John Biggs

John Biggs is a writer, consultant, programmer, and the East Coast Editor for TechCrunch and runs Freemit. He writes mainly about technology, security, gadgets, gear, wristwatches, and the internet. After spending four years as an IT programmer, he switched his profession and became a full-time journalist. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Laptop, PC Upgrade, Surge, Gizmodo, Men’s Health, InSync, Linux Journal, Popular Science, Sync, and he has written a book called Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age.

John Biggs is currently East Coast Editor of TechCrunch.com and he runs the BWL family of blogs, SlushPile.net, Audiomonger, and WristWatchReview.com. He also runs the HourTime Podcast with Ariel Adams at hourtimeshow.com. Born in 1975, he currently resides in New York, N.Y.

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  • Crazy Guitar Hero Christmas lights mod

    What do you get when you mix Christmas lights, massively intelligent cubicle dwellers, Python, open source electronics, and a Guitar Hero controller? A crazy light show that I would call one of the coolest things I’ve seen all year. This is what tech is about — having fun with cool stuff without worrying about EULAs. Read More

  • Ha ha work is funny

    http://www.glumbert.com/embed/baddayoffice glumbert – Bad Day at the Office Yeah, I know it’s stupid and probably staged, but I’m a sucker for office fighting. Read More

  • Airborne Internet raises important societal questions, allows porn surfing in coach


    Your next flight will look nothing like this. Ahh, holiday week. A time when journalists will brush off any old clinker and write it up in order to fill their word quota for the week. Take this AP story about airborne Internet. It begins with: Seat 17D is yapping endlessly on an Internet phone call. Seat 16F is flaming Seat 16D with expletive-laden chats. Seat 16E is too busy surfing porn… Read More

  • O2 winning big in Europe because of iPhone

    European telecomm O2 is expecting 200,000 iPhone sold in the UK by the end of the year while analysts expect up to 400,000 in the next few months. It’s this news that buoyed O2’s hopes in Europe and made everyone — including big Steve — purdy happy. The real takeaway, however, is that O2 will be carrying the 3G iPhone in Europe. O 2 has signed a multi-year deal with… Read More

  • What did you get?

    Tell CG what you got for Christmas! I got a Noon Solar bag and Omega GMT Seamaster. My son got this crazy hot wheels thing with a dragon that knocks a car off of a track. I remember when my parents used to give us twigs and dirt. Those, my friends, were the days. Read More

  • Zonbu Notebook review

    So you’re ready to try Linux but you don’t have a DVD burner or the ability to download large files. What’s a body to do? Well, you can try the Zonbu notebook, a fairly inexpensive Everex laptop with 1.5GHz VIA C7-M and 512MB and 60GB of hard drive space and running Zonbu OS, a Gentoo Linux variant with a full set of open source productivity and gaming apps. Read More

  • Have a great night

    Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night. From all of us at CG to all of you in TV-land, here’s to a great year gone by and a great year ahead. We couldn’t have done it without you. Now, let’s hear it for the CG team: Read More

  • Dave Winer wants to be treated special by Apple, as do we all

    Dave Winer goes into into an Apple store and asked them to replace his hard drive out of warranty. They sold him 80 GB for $160 and then told you that he couldn’t have his old drive back. And he’s upset. Let it be said that while I don’t agree that Apple stores should “treat you different,” it is a pretty shitty policy. When you go to a mechanic they give you… Read More

  • LG releases new Blu-ray disc types


    This movie had better not make it to Blu-ray. Want something that will warm the cockles of your heart like a class of benzene spiked egg nog? How about new Blu-ray disk types! LG released BD-RE and BD-R types for you and your’n this holiday season, just in time for the entire next-gen format war to implode under the weight of its own hype. LG unveils new Blu-Ray discs Read More

  • All I want for Christmas are my two front glands

    Apparently this little lady found two Wiis and Guitar Hero III and is willing to part with these gems to get a new set of cans. Let’s let her tell you her story: So I set out 3 weeks ago to find 20 Wii’s and sell them for $500-ish a piece like everyone else is doing to buy myself a Christmas gift, a new set of boobs. You see mine are used, as in milk factory used. We-I am… Read More

  • Liquid lenses work like your eyes, but don't cut out your eyes yet


    Itochu and Holochip — yeah, I know. Never heard of them either. — have teamed up to make liquid lenses that will offer optical zoom and image manipulation without the mess of digital extrapolation. A tiny motor and squishy lens will work in tandem to deform the optics to zoom in and out without physically moving the lens forward or backwards. This means thinner, better optical… Read More

  • Robots for the railways

    Now that Russia is officially part of the Technocracy, their robot rulers are taking over more and more of the everyday maintenance. Apparently the Russian rail system (Motto: “If it worked in the 1950s, it will still work today.”) has hired robots to do most of the track maintenance and give presentations about the Great Bear’s delightfully archaic railways. Best of all… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: The State of the Smartphone Union

    It’s been a boring year for smartphones, sadly enough. Nothing evolutionary happened — the iPhone? It’s not a smartphone… yet — and the same old gang circled around the same old group of business users angling to get a sale or two in before the economy tanked. But wait? What’s that noise? It’s the sound of millions of cellphone users who are… Read More

  • Finally, an iPhone webapp worth using: RubMyUmmmmm…


    This is to throw people off your dirty trail. Say you’re reading about puppies. I thought that iPhone webapps were completely worthless. Sure, the Facebook web app was cool for fifteen minutes but this takes the pink, so to speak. This is a clitoral stimulation simulator that allows intrepid finger warriors to practice their stimulation skills on a cartoon vargine. It’s a bit… Read More

  • Mysto: Exclusive first pics

    What’s small and slim and super-secret? The Helio Mysto. Just tore open the box. Review and video to come. Read More

  • OS X funnies: It's the little things

    I had a problem syncing my iPhone to iCal. Basically it wouldn’t let me clear out the syncing cache and I suffered many a missed appointment. So I did some searches, standard stuff, but gave up after a while until today. I did another search and found an Apple forum mention of a quick fix to completely clear out SyncServices, the thing that handles all syncing. It tells you to run a… Read More

  • Wii "rain check" is just a receipt


    Merry Christmas, kids! A commenter just visited GameStop to pick up his red hot Nintendo Wii rain check. What did he get? No special card, no fancy case. Just a piece of ragged paper. Wii Rain Check – REALITY: NO CASE; NO CARD; just a register receipt!!! Unlike reported at all the sites, I just purchased my raincheck from my local GameStop store in Wilson, NC and all I got was a… Read More

  • Guy with Zune: Read this


    Which Zune are you? The one no one bought? Hey, guy with the Zune. All of the tech blogs are posting this in hopes that you’ll see it and download it. It’s basically a Zune diagnostics tool to fix USB and wireless sync problems. I know you don’t have a computer, but just in case you get one, this will help you out a lot. If you see the guy who bought the Mylo, tell him… Read More

  • The guy from Once reviews IR helicopters: I know, WTF, right?

    http://p.castfire.com/Xu7m0/video/4413/bbtv_2007-12-20-220803.flv Not sure what Glen Hansard is doing reviewing wee little helicopters, but lets hope he finds love and affection in his new job as BoingBoing’s gadget reviewer. via BB Read More

  • Unboxing the OLPC: Couples therapy

    Dear Foreign Couple in this Video: This is the OLPC. For you to read the instructions and wonder what this “does” and hoot in mad-eyed wonder when you see a colored man on the screen makes me puke a little. You should be able to turn this thing on and make it work, mostly because it’s made for kids who have probably never touched a computer in their lives. Your failure hurts… Read More