You probably discovered our little site via a link on some other site, maybe our various social media accounts, or maybe even just heard of us from someone (thank them for us, please!). We’re a mix of folks led by Eric Schwarz with just the right blend of snark, valuable commentary, and humor. While we don’t cover everything that happens (hey, we have day jobs), we try to at least cover the breaking news and special events, while balancing out the rest with insightful articles and fair reviews. Although we’d much rather have the site supporting our paychecks, we also do it for the love of technology and offering something better and more valuable than trying to be the first to cover something. We strive to provide high-quality product reviews, insightful commentary, useful tips, and coverage of the biggest Apple-related news stories, with a few other industry-related ones thrown in.
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Eric Schwarz is the founder and publisher of SchwarzTech, and has used Macs for most of his life. Previously, he has written for Classic Mac Weekly, MacWeekly (the old one), and Low End Mac. He is also the president of iMUG and is responsible for all the dirty work involved with designing the site. He co-hosts both Patent Pending and Slide to Unlock, two podcasts originating from SchwarzTech Radio.
Matt Bloomingdale started out in the technology realm by building Windows boxes before discovering the Mac mini. Since leaving the dark-side, Matt is a podcast fiend—if it has to do with iTunes—he’s a fan (except iTunes itself). In his spare time, Matt enjoys writing and exploring the poor man’s world of particle physics. He can also be found sharing his opinions on A Modern Drifter and working on his latest endeavor The Student Affairs Feature. He co-hosts Patent Pending.
Lindsey McElroy provides a variety of odd jobs for the site, including being an editor, fact-checker, sounding board, a fresh set of eyes for product reviews, and our own pop-culture nerd. She can often be found lounging around on a couch or chair surrounded by her various Apple gadgets. She co-hosts Slide to Unlock.
Chris Lawson has been a freelance columnist and technical writer since 1999. When he gets a chance, Chris is copy editor and occasional columnist here at SchwarzTech. He’s been involved with About This Particular Macintosh and also maintains a personal site, chrislawson.net. Chris has also hit “Reload” countless times in Camino while helping us test various parts of the site.
Years ago, Eric Schwarz originally wanted to write software. He was trying to find a name for his dining room (the garage was taken) tech startup, and the name ‘Schwarz Tech’ was thrown out by his dad and kinda stuck. After realizing that the software business was a little too dull, especially in an era of no cool Apple-provided developer tools, he decided to go into design and also be an amateur tech pundit. The name came with because it was pretty good.
SchwarzTech began operations in 1999 as Eric’s own resource for older Macs and Web design (not necessarily combining the two, but they shared the space). It also served as a companion to his writings on other Mac sites. In early 2002, SchwarzTech merged with a few other smaller Mac ventures, creating MacWeekly. SchwarzTech became a subsite of MacWeekly, and MacWeekly gained a small following and featured many product reviews and articles, some of which are still in our archives today. In late 2003, MacWeekly was reorganized and rebranded as SchwarzTech. Because of this, we moved to the current domain, getting more powerful hosting, and ending some of the less popular projects that were part of MacWeekly. Since then, we’ve been growing and adding new kinds of content.
In September 2010, one of Eric’s close friends, Matt Bloomingdale, also an Apple geek, approached Eric about the idea to do a podcast. Wanting to use up some more space on the Internet and use GarageBand for something, Eric agreed and on October 10, 2010, the first episode of SchwarzTech Radio went “on the air” (and on iTunes). After over 50 episodes, Eric and Matt decided that SchwarzTech Radio ought to be more than an afterthought on this site and spun it off as Patent Pending.
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