Bob O'Donnell, the host of the
award-winning "O'Donnell on Computers" radio show, the author of "Personal Computer Secrets,"
and the Research Director, Device Technology for computer industry analysis firm IDC, is a
computer industry professional who's tested, reviewed, reported, analyzed, written about
and spoken about computer-related products for over fifteen years.
O'Donnell began his work in the
high-tech industry at Music Technology magazine, and then moved on to the editor role at Electronic Musician magazine. During his tenure there,
the magazine was awarded a prestigious Western Publisher's Association Maggie Award for
Best Special Interest publication.
After several years in the music
industry, O'Donnell became Executive Editor/Reviews at MacWeek,
where he helped create MacWeek's lab facilities and was involved in the development of the
MacBench benchmark. O'Donnell also served as Features Editor at PC/Computing magazine and as
Executive Editor of InfoWorld Electric/InfoWorld.com, the website
for InfoWorld magazine, a well-known computer industry trade journal. For
3 1/2 years, O'Donnell wrote a weekly column for InfoWorld Electric called "Plugged
In" that was featured several times at CNN.com.
His writing has appeared in magazines all over the world.
O'Donnell has served as a guest host on TechTV's
for Help" and is a frequent guest on several
different television shows, including TechTV's
"Silicon Spin" and "Call
for Help." He also served as the technology expert on the Knowledge
TV cable channel's "Meeting the Challenge"
program and was a featured reporter on the
nationally syndicated "Silicon Valley
Business" television program.
Other radio work O'Donnell has
done includes hosting the nationally syndicated "On Computers" radio show, an
LA-only version of "On Computers," and guest-hosting the nationally syndicated
"Connected with Gina Smith" program.
O'Donnell is also
a highly-regarded public speaker, having given keynote addresses and moderated panels at several major computer industry trade
shows and conferences. He is the author of
the MT-32 Book, a supplementary synthesizer owner's manual from Roland Corporation.
O'Donnell is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a B.A. in the Program of
Liberal Studies, an interdisciplinary humanities program based on the Great Books. He
lives with his wife and family in the northern end of Silicon Valley.