My name is Stanislav Vasiliev, I'm the chief of Tom's Hardware's Russian branch. For me, this job is a mix of a beloved hobby and interesting work, as I'm a big fan of all that is high-tech. I consider myself a power user and an early adopter.
I was a little kid when I got my first computer (it was a ZX Spectrum 48K with a tape recorder, hooked up to an old color TV). I used it for gaming, Basic programming, and Assembler experiments. Then, we purchased a PC, a 386SX 20 MHz with 1 MB of RAM and a monstrous 80 MB hard drive. I was influenced by its high-end VGA graphics, and fell in love with the first-person-shooter genre: Wolfenstein 3D, Spear of Destiny, Corridor 7, and many others. Doom was the next big game, and it required a serious upgrade: a FPU and 3 MB of additional RAM. Subsequent games like Doom II, Heretic, Hexen, DN3D, Quake, and Unreal required more and more horsepower, and I got pulled into the infinite upgrade process. When a good game like Crysis arrives, I arrange a day or two to play it through with a high-end platform so I can immerse myself in the game world.
Gaming wasn't my only interest, of course. In school, I helped run our Novell LAN. I also set up the first x86 computers in my own and nearby high schools. I repaired PCs for a lot of neighbors, started modeling in Autodesk 3D Studio, and hardly studied programming. Many years later, at the Comtek show in Moscow, I made friends with a guy in ATI's booth, and he influenced me to write more about hardware.
Now I have a wife and a two-year-old daughter. My little girl loves hardware too; she is able to use a lot of iPad software by herself, and she really likes the new Microsoft Arc Touch mouse because of its plasticity and blue light. It's fun to live in a connected home and see how a little child uses devices I couldn't even imagine in my infancy.
The work I do for Tom's Hardware in Russia is complex and difficult to describe without a lot of detail. Officially, my position in the team is called publisher, but I'm responsible for much more. I'm primarily focused on managing the editorial team, but I also direct how and what the website provides to our readership: services, new functions, content, and even the interface. For years I also acted as an chief editor, writer, test lab manager, and even photographer. This means doing everything from writing/editing articles and reporting to fashion photography (like the shots required for our local holiday gift guide).
Our editorial office is located in Moscow where the test lab, editor-in-chief, and our editors have their desks. Right now I prefer to work from my home office when I'm in the Moscow region, as it's more productive. Because of this, my home computer is a multifunctional workhorse that serves all my needs: work, lifestyle, and hobby. Considering that I'm also an experienced photographer, DSLR, and medium format camera user (shooting digital is my second serious beloved hobby), you may understand why my PC is configured unusually and why it has to be fast.