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.

Can Keith Code: Lesson 2, Rock, paper, scissors and 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).

Our 10 favorite techie Simpsons episodes and moments

Our 10 favorite techie Simpsons episodes and moments

Homer, family and friends take on everything from The Internet to Apple and Google Glass.

This week’s best techy, nerdy or funny videos

Catch up on the videos you may have missed while working or vacationing.

Throwback Thursday Tech: Flip Phone Fun!

Another "old tech" discovery deep within my office desk drawers - this 2002-era flip phone from Motorola.

Disney World adds video capture to Tower of Terror ride

The souvenir of your amusement park ride goes from photo to video with addition of new Disney technology.

NASA animation shows Apollo 11 landing site

The 45th anniversary of the moon landing is Sunday, so let's revisit the location using modern satellite imagery.

Throwback Thursday Tech: Take off, Hoser!

Before iPods and streaming-music services and even compact discs, the cassette tape was the choice (at least between the late 1970s and mid 1980s).

30 Years of Tetris

30 Years of Tetris

Our favorite moments from the classic brick-stacking, addicting video game

Throwback Thursday Tech Floppy-Disk Gaming Edition

Jump into the wayback machine for some old-school computer game recollections.

Disney Infinity 2.0 adds Merida and Maleficent to roster

Two additional female characters confirmed for Disney video game sequel set to ship this fall.

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