Prior to working at Paper Hat Press and Wired, I was a founder of ArsTechnica.com where for thirteen years I covered the semiconductor industry, graphics, high-performance computing, and emerging trends in IT. I also periodically covered national security, e-voting, and tech policy. In the past I’ve written for Wired Magazine and MaximumPC.
Since selling Ars Technica to Conde Nast in May 2008, I’ve spent a lot of time focused on investing and boning up on the world of finance in general. I’m especially interested in any kind of computer-automated trading, though I’m not a practitioner in that area nor do I plan to be. I also do some angel investing. (See my Disclosures page for more details on my investing.)
Back in 2007, I wrote what I intended to be a popular, accessible introduction to computer architecture: Inside the Machine: An Illustrated Introduction to Microprocessors and Computer Architecture. The book has done well, I hope to do a second edition at some point, soon.
I’m currently on leave from a PhD program at the University of Chicago, where I was at the Divinity School studying New Testament and Christian Origins. (My focus was on early Christian and Second Temple Jewish apocalyptic literature.) Prior to that, I got an M.Div. and a Th.M. from Harvard Divinity School. I did an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, where I majored in computer engineering and minored in mathematics.