Big news, no news, and future news

Greetings, gerbils! We’re in the midst of a funky stretch on The Tech Report, wherein there was a big bombshell piece of news, presently a lot of no-news, and soon a great deal of news.

Big news

By now, faithful readers of The Tech Report are aware that Jeff Kampman has stepped down as Editor-in-Chief. Jeff poured himself into this site and onto these pages for many years, and his absence will be felt tremendously. But not to worry, friends; just as TR kept publishing excellent tech journalism after a raft of key folks bowed out a few years ago, we’ll continue to fulfill the mission of the publication in Jeff’s stead.

For the time being, we have an interim Managing Editor (that’s me) who’s here to keep the content flowing, handle any issues that may need addressing, and bring in the right person or people to take TR to the 20-year mark and beyond.

Like the Ship of Theseus, The Tech Report has been guided by different minds over the years yet has retained the same spirit and devotion to independent tech journalism throughout. Going forward, those of us tasked with guiding the ship onward take that legacy as a (sorry) lodestar.

Some things will certainly change, but hopefully those changes will be for the better. One thing that won’t change, we hope, is the tremendous support that you in the community show us, both in your engagement with our work and with your dollars. You folks keep us going in multiple ways.

No news

All tech journos will tell you that the stretch between Christmas and CES is dry. The whole industry just seems to go dark right before the somewhat grotesque techy glitter bomb that is CES. And so, between the editor transition, our own post-holiday travel, and wandering in the tech news desert that appears this time of year, there has been very little of note wending down the ‘ol news wire.

It is the calm before the storm.

Future news

The consumer tech world descends upon Las Vegas every second week of January for CES. In a brash display of humanity’s great hubris, the CEA tries to cram a massive, ungainly professional conference into a city that’s just trying to enjoy a raging party all day and all night. But it’s one of our biggest tradeshows of the year, and it will be the source of buckets and buckets of news for most of January.

We’ll be there, pounding the pavement, reporting on all the stuff you care about. We will sleep little, eat on the run, and avoid the alcohol (despite the fact that much of the booze is free) while we’re in Sin City, all for you. Stay tuned for the deluge of new stuff from CES.  

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    • Ph.D
    • 10 months ago

    Onwards and upwards!

    • Mr Bill
    • 10 months ago

    [quote<]Like the Ship of Theseus,...[/quote<] or the [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Pearl<]Black Pearl?[/url<] Is Seth our new [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkWQvzrv6gI<]Captain Jack[/url<] or our [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cbjB-_vaE0<]Jack Harkness[/url<]?

    • Dposcorp
    • 10 months ago

    Well done Seth.

    I had to google both “Ship of Theseus” and “lodestar” although I was pretty sure I knew the later one before hand.

    Welcome and relax, its not like the Sword of Damocles is hanging over you if you under perform.
    Just remember when conducting reviews, if in doubt, Occam’s Razor.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 10 months ago

    As long as there are pictures of cats, references to gerbils and polls about cheese, you’ll do just fine.

    Welcome!

    • anotherengineer
    • 10 months ago

    [url<]https://techreport.com/aboutus.x[/url<] no pic = not real and where is SSK on that list??

      • Inkling
      • 10 months ago

      Maybe I’m the only one running this entire charade. Maybe that’s been the case since Scott left in 2015. Maybe longer than that. Maybe both the content and the traffic is all me. I don’t see your pic anywhere.

        • sweatshopking
        • 10 months ago

        This might be the reality….
        I mean, who has actually spoken to Jeff in person? I legit haven’t.

          • DragonDaddyBear
          • 10 months ago

          Go the BBQ and you can talk to many TR regulars, including Jeff AND Scott AND Adam at the last one. You can have awesome discussions with them and learn the world of mechanical keys is way deeper and more involved than you may ever care to know (or just figure it’s not worth going down the rabbit hole and you start being happy with what you have and call it a day).

    • DrCR
    • 10 months ago

    Done: Engagement with my dollars.
    Welcome to the team!

      • fr8train
      • 10 months ago

      Thank you and thank you!

    • hiki
    • 10 months ago

    I’m offended. The fishes weren’t good enough for Kampman?

    He left and never appreciated it…

    • Anovoca
    • 10 months ago

    I appreciate your attempt to garner endearment through sympathy for your self-imposed Las Vegas sobriety. It shows you have payed close attention to your new audience.

    Well-played.

    • Cuhulin
    • 10 months ago

    Welcome!

    You have big shoes to fill, but the important thing is the testing, and you’re right that this week is slow, but then arrives the new year!

    The most important part of TR, however, is the community, and engaging it will likely be the key to success.

    Best wishes to you for a happy and prosperous new year!

    • DPete27
    • 10 months ago

    Could always finish the RX590 review in the interim.

    • Jigar
    • 10 months ago

    [quote<] One thing that won’t change, we hope, is the tremendous support that you in the community show us [/quote<] Duh... i am not going anywhere.

    • chuckula
    • 10 months ago

    Onward to 2019 Gerbilistas!!

      • Shobai
      • 10 months ago

      Hrm, if only the plural was “ballistae”.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 10 months ago

    Besides money, let us know Seth what WE can do to help out–there’s a lot of smart, talented, experienced, well-educated people here (okay, that doesn’t include me) and we’re glad to help any way we can, either for you and/or the site.

    Gerbils unite!

      • CuttinHobo
      • 10 months ago

      I heard he prefers to be called a Seth Lord…

        • morphine
        • 10 months ago

        [i<]groan...[/i<] Take your upvotes and begone.

          • Krogoth
          • 10 months ago

          Good, good…. Let the puns flow through you.

        • Mr Bill
        • 10 months ago

        “Always two there are; no more, no less…”

        • fr8train
        • 10 months ago

        Oh man, how have I lived all this time and not been called that before? LOL

      • fr8train
      • 10 months ago

      Thank you! We definitely have some initiatives in mind that the community can/will be a key part of. Once we get clear of CES, we’ll have more on that for sure.

      • Anovoca
      • 10 months ago

      We untalented and poorly educated plebeians are also here to help

      • adamlongwalker
      • 10 months ago

      Sure. I’m on board. There are plenty of talented people in here that can write for TR. Lets just see what happens and make 2019 a Tech Report year.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 10 months ago

    A hearty “Welcome!” to the third Dread Pirate Roberts of the HMS Tech Report!

      • sweatshopking
      • 10 months ago

      Hhahahaa you’re such a nerd

      • FireGryphon
      • 10 months ago

      lol, this could be top comment of the year!

      Hi, Seth, and welcome!

      • fr8train
      • 10 months ago

      Points for running with the theme. +50

    • sweatshopking
    • 10 months ago

    SETH, IF YOU WANT TO REPLACE THE CURRENT TECH REPORT LOGO WITH A PICTURE OF ME YOU CAN. ADAM ACTUALLY MENTIONED WANTING TO DO IT TO ME, SO HE’S ON BOARD

      • Neutronbeam
      • 10 months ago

      As the unofficial mascot, it should be Chuckula’s face. Also, he’s more trolly, but less cappy–which actually sort of cancels out, I guess.

      EDIT: took out “considerably”

        • anotherengineer
        • 10 months ago

        I think there is a pic of his face on the book Three Billy Goats Gruff

      • morphine
      • 10 months ago

      We want more visitors and sponsors. Not the opposite.

        • sweatshopking
        • 10 months ago

        Bruno, sometimes you hurt me.

      • fr8train
      • 10 months ago

      Oh, OK. I assume you’re super trustworthy and that Adam signed off on that, so one sec while I do that!

      • anotherengineer
      • 10 months ago

      SHOULDN’T YOUR FACE BE PART OF A WINDOWS LOGO 😉

      • Mr Bill
      • 10 months ago

      Maybe you could be the [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oF9pnIupZ4<]TR Help Clippy[/url<] complete with frame stutter and slippage.

    • Arbiter Odie
    • 10 months ago

    Thanks for the update Seth!

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 10 months ago

    Perhaps in the quiet time before being bombarded with new product announcements, you good folks could catch up on some things like an overdue update to the TR System Guide.
    [url<]https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=47062[/url<]

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 10 months ago

      There are some rumors that Ryzen 3k series could launch at CES.

        • sweatshopking
        • 10 months ago

        What is up with salt lake city? Why did it take SOOOO long to drive through?

          • Shobai
          • 10 months ago

          There was a (fairly famous) song written about that exact issue, wasn’t there?

          “Take me down to that Salt Lake City, where the drive is long and the traffic flow’s… not very well thought out at all”.

          [Full disclosure: I’ve never been to visit]

          • anotherengineer
          • 10 months ago

          Maybe he stopped to check out the Kennecott mine?

          I mean who wouldn’t stop to see that?!?!

            • sweatshopking
            • 10 months ago

            I didn’t. Just drove straight. What a weird city layout.

        • blastdoor
        • 10 months ago

        Here’s an article:

        [url<]https://www.overclock3d.net/news/software/ryzen_3000_series_cpu_specifications_leak/1[/url<] I can actually believe this might be more or less correct, although some people are skeptical: [url<]http://www.extremetech.com/computing/281810-the-latest-rumors-about-amds-ryzen-3000-series-are-too-good-to-be-true[/url<] The thing that rings true for me is that AMD may not have the resources to develop a lot of different 7nm chips. I can believe that they have a single 7nm 'chiplet' design that they then bin by clock speed and number of functioning cores.

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