Taking the reins

Many readers are already aware that The Tech Report’s Editor-in-Chief, Scott Wasson, is leaving us to help AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group use the "inside the second" methods he pioneered to improve its hardware and software products. If you’ve been under a rock for some reason, you should go read his farewell post for all the details.

Though Scott is leaving us, the site he built isn’t going anywhere. I’ve agreed to become TR’s Editor-in-Chief to continue the mission he started 16 years ago. It’s a great honor and a tremendous responsibility for me to carry on the site’s traditions of staunchly independent reporting, deep technical knowledge, and innovative, data-driven reviews. Those values will continue to shape our coverage going forward.

In my time writing for the site—first as a freelancer, then as Managing Editor—Scott, Geoff, and Cyril all worked with me to instill the same principles they wove into The Tech Report’s DNA from the beginning. I have been immeasurably lucky to learn this trade from some of the best minds in the business.

Above all, it’s my hope that you, dear reader, will stick with us. We cannot do what we do without your support and feedback, and I know firsthand just how bright and passionate a community has grown around TR over the years. I look forward to bringing you many more years of news, reviews, and more. Thanks for your continued support.

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    • BIF
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations and the best of luck to you, Jeff.
    I haven’t done the math, so my observation may be merely anecdotal…but I’m seeing fewer and fewer gold and silver icons in the article responses (not just this one).

    It may be smart to find out why more and more respondents in this and other articles are not subscribers. Find, then fix the underlying cause (if there is one), and then have a membership drive.

    Let’s be sure the site remains sustainable before it becomes an insurmountable problem. If I am wrong, well it won’t be the first time. πŸ™‚

    • Pez
    • 4 years ago

    Good luck Jeff, I’m sure you’ll do well!

    • Ph.D
    • 4 years ago

    New responsibilities, new possibilities. I’m eager to see the future of techreport.

    • hasseb64
    • 4 years ago

    Enogh with the back slapping!
    How many days since a shortbread it was?

      • tootercomputer
      • 4 years ago

      Yes, I always liked this feature and would like to see it brought back on a regular basis.

        • Captain Ned
        • 4 years ago

        If you had read all of Scott’s/Damage’s valedictory, you’d have noticed that Shortbread has always been a 100% volunteer effort.

          • BIF
          • 4 years ago

          I appreciate the Shortbread, but it gets tiring to read when it comes out 7 days per week.

          I can only imagine that Ronald gets just as exhausted doing it as I do reading it, especially when the good stuff has already been published and all that’s left are the wrinkled husk squeezin’s.

    • continuum
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats and good luck, Jeff!

    • ludi
    • 4 years ago

    Jeff — Congrats on the promotion! As another poster (kind of) said, have fun with it and remember that you’re not ‘house-sitting’ for Scott; it’s your house, now. Make it a place that you enjoy running, and we, in turn, will find it a place that we enjoy visiting. Good luck!

    • Dposcorp
    • 4 years ago

    I cant believe no one posted this reference yet.
    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lcUHQYhPTE[/url<] Please make it to the BBQ Edit: Some of us remember were with Damage before TR. [url<]http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/1998/09/damagebox-1/[/url<]

    • TheJack
    • 4 years ago

    I would like to see more articles on state of the art technologies in development. For example, what is going on in the display tech field? Reflective displays anytime soon? Not just things which are already available.

    Thanks and congrats.

    • meerkt
    • 4 years ago

    Good luck, cap’n.

    • Freon
    • 4 years ago

    Keep up the strong focus on providing consumers with good objective information and I think you will do well.

    Innovations like the SSD torture tests and inside the second testing are what make TR stand out and make me send other people here to get their benchmarks.

    • NeelyCam
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]Above all, it’s my hope that you, dear reader, will stick with us. [/quote<] Where else would I go? Anandtech? Lol. I'm staying here.

    • Shouefref
    • 4 years ago

    Good luck to Jeff!

    (but please, don’t do a bouncing Ballmer πŸ™‚ )

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    Reminds me of when Jerry stepped out and Hector took the reigns.

    Well, I’m sure TR is gonna be OK.

    • dodozoid
    • 4 years ago

    I recently got an automated message that my TR subscription is going to expire soon, so I went to the site to renew it and instead encountered Scotts goodbye article.
    As a result I didnt realy make it to the subscription page…
    …but I think I ll give it a shot and trust you to continue the tradition. I wish you all the luck and strenght and talent and whatever else it requires.

    • USAFTW
    • 4 years ago

    We will never get old and will never die.

      • TwoEars
      • 4 years ago

      The net is vast and infinite.

    • gamoniac
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats, Jeff. Keep’em good articles and reviews coming. I will be reading πŸ™‚

    • Cuhulin
    • 4 years ago

    Jeff,

    Take a deep breath. Relax. Enjoy the site! Yes, keep the “staunchly independent reporting, deep technical knowledge, and innovative, data-driven reviews”, but, in my opinion at least, don’t forget to just plain have fun with it!

    What made TR work wasn’t just the reviews, it was the personalities of the writers showing through, particularly Scott’s smiling and enjoyment. That helped keep the community enjoying themselves when they came here. So they came back.

    You can do the same, but to do so it needs to be your enjoyment, your smiles, and your and your writers’ fun in doing what you’re doing. Enjoy!

      • Wonders
      • 4 years ago

      I agree. Once upon a time I came for some informative article, but I stayed for the personalities… Fun has kept me returning time and again, to the extent that at least 3% of their bounces over the last 10 years must have been be me refreshing the front page over and over. (Who needs email alerts?)

      • MarkG509
      • 4 years ago

      I was sucked into the site via the forums back when JBI showed me how to fix my favorite keyboard. But, I stayed for the personalities. The articles are a bonus, but the [b<]community[/b<] is really what makes this site special. Jeff is guaranteed a win, IFF we all stick around and continue to poke fun/wisdom/experience at each other.

    • Ninjitsu
    • 4 years ago

    May the Force be with you!

    • kerwin
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats, Jeff! When do the podcasts come back? I miss those.

    • tsk
    • 4 years ago

    How does it feel to be king Jeff?

    • sweatshopking
    • 4 years ago

    JUST MAKE SURE YOU HIRE SSK AS YOUR NEW WRITER.
    -SIGNED ALL THE WEBSITE USERS

      • derFunkenstein
      • 4 years ago

      I have no input or idea how the process is going but I feel like it’s safe to say we’re not in any danger of that happening. πŸ˜‰

        • the
        • 4 years ago

        Keyboard reviews.
        HE’D BE EXCELLENT AND ANYONE WHO THINKS OTHERWISE IS WRONG.

        • NeelyCam
        • 4 years ago

        Having an article written by SSK on April 1st would be fun

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      THE SSK REPORT!

      STARRING: SSK
      WITH SPECIAL GUEST STAR: SSK
      DIRECTED BY: SSK
      WRITTEN BY: SSK
      EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: SSK
      PRODUCER: SSK
      SECOND UNIT: SSK
      CAMERAMAN: SSK
      GAFFER: SSK
      KEY GRIP: KROGOTH… WAIT WHAT? NO, SSK
      ARTISTIC PRODUCER: SSK
      MAKEUP: SSK
      CATERING: SSK

        • Cuhulin
        • 4 years ago

        You forgot:

        REVIEWER: SSK

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 years ago

        You got the title wrong:

        SSK PRESENTS THE SSK REPORT STARRING SSK

          • yogibbear
          • 4 years ago

          SSK’s SEVEN SYSTEM KILLERS for SERIOUSLY SADISTIC KOMPUTERUSERS

      • Heiwashin
      • 4 years ago

      Best idea ever

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      Finally! An in-depth review of the Caps Lock key!

      • TopHatKiller
      • 4 years ago

      That’s it. You’ve finally forced me out.

      • BIF
      • 4 years ago

      Not signed by this website user. My biggest fear/disappointment would be that it would turn into a “morning zoo” type of FM radio show.

      I’ve outgrown these; just sayin’.

    • auxy
    • 4 years ago

    I have complete confidence in you Jeff. (*’β–½’)

    • Captain Ned
    • 4 years ago

    So, J, when did K/Damage take you to an NYC park bench and tell you that he wasn’t training a partner, but instead was training a replacement?

    Are the stars still beautiful to you?

      • nanoflower
      • 4 years ago

      I wonder how many will get the reference?

        • kerwin
        • 4 years ago

        7 so far. Including me.

          • Terra_Nocuus
          • 4 years ago

          Guess I know what I’m watching tonight

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 4 years ago

        If they’ve been neuralized, they won’t remember it.

      • torquer
      • 4 years ago

      Did Scott say ‘I’ll miss the chase’ and then you said ‘No. You won’t’?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 4 years ago

      Wow that’s a great reference.

      • Heiwashin
      • 4 years ago

      I just felt a tremendous pain for the first time. The pain of knowing a reference that’s intended to be old and dated. I’m going to go ahead and start my midlife crises now. Thanks a lot ned.

        • NovusBogus
        • 4 years ago

        If it’s any consolation, I think that was the last movie I saw at a theater. When I was about 12 years old.

        …that didn’t really help either of us, did it?

        • Captain Ned
        • 4 years ago

        Old & dated?? It’s barely old enough to vote, let alone drink (at least here in the US).

          • auxy
          • 4 years ago

          This is the internet, Ned! I’m an old lady now! ( ;βˆ€;)

      • geniekid
      • 4 years ago

      Well the good news is we’ll be bringing Scott back for the sequel. Hopefully his family life won’t have fallen apart because he just couldn’t adjust to the life of a normal person after having been a tech reporter for so long.

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 4 years ago

      MIB!!!

      • BIF
      • 4 years ago

      Men in Black; puh-lease!

      It should have been a Godfather reference! We’ll just make him an offer he can’t refuse! πŸ˜€

        • Captain Ned
        • 4 years ago
    • _Sigma
    • 4 years ago

    Looking forward to another good 16 years! Hopefully the podcasts come back soon.

    • Wonders
    • 4 years ago

    Godspeed, Mr. Kampman! All Hail EIC BodaciousCowboy!

    (I am going to be honest: Immediately after I read Scott’s farewell post, heavy with emotion, I logged in to cancel my subscription. Then, from the ether a voice cried out, “Wait! That Jeff Kampman has become a darn good writer too!” and stayed my hand. I apologize for this temporary lapse in loyalty. It won’t happen again.)

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 4 years ago

    Best of luck and skill, Jeff! Can’t say I envy you–Scott is a tough act to follow.

    If TR can keep the same caliber of quality, insight, and honesty, I think we gerbils will stick around for a long time to come. Welcome to the helm!

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    Don’t mess up. Everyone’s watching.

    Nervous yet? Don’t be. Stoked for the future. Not saying that as a staff member, either. I’ve been here way longer than that.

    • MarkG509
    • 4 years ago

    Seriously, keep doing Podcasts with David Kanter.

    Though, for crying out loud, don’t require Flash to view/interact/comment with them live.

    • TwoEars
    • 4 years ago

    Jeff, what I’ve seen from you so far I like a lot. Still – Scott’s shoes will be pretty big to fill. What set him apart was not only the easy and fluent writing style but also a visionary drive as to how hardware should be tested in a way that made sense to the end consumer. With Scott I never got the impression that he was crunching numbers just for the sake of crunching numbers, he was always trying to show or explain something.

    For me the tech report is 5 things:

    1) Independent, neutral and with integrity
    2) Easy, laid back welcoming atmosphere
    3) Focus on the end consumer and how products and components further a goal
    4) Visionary drive to redefine how those goals can be quantified with numbers
    5) A drive to educate people and show how things work at their core

    Maybe others have a different take on things but that’s what it is for me. Things don’t have to stay the same… but I don’t think those points above are all bad.

    Whoever you hire next will be very important so take care to pick the right person.

    Best of luck to the new TR!

      • huge
      • 4 years ago

      Agreed!

    • anotherengineer
    • 4 years ago

    From the ‘new guy’ to ‘Editor-in-Chief’ in a year and a half lol a bit of a quick learning curve there.

    Congrats.

    Anyone notice if Geoff or Cyril posted in Damage’s farewell story?

    Edit – about when I first started reading TR
    [url<]https://techreport.com/review/4835/ati-radeon-9800-pro-graphics-card[/url<] [url<]https://techreport.com/review/6147/amd-athlon-64-3000-processor[/url<]

      • ClickClick5
      • 4 years ago

      My first TR read: [url<]https://techreport.com/review/3530/ati-vs-nvidia-the-next-generation[/url<] Then a very long gap,. About when I started to visit regularly: [url<]https://techreport.com/review/12285/nvidia-geforce-8600-series-graphics-cards[/url<]

        • drfish
        • 4 years ago

        It’s on now! This is as far back as I’m sure of for me: [url<]https://techreport.com/review/3203/radeon-8500-vs-geforce3-ti-500[/url<] [i<]Edit: Then I settled into the forum around the Radeon 9700 era...[/i<]

          • ClickClick5
          • 4 years ago

          I liked that time. When a new GPU could deliver a substantial boost in performance. Now it is just a little over here, a little over there. Law of diminishing returns I guess.

            • cynan
            • 4 years ago

            More like the law of non-diminishing process nodes.

            We’ve been stuck at 28nm since end of 2011

      • TwoEars
      • 4 years ago

      Look at those graphs lol.

      “both Radeons deliver Serious Sam at extremely high-quality graphics settings at over 60 fps at 1280×1024β€”an impressive accomplishment.”

      Ahh, good times.

    • sunner
    • 4 years ago

    Jeff, “best of luck to you” from all of us.

    • drfish
    • 4 years ago

    FAR more than anywhere else online this is my home.

    We know you’ve got this, just don’t be shy about asking your supporters for anything should you need it.

    Congrats, BTW! πŸ™‚

      • DashTrash
      • 4 years ago

      +1

      Like you said, it just feels like home.

      I have no doubts about the future of the site. I’m looking forward to seeing how the site changes and grows in the coming years!

    • JDZZL
    • 4 years ago

    I’m sure you’ll do a great job!!! Purportedly the other gerbils will keep you in line…

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8xT_afGr-c<]Heavy lies the crown Jeff.[/url<] Congrats on your new position and we're here for you!

      • TopHatKiller
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah, not disagree, as such, but clearly some are more Suck-ups then others.
      I wodel my faceflesh in perceived, expected opprobrium. …. Yeesh.

    • bthylafh
    • 4 years ago

    FIRST1!!!!!!1

    sorry, couldn’t resist. Good luck, though, and I’m sure you guys will do fine.

      • Meadows
      • 4 years ago

      Second.

        • bthylafh
        • 4 years ago

        Last?

          • Bobs_Your_Uncle
          • 4 years ago

          [i<]Kids, kids, kids[/i<] ... in this time of editorial transition (and indeed, [i<]at [u<]all[/u<] times[/i<]) we are well served by remembering that: [i<]A comment posted should be judged not by the chronological order in which it is posted, but by the insights & character of its content, & by the value others gain through it's sharing.[/i<]* Don't loose focus on what is important. If what you value strays far afield of values emphasized by the community you respect (& hope to contribute to), the better course is to remain silent, intent upon learning from that community, & pondering the merits of value itself. * [size=85][i<]With respect & apologies to the Dr. MLK[/i<][/size] - ??? formatting tag fail ???

            • derFunkenstein
            • 4 years ago

            Font sizes no worky in comments. I think that’s intentional.

            • BIF
            • 4 years ago

            ^ this.

            Anybody claiming “first” is acting like a five year old.

            [quote<]"A comment posted should be judged not by the chronological order in which it is posted, but by the insights & character of its content, & by the value others gain through it's sharing." [/quote<] I saw what you did there. Points for style!

      • TheJack
      • 4 years ago

      That’s what she said.

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