Devin Coldewey

Devin Coldewey

Writer & Photographer

Devin Coldewey is a Seattle-based writer and photographer. He first wrote for TechCrunch in 2007. He has also written for, NBC News, DPReview, The Economist/GE’s Look Ahead, and others.

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1337 in games, n00b in bed

It’s always been… well, tacitly assumed that those of us — I mean, of humanity in general — who excel in the fine art of fragging, have always lagged behind somewhat in the rom

Turn a busted surge protector into a secret HDD If you’ve got an old UPS laying around, and are both technically adept and extremely paranoid, have I got a project for you! This Instruc

Take your chalkline into the 20th century – not quite the 21st, it's just ink

I don’t know how many of you guys out there have to use chalklines very often, or indeed how many Crunchers have ever even touched one. Personally, I like the idea of chalklines but never get a

SteelSeries drops WoW-oriented 15-button mouse, yes 15 buttons

When I was talking to SteelSeries about this beast, they insisted that this wasn’t part of an “arms race.” No, because in a battle of ergonomics, doubling the buttons isn’t alw

SteelSeries Zboard released, plus WoW:WotLK special edition

Remember the Zboard? Remember how Ideazon got swallowed by SteelSeries? Well, they’ve regurgitated the Zboard and it looks pretty nice. I like the typeface they’ve used, although this keyb

FUZEbox: home media all-in-one setup

I’m no expert in these little home media boxes, but I suspect they are excellent investments for those of you with too much money. Certainly the abilities of a Vista Media Center type setup are

External MacBook Pro battery adds life, costs ducats

I would caution you all against buying accessories for your Apple laptop now, a week before a major Apple announcement, but this external battery does look pretty handy. It plugs right into the MBP as

360 Avatar customization needs 256MB card

The upcoming NXE update will feature the controversial avatar feature (you know, the one that makes me barf), but you’ve got to have either a HDD or 256MB card installed to take advantage of it.

American Airlines: no airporn for you!

Sorry, people. The dream is over. American Airlines has decided that it, along with Delta (and the flight attendants), does not want porn on its flights — despite receiving no complaints whatsoe

USB Mice Wheel: a live measure of your productivity

In case you have an extra USB slot and perhaps an excess of whimsy, this may be the nonsense desk accessory for you. The mouse in the wheel will run faster the faster you type — useful if you do

Netbooks to increase Linux's visibility, usability

Novell, the company that markets SUSE Linux, an enterprise-oriented commercial Linux distro, has a lot at stake in the coming netbook wars. After all, the little machines are overwhelmingly running va

Fallout 3 gone gold, plus system requirements

Goooooooold! Fallout 3 is ready to go and will be available on store shelves and online in North America on 10/28, in Europe and Australia on 10/30, and in the UK on 10/31. Take that, you limeys! I&#8

Gallery of public blue screens of death

Week dragging on? Can’t wait until Friday? This soothing gallery of BSODs in public and unexpected places should ease your suffering. The funny thing is that although these can be taken as signa

E-voting system evaluator: "I thought I was going to throw up"

What a great quote! Ohio’s Secretary of State was interviewed for ComputerWorld and revealed the ridiculous level of error that was present throughout the certification and troubleshooting proce

Tron actually happened

This is a fantastic story. You remember how in Tron, the players force a computer light cycle into a wall, then escape through the hole to get at the rest of the system? Well, this guy recreated that

Eee Box: virii preee-loaded for your conveeenience

Oh dear, this won’t go well. What does it say about your company when a product ships with a virus intact on the hard drive? Does it say something about their quality control? Or maybe about the

Radeon 4870 with 1GB of DDR5 – is it worth it?

Every so often, hardware makers strike out in a new direction, improving their product in an almost random manner — double the shader processors! stick two cards together! — and sometimes

Lenovo, Acer, and Toshiba all rocking the WiMAX in their lappies

Oh my! Three of the biggest laptop makers out there all announcing 4G/WiMAX/XOHM service. All on the same day, too. It’s almost as if it was planned. Acer has it in their big ones, Toshiba has i

NeuroSky's EEG-reading "MindSet" at Tokyo Game Show tomorrow

I have always been skeptical of this so-called mind-reading technology as a game-playing device, although I will admit that it has its applications — if it works, which I’m sure it does at

CrunchSamaritan: Reporting stolen double bass in Santa Barbara

Are you in Santa Barbara? Have you seen a suspicious double bass floating around — possibly stolen from a church sanctuary? Poor Kim had a boatload of gear stolen from the Free Methodist Church,
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