Can we learn how to code together?” project, we rush head-long into Scratch to explore a world of sprites and scripts.

Can Keith Code? Middle-aged writer tries to reclaim middle-school coding glory days

Seeking to awaken the 8th grade programming wizard within, our intrepid reporter sets out to refresh the skills that had atrophied after discovering pursuits such as girls, college and beer (in no particular order).

Load More