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 and he runs the BWL family of blogs,, Audiomonger, and He also runs the HourTime Podcast with Ariel Adams at Born in 1975, he currently resides in New York, N.Y.

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  • MS DOS 5 Upgrade Rap

    Sorry. I had to post this. The graphical shell! Do tell! I actually remember this quite fondly. Undelete was a huge deal back then and the shell was my first brush with GUIs. I tried to write my own and, ummm, failed. But this definitely inspired me.
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  • Dear Canada: Our Puerile Satire Can Be Biting, But We Are Really Just Jealous

    Yesterday Nicholas Deleon, our resident crank, wrote some nasty words about Canada. He knows your women are more beautiful, your fields more verdant, and your maple trees more succulent. And all of these things dig deep into his psyche, reminding him what ROTC really means and how cool William Gibson is for escaping to Vancouver. He is young. He has not yet felt the bracing air of a cold… Read More

  • Back to School 2007: Real College Student™ Advice from "John L"

    In which our correspondent describes his daily activities at “school.” My favorite electronic gear is probably my sidekick. I really like to have the internet handy wherever I go, and the keyboard on it is unparalleled. I have always wanted to check out the Helio Ocean, but the plans are more expensive, and you can’t multi-task as well as the sidekick. In addition i really… Read More

  • iPhone Unlock GUI Now Available

    OK. I’m done. Enough. No more iPhone stories for the rest of the week. Our contest, needless to say, is pretty much toast. I rarely get excited about technology anymore — it’s one of the dangers of doing this job day in and day out — so I’m extremely happy to note that this whole process from start to finish actually gave me a rush. Watching these guys &mdash… Read More

  • Robodance: Like Riverdance, Less Irish

    Robodance a system that lets you control WowWee robots over the Internet using your voice. At its core it is a piece of speech recognition software that can send messages via IR to the robot. Adding on a camera — this one attached using masking tape — allows potential Evil Masterminds to watch over their lair while at the dentist or church. It actually looks quite fun. Click… Read More

  • OMFG: Free iPhone Unlock is Here

    It looks like our contest may be moot, friends. It looks like a number of the usual suspects — except GeoHot and some shady Russians — have cracked the iPhone wide open. The software is mirrored here and it’s just a zipfile that contains a command line app that looks to be compiled for the iPhone. I tried to run it from the command line in OS X and it wouldn’t take. Read More

  • Exclusive Shots of the New Vonage VDV21 Router

    You like to make phone calls? This little black box will let you make phone calls. Our tipster writes: just received one of the new Vonage VDV21 boxes. The package was pretty nice and it is about a 2 min process to get setup. I will let you know how this thing works – only downside so far is you need to get a new Vonage number to do the beta, you can’t use your existing #. This… Read More

  • Unlock Your iPhone with and CG

    Welcome to a new day, folks. I’m talking to right now and we’re going to get 5 unlock codes for five separate iPhones. You have to have an iPhone to enter and presumably not like/not have Cingular service or be ready to buy one when we pick your name. Want to find out what you have to do? Read More

  • Back to School 2007: Gadgets for Grade-schoolers

    Hey kids! You’re old enough to want but not old enough to procure. What should you do? Ask your parents for some of these ultra-fine items. What if they say no, you ask? Keep whining! Cellphones Let’s start out with cellphones. Sure mom and dad can get you some old phone from Verizoningularmobile. But who wants that? Take a look at Kajeet or, if you’re a little less tech… Read More

  • Back to School 2007: Real College Student™ Advice from "Jaike"

    Jaike recommends a water pipe, shown here. Hey guys, Im a Decision Information Sciences Major at the University Of Florida finishing my masters this semester. Some good (not all tech) stuff for college, seeing as i’ve been here a good minute now. Tech: I have a Toshiba Satellite A-205, this laptop is great and does everything I need. The battery life is about 3 hours on powersave mode… Read More

  • SIM Unlocking the iPhone for Windows Using iPhoneSIMFree

    I’m no hacking ninja, so when I tried to crack my iPhone in OS X and Windows, I ran into a bit of trouble. I performed these steps using Windows Vista on a standard PC and the worked after two restores. I cannot vouch for the value or accuracy of these steps but worse comes to worse you restore to factory settings using iTunes and start over. You could brick your iPhone — be warned. Read More

  • Getcher Ringtones Here: iTunes Ringtones How-to

    Put your pencils down, class, because now you can turn the latest Nickelback tune into a 30 second ringtone. I did one today — Rockstar, because I couldn’t find anything else — and it’s fairly simple. Here’s how. 1. Buy an iPhone. Read More

  • iPhone Unlock Complete Here is the full unlock process from start to finish. It was a bit of an ordeal, but I could probably do it again now in a few minutes. Special thanks to WirelessImports for all the help. A Windows FAQ is forthcoming, but it basically involves downloading AppTapp to open the phone, then using AiSign to activate it. Read More

  • Back to School 2007: Real College Student™ Advice from "JL"

    Here are two tips: 1.) If you’re 23 and decide to take a beginner’s Japanese class at a local community college, be prepared for the onslaught of 18 year old ass hats who apparently know all there is to know about life, and are so hilarious that they should make a “funny” comment in class every thirty seconds. I mean, after spending almost $200 on books and… Read More

  • CG and WirelessImports Five Unlocks Contest: You Guys Are Hungry For It

    One of our first entrants — hi-freakin’-larious. Read More

  • Back to School 2007: Real College Student™ Advice from "SafetyOBC"

    My advice to every college student is: NEVER, EVER be the first to pass out drunk!! With friends like those you make in college, You could wake up mysteriously outside the girls dorm, stripped naked and completely shaven. It could be a long walk back to the dorm! Spoken from experience, apparently. Read More

  • Back to School 2007: Pre-School Tech

    Kids need a lot of gear. Before Child — Kasper is now 20 months, BTW, and just starting pre-pre-school — we used to travel with a backpack and a flask of whiskey. Now, we travel with 5 bottles of milk (great fun with the TSA), 20 diapers, and 50 stuffed animals… and that’s just for a walk around the block. That said, let’s take a look at some of the gadgetry little… Read More

  • Five Free iPhone Unlocks from CrunchGear and WirelessImports

    We just got off the phone with iPhone Unlock salespeople WirelessImports and we have five free unlocks for CrunchGear and TechCrunch readers. How can you win one? Enter our Steve Jobs look-alike contest. Take your – or a friend’s, loved one’s, or sig other’s – picture in a black turtleneck and jeans and send it to with the subject line… Read More

  • Back to School 2007: Real College Student™ "Brian"

    A few weeks ago I asked “real college students” to tell us what gets them “all up their grills” when they go out to have the “party” in their “hoods.” We got a few interesting responses, including this one from Brian, a Computer Engineering major at NCSU. He even has a Unix sysadmin blog, which makes him extra cool. Here are his picks. My… Read More

  • In the Year 2000 It’s a little dopey, but this is probably one of the best “The Home of the Future” videos I’ve seen in a while. Sure, they got the implementation wrong, but this was made in 1966 and they’ve got email, multiple screens, and bill-paying (it’s a bit misogynist in the video, but you… Read More