Jonathan Strickland

Jonathan Strickland

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Jonathan Strickland has always loved technology. As a kid, Jonathan spent countless hours playing games like River Raid and Pitfall on his Atari 2600. He grew up during the early years of the personal computer era and cut his teeth on an Apple IIe and the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A computers. He earned his bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Georgia. He focused primarily on medieval and Renaissance literature and can still rattle off several Shakespearean monologues (and he'll do so unless you stop him).

Jonathan is a former staff writer and eventually senior writer for the HowStuffWorks electronics and computer channels. He currently hosts the podcast TechStuff. He lives in a funky part of Atlanta filled with poets, artists, actors and assorted crazy people — he fits right in. His hobbies include writing fiction, acting and learning to play the ukulele and mandolin.

Recent Contributions

Less than 100 miles from Las Vegas, is the most famous secret military installation on the planet: Area 51. For decades, the U.S. government refused to acknowledge it existed. But now, the secret is out.

By Jonathan Strickland & Patrick J. Kiger

Since Google launched as a privately held company on Sept. 4, 1998, it's evolved from a two-man enterprise into a multibillion-dollar corporation. How did a Ph.D. project become one of the most influential companies in the world?

By Jonathan Strickland & John Donovan

A new global report says 1 million species are at risk of extinction — the greatest number in human history.

By Jonathan Strickland

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To what extent is U.S. intelligence able to conduct surveillance on the internet activity and electronic communications of U.S. citizens?

By Jonathan Strickland & Patrick J. Kiger

The U.S. and U.K. issued a joint alert warning that Russian hackers have been targeting devices that help us connect to the internet. Is your digital information at risk?

By Jonathan Strickland

Does this mean that a website actually is responsible for the content created by that site's users?

By Jonathan Strickland

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Forget about being anonymous when you shop. In the new Amazon Go store, every single thing you buy is linked directly to you.

By Jonathan Strickland

It's the technology behind the meteorically rising bitcoin, and it could be really, really big.

By Jonathan Strickland

The idea behind net neutrality is for people to be able to access the same websites and services equally. Does that no longer hold true for U.S. residents?

By Jonathan Strickland & Kathryn Whitbourne

The role playing game upended the video game industry two decades ago, and still looms large on its 20th anniversary.

By Jonathan Strickland

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NDGT's ambitious plan would create an educational game with input from George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Bill Nye and Amy Mainzer, among others.

By Jonathan Strickland

While Microsoft will stop providing support for Paint, and won't bundle it in the new Windows OS, a 3-D version will exist and the classic app will remain available for download.

By Jonathan Strickland

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In this immersive online game, suicide is the last task.

By Jonathan Strickland

Famed director George Romero died over the weekend on July 16, 2017. He popularized the zombie genre with his cult classic "Night of the Living Dead."

By Jonathan Strickland

Wouldn't it be great to never have to charge your phone? Scientists think they've cracked the code on doing that.

By Jonathan Strickland

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We shouldn't discount a new Chinese breakthrough in photonic quantum teleportation, but we shouldn't overblow it, either.

By Jonathan Strickland