Our best stories from 2012 aren't necessarily tied to the biggest news events or the flashiest gear. You won't find the election or the Olympics or any tablets on this list. John McAfee is, though, as is David Pogue.
The posts range from explainers to rants to small news that got bigger. But what they all have in common is that they're quintessentially Gizmodo; they occupy that space at the intersection of technology, culture, and opinion that makes our modern lives so endlessly entertaining.