Hello, and welcome to here’s the thing! I’m Ben Patterson, and I’ll be your host.
here’s the thing is a safe, friendly place to get help and advice about technology and gadgets—specifically, the gadgets you use every day. Looking for the perfect smartphone? Need the perfect app to organize your day? Wish someone would just tell you what “HDMI” stands for? Then this is the place for you.
What won’t you find at here’s the thing? Jargon, for one thing—or at the very least, no jargon without a clear, nearby explanation. Corporate intrigue and board-room power plays won’t be figuring much in my coverage, either. Last but not least, I’ll be keeping the attitude to a bare minimum.
(Incidentally, it was my wife, Susan, who came up with the name here’s the thing—rather than, say TechZone or GeekAttack. Mind you, those are perfectly good names for hard-core tech sites, but we’re going for a beginner-friendly vibe that appeals to women as well as men.)
More about me
I’ve been covering gadgets and technology for more than 17 years. Before launching here’s the thing, I was the Gadget Hound blogger on Yahoo! News. My articles have also appeared in TIME, All You, PC Magazine, PCWorld, Wired, Men’s Fitness, Computer Shopper, Mobile Magazine, Mac|Life, and more. Previously, I was a senior editor at CNET and Editor-in-Chief of InfoSync World. I started my career in the early 90’s as a reporter at The Reporter, a daily newspaper in Vacaville, California—and back then, hardly anyone had a cell phone, much less an iPhone.
I don’t own investments in any specific tech companies, and particularly nothing in the big three: Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Until recently, I was a contractor for Yahoo!, and before that I was a full-time employee of CNET (now owned by CBS). Meanwhile, my lovely and talented wife is a product manager for Consumer Reports; previously, she worked at AOL, Sony Music, Zingy, CNET (hmm, is it possible we met there?), iVillage, Moody’s, and Standard & Poor’s. If my coverage happens to touch upon any of these companies, I’ll make a point of disclosing it.
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