Focus On: Kevin Rose
written by Screen Savers staff on Friday, March 01, 2002
Get to know the fresh-faced talent who keeps TSS tech running smooth.
Name: Kevin Rose
Job Title: Co-host
About Me: Born in Cali, moved to Oregon, and then to Las Vegas. I spent my childhood growing up in Las Vegas. (Yes, there is much more to Vegas than gambling and nudie bars.) I attended a technical high school called Vo-Tech and then went on to attend UNLV. But stepping back...
I started playing with computers around the age of 8 on an old IBM 8088. My first real personal PC was a Packard Bell 80386 SX 16 that my dad bought me. I wanted a DX, but it was a bit pricier and I always figured I could buy a math co-processor at a later time. Shortly thereafter I became involved with the wonderful world of BBS. Oh those were the days -- I ran a two-node Wildcat (and PCBoard) BBS with a CD-ROM full of shareware for people to access and a hidden section for private users. I still miss those door games.
So how did I arrive at TechTV? Well, after school I landed a job working for the Department of Energy at the Nevada Test Site (remember Area 51?). I picked up a lot of experience out there. From the DOE I moved to San Francisco and worked for a couple of dot-com startups through CMGI. After the bubble burst, I started as a technical production assistant for "The Screen Savers."
Areas of expertise: Windows 3.1/95/98/ME/NT/2K/XP, Unix (FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, Linux, OSX), Networking, Hardware, Graphics design (Web and print), Web scripting (Perl, PHP), Computer security, Hacking, Gaming (console modding), Underwater basket weaving.
First concert attended: 91/92 -- NOFX, Pennywise
Favorite music: Ugly Casanova, Modest Mouse, Radiohead, Misc. other indie bands
Star sign: I really don't like astrology or believe in signs.
Dream date: Sarah Lane
Former life: Dr. Weil
Favorite website: DrWeil.com. Give it a read and sign up for the newsletters. They're great.
First computer: Packard Bell 80386 SX 16
Favorite piece of technology: I love well-designed products that combine form and functionality. Those purple, hard-case Netgear switches and the Apple iPod are examples of well-thought-out products.
Favorite author and book: Computer-wise, I love the Unix System Administration Handbook. I highly recommend reading Fast Food Nation. And I also find biblical study books interesting.
Favorite movie(s): Anything by Tim Burton ("The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Big Fish"), the Indiana Jones series, "Star Wars," "Braveheart," "The Big Lebowski," "Shawshank Redemption."
Favorite TV show(s): "Family Guy" is my all-time favorite. "Futurama"... other than that, I don't watch much TV.
What is your most marked characteristic? My tattoos no one can see. (... two of which I want removed. Kids, don't try this at home.)
When and where were you happiest? I know this sounds cheesy, but I'm happiest everyday. I try to live life to the fullest.
Most treasured possession? My sealed copy of Windows 1.0 (no joke).
What is your favorite journey? My trip to Ireland, Scotland, and England with Sarah. :)
If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be? Jesus.
Best beginner computer advice: Break your computer. Seriously I can't tell you the number of times I have reformatted my hard drive because I tweaked something until it broke. When I first got involved with computers I needed some free space, so I decided to delete my entire DOS directory (the operating system). Needless to say, my PC wouldn't boot. But I took something away from that and never repeated the same mistake twice.
Non-geek interests: I'm into health, reading about it and learning as much as I can. I also like good indie music, cooking, kicking around my old skateboard, and having fun with my girly Sarah Lane.