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Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Payton Wilmott – Tech Writer

I can’t remember exactly how I came across his online presence but now I am following him on instagram, feedly and YouTube. Payton is a tech writer with the Jamaica Gleaner. He recently attended the Samsung Unpacked event in New York. It’s a positive to see persons in the region adding their thoughts to the tech space. Even though he is really busy, he took the time to take part in this blog’s #20Questions.

How would you define a techie?

Well, I would define a techie as a person who craves for knowledge about technology and won’t rest until he or she learns something new about technology each day.

What made you fall in love with tech?

I fell in love with tech the first time I saw Doom on PC in 1994. I was fascinated that persons could make games of that quality on PC and I wanted to know how to do it myself.

How has tech improved your life?

The ability to send and receive emails from your Smartphone is a feature that is simple to most people but I was there when it wasn’t possible. This has made my life as writer much easier.

Who is your favorite tech YouTuber?

This is a hard one to answer it’s a tie between Erica Griffin and Marques Brownlee.

Describe the state of ICT in Jamaica

I really wish Jamaica had better data speed for mobile internet, and better upload speeds for household users. As it is now, Jamaicans constantly complain about inconsistencies in their internet speeds.

Tell us anything about yourself

I’m a gamer at the core of my being. I love to play video games, and it shows if you look up my gamer score for my Xbox profile and my PS profile.

Most prized gadget you own?

My most prized gadget is my Nokia N95 8GB version. The best Smartphone to date… Don’t judge me.

What are some of the challenges of being a tech journalist?

It is hard to get hands on experience with devices to review in Jamaica. Most major companies have no interest in the Jamaican market, but the Jamaican public wants to know about these devices from an experienced hands on point of view. I wish I was able to get devices the public wanted to know about.

What are your thoughts on working from home?

Working from home is a no no for me, too much distraction at home to get any work done. Work is best done at work.

What are your thoughts on hover boards?

I don’t believe hover boards exist the way we see them in the movies. Until it reaches that level of mobility I’m not interested.

Team work or individual work?

I like to be alone and depend on myself; so I embrace doing individual work.

Why is a river so rich?

Because it has two banks…?

What do you wish there was an app for?

An app for want women wants.

What are your favorite apps?

My favorite apps are Whats App, Snapseed, WPS Office, TV Show Favs, and Google Keep.

What upcoming tech event would you like to cover?

I would love to attend the Mobile World Congress that is going to be held in Barcelona, Spain.

Your thoughts on the Note 5?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a phablet that doubles as a powerful productivity tool. The little time I have gotten with it I can only speak to design. It feels much better in the hands than the Note 4, but the lack of removable storage and smaller battery has me wondering what my full review results might be.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?

I play video games and surf the web for new information about technology.

What future technology interests you?

I’m fascinated about drones and I would love to get my hands on one to review, or buy. The one I’m most interested in is the drone named Lily.

What project would you like to work on if money was not an objective?

I would love to work on an android phone from scratch. I want to build the perfect device for android users and sell it at the lowest possible cost.

What question would you ask the next techie?

Why is society getting less educated the more we advance in technology?

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