I have some sad news to deliver this afternoon. After nine years on TR's staff, Cyril Kowaliski is leaving us. He's decided to leave the glamorous world of online journalism behind and go work for a tech start-up in Vancouver.

As you might expect from someone who's been around here for so long, Cyril's been a big part of a lot of good stuff. He's done our web and graphic design work for the past two major site overhauls. (He gave us the blue/white switcher.) He's been a daily voice in our news coverage of the industry. He's been primarily responsible for our System Guide updates.

He's even contributed ideas and acted as a sounding board for some of our more significant innovations, including measuring CPU power properly in joules per task, quantifying value in price-performance scatter plots, and crowd-funding quality journalism via pay-what-you-want subscriptions. These things, I think, have helped set us apart in a crowded space.

I'll let you in on a little secret: Cyril was also the artistic portion of the team known collectively as Fred Silver, which briefly produced a series of comics whose brilliance has yet to be fully appreciated. This one still pushes all the right buttons for me:


Anyhow, I'm proud of what we've achieved during Cyril's tenure, and I'm happy to have been able to give him a place to learn and grow and express himself creatively—even to write a novella. I wish him the best of luck wherever life may take him next.

I'm also happy to announce that Jeff Kampman has agreed to join us in an expanded role, now that we have a staff opening. In fact, Jeff has already been pitching in on news coverage the past couple of weeks. If you're not familiar with Jeff, go check out his review of the Fractal Design Define R5 and especially ogle the fantastic photography in there. Jeff is still learning and getting brutal, bone-crushing beatdowns in the staff chat channel over adverb selection, but he's building up scar tissue at the required rate. So, uh, good for him, I guess.

Oh, and now that we've added another "Jeff" to the staff, Geoff Gasior's first name shall henceforth only and always be pronounced "GEE-off" in order to keep things sorted. Thanks for your help in this matter.

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