The Tech Report secures an independent future

A little over two years ago, Scott Wasson, the founder and long-time Editor-in-Chief of The Tech Report, began a new role with AMD to make life better for gamers using Radeon hardware and software. After his departure, Scott maintained his ownership of TR's parent business while searching for a new caretaker that would let us continue to enjoy the editorial independence that's been a hallmark of our work from day one.

Today, I'm pleased to announce that search has come to an end. The Tech Report will remain an independent publication under the ownership of Adam Eiberger, our long-time business manager. I will be staying on as The Tech Report's Editor-in-Chief. We're excited that this arrangement will allow us to sustain and grow the project that Scott started almost two decades ago for many years to come on terms of our choosing.

Our 2003 home page

It is critical to note that during the past two years, Scott exercised no control over the editorial side of TR. What we chose to cover and not to cover, the testing we performed or didn't perform, and the conclusions we reached or didn't reach were entirely under my direction. That remained the case even when our methods led to conclusions that favored products from AMD's competitors, and when we wrote articles that were complimentary to AMD's products.

These facts will not surprise anybody who has paid attention, but this final passing of the torch should put to rest any lingering concerns about our editorial independence.

With new ownership, the inevitable first question will be what else is going to change. Happily, the answer is nothing. You've already seen what The Tech Report looks like under my leadership over the past two years, and we'll continue to bring you the day-to-day news and in-depth reviews that we've always produced. We may explore new platforms and new audiences, but the core reporting and reviewing work that made The Tech Report famous will remain the bedrock of our work going forward.

Our 2010 home page

Although we're excited for the opportunity to continue what Scott started in 1999, this changing-of-the-guard comes at a tough time for online media. While we enjoy (and are deeply grateful for) support from a wide range of big names in the PC hardware industry, advertising support simply isn't as lucrative as it once was for many online publications, and The Tech Report is no exception. At the same time, there's more going on in personal computing and technology than ever, and we want to remain a leading voice in what's new and what's next.

Our home page today

If you believe in The Tech Report's work as strongly as I do, there is no better time to help us build the foundation for the next steps on our journey. Please, for the love of all things holy, whitelist us in your ad blocker. Subscribe for any amount you like. Comment on our articles, participate in the forums, and spread our work far and wide on Facebook and Twitter. Help us help you. Thanks in advance for your continued readership and support.

I'd also like to share a message from Scott regarding this news, as well:

To the TR community:

As you may know, I left my position as TR's Editor-in-Chief to take a job in the industry just over two years ago. In the time since, I have technically retained ownership of The Tech Report as a business entity. Naturally, I've had to stay well away from TR's editorial operations during this span due to the obvious conflict of interest, and I have been looking for the right situation for TR's ownership going forward.

I'm happy to announce that we completed a deal last week to sell The Tech Report to Adam Eiberger, our long-time sales guy. The papers are signed, and he's now the sole owner of the business.

I think this arrangement is undoubtedly the best one for TR and its community, for two main reasons.

For one, I'm still passionate about the virtues of a strong, independent media. With this deal in place, TR will maintain its status as an independent voice telling honest, unvarnished truths in its reporting and reviews.

Second, putting the site into the hands of a long-time employee gives us the best chance of keeping the TR staff intact going forward. Jeff, Adam, Bruno, and the gang have done a stellar job of keeping The Tech Report going in my absence, and I'm rooting for their continued success and growth.

I want to say thanks, once again, to the entire community for making our incredible run from 1999 to today possible. I'll always look back with gratitude on the way our readership supported us and allowed me to live my dream of running an independent publication for so many years. With your continued support and a little luck, TR should be able to survive and thrive for another couple of decades.

Thanks,

Scott

The TR staff would like to extend our thanks to Scott and the many TR alumni for their hard work in building not only one of the finest technology sites around, but also one of the best audiences any writers could ask for. We wish Scott the best as we part ways and carry TR's mission forward.

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    • SpatulaCity
    • 2 years ago

    Awesome. I’ve been reading occasionally for over 10 years. I’ve had an account for 9 years but this is my first comment. TR has been whitelisted for some time as your ads aren’t intrusive and they don’t seem to bother me.

    Thanks for not selling out and thanks for all the hard work you all do for the tech community.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      You’re very welcome. Thanks for your continued support. These are extremely difficult times for independent journalism, but we’ll do our best to keep TR worth your time.

      – Adam

    • tom271
    • 2 years ago

    This place has certainly become more professional since the transition a few years ago. I still remembering when that weirdo Cyril was using TR as his personal ad site and pimping his pulp scifi e-books on the front page. Seriously, wtf?

    The content is good but the design is stale, like this site is stuck in a time machine. It needs to modernize, like wccftech.com.

      • BIF
      • 2 years ago

      I would not have been in favor of the site becoming an Amazon competitor, but it was only one book and I believe it was free.

        • tom271
        • 2 years ago

        It was multiple and it was just spam.

        [url<]https://techreport.com/news/24534/my-sci-fi-book-is-on-sale-through-friday[/url<] [url<]https://techreport.com/blog/24024/i-wrote-a-novella-here-are-some-things-i-learned[/url<] [url<]https://techreport.com/news/23964/cyril-wrote-a-novel-introducing-fluke-langara-prize[/url<] [url<]https://techreport.com/news/24030/cyril-sci-fi-story-fluke-is-free-to-download-today[/url<]

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Cyril was an important and indispensable part of The Tech Report for several years. Our System Guides really came into their own under his tutelage. If you didn’t like his foray into fiction writing, that’s your prerogative, but it was only a single novella, which he gave away for free.

    • mcarson09
    • 2 years ago

    I’m glad you guys will manage to keep up and running, but I’m surprised you guys didn’t rename the site to AMDreport.com. I’d like to see better a balance in reporting. Since Scott went to AMD you guys have been slow on reporting negative news about AMD compared to negative news about Intel and Nvidia. Your site doesn’t live in a vacuum and there are other sites bigger and smaller that don’t have that kind of bias. It’s ok to have a bias as long as you guys admit to it.

      • BIF
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah, you’re gonna have to back up your assertions there. With objective facts.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah, I’m with BIF on this one. Do you actually read our reviews and recommendations in our System Guides, or do you just catch an occasional news post?

    • wizardz
    • 2 years ago

    3 website screenshots
    Jeff, Adam, Bruno = 3
    2018-1999=19
    19+2=21
    21/7=3

    HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      What can we say? You’re good.

    • Knee Dragger
    • 2 years ago

    I have violent, explosive diarrhea.

      • Redocbew
      • 2 years ago

      That’s why you can’t have nice things.

        • BIF
        • 2 years ago

        It’s also why he’s not allowed in my house, car, workplace, or the state where I live.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Ok? Hope you’ve found help with that.

    • Phydoux
    • 2 years ago

    I realize I’m late to the party, but I have lurked around here since 2010. I’ve always enjoyed the reviews and news here. Decided it was finally time to contribute.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Better late than never. And thank you very much. As I’ve said, it’s extremely difficult to make ends meet in independent journalism. Every dollar helps.

      – Adam

    • Hallucinosis
    • 2 years ago

    Nice, glad to hear you won’t be ruined by some corporate publishing behemoth!

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      If there’s ruining to be done, we prefer to do it ourselves, thank you.

    • torquer
    • 2 years ago

    I haven’t seen so many +1s since the last time someone suggested chuckula get banned

      • BIF
      • 2 years ago

      Okay, now that made me laugh and I don’t know why… πŸ˜€

    • David
    • 2 years ago

    Hit by a nostalgia wave from that 2003 screen.

    • Dposcorp
    • 2 years ago

    Honestly felt a bit emotional for sec, as like a lot of you guys, I have shared a few beers with the old owner, the new owner, and the awesome staff. Viva La Tech Report!

    Hopefully the AMD guy can still make the trek to the BBQ for some direct feedback from customers πŸ™‚

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      I’ll do my best to drag him up to one. He still lives in the Kansas City area. πŸ˜‰

    • LoneWolf15
    • 2 years ago

    Is it bad that looking at the 2010 home page gives me a nostalgia buzz?

    Not because of the editorial staff (still love you guys), but because it gives me fond tech memories?

    • webkido13
    • 2 years ago

    Member since 2002 (16 years), 16 total posts (1 per per year), and now a 16(0)$ donation for your great work. I added an extra zero because you deserve it.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Thank you!!

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 2 years ago

    Great Scott! He didn’t sell out on us. Hooray!

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 2 years ago

    And I presume SSK retains his position as Chairman of the Board?

      • LoneWolf15
      • 2 years ago

      That’s “Chairman of the Bored” to you, Bro.

      • sweatshopking
      • 2 years ago

      BROSEPH YOU KNOW I WILL NEVER GIVE THAT UP.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    You need to celebrate this occasion with an updated logo. Maybe just the old logo with a sign on top that says “UNDER SAME MANAGEMENT”

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 2 years ago

    Man, Scott is my hero. This is great news. This is why your the only source I go to for tech news.

    I tried “The Verge” for a year… its been so bad.

    Need to make my daily pit stop a thing again.

    This is great news, thanks for sharing guys!

      • LoneWolf15
      • 2 years ago

      Shame on you. Penance of three “Hail Techies” and four “Our Motherboards” for you.

    • just brew it!
    • 2 years ago

    This is great news!

    And of course this is not meant as any sort of disrespect to Scott. It’s just that it is (past) time for something like this to happen. While I’m sure pains were taken to ensure journalistic independence, for the past 2 years the potential has been there for critics to dismiss TR as “the site run by that guy who works at AMD”. The perception of bias can be as bad as actual bias.

    I imagine access to review samples from companies that compete with AMD may have been affected.

    And finally, it also had the potential to put Scott in an awkward position at AMD if TR published reviews which painted AMD products in a negative light.

    Here’s to a successful future for both TR, and Scott as he continues to pursue his career at AMD.

    • Ph.D
    • 2 years ago

    Congrats! Make that subscriber model work!

    • TravelMug
    • 2 years ago

    Great news! Congratulations!

    • tipoo
    • 2 years ago

    It’s fantastic to see it stay independant, having seen certain buyouts drain quality. Full steam ahead!

    • PerfectCr
    • 2 years ago

    As a reader since 2001 and a member since 2004, this makes me very happy. Congrats to all. Here’s to many successful years ahead!

    • JDZZL
    • 2 years ago

    This is great to hear. I will gladly patronize TR advertisers as much as I can. You can definitely count on me remaining a gold subscriber at the very least!!

    • thedosbox
    • 2 years ago

    Not going to disable the ad-blocker, but have subscribed instead.

    I humbly ask that you feature more Kitty (or other four legged fiends) going forward.

      • BIF
      • 2 years ago

      The internet has enough cat videos. I come here to get some peace.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 2 years ago

    This is awesome.

    On an unrelated note, is there any chance of rolling out Patreon as an option for subscribing? I’m lazy and like having that central payment processing for multiple sites/businesses/individuals I support financially.

      • PerfectCr
      • 2 years ago

      Great idea, agree.

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 2 years ago

      First, I really appreciate that you’re willing to subscribe.

      We’ve looked at Patreon and don’t have any plans to establish one at this time. We went to considerable pains to develop a subs system tailored to our platform, and it doesn’t make sense for us to throw away that perfectly functional tool in favor of one that keeps 5% of every contribution in the service of staff and infrastructure we simply don’t need.

      Our system lets us keep every dollar of your contribution (less transaction fees; a reasonable 2.9% from our payment processor Stripe), and presuming you turn on auto-renewal and have a credit card that’s up to date, you won’t have to worry about your information until your card expires.

      I understand that this is a slight inconvenience compared to what Patreon offers but it really is better for us and for you to cut out the middleman. I hope you’ll give our direct-support model a try. Thanks again for considering it.

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 2 years ago

        I’m not saying kill what you have here at all. There is little downside to running them both in parallel. The difference between 5% and 2.9% is pretty minor. I’m sure there are people that wouldn’t use the TR-specific donation model, but would use Patreon. I’d rather have 95% of something than 97.1% of nothing.

          • Jeff Kampman
          • 2 years ago

          I appreciate this reasoning but Patreon has its own set of customs regarding subscriber rewards and fulfillment, subscriber-specific content, etc. that go against the grain of TR’s operating philosophy (making all content available to all readers regardless of sub status). Making those things happen also requires time and effort that we’d either have to re-allocate resources for from an already-maxed-out staff or devote further staffing and funds to on a part-time or full-time basis, and right now, that’s just not an appealing use of our resources. We’d rather buy and test more hardware, for just one example.

          At this time, Patreon simply isn’t the best way to support us. We might re-evaluate that position in the future but for now, the current subs system is best.

      • DrCR
      • 2 years ago

      Such a central point is good except when it isn’t.
      [url<]https://duckduckgo.com/?q=patreon+breach+october+2015[/url<]

    • kvndoom
    • 2 years ago

    Long live TR! Has been one of my home tabs pretty much since tabbed browsing became a thing.

    Because of this site’s stand against malicious advertising (F you, Adobe Flash), whitelisting in my adblocker has been a no-brainer for quite some time. I’ve never regretted being a subscriber either.

    • YellaChicken
    • 2 years ago

    Congratulations TR and crew on maintaining independence and integrity for near 20 years.

    Here’s to another 20

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    It’s been 2 years already?? How time flies!

    • trackerben
    • 2 years ago

    I don’t remember upvoting so many comments in an article. Congrats, TR!

    • Unknown-Error
    • 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Great news all-round! Techreport has litreally been a critical component when it comes to reliable, independent reviews.

    Long Live Techreport!

    PS: My most humble appreciations to General Scott Wasson for starting this awesome site.

    • ChicagoDave
    • 2 years ago

    This is great news! Very happy to hear the final structure involves a long term employee/manager taking over ownership duties rather than bringing in a third party. You guys know your audience and what works better than anyone else does.

    Regarding future income streams, have you looked into hosting ads on your own server, with no javascript allowed, no third party communication, and https enabled? Basically just hosting static images or animated gif’s, nothing more. I’d gladly take down my ad-blockers if I could trust the who was hosting and reviewing the ads, but the primary ad brokers have all burned their bridges long ago. There was a big discussion on ArsTechnica just a day or two ago regarding this topic and that was the main refrain (article was about cryptominers being hidden in ads). While subscriptions make sense for some really large sites, I have a hard time justifying more than $5-$10 for a site I only check once a week and comment even less (not to mention juggling subscriptions to a half dozen sites in the future doesn’t sound appealing).

    The only way the ad industry (and really, the ad supported website industry) is going to survive is by gaining back trust. Since the main ad brokers cannot be trusted to vet ads, it unfortunately is going to fall on website owners themselves. Since you guys have such a targeted readership, perhaps you should contact some companies in the industry and pitch hosting their ads yourself, no middle man involved. Some basic rules forbidding javascript or contacting a third party site would put many people’s concerns to rest and I’d be happy to whitelist your site. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like the big content providers are going to do anything since they still have plenty of readers who aren’t savvy enough to use adblockers. Your readership is different and I assume the rate of blocking here is much higher than average. I’d bet you could convince some smaller enthusiast companies to let you do a trial run.

      • blastdoor
      • 2 years ago

      Jon Gruber seems to have figured out a good solution. But I’m not sure how replicable it is

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 2 years ago

    And here I was looking forward to the IPO of GRBL. Congrats TR!

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      When that happens, it’ll be announced in the SBR and all subscribers will get advance notice. πŸ˜‰

      • tay
      • 2 years ago

      Viable only if GerbilCoin becomes a reality.

    • JoeKiller
    • 2 years ago

    I have always loved this site since it came into motion. It always has a spirit of objectiveness and in depth review that is hard to match. Keep it up.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]Keep it up.[/quote<] That's the plan.

    • FireGryphon
    • 2 years ago

    Man, this is heartening. A news publication with journalistic integrity is still owned by loyal employees. Here’s to another 19 years! Time to re-up my subscription.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Thank you!!

      • AnotherReader
      • 2 years ago

      Indeed, this is very heartening!

    • Kharnellius
    • 2 years ago

    This is good.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Indeed it is.

    • isotope123
    • 2 years ago

    Congrats guys! Glad it’s finally put to rest. Your guides helped me put together my first computer back in 2011, and I’m happy to white list your site, and view it on a weekly basis. I don’t comment much, but I hope you have continued success into the future, and I’ll be checking all your posts for help with my upcoming build. If you’re taking requests, maybe do some more monitor reviews?

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Glad to be of service! I agree on the monitors; we’ll see what we can do about that in the near future.

    • etilena
    • 2 years ago

    Been so long.

    Visited the site since 2002 and spent a lot of time in the forums. Have stopped reading forum posts but still visit the site on a daily basis. Glad to see that it’s still going well.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Thanks for sticking around! Keep reading and spread the word!

    • Rand
    • 2 years ago

    This is sorta sad because it’s the complete ending to the Scott Wasson era. Realistically it’s been over for 2yrs now though.
    This should remove any potential perception of bias, relating to Scott’s role at AMD. Even if I trust TR implicitly it probably lingered as a consideration for some.

    I’m glad it’s been sold to a long time TR started and not some random media company that may have pushed for changes to the staff or editorial content.
    Adam undoubtedly knows and understands why we all love TR. I feel comfortable knowing this won’t have to any negative impact on TR.

    Now that I’ve expressed my appreciation of TechReport I think it’s about time I start subscribing to show my support by more then just reading the site (and rarely commenting).
    It remains as it has been for a very long time now the best tech site on the internet.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Thank you. We appreciate your support and faith in us, and we don’t take either for granted.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 2 years ago

    Has it been two years already? Dang.

    Considering it feels like just yesterday that Scott left, Jeff, you’ve done an AMAZING job in keeping this feeling like TR of old. Congrats Sir!

    Now, where’s that darn cheese option?

    • Neutronbeam
    • 2 years ago

    All hail the Wassoning…er, belay that. All hail the Eibergering…hmmm, guess I just gotta get used to that term and then it will just sing!

    Scott, vaya con Dios! Jeff, as you were with the great work. Adam–I’ve got my eye on you Mister, and I expect GREAT things from you and the site!

    Forward to victory!

    EDIT: Added “to”

    • atari030
    • 2 years ago

    This is excellent news. The Tech Report is the one site I can count on for straightforward PC and tech news and reviews that are consistently competent, unbiased, and in depth.

    In the morass of PC tech review sites, The Tech Report stands above…[b<]triumphant[/b<]!

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Thanks!

    • Captain Ned
    • 2 years ago

    OK Inkling, you now HAVE to come to BBQ and, more importantly, bring your brother. JBI should have enough time to whip something up for him.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Ha! Jeff lives in California now. I’ll certainly invite him, but it might be tricky to make happen.

    • Ninjitsu
    • 2 years ago

    Oh my god it’s been 2 years already

    wait have i been here for 5 years now

    *checks*

    no, 4 years. but damn. time flies.

    • hungarianhc
    • 2 years ago

    Really glad to hear it. Tech Report has always been my favorite tech site. I’ll go ahead and subscribe now.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Thank you!!

    • Crayon Shin Chan
    • 2 years ago

    That 2003 design sure brings me back.
    I’m very glad to contribute. I’ve been lurking all the time, haven’t posted much, but I still check this site every day.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Thank you!

    • tsk
    • 2 years ago

    Good luck. What are your plans to survive the changing landscape of tech reporting?

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      We’re discussing and working on that. But we know that, for TR at least, it has to start with excellent objective content. So that’s what we focus on first.

    • fredsnotdead
    • 2 years ago

    Someone who wants to avoid conflict of interest? How unusual.

    • TheEmrys
    • 2 years ago

    Good news, everyone!

    But wow, I really miss the 2003 look. It was so nice and clean.

      • Shobai
      • 2 years ago

      [Don’t advocate ad-blocking, not even indirectly, thanks. – JK]

        • Captain Ned
        • 2 years ago

        Parts of Rule #1 weren’t so much an issue in 2003 given the then-infancy of the online ad industry.

          • Shobai
          • 2 years ago

          I can’t see that Rule #1 covers it [at least not in the rules I’ve read] but Rule #12 does.

        • Shobai
        • 2 years ago

        Fair enough.

          • Shobai
          • 2 years ago

          Having said that, there are now a couple of posts that go far further than I did; please apply your mod-edit impartially.

      • drfish
      • 2 years ago

      [url<]https://techreport.com/news.x[/url<] FTW

    • firewired
    • 2 years ago

    That is good news, keeping The TR in the hands of the TR staff. Independent media are vital to providing multiple views on various topics, the more independent media we have the better.

    I do not comment much here, and at one time I actually removed my account (thanks Scott) simply because of the vitriol that generally possesses online personalities in the digital age.

    But I will say this – I visit The TR every day, and read every article with the eye of a PC nerd for more than three decades now and I have The TR staff past and present to thank for much of what I have learned. The content and presentation is great, and I look forward to more in the future. I do not use ad blockers on any of my devices – it does not take much human ingenuity for someone to disregard part of what is within their immediate vision… if you think about it people do it everyday for far more important things than simple online ads.

    I still miss Scott and Geoff though… πŸ™‚

      • dodozoid
      • 2 years ago

      Don’t forget Cyril. I almost cryed when each of them left.

        • FireGryphon
        • 2 years ago

        Funny thing is that I remember when Cyril was new and I thought, ‘hey, who’s this new guy?’. Then it seemed like not a moment later he was leaving. Time sure flies…

      • BIF
      • 2 years ago

      I prefer not to use ad blocking. I agree with you, it’s not that hard to find what I need/want to see, regardless of whether or not I’m on the hunt for a product or service.

      But whenever a site is slowed down by ads, I have to reconsider.

        • Inkling
        • 2 years ago

        Thank you for subscribing AND for allowing our non-obtrusive ads to load. These are extremely difficult times for independent journalism, and every dollar helps.

        If you ever notice that a TR ad is misbehaving or slowing down your browser or PC, get a screen shot of it and contact me directly: adam@techreport.com

        – Adam

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Indeed, we all miss Scott’s and Geoff’s contributions around here.

      Thank you for your involvement here at TR. And thank you especially for not depriving us of the means to pay our bills. None of us make what we could in other fields with the qualifications and experience we have. We do this because we love it. Keep reading and spread the word.

      – Adam

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    That reminds me, I need to re-up my subscription.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Thank you!!

      • kvndoom
      • 2 years ago

      I just started watching “The Wire” in February. Hearing/reading “re-up” will never be the same for my tainted ears…

        • DancinJack
        • 2 years ago

        Got that WMD righ’cheer, righ’cheer.

      • G8torbyte
      • 2 years ago

      Yep, I received my subscription reminder and just renewed it. Glad to support! Thank you.

        • Inkling
        • 2 years ago

        Thank you!

      • johnrreagan
      • 2 years ago

      Just signed up

        • Inkling
        • 2 years ago

        Thank you very much for your support! Keep reading and spread the word.

        – Adam

      • BIF
      • 2 years ago

      Me too; just trying to figure out my budget.

      Contribution increased. It appears that I’ve bumped Captain Ned off the Top 10. I wonder, will he take this as a challenge? πŸ˜‰

        • Inkling
        • 2 years ago

        Hopefully! Nothing like healthy competition among the Gerbils!!

          • BIF
          • 2 years ago

          LOL, the gauntlet has been thrown down, Ned!

    • spikegifted
    • 2 years ago

    That is awesome news folks! Keep up the great work you guys are doing for our community!

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      We plan on it.

    • Forge
    • 2 years ago

    This is good. While I trust Damage implicitly and know that he would never let his day job interfere with the TR 1st amendment, it’s good to get even the possibility of perception of bias out of the way.

    Damage can join Dr.Evil and the fabled dash in the hall of fame, to be remembered forever.

    Isn’t it crazy that late next year will mark twenty years of TR? Here’s to twenty more!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      Holy shit you’re right. 20 years.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      In about 19 months we can legally drink! Crazy, ain’t it??

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 2 years ago

        Some of us were grandfathered in.

      • Wirko
      • 2 years ago

      It’s also good because Damage can now express his opinions here without any second thoughts about interfering.

      • fyo
      • 2 years ago

      The dash still works. Sadly it just redirects and you don’t get the informative “there is no dash in techreport, dagnabbit!”.

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]After his departure, Scott maintained his ownership of TR's parent business[/quote<] We prefer to call it [b<]The Wassoning[/b<]. [quote<]It is critical to note that during the past two years, Scott exercised no control over the editorial side of TR. [/quote<] Given the number of accusations that get hurled at you for trying to single-handedly destroy AMD every time you write an article about SSDs -- much less anything AMD sells -- we can believe it! Congratulations! ONWARD GERBIL ARMY!

      • weaktoss
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]...about SSDs -- much less anything AMD sells[/quote<] [url=https://techreport.com/review/26936/a-quick-look-at-amd-radeon-r7-ssd<]The R7[/url<] would like a word!

        • chuckula
        • 2 years ago

        THANK YOU AMD!

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    Hey congrats to everybody! I’m thrilled you’re not getting swallowed up by some media conglomerate where TR would have lots its distinctive voice.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      Thanks! As am I!!

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        ADAM

      • arunphilip
      • 2 years ago

      Totally echo this sentiment!

      • just brew it!
      • 2 years ago

      Indeed. I would’ve been sad to see this site “pull an Ars”.

      (I still read Ars too, but not as avidly as I used to, now that they have morphed into a somewhat more technical version of Wired.)

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        That was exactly my fear. The world has enough Wired/Ars/Verge/TechCrunch/the list goes on clone sites that chase human-interest and vaguely only-kinda tech related political activism. While a corporate TR *could* have possibly maintained its voice and style, similar to Anandtech under Purch with Ryan Smith, it seemed far more likely that such a beast would follow the crowd.

        I still read Ars from time to time, too. But more often than not, tech is an escape from the pains of the real world for me, not something to pull me in deeper.

          • Growler
          • 2 years ago

          I participate on the Ars Forums because I’ve been a member there for a long time. I very rarely read a front page article anymore, and almost never go to the front page.

          The Conde Nast thing was big, but the whole Edward Snowden kerfuffle opened my eyes to how the staff there thought of the readers (especially the forumites). I lost almost all of the respect I had for the people that run things there.

          I’m just glad there is a place that still embraces the spirit of Ars circa 1999. I hope TR sticks around for a long, long time.

        • paulWTAMU
        • 2 years ago

        I miss the old Ars but haven’t found a great replacement πŸ™

      • TheMonkeyKing
      • 2 years ago

      Great. But now what am I going to do with all these TRcoins? I should have dumped them in the Christmas buying frenzy…

    • sweatshopking
    • 2 years ago

    HOT DIGGITY!

      • drfish
      • 2 years ago

      You stole a parenthetical for tomorrow’s shortbread… o_0

      • Redocbew
      • 2 years ago

      An SSK post in all caps. Things are as they should be.

      • Inkling
      • 2 years ago

      DOG!

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHhheCf0G1I<]oh dear...[/url<]

          • sweatshopking
          • 2 years ago

          WE’RE IN LOVE

            • derFunkenstein
            • 2 years ago

            Is this one of those thinks like before where you said that you and Scott founded TR together, but Adam made you quit because you won a keyboard without a caps-lock key? Am I remembering that right?

            • sweatshopking
            • 2 years ago

            WELL, THE FIRST PART IS TRUE, BUT ADAM DIDN’T MAKE ME QUIT BECAUSE F THE KEYBOARD, HE GAVE IT TO ME HOPING IT WOULD ENCOURAGE ME TO STAY.
            I RESOLVED THE NO CAPS ISSUE BY TELLING THEM TO MAKE A CHANGE TO THE FIRMWARE. THEY OBLIGED.

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