So long, farewell

Readers of The Tech Report,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce I am stepping down as the site's Editor-in-Chief, effective as of the end of this week. You'll still see my byline appear on future articles from time to time as we take on some projects and wrap up others, but I will no longer be participating in executive or editorial decision-making for the site.

In my stead, Seth Colaner will be joining The Tech Report as interim managing editor. Seth is a seasoned, capable, and passionate watcher of this industry. He's served as a writer and editor for fine publications that you may already know of, including HotHardware and Tom's Hardware. Of late, he's worked as Editor-in-Chief of the mechanical keyboard enthusiast site KeyChatter. I believe Seth is an excellent choice to take up the mantle of The Tech Report's mission, and I hope that you'll continue to support him and TR honcho Adam Eiberger as they begin this new chapter in the site's history.

It has been a great pleasure and honor to serve as your eyes and ears in the PC hardware world for over four years. I never would have imagined that I would come to head one of the most respected sites in the industry—one I read faithfully for many years before throwing my hat into the ring as a humble freelance writer. That opportunity has been a dream come true for me, even as I pass the torch today.

In turn, running a site like The Tech Report incurs many debts of thanks. First and foremost, I would like to thank you, our readers, for making every day in this role challenging and engaging. Your feedback and questions have made me a more thoughtful and inquisitive writer, and the community around The Tech Report is without a doubt the finest on the web. I will miss writing for you dearly.

I would also like to thank TR founder Scott Wasson for allowing me to take the reins of his baby of sixteen years when he joined AMD's Radeon Technologies Group some time ago. While The Tech Report may have run into the occasional bumps and bruises along the road since, I would like to think we did our best to uphold the core principles that Scott established as he built The Tech Report into the fiercely independent and inquisitive site that we all know and love.  

My thanks as well to the freelance writing team that I had the pleasure of managing during my time in the Editor-in-Chief's chair. Zak Killian, Wayne Manion, Nathan Wasson, Tony Thomas, Eric Born, and Eric Frederiksen all brought unique voices and perspectives to The Tech Report, and it was a pleasure to watch them grow as writers as we worked together.

Endless gratitude is due for Bruno Ferreira, our Swiss Army knife of a coder, sysadmin, editor, and general pinch hitter. Among many, many other development projects, Bruno undertook the critical work needed to make TR's benchmarks easier to run and the results easier to digest, and the products of that work have been a resounding success. I have been much more productive of late thanks to his efforts, and making our testing methods more portable and accessible will be invaluable to the site going forward.

My thanks as well to Adam, who did the essential work of keeping the lights on for us in a relentlessly challenging business environment. In turn, a round of applause for Corsair, Gigabyte, G.Skill, Adata, Toshiba, and the many other loyal sponsors who understood the value of The Tech Report's work and continued to support us even as our methods may not have cast their products in the best light.

Finally, I'd like to thank TR alums Geoff Gasior and Cyril Kowaliski, whose combined knowledge and considerable patience I had the good fortune to draw upon while I learned the ropes of writing and editing within this industry. I wouldn't be where I am today without their tutelage.

If you'd like to stay in touch, you can email me at jkampman.tr@gmail.com or give me a shout on Twitter. Once more, it's been a true honor and privilege to serve you as TR's Editor-in-Chief. I'll see you around the 'net.

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    • Mr Bill
    • 6 months ago

    …auf wiedersehen, goodnight.
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    I finally had to post that because it popped into my mind every time I saw the headline.

    • enigma
    • 6 months ago

    It was a pleasure to read you articles. I will miss you!

    • NunoP
    • 7 months ago

    Thanks for your great work Jeff

    • morete
    • 7 months ago

    Sad to see you go Jeff. Good luck with future endeavors. I just hope that this isn’t an omen of future things to come such as with what happened to another popular tech site that merged with a video game site where the hardware category just became a footnote.

    • wizardz
    • 7 months ago

    thank you for all your hard work Jeff.

    i learned a lot from your articles!

    • DevilsCanyonSoul
    • 7 months ago

    Best of luck and prosperity in your future endeavors …

    • atari030
    • 7 months ago

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Fare Thee Well in the new year wherever your next endeavor takes you Jeff!

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 7 months ago

    Oh hells no!! You may not go! No! Nooo…

    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umDr0mPuyQc[/url<] On a more serious note, you'll be missed. You did an amazing job stepping in for Scott. Huge shoes to fill and you did fill them. Best of luck in your future, I know you'll go on to do great things. Thank you!

    • christos_thski
    • 7 months ago

    In this era of paid and bought for youtube “influencing” (with some notable and praiseworthy exceptions) it’s certainly a bitter pill to swallow when good, honest writers and reviewers leave tech sites.

    Still, you have our best wishes for whatever your new endeavours may bring you to, Jeff. Thank you for running the site honestly and qualitatively! All the best, man.

      • Questors
      • 7 months ago

      You mean shilling for the products and brands you are reviewing and telling everyone to “just buy it” isn’t honesty and integrity in journalism?

      Who woulda thunk et?

    • kitsura
    • 7 months ago

    Wow, a writer from such critically acclaimed tech sites like Tom’s Hardware! I hope that TR turns into them in some form or another, sooner rather than later!

    /s

      • FireGryphon
      • 7 months ago

      All joking aside, that pedigree scared me the second I read it. I’m willing to give him a fair chance, though.

    • jdevers
    • 7 months ago

    You will be missed. I have been visiting the site since the very beginning and while I rarely post, I have visited the site daily since September 07, 2002 and at least weekly before that since the site went live. I was really worried when Scott stepped down but you picked up the flag and the site never missed a beat.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 7 months ago

    *Sniff*

    You WILL be missed. Best of success in your new endeavors.

    To Seth, welcome! As long as you talk about cats, cheese and gerbils, I think we’ll all be all right…

    • YellaChicken
    • 7 months ago

    Thanks for all the quality articles Jeff, best of luck with all future endeavours.

    • mi1stormilst
    • 7 months ago

    Ugh not again! I will miss you as I have missed Scott. This makes me feel older and more sad some how?

    • rudimentary_lathe
    • 7 months ago

    Wow, very unexpected.

    TR has become one of my most trusted places to go for unbiased tech reviews in no small part due to your quality work. Best wishes for whatever comes next for you.

    • plonk420
    • 7 months ago

    ah, bummer! this site became my first go-to site when new CPUs and GPUs came out after i discovered frametime testing. hopefully it continues to thrive yet!

    • BigTed
    • 7 months ago

    You can be proud of your achievements here Jeff. Anyone that can make a motherboard review interesting to read gets a big thumbs up from me. Best of luck with your future endeavours!

    • shaq_mobile
    • 7 months ago

    Been coming to this site for over fifteen years. Thank you for help making this a professional, positive, and healthy community and resource. I always come here first for reviews and questions.

    Be well and best of luck in your future endeavors!

    • Phydoux
    • 7 months ago

    I’m late to the party as always, but I just wanted to say thanks for the articles and I wish you well in your pursuits. I finally subscribed to TR early this year (after many years of lurking and benefiting from the great content) and I hope to continue to support you guys and see great articles in the future.

    • gamoniac
    • 7 months ago

    So long, Jeff. Thanks for all your good work at TR! All the best to your next endeavor!

    • LoneWolf15
    • 7 months ago

    I has a sad.

    Jef, I wish you the best of luck in wherever you are going on to. You took on a challenging role, and you did a very good job at it.

    TR is my favorite go-to site, and as with Scott, you have been a core part of making it that way. You will be missed; I hope we will still see you at BBQs to come.

      • Dposcorp
      • 7 months ago

      I was about to say the same thing.
      It was great to have you here, and there is no reason for you to miss any of the TR BBQs………..show up or’ll send gleek to find you with his walker.

      Wishing you all the best as you move forward in life.

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 7 months ago

    Thanks for everything, Jeff! Best of luck and skill in wherever the future takes you.

    • Pancake
    • 7 months ago

    Auf wiedersehen goodbye. LA LA LA LA LA LA!

    • ludi
    • 7 months ago

    Best of luck, Jeff! You did a great job of continuing TR’s mission and style.

      • farmpuma
      • 7 months ago

      Wishing you all the best, where ever your future paths take you. You will be missed.

      I will email you when I find any information about gearing options for your dad’s WD. I hope to finally make it to the nearly local dealer this spring/summer.

    • torquer
    • 7 months ago

    I was one of few who offered well intentioned criticism for Jeff’s style, but I am still sorry to see him go and hope that this is the result of a positive personal opportunity.

    I also hope this does not herald the end for TR. “Print” tech sites have been on a downward trend for a time, being supplanted by some very good YouTube channels and a whole ton of ultra YouTubey clickbait trash. I hope the world can accept the two living in harmony with the best of each surviving.

    Best of luck wherever you are going, Jeff

    • ronch
    • 7 months ago

    Er, BTW, why are you leaving, Jeff? And may we know where you are going?

    These questions must be answered before you go, otherwise, we’ll block the door.

    • JoeKiller
    • 7 months ago

    Best of luck and thank you.

    • WhatMeWorry
    • 7 months ago

    I’m still getting over Mr. Scott Wasson leaving.

      • torquer
      • 7 months ago

      He had me at frametime.

    • K-L-Waster
    • 7 months ago

    Well this is definitely bad news for the readers — still, hope your destination is a good one, Jeff.

      • MOSFET
      • 7 months ago

      It feels like yesterday I was bidding adieu to Scott and welcoming Jeff, the new photography-enthused Editor-in-Chief. Best of luck in future endeavors, Jeff.

      Also, what’s up across the industry: “What began as a desire to improve the performance of my @intel X25-M SSD resulted in a decade-long stint as Storage Editor @pcper. Given how I started in this field, it seems fitting that I will now follow @ryanshrout to assist with his efforts at the Performance Strategy Group.” @malventano

      I had an [i<]inkling[/i<] that something was up when you didn't publish either a staff holiday guide, or a holiday sweepstakes thingy. (yes i edited a bunch, i'm emotional)

    • Cuhulin
    • 7 months ago

    Jeff,

    You will be missed! You have kept a professional quality to the writing at TR that is sorely lacking in many other sites.

    You have my sincere best wishes in your next endeavors. I hope you will still be present at future TR events.

    • wof
    • 7 months ago

    Good luck and thanks Jeff!

    You will be missed!

    • warriorpoet
    • 7 months ago

    So long and thanks for all the fish!

    You will be missed dearly.

    • ET3D
    • 7 months ago

    Thanks for all the work, Jeff, and good luck with everything.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 months ago

    Thanks for your services Jeff, you’ve carried the torch well and I hope you have interesting things lined up for the future.

    • passfastic
    • 7 months ago

    Thanks for all your efforts. Best wishes on the future

    • firewired
    • 7 months ago

    Thanks JeffK for continuing the TR tradition of exceptional, unbiased, professional and well-written technology journalism. Your presence will be missed.

    • the
    • 7 months ago

    Best wishes and good luck on your future endeavors Jeff!

    • Aether
    • 7 months ago

    Thanks and best wishes!

    • qmacpoint
    • 7 months ago

    oh man! That’s a shock! Throughout the years I’ve liked how TR articles have always been impartial and super professional, and it is a shame to see you go… All the best in this new opportunity!!

    • Aranarth
    • 7 months ago

    Sorry to see you go!

    • kvndoom
    • 7 months ago

    I am not Krogoth.

    However, I am still not amused.

    Good luck in your endeavors, Jeff. You kept this site moving smoothly as ever, and we are all indebted to you for that.

    • Questar
    • 7 months ago

    What!?!

    OMG, congrats Jeff, happy that you are having new opportunities.

    Sad that we don’t get to read your writing anymore.

    • sconesy
    • 7 months ago

    I may not often comment, but I always appreciate the articles and especially the community you have helped cultivate.

    I l y Jeff <333

    • just brew it!
    • 7 months ago

    Sorry to see you go, Jeff. Best of luck, and hope you can still make it to the next TR BBQ!

    • Thresher
    • 7 months ago

    Best of luck to you. You will be missed here.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 7 months ago

    I am NOT a happy Kamper, man. Sigh…Jeff, really, really admired your writing style and the great detail of your testing and reviews.

    Thanks for all you have done for the site, the casual visitors, the gerbils and for me. I hope the next adventure is exciting and fulfilling–Vaya con Dios!

    • FireGryphon
    • 7 months ago

    Jeff, thank you for all you did here. TR is still an independent subscription with thoughtful articles and isn’t afraid to be critical or praiseworthy where appropriate. Good luck in all you do!

    Seth, welcome! May you lead TR with wisdom and fortitude. Jeff leaves big shoes to fill but I look forward to TR continuing on its path as an independent source of reviews.

    • BorgOvermind
    • 7 months ago

    Good luck in accomplishing your future objectives.

    • Unknown-Error
    • 7 months ago

    Me, Officially sad! :'(

    Jeff, you did a pretty darn good job, since the departure of our beloved Scott Wasson. Those were massive shoes to fill. You certainly kept Scott’s legacy alive.

    Sad to see you go. Wish you the very best on your future endeavors!

    • mad_one
    • 7 months ago

    Thanks for all you’ve done for this site and good luck for your future endeavours!

    • YukaKun
    • 7 months ago

    Best of luck with your new endeavors and thanks for all the bacon, Jeff.

    You will be missed, but never forgotten.

    And a big welcome to Seth. You have big shoes to fill, so do your best.

    Cheers!

    • Spunjji
    • 7 months ago

    Best wishes, Jeff, and thanks for all the work you’ve done for us, the readers.

    • crystall
    • 7 months ago

    Thanks for spending so many years making this site as awesome as it is and good luck!

    • uni-mitation
    • 7 months ago

    You forgot a very important person in your acknowledgments. That’s forgiven; you may go. The new guy better get up and running fast. We have high expectations!

    Rick MoarCoars
    AMD PR Honcho

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 months ago

      Hey. Good to see you back, bro.

    • Arbiter Odie
    • 7 months ago

    EDIT: What was this downer stuff I wrote before.

    Thanks for all your hard work Jeff, and best wishes for your future endeavors. And welcome aboard, Seth!

    • Jigar
    • 7 months ago

    As a reader i am sad to see you go but here’s wishing you all the best for your future. 🙂

    • leor
    • 7 months ago

    I guess we’re about to find out if a venerable and well respected website can survive 2 main leaders leave in a pretty short timespan. I’m hoping for the best.

    • Waco
    • 7 months ago

    Farewell and godspeed. I look forward to your future posts as AMDs spokesperson. 🙂

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 months ago

    OVER THE YEARS AT TR I’VE SEEN MANY STAFF COME AND GO. WHO COULD HAVE IMAGINED THAT SCOTT AND MY IDEA WOULD GROW TO HAVE SERVED SUCH A LARGE, LONG, AND KNOWLEDGEABLE COMMUNITY!
    JEFF HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF RUNNING THIS SITE, AS DID SCOTT AFTER HE TOOK OVER FROM ME. I WILL MISS DEAR JEFF GREATLY. HE WAS VERY KIND IN ALLOWING ME TO PERIODICALLY ANNOY YOU ALL AGAIN WITH MY ARTICLES, AND MAYBE NEW GUY WILL CONTINUE THAT TREND.

    Best of luck, Jeff.

      • Redocbew
      • 7 months ago

      We can only hope that New Guy will.

    • ronch
    • 7 months ago

    Can’t believe it’s already been 4 years. Time flies!

    Thanks for all those great articles, Jeff. We’ll miss you around these halls. May your next adventure not be like the adventures of Larry Laffer.

    • Redocbew
    • 7 months ago

    Best of luck to you Jeff.

    May your next adventure involve coffee that does not suck.

    • Bomber
    • 7 months ago

    Unexpected doesn’t even begin…wow

    Good luck Jeff! It won’t be the same without you

    • meerkt
    • 7 months ago

    Sad. Semi-farewell, Jeff. Good luck in your next adventure.

    • thedosbox
    • 7 months ago

    Sorry to see you go Jeff, and thanks for all your efforts, especially when we were pinging you with questions immediately after NDA’s lifted.

    I hope the decision to bring in Seth included asking him the most important questions of all:

    Does he have a cat? And when will it be making an appearance on the site?

      • Wirko
      • 7 months ago

      Or a close second best: a dog. One (at least) was once part of TR:

      [url<]https://techreport.com/blog/23022/welcome-to-the-benchmarking-sweatshop[/url<]

    • Forge
    • 7 months ago

    You must always leave a letter for your replacement, and it must always explain that TR is dedicated to a core principle that must never be betrayed; “Bros before hoes”. Wait, no. “The customer is always right.” No, absolutely not. “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame… shame…. Fool me, you can’t get fooled again.”

    No. Hold on. I’ll get it.

    Oh, right! “We pay for all our review gear so that we can honestly look you in the eye and affirm firmly ‘This is crap. It sucks. Do not buy’.”

    You did a good job, Jeff. I was watching from the shadowy corners for all of it. On to the next twenty years of editors.

    • Vivaldi
    • 7 months ago

    Hi Jeff,

    Long time TR lurker, but bittersweet events like this always tend to draw me out of the shadows.

    Back in 2015, I described TR (to Scott, upon his exit) as an ideological bastion of critical thought and open inquiry. I do firmly believe that you have championed this community’s core and original values. Never once did I feel that overall quality or journalistic integrity wavered, even in the slightest, under your leadership–truly a testament to your (and your team’s) dedication.

    I simply want to say a heart-felt thank you for everything you’ve given to this community. My life (and countless others) have been enriched by your work.

    Best of luck in your future endeavors.

    -Viv

      • drfish
      • 7 months ago

      Well said!

    • anotherengineer
    • 7 months ago

    I thought SSK would have been Jeff’s replacement.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 months ago

      Haha

        • anotherengineer
        • 7 months ago

        So when do you start?

    • Wirko
    • 7 months ago

    Seems like yesterday …

    [url<]https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=94035[/url<] Still shooting medium format film, Jeff?

    • Judicator
    • 7 months ago

    Wish you the best of luck.

    • Mr Bill
    • 7 months ago

    Really did not see this coming. ;-( Thank you for running TR after Scott left. Best wishes for your future trajectory. May it be successful and without stutters.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 7 months ago

    Good luck, Jeff! Hope your next journey is a bright one!

    • weaktoss
    • 7 months ago

    I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from Jeff’s editing cycles and writing critiques. Plenty of sites do good work benching and analyzing, but none hold a candle to TR’s writing. That culture of quality has always flowed down from the top, whether Scott or Jeff was holding the reins.

    Many thanks for all the incredible work you’ve done, Jeff! And a special thanks for your hand in my own development as a writer and a reviewer. You will be missed!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 months ago

      Ditto to all this. Jeff single-handedly made me a competent writer. And taught me how to use my camera over IRC on a Saturday morning. Very dedicated soul.

      • drfish
      • 7 months ago

      Likewise. The emails I write at work are beyond reproach and everyone hates me for it. Thank you for that, Jeff.

    • Damage
    • 7 months ago

    Thanks for everything, Jeff! You will be missed.

    Seth, a hearty welcome!

    I’ll be lurking. 😉

      • cygnus1
      • 7 months ago

      Damage Lives!!

      • Krogoth
      • 7 months ago

      Q U A D D A M A G E!

      [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHeuZ-m1tek[/url<]

        • Gyromancer
        • 7 months ago

        [url=https://tech-insider.org/internet/research/1999/0508-a.html<]Claude Damage[/url<]*

      • ronch
      • 7 months ago

      Great Scott!!! Just had goosebumps!!

      • firewired
      • 7 months ago

      Happy Holidays to you, your family and friends, Scott.

      If you see/hear from Dissonance pass along my best wishes to him as well.

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 months ago

      Merry Christmas Scott!

      This site missed you but I’m stalking you across your various interviews and I’m sure TR is in good hands.

      • adamlongwalker
      • 7 months ago

      Well Well Well if it ain’t the Ghost of Tech Report Past. We need to hook up and BS sometime.
      My Email has not changed if you still Have it.

      But great to see you are still alive and kicking and that AMD lets you out of the Labs every once in awhile.

      Merry xmas Damage and a Happy New Year.

      -Adam

    • juampa_valve_rde
    • 7 months ago

    So long and thanks for all the fish Jeff! Best wishes

      • gerryg
      • 7 months ago

      Um, so long and thanks for all the gerbils? Yes, good luck Jeff!

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 7 months ago

    Thanks for wrangling the gerbils for these years. You will be missed.

    • Shouefref
    • 7 months ago

    Thank you for your dedication. The Tech Report is since years my standard information site, and your work certainly was important for that role.

    • enixenigma
    • 7 months ago

    Wow. Really didn’t see this one coming.

    Thank you so much for the time and dedication that you have put into the site over the past few years. I hope that you are wildly successful in whatever comes next.

    • NTMBK
    • 7 months ago

    All the best, Jeff! I hope you do just as great a job at your next gig as you have running this joint.

    • EricBorn
    • 7 months ago

    I trust you’ll do well in whatever is next for you, Jeff. I learned a lot from you in my time writing for TR. Thanks for the insights and the patience!

    • chuckula
    • 7 months ago

    I’m crying on the inside!!

    You will be sorely missed here and you are now eligible for the TR Hall of Fame.

    [Chuckula is sad….. CONFIRMED :'( ]

      • toki
      • 7 months ago

      Good luck to you Jeff. Thank you for the work you’ve done here

    • Kretschmer
    • 7 months ago

    Take care, Jeff. Any hints on what is next for you?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 months ago

      No hints means he’s going to work with Anand at Apple

        • NTMBK
        • 7 months ago

        So you’re saying he can go make iTunes faster?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 7 months ago

          I regret that my gold sub only nets me three upvotes per comment.

            • Redocbew
            • 7 months ago

            Let me help you with that.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 months ago

          PLEASE GOD LET THIS BE TRUE

        • gerryg
        • 7 months ago

        I’m guessing Nvidia, to counterbalance Scott. 😉

        • simbant
        • 7 months ago

        I’m guessing Intel, since they’re hoovering all the talent

      • NTMBK
      • 7 months ago

      I hear Trump needs a new Chief of Staff

    • Krogoth
    • 7 months ago

    I’ll miss you and the cats. 🙁

      • tipoo
      • 7 months ago

      The cat streams and the processor lickings, good times

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