Loyd also wrote extensively about PC and gaming technology for a variety of publications, including PC World, Maximum PC, Tested.com, Tom’s Hardware, PC Gamer, and many others. He has also served as a Senior Editor at PC World and was the Editor-in-Chief of ExtremeTech.com, a web publication dedicated to turning mainstream computer users and gadget lovers into performance enthusiasts and tech geeks.
Loyd’s technical articles are based on his experience at several technology companies. He started his career in Hewlett Packard’s workstation business as a system engineer, eventually becoming a product manager there before moving on to Sun Microsystems. He has also worked in the chip industry, including a stint as a marketing manager at Nvidia. He spent three years at National Semiconductor in technical marketing, helping to launch that company’s iPower business unit.
Loyd came to computing by way of chemistry, beginning modestly on a DEC PDP-11, learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Western Washington University and a master’s degree in physical chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara.Download a high-resolution photograph suitable for print purposes.