John Biggs

John Biggs is a writer, consultant, programmer, former East Coast Editor and current contributing writer for TechCrunch. 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.

He builds products, writes books, and consults with startups to help them make cool things.

John Biggs 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 Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Blogger speed dating: Worse than watching ocelots mate

    Here’s the problem with blogging: you feel you can say anything but you’re still a nerd at heart so you get some kind of weird nerd confidence and come off as just a freak. Take this video, for example. Speeddate.com and Meebo got together to offer blogger speed dating and the results are horrifying. via TC Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    It’s Smartphones Now week at CrunchGear, and we’ve covered Palm, Opera Mini, Not-So-Smartphones, and compared the big carriers among other things. The site also got an overhaul, as you may have noticed. We trashed the Wii, loved the iPhone app-creation app Jiggy, and we’re trying to give away a sweet Samsung G800 phone. We also reported on Google Sync for Blackberries, a… Read More

  • Exploring an old Sun Microsystems building

    In the heyday of “microcomputing” Sun was living giant. Their terminals were everywhere and their graphics machines were state of the art. Look how far the mighty have fallen. This travelog of pictures from inside an old Sun headquarters where the ghosts of Solaris prompts come and gone still haunt the halls. Bonus: It looks like someone was killed in the building. Photo Tour via BB Read More

  • Holy gargantuan monkey goats!

    Gah! Gah! Gah! Man’s Skin Turns Dark Blue [Spluch] Read More

  • LittleRedRyanHood does some spam baiting

    Ryan over at BFF just posted an extensive conversation he’s having with a spammer. Hop over and give him some ideas! I am Wang Yan,a staff of Private Banking Services at the Bank of China (BOC) United Kingdom. I am contacting you concerning a deceased customer and his investment placedunder ourbanks Management 4 years ago. I wish to invest thesefunds in your country and I need… Read More

  • How do you like the redesign?


    Are you seeing any problems with it? Issues? Concerns? Pains? Suffering? A sense of ennui? Is it too slow? Too fast? Too sexy for this shirt? We want to know! Drop us a line in comments or at tips @ crunchgear dot com. Read More

  • Creative's InPerson leaked through FCC

    Hmmm… a wee video phone by Creative? Found on the FCC website? With RCA out and a little webcam? A way to just drop a little device on a table and talk to momma a thousand miles away? Looks that way. Expect to see this little gem at CES but you can see it now on the FCC website. Creative resurrects video phone with InPerson [Electronista] Read More

  • The Wii sucks – but don't take our word for it!


    I love it when fanbois try to attack their most prized possession. This softball at all things Wii complains about scarcity, storage, and poor graphics while couching the criticism in the same “I love him but he beats me” language found on Cops. The A+ titles out are of such a high caliber, it’s hard to get into a glass-half-empty train of thought. But it’s not all… Read More

  • Phosphor E Ink Watch reviewed


    The Phosphor E Ink watch costs about $250 and features the same e-ink technology found in the Kindle. You can choose one of 14 different face configurations, including white-on-black, and can potentially support two time zones because the analog and digital watches aren’t synced. The best thing is that the battery should last for years simply because of the low power consumption of… Read More

  • Make your own Vibrobot

    It’s winter. Days are shorter, your mind is wandering, and you need a little robot made out of a toothbrush head and a pager motor. Put down the booze, get a hacksaw, and start building something. The rest of the condo board with thank you now that you’re not yelling at your neighbors through the grating in your attic. HOW TO – Make a Bristlebot a tiny directional vibrobot… Read More

  • Seiko Memory Bank Calendar Watch

    Absolutely unforgettable. I remember when I got my first memory bank watch. It had a number of little alarm tunes, including Happy Birthday. I played it on my own birthday when I was eleven and they even turned on the light for me and gave me a piece of cake. I hold no ill will towards my captors. via Watchismo Read More

  • Holiday Horror Contest winners


    I’m pleased to announce the two winners in our Holiday Horror contest: * beaudeal’s Holiday Horror: Canada has too much snow
    * XDonBoard’s Holiday Horror: Rompin’ through the desert with illegals and no cash! These two crazy kids got the most total votes and comments. Special thanks to AT&T and TeleNav for the great prizes. Read More

  • Maemo OS2008 for Nokia N800/810 looks hot

    OS2008 is officially available for the N800 and it looks pretty hot. The web-browsing is almost perfect now — Flash video looks good — and Ajax web apps work as well. There are some new application manaement features and more codec support as well as a video converter for DivX/Xvid. Tabletblog is just giddy about theirs so maybe we should all download ASAP. Internet Tablet… Read More

  • A de-Lane Hartwell-ized Bubble video for your edification

    So here’s the reworked version of the Richter Scales “Bubble” without an image by Lane Hartwell hidden cleverly inside. My opinion, if you care, is that she shouldn’t put her stuff on Flickr if she doesn’t want it to be ganked. And, as Scoble wrote: “I think it really is lame to take pictures of people (who don’t get a cut of the profits) at… Read More

  • FCC Reveals 700mhz auction bidders


    Look who’s bidding for 700mhz spectrum! Yesterday, the FCC announced the list of applicants to the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction. Of the 266 applications submitted, only 96 were accepted, and another 170 were deemed incomplete (but these will be given a chance to provide the required information and participate). You can download both lists, along with the announcement here at… Read More

  • Could this possibly be the Mylo 2? Oh, I'm a'quiver!


    Image copyright Ryan Block/AOL Limited. All rights reserved. Illegal usage prohibited by Cardinal Law. Hello! I am tired this evening. I am nice girl that would like to chat with you. Engadget got some HOT SCOOPS on the Mylo 2, Sony’s thing that is small and lets you connect to the Internet. While there is no telling if they took a meeting on this a few months ago and actually saw it… Read More

  • Holiday Horror contest extended: Last day!

    I’ve been getting emails about the Holiday Horror contest complaining that folks can’t vote. To that end, I’m allowing you to post stories and vote/make comments until noon on Wednesday. Votes count the same as comments, so tell all your friends to post ribald, jolly comments to your post and I will generate scores for each post programatically. If you have entered the… Read More

  • Blancier custom watches introduces pilot model

    Blancier makes handmade watches to order. You go on their cool flash builder and you select a case, movement, face, and strap. Your piece is then hand-assembled and engraved. I have one and it’s quite striking. Well, now they have a pilot’s model with large, luminous numbers and a bright hands. It comes in 42mm or monstrous 55mm models. This model looks great on a leather strap… Read More

  • Win a Samsung G800 5-megapixel cameraphone


    Our close personal friends at JPG Magazine are holding a photo contest for aspiring shooters. All you have to do is upload a few cool photos by December 31st and we’ll help them pick a winners from the pool. This is a great opportunity to show of your photo skillz and get a very cool quad-band camera phone with 5-megapixel camera and 3X zoom. JPG Magazine is a community-created… Read More

  • Teutonic toilet seats can be a buzzkill

    http://www.ifilm.com/efp If we learn anything from foreign — this one is German — commercials it’s that a) foreign girls are hot b) ad agencies overseas couldn’t give two poops about the Moral Majority. But seriously: at what point in your clubbing career do you do blow off of a toilet seat. Video: Swedish German Self-Cleaning Ruins Cokehead’s Evening [BBG] Read More