The shape of the PC hardware community is changing today with Anand Shimpi's announcement that he's retiring from the publishing world after more than 17 years. Anand started his site at the tender age of 14, and, well, I'll let him tell you the rest:
I’m 32 now. The only things that’ve been more of a constant in my life than AnandTech are my parents. I’ve spent over half of my life learning about, testing, analyzing and covering technology. And I have to say, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
But after 17.5 years of digging, testing, analyzing and writing about the most interesting stuff in tech, it’s time for a change. This will be the last thing I write on AnandTech as I am officially retiring from the tech publishing world.
Congrats to Anand for going out on top at a very young age.
I've known Anand since I won a little web design contest he held for AnandTech back when it was still on GeoCities. Yes, this happened. AnandTech adpoted the look I'd created and kept it for, I dunno, months until better taste and skill intervened. I've been friendly with Anand since then and have come to know him pretty well, especially in recent years. He's a fierce competitor and a gracious friend. I'll very much miss having him around. I can only wish him the best of luck in whatever comes next.
Update 8/31/14: Shimpi to Apple, confirmed.