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Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Samantha McLean – Tech YouTuber

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How would you define a techie?

Being a techie for me means being interested in technology, a little more than the average Joe/Jane. It goes beyond just fascination and entails application as well. So for me I love the technology that surrounds mobile software and how one can push the limits of their smart devices and other things of that nature. So you will see me modding and customizing my phone in ways that the average Joe/Jane would not. Being a techie is all about what is new and what is next, whatever genre you may fall in.

Tell us about yourself (short bio).

Well I am from the beautiful island of Jamaica, I’ve been in the Tech industry all my adult life. It’s kind of a family business so that’s kind of how I got started. However that was mostly computer related, it wasn’t till I fell in love with Android that my obsession for mobile software modding began.

How has tech improved your life?

I have become more knowledgeable in many things. I started off just messing about with my phones but now it has become a passion as well as my main source of income.

How did you become a tech YouTuber?

I became a “tech youtuber” at the start of 2016. Ever since I got into Android and the whole ecosystem I would watch a lot of youtube videos from Marques Brownlee and Max Lee. I remember when I got my first Nexus device I was so giddy about filming the unboxing but that didn’t work out very well. So when I got my Nexus 6P I made sure to get a camera and film my process of unboxing, setting it up and unlocking the bootloader. I wanted to share my experience with my device with others and maybe help someone who may be looking for help or guidance.

What is it like being a tech YouTuber in Jamaica?

Well for me only my close friends know that I do YouTube so it’s neither here nor there for me. However I do face a lot of challenges when it comes to not living in the US. Firstly getting packages are a pain when we have to go through customs and duties. Even if I get a free item I would always have to pay a lot to receive it, often times I pay more than the value of the item. Secondly various shows, conferences or events are not available here, so there is a lack of experience and exposure where that is concerned.

What tech channels are you subscribed to?

A lot!! A few of them are of course MKBHD, Kevin the tech ninja, Max Lee, Casey Neistat, SuperSaf TV and Fury Pixel.

Canon or Nikon?

I really can’t judge, I only have a Nikon because that’s all I could afford at the time. I have heard that Canon does better videos though so I always wanted to get a Canon DSLR.

How do you go about learning a new technology?

Mostly from the web. Google normally supplies me with what’s new in my feed, or if something new comes out I’ll read it on twitter or see it on YouTube.

What question would you ask yourself and how would you answer it?

What is your favourite non-tech thing to do? My answer: lay in bed and watch tv, if I could get paid to do that I’d quit my day job for sure!!

What computer tool do witches use the most?

That’s a funny one. Spell checker.

What tech would you like to own?

Tough one. Off the top of my head I’ll say a drone. I have been really fascinated by them (perhaps too much Casey Neistat videos).

Would you choose a million dollars or a year with @MKBHD?

I think I’d chose a year with MKBHD. Pretty sure if I spent a year with that guy I’d be making millions by the end of it or at least have the ability to.

The best advice you have received?

Those that matters don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.

Dancehall or reggae?


What sports teams do you support?

Whatever Jamaica is doing then I will support them. [so team Jamaica 🙂 ]

How do you deal with disappointments?

I try not to dwell on them for too long and look for ways I can improve for next time or find another angle to achieve what I want.

What tech event would you like to attend?

CES, seeing all the newest and greatest in tech from various manufacturer would be a dream.

What future technology interests you?

Self-driving cars. I know they are here already but when they become more commercialised and common that the average Joe/Jane can afford one with ease is something I’ll be looking forward to.

If you had to start a tech company what would you call it and why?

Well I’m not good with making up names and all that. I’d probably go with my alias “DaKoin” reason being I always want to link my name when I’m doing something, to throw my identity out there especially when it is something good.

What question would you ask the next techie?

Which tech person would you love to have dinner with and why?


  1. Ian

    Awwww I like this interview… It’s always nice learning a bit more about your tech advisor….. I love your youtube videos Sam, they are always so informative and not bias which is good and credible. I do look forward to your uploads weekly. Do keep up the good job on your channel.

  2. Lil Chad

    Great job DaKoin, aswear mi like it (I really do like the angle at which you attack each question. It was informative definitely like how MKBHD would do it.)

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