Even though Ars has bid farewell to Open Source Editor Ryan Paul, the news isn't all glum; after a grueling interview process which started with a no-holds-barred cage fight against a shirtless Eric Bangeman (editor's note: Lee lost) and concluded with a best-of-seven Battleship tournament against Ken Fisher in a holocaust cloak and white makeup, I am happy to announce that I've joined the Ars Technica staff as the new reviews editor!
What is a reviews editor? Nominally, I'll be overseeing the writing and editing of all of Ars's non-Apple product reviews—hardware and also a lot of software, too. Ars has an outstanding Apple team headed by Jacqui Cheng and awesome gaming coverage with Kyle Orland, and that won't change, but I'll be helping to fill out the Ars staff by focusing on reviewing gadgets and gizmos—Android phones, tablets, Ultrabooks, and all the other things that we need to survive in our crazy post-PC world.
A lot of you guys know me as "pokrface" on the Ars OpenForum, where I've posted for more than twelve years and watched Ars grow from a small enthusiast site writing Celeron overclocking guides into the smoothly functioning tech juggernaut we've become. I've got a long history in IT, and in fact my first job out of college was at an Internet startup company (which will forever remain nameless) where I got to deal with some of the most malformed help desk tickets in the entire universe—so malformed, in fact, that I created a website to highlight their insanity: The Chronicles of George. The site gained me a lot of Internet fame, including a few radio appearances and some shout-outs on TechTV, but sadly, no fortune.
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