Jonathan Strickland


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

How Area 51 Works

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.

How Google Works

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?

Are We Entering the Sixth Major Extinction on Earth?

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

Can the Government See Which Websites I Visit?

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

Guarding Your Network Against Russian Hackers

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?

The Backstory on, the Adult Classifieds Site That Got Shut Down

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

Know Before You Amazon Go That Your Privacy Will Be Low

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

Blockchain Technology Ready to Disrupt the World

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

Net Neutrality Is Gone. How Could That Affect You?

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?

Why 'Final Fantasy VII' Endures 20 Years After Its Release

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

Neil deGrasse Tyson Enlists Creative Dream Team for 'Space Odyssey' Video Game

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.

Fans Bristle at Death of MS Paint, Microsoft Reacts

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.

So Long George Romero and Thanks for the Zombies

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."

Scientists Have Invented a Battery-free Cell Phone

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

No, We Didn't Just Teleport an Object to Space — But Here's What Did Happen

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