Looking for a new writer for Ghacks

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 15, 2019

I'm looking for a new writer for Ghacks to complement the articles that I'm writing each day. While I'm pretty happy with the development of the site as of late, I'd like to add another permanent voice to Ghacks that provides another view on things and a view on topics that I don't cover a lot or at all.

I don't have many requirements:

  • Your English needs to be good. I don't care if you are a native speaker or not.
  • You need to be able to come up with interesting articles on your own, e.g. reviews, how-to articles, comparisons, first-look reviews, op-eds. Of course, I'm there for you to discuss article topics, especially in the beginning.
  • You should have a strong interest in tech related areas, e.g. Linux, Development, Hardware, or Security.
  • You need to be able to provide between two and five articles per week. I don't mind less articles if the articles that you provide are top notch and well researched.
  • You need to be reliable. I cannot stress this enough.

Ideally, you have at least one area of expertise that you are very interested in and love to write about or tell people about. I think that a passion for certain subjects usually leads to great articles as you are able to provide greater insight and have a better understanding of the subject in question.

If I had to pick areas of expertise, I'd love to see Linux content revived here on this site (especially with end of support for Windows 7 coming in 2020).

What I'm not looking for:

  • Rehashed news-type articles that every other site writes about.
  • Reworded articles.
  • Superficial articles that are not useful.

As far as payment is concerned, that needs to be discussed on a case by case basis as it depends on numerous factors. My two main payment options are bank transfer if you are in the Euro-zone, or PayPal.

If you are not a writer but know someone who might be a good fit, feel free to recommend the article to them or tell me about them so that I may contact them.

If you are interested in the position, write an email to martin@ghacks.net. Please include two links to articles that you have written in the past (or attach them to the email), and let me know about yourself (especially the areas in tech that you are interested in). If you have an idea already on what your pay should look like, include that bit of information as well.

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  1. dmacleo said on June 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    was wondering other day why had not seen anything from Mike Turcotte-McCusker in long time.
    and fwiw keep tobin away from here.

  2. Jozsef said on June 16, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Unfortunately, as nice as macOS, formerly OS X is, it seems only a matter of time before the reality of what the company has done to its formerly well made hardware becomes common knowledge. There appears to be cynical indifference to performance in the form of laptops and desktops that have such poor cooling that thermal throttling makes their powerful processors little more than status symbols. In addition, in each of my 27 inch iMacs, the graphic chip needed replacing because the cooling system is limited to the CPU and thus they fail. It’s a costly device good only for simple consumer uses unless one is content to toss and replace early and often.This is certainly a heartbreaking situation with such a wonderful IPS screen in those models.

    The laptops since about 2015 have design flaws in the motherboards that defy belief, as they pretty much guarantee early failure with no parts available to fix them and Apple’s prohibitively expensive and impractical system board replacements are a theoretical option only for 5 years, after which they are unavailable.

    Tim Cook is far from stupid so he must know that good reputations can persist long after they cease to reflect reality but the present state of Apple is a disaster just waiting to become general knowledge. I could flesh out the bleak picture with many other aspects of the company’s choices and actions in recent years but my point here is that positioning Apple as a good alternative to Windows right now would not be fair to your readers if it means recommending some or even all of their current models. I take no pleasure in any of this, in case it needs to be said.

    1. Anonymous2 said on June 17, 2019 at 3:02 am

      I don’t own any Apple product but I’d tend to agree as well.

      While their products have always been overpriced, they used to be unmatched in terms of build quality, reliability, etc.

      The 2012 Macbook Pro was an amazing computer with great build quality and very easy maintenance.

      The Macbook Pro Retina gave up mostly on maintenance but again, it seems that it’s a very reliable device with no major flaws and an amazing device. It had less ports but it was still a functional machine.

      The “new” Macbook Pro is really disappointing. Giving up on all these ports was inappropriate, especially on a “pro” machine. It would have been fine on the Air or any other Macbook, but not the Pro. And then there are of course the keyboard issues, that aren’t completely fixed for sure in 2019…

      This plus the fact that these computers are more and more expensive, the fact the Macbook Pro 15″ struggles with throttling, etc.

      I used to think “Macbooks are more expensive but at least you get the best subjective experience”, but it seems it’s not the case anymore. And if you get addicted to OSX, you’re stuck in the ecosystem and you can’t rely on the competition to fix all the flaws mentioned.

      1. Anonymous2 said on June 17, 2019 at 3:12 am

        And I’m not talking about the iPad Pro bending like paper, the touchbar nobody likes, the 999$ stand, the iPhone XR with very outdated specs, the even more outdated new iPod touch, etc.

    2. ShintoPlasm said on June 16, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      I am on a 2016 MacBook Pro and tend, sadly and grudgingly, to agree with your argument. Steve Jobs really was the soul of the company, and that soul died with him.

  3. ddk said on June 16, 2019 at 5:09 am

    More articles about Mac Os, & Chromium would be welcome. I’m kind of leaning towards trying a Mac probably the new Mini they recently released.

    Mac is kind of the forgotten platform, with Windows forever being highlighted and promoted.

    I’ll never use any Linux until they drop X Windows and get another display as default, that could be years away. All of their desktops need professional artists and much better themes, I just do not like the amateur clunky look and feel with these distros, screen tearing is still a major problem also.

    1. Decent60 said on June 17, 2019 at 2:50 am

      Having worked for Apple as an Advisor, I can tell you that Mac is far from forgotten lol
      However, a lot of what you could do with Windows can’t really be one (heavy modifications to the UI, for example), but there are still many good apps and some Tips & Tricks for it.

  4. ShintoPlasm said on June 16, 2019 at 1:05 am

    I nominate Tom Hawack – his comments are often as long as full-fledged articles! :D :P

    1. female said on June 17, 2019 at 12:44 pm

      I hope, Tom Hawack, will continue his stream of in depth comments and helpful way of explaining heavy stuff for the average user. for many years a head. you are quite af hero

    2. Tom Hawack said on June 16, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Being an optimist I’ll consider the nomination before its reasons :=) The idea of lengthy off-topic articles as opposed to the concisely pertinent ones we know and appreciate day by day is an interesting concept. ‘A newbie’s approach to modern technological challenges guided by paths to psycho-philosophical considerations’ might interest Martin, but not sure many others (lol).

      A new writer for Ghacks, maybe focusing on less handled topics, those which concern less users? Because that itself is a parameter : the audience. To what point must we emphasize on topics concerning a majority of readers, to what amount must we consider topics interesting fewer readers? Narrowing the audience is the lot of specialized articles, I guess we’re all aware of that. Because one of the specifics of Ghacks is explaining tough techie matters to all, less technically educated included, a new Ghacks writer will have to keep that in mind I guess. No idea really, but seems to me this very article is rather explicit as to what Martin expects.

      1. bighead404 said on August 20, 2019 at 5:31 pm

        @Tom Hawack

        I would love to see articles written by you here, such as this:

        “How to remotely discern the anthropological influence of probabilistic methodologies related to heterogeneous networking technologies in a rather pedantic yet beguiling way, which definitely for the most part is actually fairly jejune, such as questionably being rather contrary to popular belief among contrarians concerned with such epitomized anomalies related to such circuitous contrivances of which we often find ourselves metaphorically tangled with in this so-called modern realm of virtual excessiveness known as the World Wide Web.”

  5. Paul(us) said on June 15, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    I really would like that you will find somebody who will write about Raspberry Pi, Arduino, lookalikes from RasPi & Arduino and Linux.
    With articles on how to connect RasPi with Windows o.s., How to install on a RasPi Windows 10 or other o.s., how to connect other devices with RasPi, Arduino, etc. etc.
    Also scripts, Python, etc.
    Which cables to use, how to build a rasPi, Windows machine, Linux machine hardware wise.
    How to use browsers on RasPi

  6. Matt A. Tobin said on June 15, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    I’d do it but I am too damned busy and if I had the time to write I’d be doing it on Binary Outcast like I used to. Plus, even if I wasn’t too busy I’d think I’d trigger too many people that I’d be fired.

    A shame really.. I only wanted originally to do a few things.. Administrate networks and write articles and/or make videos about technology. It really is too bad tech has gone the way it is because I have to spend most of my time either bashing what is laughingly called advancement into something that actually works effectively or creating my own stuff because there isn’t anything even worth bashing into shape.

    If you do have a need for a writer that counters, argues, and triggers readers against the flow of the mainstream.. Ask me then. But unless that happens I do wish you good luck finding a writer for the ghacks.

    1. rickmv said on June 18, 2019 at 9:43 pm

      This one will sadly turn gHacks quickly into a paradigm cesspool the forum he’s currently reigning on it is now. And this will demand to be promoted gHacks sheriff in no time. Also might ask for money upfront for a year and provide no guaranties or support for his work product, as from his half backed email client build on obsolete Mozilla code some naive users collected money for.

    2. Tom Hawack said on June 16, 2019 at 11:37 am

      Bashing “what is laughingly called advancement into something that actually works effectively[…]” sounds more like a polemicist’s credo than a journalist’s commitment. True nevertheless that editorial writers happen to combine both. The risk is that of subversion or perceived as such by readers.

  7. DeepWaders said on June 15, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    More Linux articles will be most welcome, which is what I use exclusively at home. And it may be hoping for too much, but an occasional focus on Arch-base distributions would be wonderful. Manjaro is usually near the top of the rankings on Distro Watch, and Arch itself does well. (But just now as I checked on something before posting this, I see that the Antergos project shut down about a month ago. Ouch.)

    Anyway, here’s hoping you find a writer with a passion for Linux.

  8. AllGoodThingsComeToAnEnd said on June 15, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Many blogs already turned into spin and nonsense due to third-party writers. Anyway, thanks for all the great posts and good luck!

  9. Anonymous said on June 15, 2019 at 10:14 am

    you need to focus more on android. this whole Huawai thing completely passed you by.

    1. WhatIsMyPurpose said on June 16, 2019 at 3:34 pm

      Word, Androidpolice is a great site to keep up, with an excellent podcast, Androidcentral is decent and I stopped trying with Androidauthority… There’s also a few up and coming android sites that post some good stuff now and then.

  10. Joe Connell said on June 15, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Re your wish for a supplementary writer, may I add the hope that he or she would cover MacOS machines? I have enjoyed your articles all through my computing life, but Windows 7 will be my last Microsoft operating system. I will retain a laptop running software which are no longer supported, but this will be cut off from the internet and will effectively be a stand-alone tool. I am currently breaking myself into a MacBook Air and have reached the point where it is now my default machine. It would add a sugar coating if I could continue to receive your excellent service.

    1. AxMi-24 said on June 17, 2019 at 8:10 pm

      I know the feeling. I decided to jump to Linux (Lubuntu) as soon as Zen2 is out. Apple is way too centralised for my taste. Not to mention that all of their online “security” is based on them having complete control over the keys including iMessage. That means every user is one NSL away from total surveillance if they use Apple software for communication.

    2. Anonee said on June 15, 2019 at 8:47 pm

      Joe, agreed.
      The site already focuses entirely on Windows, android, and web browsers.
      Would be nice to see more focus on Linux and especially macOS, which is a unix-like OS too. Not to mention, it ties in with other Apple stuff like iOS, which is the other big mobile OS (there’s only android and iOS, after all).

    3. Nanny said on June 15, 2019 at 11:16 am

      From Windows to MacOS.

      Jumping from the shit hole to the turd hole.

      1. Quitta said on June 15, 2019 at 9:18 pm

        Explain, please.

    4. seeprime said on June 15, 2019 at 10:50 am

      Joe: It seems like you, yourself, might be the ideal candidate to write about the transition from Windows to MacOS, and what you discover on an ongoing basis.

      1. empirefall said on June 17, 2019 at 12:13 am

        that’s a bit of a stretch, don’t you think

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