This is a quick Q&A about this site and me based on the most common questions that I've been asked (the ones that I remember anyway ...).
- Who are you?
My name is Adrian W Kingsley-Hughes. I am a tech journalist, technical consultant and author based in the UK. I have been around computers and the web for more than two decades.
I live in the UK with my wife Kat (who is also an author and filmmaker) and my fantastic kids.
- How did you get involved in writing?
Around 17 years ago I became involved in IT training and wrote over 50 technical manuals used by a variety of training companies and Fortune 500, 100 and 50 companies. One day, out of the blue, this lead to my first publishing contract with Wrox Press. Things took off from there!
- Are you writing now?
Yes, and I'm working on some exciting things, however I moved away from the traditional dead-tree printed book format for a variety of reasons (the time it takes, the hassle, the cost, the delays, the slowness of updating material ... the list goes on and on) and doing much more on the web, self publishing, video blogs etc.
- Do you write elsewhere?
Yes, I have a column over on ZDNet called Hardware 2.0. I also wrote articles for Forbes and Datamation.
I write regularly for our photography blog and produce web content for BitLabz.
- What are your areas of expertise?
My main areas of expertise include:
- PC hardware
- Mobile devices
- Programming (C++, Visual Basic)
- Web development (ASP, PHP, scripting)
- IT security
- Social media
- Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, After Effects, Adobe Creative Cloud
- What systems do you run?
I live in a very mixed ecosystem of Mac, Windows and Linux. I don't get particularly worked up about any particular platform because I have a life ouside of tech.
- Can I hire you?
Maybe ... depends. I'm pretty busy most of the time, but I might be able to accomodate. Get in touch with me here.
- I wrote you an email and didn't get a reply!
Yeah, sorry about that. I get a ton of email a day (and it's increasing weekly) and can't possibly respond to all of them individually. I do read all the emails I receive and use many as the basis for posts on this site. If you asked a question, check back soon - I might have answered it in a post!
- Where did the "PC Doctor" name come from?
It was a name that was applied to me about 12 years ago and at the time I thought it was kinda cute but nothing more.
Then, a few years ago I wrote and then subsequently taught a class at Barnes & Noble University called "Be your own PC Doctor" (now renamed to "Caring for your PC") and afterwards wrote "The PC Doctor's Fit It Yourself Guide" and I got associated with "The PC Doctor" moniker and the name stuck. Now I quite like it!
- Do you draw the cartoon cards that appear on the site?
Yep! Guilty! I find cartooning relaxing and fun! I also draw cartoons for Antrageous.
- What are your hobbies?
I enjoy the outdoors, photography, filmmaking, reading, computer games, playing the didgeridoo (yidaka) and taking things apart!
- What's your favorite color?
The color of money.
- What's your favorite food?
- What's your favorite game?
Resident Evil 4 on the Wii (still)