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Meet Jack McGrath! Inside the Herd

by Jack McGrath | April 12, 2011April 12, 2011 2:00 pm PST


Name: Jack McGrath

Position: Contributing Editor

What I Do in the Herd

I’ve been writing everything from game previews to profiles of lesser-known technology figures for about nine months now. As an iOS developer, I’ve been posting a weekly series describing the numerous challenges that one has to overcome in order to begin building apps. I also am starting a weekly series that demystifies the technology terms that we hear all too often but know nothing about.

Best Thing About Being in the Herd: Learning more and more about technology, interacting with readers in the comments, answering questions, and the general tomfoolery that I have seen on many an email thread.


Where I Live and Work: Chicago, IL

When I’m Not Working I’m Into: Gaming, whether it be of the video variety or simply playing a game of Scrabble; Playing and listening to music – I currently play five instruments (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Cello); Watching TV – recently I’ve been going through both Scrubs and Lost again; Movies; What I like to call “Binge Sleeping” – it’s when you get about fifteen hours of sleep total during the work week and then sleep for about twelve hours on the weekend.

Tech Arsenal

iPhone 4 GrungeComputer of Choice: Currently working off of a 13-inch MacBook Pro with an attached 23-inch Dell monitor, but would gladly trade it out for a Mac Pro.

Mobile Phone of Choice: Apple iPhone 4, which I mainly use to test applications that I build.

Gaming System of Choice: While I like to remain neutral on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 debate front, I will admit that the Wii is my last choice, unless I’m playing Super Mario Brothers Galaxy.

Other Favorite Gadgets: Amazon Kindle, iPad, Kinect, Move, Bamboo Tablet, 3D Mouse, Bose Headphones.

Random Tech Top 5: Top Five Current-Generation Console Games: 5. Halo: Reach 4. Halo 3 3. Red Dead Redemption 2. Super Mario Galaxy 1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Gadgets I’m Lusting After: Looking forward to the arrival of Sony’s NGP and HP’s TouchPad.

Surfing the InterWebs

Favorite Web Sites: Engadget, WSJ, IGN, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, Facebook, CNN, StumbleUpon

Web Sites I Don’t Understand: Reddit. I honestly don’t understand how you could get any legitimate information from it.


What I Did Before TechnoBuffalo: I’ve done professional iOS development for an NYSE-traded company and freelance programming on the side; I’m the Editor-in-Chief of Cognito News, a politics blog that is set to be pushed out of beta this summer; Web developer; Caddy.

Worst Job Ever: Caddy. It’s like they tease you with the prospect that you will make money, but instead they make you run around like a foolish donkey for nine hours a day and you end up making less than minimum wage.

Best Job Ever (besides this one): iOS Developer. In one specific instance, I was leading a marketing team with people twice my age in building out both a business strategy and an intuitive app.


Random Thing You Don’t Know About Me: Though both of the languages are completely dead, I chose to take Latin and Homeric Greek as my second and third languages. Will they help me? Probably not as much as I would hope, but at least I can recite the first ten lines of The Odyssey on command and shout out the entire greek alphabet in about four seconds.

Jack McGrath

Rooted in his childhood obsession with dismantling and reassembling gizmos and gadgets around the house, Jack McGrath's knowledge of programming,...