Behind the Scenes
APH Networks is run by a dedicated team of people passionate for technology responsible for various areas. We have a long history dedicated to excellence in professional journalism. Whether it is writing the reviews or reports, updating the news section, or administrating the technical side of the site, the APH Networks team works hard to ensure that everything goes smoothly. This is current weekly schedule of APH Networks:
Monday-Friday (Excluding American public holidays) - Technology news is published every morning before 10:00AM UTC -7.
Thursday Evening - The standard due date for new article previews.
Friday - New regular articles (Reviews, reports, etc) are made official and public.
Saturday - New weekly poll is published.
The team consists of five members:
Jonathan Kwan (chconline)
Title: Executive Director, Editor-in-Chief
Jonathan Kwan is the Editor-in-Chief and Executive Director of APH Networks. Otherwise known as "the chc", he is a computer and technology enthusiast "who does not like playing [video] games", a claimed to be not-so-hardcore audiophile, enthusiast photographer who is too poor to afford a lot of performance (read: expensive) lenses, and an automotive fan. Besides doing most of the administrative such as managing human resources and paying all the bills, his main job at APH Networks is to get reviews out the door. This includes communicating with readers, manufacturers, and even working within the team to ensure everything is conducted to the standards of APH Networks in addition to writing the actual reviews. Jonathan has completed his BSc in Electrical Engineering at the University of Calgary specializing in wireless communications and signal processing in 2014. During his undergrad, he worked as a 16-month wireless hardware design engineer intern at Garmin with experience in PCB design, RF tuning, performance validation, and production/manufacturing support. He also received his MSc in Electrical Engineering with a thesis titled "Harvested Energy and Data Rate Optimization in Wireless Power Transfer Systems" in 2016. Jonathan is currently pursuing his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Calgary. His recent published research include "Measurement and Analysis of Available Ambient Radio Frequency Energy for Wireless Energy Harvesting" at the 2016 IEEE 84th Vehicular Technology Conference.
Kenneth Kwok (shc-boomer)
Title: Senior Technical Editor
Kenneth Kwok lives in Vancouver, BC. Being with the APH Networks team since the very beginning, and a close friend to "the chc", he is currently the Senior Technical Editor in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Kenneth wakes up every morning, and one of the first things he does is to check sources for interesting news articles, and posts them on APH Networks' front page. If he is not updating news on that day, he will need to check if APH Networks is updated to schedule. Kenneth collaborates with the rest of the team to ensure all front page articles are published in an efficient and timely fashion. Kenneth is an experienced writer, and writes a good share of computer hardware reviews around here. He also develops in-house web applications and programs for the website. He is currently pursuing his degree in Computer Science at the Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. During his free time, he is a self-proclaimed gamer, although not really that hardcore (In skills anyways).
Aaron Lai (aeroLai)
Title: Senior Technical Editor
Aaron joined the APH Networks team in mid-2013, specializing in reviewing computer peripherals and other consumer electronics. During his talks with the Editor-in-Chief, he specifically asked to stay away from computer hardware until he had an actual rig going, haha. Now that he finally does, Aaron has expanded into computer hardware. He is currently the Senior Technical Editor in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Aaron is an avid Android fan, with a LG G3 D852 32GB as his daily driver, a retired HTC One X+ 64GB, as well as a first generation Nexus 7. Aaron lives in Calgary, Alberta and attends the same church as “the chc”. In his spare time, Aaron casually games on his desktop and PlayStation 3, playing mainstream games. He is also an avid Nintendo fan, with his 3DS XL. Aaron has completed his BSc in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Computer Engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering (University of Calgary). He also completed his 16-month software developer internship at Lockheed Martin CDL Systems Canada. He is currently employed at Calgary Scientific Inc. as a software developer.
Ben Joubert (Banana)
Title: Technical Editor
Ben grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2011. As of 2016, he could proudly call himself a Canadian citizen. In high school, Ben was interested in both history and math, and decided to pursue a dual major in those subjects at the University of Calgary. However, it quickly became only studying history, and he is now pursuing a degree in theology at Ambrose University. Most of his free time is spent gaming, playing DOTA 2 or Counter-Strike, with some other titles thrown in between. He likes to spend the rest of his free time reading, digging mostly fantasy books by authors such as Brandon Sanderson. Ben joined the APH Networks team as a Technical Editor in June 2016.
Zachary Hopkins (HopkinsProgramming)
Title: Forum Experience Adviser
Zachary Hopkins loves long walks on the beach, is currently single, and lives in an apartment by himself in Virginia. We can clearly see why this is the case when he doesn't even want to publish a profile picture haha. So we "borrowed" something recognizable instead! His favorite line is "I hate papers and projects and retarted system administrators and evil squirrels and OMG >.<" Notice how he spelled "retarded" wrong. He also once claimed that "[his] Business Law book has transformed into a 2-ton brick and it is crushing [him]". Anyways, on the serious side, as part of the Forum Experience Team on the APH Networks Community Forums, he monitors APH quite a bit and takes out forum spam like no tomorrow. And he makes sure all the threads are in the right place, then there's those days of helping forum members. Just to make sure that the forums are in good order and everything is going smoothly. He's an expert in pretty much every programming language you can think of. A networking man himself, he also helps out with backend technical issues with the administration side of things as often has he can. Like the rest of the team, he did his part as well in the '08 APH Networks Relaunch.
Additional credits: You might have noticed how APH Networks is missing a ton of news archive and various articles since 2005. This is due to the APH Networks' relaunch on July 30, 2008. Running previously on an outdated platform, the code contains a variety of unaddressed security problems and inefficient/obsolete technology. When our site was relaunched, it was moved to a completely new platform with significantly improved code on the backend; complete with a new design on the frontend. Unfortunately, the old database was not compatible with the new one and an automatic conversion cannot be done. Therefore, all data had to be manually republished onto the site. This required some hardcore copying-and-pasting (And yeah, you'd be surprised how long that took, which is roughly 11 hours to fully complete the upgrade procedure). In this context, former APH Networks staff Herbert Lui (Herbicious), staff member Zachary Hopkins (HopkinsProgramming), as well as two volunteers Anthony Kwan (shift -- who wasn't part of the team at the time) and Michael Choi (r3volution) helped out with the republishing of majority of APH's contents.