(This page was last updated on 11/18/2016.)
I’m Brian, a 25-year-old business graduate with interests in technology, marketing / business, social networking, Spurs, hockey, blogging, YouTubing and motorsports. If you’re interested, here are my social networking profiles:
The rest of this page houses some of my interest in tech.
Since 2009, I’ve worked on various web blogs and podcasts, in addition to writing for already-established websites. You’ll see everything I’ve been involved with below, sorted from newest to oldest.
- Choice Case — History
- Project CARS Podcast — History
- MBA Users — History
- The Tech Erra — History
- The MacMob — History
- The TechMob — History
- Notebookcheck.net — History
- Cult of Mac — History
- Jailbreak Zone — History
- Gumball Tech — History
I currently have 2 computers: a custom gaming desktop that was built in June of 2011, and a
mid-2012 13-inch MacBook Air HP Spectre x360 (2016, 13-w023dx).
- Intel Core i7-2600K CPU @ 4.0GHz (originally a Intel Core i5-2500K)
- Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU cooler
- MSI Z68A-GD80 motherboard
- 16GB (2x4GB) G.SKILL Ripjaws X RAM (PC12800, DDR3 1600MHz)
- ASUS DUAL GTX 1060 6GB (previously a SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 79260, but originally an MSI GTX 560 Twin Frozr II OC)
- Enermax Hoplite ST White case (originally a Thermaltake Armor A60)
- Corsair CX750M (originally a Rosewill Xtreme 750w PSU)
- Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD (originally an OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD)
- Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD
- Rosewill 3.5″ card reader (originally a LOGISYS 3.5″ card reader)
- LITE-ON DVD/CD burner/drive
- ENCORE PCI-e 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter
- Windows 10 Pro x64
- Intel Core i5-3427U CPU @ 1.8GHz
- 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM
- 13-inch 1440×900 display
- 128GB SATA3 (6Gbps) SSD
- Mac OS X Yosemite + Windows 10 Pro x64
- Intel Core i7-7500U @ 2.7GHz
- 16GB LPDDR3 1866MHz RAM
- 13-inch 1920×1080 display
- 512GB PCI-E NVME M.2 SSD
- Windows 10 Home x64
- 2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), 1x USB-A 3.1
My Smartphone Background
These are just the smartphones that I’ve owned. Thanks to my tech blogs, I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to get my hands on and review almost every major flagship Android and Windows phone for the past several years. While I enjoy the simplicity and speed of iOS, it’s far too stagnant and a bit too plain. Right OOTB, Android allows me to do everything that I used to do on my jailbroken iPhone. I’m glad those days are over.
iPhone 3G (white, 16GB, 2008)– My first iPhone… iPhone 4 (black, 32GB, 2010)– First upgrade… Went through a lot of white conversion kits to where things ended up not working properly, iPhone 4 (white, 16GB, 2011)– so I got a real white iPhone 4 once it finally came out, selling the old phone for a fair amount. iPhone 5 (black, 16GB, 2012)– Second upgrade… Tried doing a battery swap which somehow permanently (literally) damaged how the home and power buttons work (they don’t…), iPhone 5s (space gray, 16GB, 2013)– So I ended up getting a 5s. Financially, preparing for the iPhone 6, this actually made more sense than to hold onto the busted 5. iPhone 6 Plus (space gray, 16GB, 2014)– My plan with this is to keep it for as long as I can before getting something different, which hopefully won’t be for at least 3 more years (latter part of 2017). Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (black, 64GB, 2016)– After becoming absolutely tired of iOS, I switched to the Note 7, which unfortunately didn’t last long…
- Samsung Galaxy S7 (black, 32GB, 2016) – This was the next best choice, and does everything I can think of. I do, however, wish it had a bigger screen.
My YouTube Background
(I’m posting this here as a personal reminder of my experience with YouTubing.)
Full channel list:
Long story short, I started YouTubing in 2009 with the Gumball Tech channel. After a few years, I decided to sell it off, and start a new one. In that process, Google’s AdSense program didn’t like how I created a second account, and banned me for life. This was in 2011. To this day, I’m still perma-banned from using AdSense, thus preventing me from making money from YouTube. (I’m actually surprised nobody’s started a lawsuit against AdSense for their extremely-greedy and un-justifiable business practices.
After Gumball Tech, I started The Tech Erra, Jailbreak Zone, MBA Users, and Choice Case. All four were eventually sold off, and in late 2012, Gadget Unit was born, and continues to live on (and will do so for the foreseeable future).
All told, I’ve created more than 1,800 videos that total out to nearly 17 million video views across more than 25,000 subscribers (neither numbers include my personal channels).