Andy Ihnatko experienced his first electrocution at age five. He clearly recalls that he found it a “not at all unpleasant” experience, one that left him intimately prepared for writing about insanely great technology and documenting its impact on the Humans.
An unabashed geek (“The bashings ended when I fled high school and went to a polytechnic university, thank God!”), Ihnatko’s enthusiasm for “heroically stupid” applications of technology led him to build an animatronic Darth Vader doll that can be controlled through the Internet via video telepresence, just so he could frighten the cats out of his office when he’s on the road. In 1992, Ihnatko wrote and published one of the Internet’s very first e-books, a free 60-page tome detailing how to convert a classic Macintosh into a functioning aquarium.
Ihnatko is a regular columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and Macworld Magazine. He happily takes money from several other magazines, who are occasionally silly enough to pay him. He’s also the author of an upcoming series of Macintosh books for Wiley.
He donates blood, returns his library books on time and is good to his parents. He lives in Boston with his two goldfish, Click and Drag.