Meet Technology Editor, William (Bill) Wong

Why on earth did you get into BtoB media journalism?  I moved into journalism because I was a programmer and engineer that could write. I have continued to dabble in hardware and software while doing everything from starting up PC Labs at PC Magazine as the PC began to rise to covering the Internet of Things for Electronic Design. I like bringing a developers perspective to BtoB coverage.

What do you enjoy most about your job?  Providing readers with insight and alternatives that they might otherwise miss with the tremendous amount of new technology being dropped on them.

What frustrates you the most about your job?  There is always too much to cover.

What was a great moment in your journalist career or a moment/story of which you were exceptionally proud? Why was it important to you?  Being the first director of PC Labs at PC Magazine was great but it was many, many years ago. Since then I have been very proud of what I have written and worked on but it has been a more cumulative process.

What’s the best way a client could get your attention with a story to pitch?  Bring your engineers or developers so we can talk nuts and bolts. There is nothing worse than a marketer that cannot answer technical questions and nothing better than a designer that wants to provide more insight to their products.

What beats/technologies/products are you excited about covering in the near future and why?  Software quality, security, artificial intelligence and embedded technology in general are what I enjoy learning and working with. I like being able to do some hands on work with the latest technology but it is hard to find the time to do anything extensive.

What do you like to do in your spare time?  I help run the Mercer Science and Engineering Fair and I help with the computer systems at a nearby school that my children attended. I am a voracious reader of science fiction but my ebooks are all DRM free. Baking bread, organic gardening and open source programming are in the mix as well.

What is something about you that most people don’t know?  I like to make sourdough bread every couple of days and smoked barbecue when I can. I still program and have some PHP open source module projects as well as playing around with Ada and SPARK. I watch one of my grandkids on a regular basis. All my kids are engineers so we will see how the grandkids turn out.

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