HotHardware Authors

Dave Altavilla

Dave Altavilla

With an 18+ year career in the Semiconductor industry, Dave Altavilla started HotHardware.com over a decade ago with a vision from the inside looking out but with a passion for the wonders of system-level development and performance that culminate into the next generation products of tomorrow.  Cultivated with the sweat-equity of time spent in the engineering backrooms and offices of Chief Architects at Wallstreet bellwethers like Motorola, Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent and EMC, Dave's insight into the design and manufacturing of leading-edge technologies, brings a laser-sharp understanding of what it takes to deliver a best-of-class product to market.  Dave currently handles final editorial responsibilities of HotHardware's content, along with the site's creative vision and business development efforts.   In addition to product launch articles at HH for the major OEM releases, Dave is also a published author in various technology-based print publications and has been a featured guest on various webcasts and Tech radio shows.  In his spare time Dave likes to spend time by the ocean and coach youth Baseball.

Marco Chiappetta

Marco Chiappetta

Marco's interest in computing and technology dates way back to his early childhood. Even before being exposed to the Commodore P.E.T. and later the Commodore 64 some 25 years ago, he was interested in electricity and electronics, and he still has the modded AFX cars and shop-worn soldering irons to prove it. Once he got his hands on his own Commodore 64, however, computing became Marco's passion. Throughout his academic and professional lives, Marco has worked with virtually every major platform from the TRS-80 and Amiga, to today's high end, multi-core servers. Over the years, he has worked in many fields related to technology and computing, including system design, assembly and sales, professional quality assurance testing, and technical writing. In addition to being the Managing Editor here at HotHardware for the last 9 years, Marco is also a freelance writer whose work has been published in a number of PC and technology related print publications and he is a regular fixture on the PC Chat radio show.

Paul Lilly

Paul Lilly

Tech journalist by day, badass biker by night, and a 24/7 Boston sports fan, Paul Lilly epitomizes the archetype of the modern day geek. You won’t ever catch Paul wearing a pocket protector, but you might find him cruising down the highway on two-wheels wearing an Oregon Trail t-shirt, or sticking his head in a home brewed PC while donning a do-rag or Celtics jersey. Like so many from his generation, the Commodore 64 seduced him into the titillating world of computers, and through the years, he’s courted a number of OSes and platforms from DOS on up to Windows 8. Having joined the HotHardware team in 2011, Paul is now a mainstay of the site covering the news beat and reviews, and resident wiseguy who keeps the mood light. He’s also an experienced freelance writer whose work has appeared in a number of online and print publications.

Paul Lilly

Seth Colaner

After writing in-house for a couple of computer magazines for several years, covering the gamut of components, systems, and anything else that came down the pike, Seth switched to the dress code-less life of an online tech journalist in 2011 and threw in his lot with HotHardware, where he's been on the news beat and reviewing primarily motherboards, cases, storage, and mobile and desktop systems ever since.

Most of what you need to know about Seth can be divined from a dissection of his home office. Beyond the homemade desk and junkyard paradise of recently (and not-so-recently) reviewed gear and outdated game consoles is too many guitars and miscellaneous other instruments, a wall of ultimate frisbee discs, pictures of and by his family, and whatever adorable chaos the little one created when she was playing in there, digging through all of the detritus while waiting for him to finish up a news post.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer grew up around technology. From an early age, she was curious about all things related to computers. As a girl, Jennifer remembers spending nights with her dad programming in BASIC and taking apart hard drives to see what was inside. In high school, she wrote her senior term paper on her experiences with building custom computers.

Jennifer graduated from the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. After college, she began writing full-time for various PC and technology magazines. Later, she transitioned to the Web. In these roles, Jennifer has covered a variety of topics including laptops, desktops, smartphones, cameras, tablets, and various consumer electronics devices. When she's not playing with or writing about the latest gadget, Jennifer loves to spend time with her family, capture memories with her camera, and scrapbook.

Josh Gulick

Josh Gulick

Josh cut his teeth (and his hands) on his first PC upgrade in 2000 and was instantly hooked on all things tech. He took a degree in English and tech writing with him to Computer Power User Magazine, where he wrote his way to senior writer. He spent years reviewing high-end workstations and gaming systems, processors, motherboards, memory and video cards. His passion for hardware also made him a natural fit for covering the burgeoning modding community, and he wrote CPU's "Mad Reader Mod" cover stories from the series' inception until becoming editor of Smart Computing Magazine in 2008. Josh recently returned to his first love, reviewing smoking-hot PCs and components, for HotHardware. When he's not agonizing over benchmark scores, Josh is either on the road, training for the next half marathon, or spending time with family.