I’m Harry McCracken, founder and editor of Technologizer. The site may be relatively new, but I’ve covered the technology beat for an absurdly long time. At this point, it looks like my life’s work–and I couldn’t have a happier, more fulfilling calling.
I first used a PC–my dad’s TRS-80 Model I–almost exactly thirty years ago; I first went online, via 300-bps modem, in 1979. I think the first words about computers I wrote for publication were for my TRS-80 users’ group’s newsletter circa 1980; the first ones I got paid for were in the wonderful magazine Creative Computing in 1982.
In 1991, I started writing about technology full-time. For almost fourteen happy years prior to embarking on the Technologizer adventure, I worked at PC World, where I wound up as editor in chief of both the magazine and the Web site. While there, I was humbled to receive some recognition for the work I did. Such as the following…
2008: I was named to the Folio: 40 list of media industry movers and shakers
2008: I received ABM’s Timothy White award for editorial integrity
2008: My Techlog columns received ABM’s Jesse H. Neal award for best editorial or signed column
2007: I was startled to find myself one of MIN’s 21 Most Intriguing People
2006: My blog on PCWorld.com received MIN’s Best of the Web award for best blog
Here’s an article from MIN Online about Technologizer which I really like (I can say that about an article that says nice things about me, right?). The site was also named one of PCMag.com’s favorite blogs, TechRepublic’s Jason Hiner recently named me the #1 techie to follow on Twitter, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance was nice enough to call me the best tech gadget guru. Here’s a story about Technologizer’s success from Folio, which was also nice enough to discuss me and the site in its 2011 Folio: 40 list. And the Western Publications Association gave us an award for the best online consumer feature of 2011.
In September of 2010, Technologizer branched out in a big way by partnering with one of the greatest media brands of them all–TIME. And in February of 2012, we took things one step further when I became an editor at large for TIME. I continue to blog under the Technologizer brand at TIME.com, and write other pieces for the site and magazine. It’s been one of the great pleasures of my career to be associated with a publication I’ve admired all my life.
I also continue to have fun talking about tech in venues other than my own site: Since launching Technologizer, I’ve guested on CBS News, ABC World News Tonight, NPR’s Science Friday, Fox News’s Gadgets and Games, Bloggingheads.tv, TWiT, and Europe’s 3Sat followed me around CES for a profile of a day in the life of a busy blogger. At PCW, I appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and the BBC, and collaborated with Dateline NBC on an investigation into PC repair (an experience I’ll never forget).
Besides TIME, Technologizer, and PC World, I’ve written for Slate, Family Circle, FoxNews.com, USA Today, Discover, InfoWorld, a sadly defunct movie magazine called Cinefantastique, and other publications. Many years ago, I edited a magazine about cartoons called Animato that a lot of people still remember.
Full disclosure: My wife, Marie Domingo, is a public relations executive. If I discuss any of her clients except in passing I’ll disclose her association with them in the post. And I’m an advisor to Gdgt.
(Photo credit: Marie Domingo)