butterscotch.com is your fresh, friendly, smart and sticky portal into the world of technology. We help you do more with the tech you already own and turn you on to the latest and greatest in language everyone can understand. We promise not to talk down to you and to only talk up the most interesting and impactful software, trends, gadgets and gear if you promise to come back often. Have a look around and see what sticks!
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Current Team (November 2011 to Present)
Andrew Moore-Crispin is the words guy at butterscotch.com. He has made a career of living with and commenting on computers, consumer electronics and interactive entertainment and brings a true end-user perspective on the fast changing world of technology to butterscotch.com with a little humour for good measure. An expert guest on television shows and networks such as CBC news, TVO and Call for Help on G4TechTV Canada, Andrew is also a regular interview subject on the impact of technology on modern society for newspapers, magazines and radio. Andrew is also rumoured to enjoy long walks on the beach and candle lit dinners. Andrew is Web Editor at butterscotch.com
Chad Cramer is the guy in the back room that you never hear about but without whom things would eventually come screeching to a halt. He's been at Tucows since 1997 overseeing development. Chad is a self-proclaimed expert at just about everything including MySQL, Oracle, C++, Perl and PHP and is getting to know Ruby and Android. He has a computer science degree from the University of Michigan as well as an MBA from the University of Phoenix. In his spare time, he works with various schools and other non-profits throughout the United States helping them update their technology and keep things running smoothly. As Software Engineer with butterscotch.com, Chad keeps everything running smoothly.
Stacy Reed lives the life online; she's been doing so since 2000 when she began reviewing software for Tucows. As an advocate for the free exchange of information, software and services, Stacy tells it like it is in butterscotch.com tutorials. Natural curiosity and interest in a wide array of subjects including software, technology, science and the arts make her an ideal guide. An advocate of open education, Stacy brings her expertise to butterscotch.com as Content Producer.
Ted Gallardo hasn’t got it easy. He’s butterscotch.com’s Customer Service Representative/Writer. Interested in all things computer since he first fell in love with his Apple II Plus, back in grade school, he would move on to using an Apple IIC. Not much later, Windows beckoned, and Ted mastered the ancient 3.1. It’s a cliché, but so be it: the rest is history. It took a lot of work, but Ted is now equally comfortable in front of a Windows PC, Mac OS X or Ubuntu Linux machine. He began working with Andy Walker and Cyberwalker.com in March 2005, and has been System Manager for LabRats.tv since day one. Ted’s hobbies and interests include: Debian, Drupal CMS, FusionBB, HTML coding, Mac OSX, Ubuntu, and most versions Windows. He wouldn’t divulge any other passions. Ted also has three cats, Arline, Henry and Torti. And that makes him particularly special.
Launch Team (November 2008 to October 2011)
Andy Walker is the lovable funny man in Lab Rats and other butterscotch.com shows. He's also the original Executive Producer and General Manager of butterscotch.com and the brains behind the operation. This just goes to show that he's multi-faceted. Andy is a highly respected technology journalist whose columns have run in major outlets across Canada and the US. He has lent his expertise and wit to four books including Windows Vista Help Desk (Que Publishing) and You Call This the Future? (Chicago Review Press). A former host of Call for Help with Leo Laporte, Andy brought his affable character and expertise to the show and fans fell in love. Not content to just help readers and viewers get the most out the technology they use, he started the charitable organization Little Geeks to provide working computers to underprivileged families in Canada to ensure they don't find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide.
Sean Carruthers accidentally found himself in the world of tech journalism in 1997 after years of selling CDs to underage prairie gangsters. Sean Carruthers has been writing, podcasting and broadcasting about technology for over a decade. Sean joins butterscotch hot on the heels of a gig as Content Producer on the G4TechTV program The Lab With Leo Laporte. Previous to that he's worked on the Canadian production of the TV show Call For Help, served as the Test Lab Editor for The Computer Paper / HUB: Digital Living magazine, and launched the successful tech podcast Lab Rats. His writing has been featured in The Globe and Mail, the Village Voice, allmusic.com, and other technology and music publications. Sean was a Senior Producer at butterscotch.com.
A grizzled veteran of the web, Greg Weir has been working online for more than 25 years. Starting out with a successful online bulletin board system (BBS -- kids, ask your parents) in the Decade of Decadence, the 1980s. He has even owned his own computer retail store in Toronto; how's that for geek cred? As Webmaster for Canada's largest independent internet service provider (ISP), Internet Direct, Greg was among the valuable acquisitions when the company gained Tucows. Greg was the Director of the Content Division of Tucows, sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of Shareware Professionals and is the tried-and-true Director of Technology at butterscotch.com.
Molly McDonald, aka DemoGirl, has been creating screencasts of web applications since April 2006. She believes that seeing how something works is much more effective than reading how something works and wants to help "your mom" understand how to use hip, new web technology. Molly is editor-in-chief of DemoGirl.com where she reviews new web applications in the form of screencasts. She has recorded hundreds of screencast demos of web applications that she hopes will make peoples' lives a bit easier and more fun.
Cheryl's roots in technology can be traced back a generation; her father worked in the industry in the 1960s through the 1990s. As the only student in her Grade 7 class handing in book reports printed on a dot matrix printer, she was ahead of her time. Cheryl took a sabbatical from the industry to focus on a hands on career in healthcare and after her long, meandering journey has once again landed her smack dab in the middle of the family business. Cheryl is excited to be involved in the industry that lends so much to the story lines of some of the greatest science fiction ever written.