The TR Podcast: 10th Anniversary Edition

The Tech Report Podcast Date: November 8, 2009

Time: 0:52:44

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Andy Brown, Cyril Kowaliski, Geoff Gasior, Adam Eiberger

Download: MP3 (50MB)

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Sponsored by Gigabyte. Keep checking the site for news of our anniversary giveaway grand prize: a hot Core i7 system from Gigabyte!

 

Show notes

Kick back and relax in this trip down TR memory lane. Our special anniversary episode is packed with stories from the past 10 years of PC hardware exploration. We reminisce with the usual gang—Scott, Geoff, Cyril, and Adam—and also, for the first time, welcome the amazing Andy Brown to our panel. With talk of everything from TR’s launch in 1999 to the future and beyond, this is an episode no TR fan should miss.

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That’s all, folks! We’ll see you on the next episode.

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    • REv9k
    • 10 years ago

    Congrats on the anniversary. I have been listening to Podcasts since the very first Adam Curry episodes, and this 10th anniversary was the colest single show I’ve ever heard. I feel like a real member of Tech Report after this one!

    • loophole
    • 10 years ago

    Great podcast! It was very interesting to hear how it all came about and how the site got to where it is today. Keep up the great work guys!

    • codedivine
    • 10 years ago

    Awesome podcast episode! Great to hear the history behind TR and how each of you came on board. Ronald’s story is especially amazing! All the best TR for the future. Really cool team and high quality content.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 10 years ago

    I had no idea that Ron:

    A) Never met Scott in person,

    and

    B) /[

    • Aphasia
    • 10 years ago

    Great nostaliga in this one. I lurked at Ars before finally registering in fora in 2000, and i lurked here after the move until 2002 before registering. Never did like to have too many forums. But there was just too much good stuff to miss.

    And that was not how i “pictured” the voice of Evil. But great to get abit from one of the less seen old timers. Still no Ronald though as far as i know unless i managed to miss that one ?

    Oh man, i had forgotten about the blue/beige thingy. Tried blue just for kicks… and they are so 5 years ago. Nah, the beige is quite a bit more modern really.

      • Dr. Evil
      • 10 years ago

      The voice is to lull you into a false sense of security, of course. How am I supposed to get away with evil stuff if I go around sounding like Darth Vader? 🙂

        • Aphasia
        • 10 years ago

        He… true 😉

      • Krogoth
      • 10 years ago

      Give me Blue or give me death.

      Beige belongs on chassis and PC peripherals.

        • travbrad
        • 10 years ago

        Yep, give me a choice between a bright or dark color background and I always prefer the dark one. It’s less straining on my geek eyes. *shakes fist at the sun*

        Really interesting podcast though. It’s not too often you get to hear the behind-the-scenes story of what it takes to make a site like this. It’s very hard starting your own business as well, putting everything on the line, but I’m grateful they did 🙂

    • Skrying
    • 10 years ago

    Nicely produced Jordan! Like glynor mentioned it has a bit of “This American Life” feel but I think that comes down to simply having great transitions and you let the Scott and the guys tell the story.

    • glynor
    • 10 years ago

    Great job with this one, Jordan. I liked how you brought back the “This American Life” style, like with the China-trip one. It was a great listen. It’s those tiny extra little touches that really make the TR podcast feel much more professional than many of the others out there, even more than the ones coming out of the TWiT Cottage.

    So thanks, and keep up the great work. My only wish would be MORE!

    PS. Oh yeah, and the reprise of the old theme music was awesome. Made me laugh out loud in my car and then hum along.

      • _Sigma
      • 10 years ago

      I was on my bike going to University and could hum along. Must admit I love that theme!

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    Funny, I don’t clearly remember all the feedback for when the site redesign happened, but I think I was OK with it. I even stuck with the tan. I think the biggest outcry was the tan / beige thing – lots of people hated that.

      • DrDillyBar
      • 10 years ago

      I still use the Blue myself.

        • flip-mode
        • 10 years ago

        Wow, just clicked over to blue. Seems very foreign after so long. Main reason I’ve stayed with beige is laziness. I’m always accessing the site from different computers and can’t be bothered to click over to blue every time.

          • anotherengineer
          • 10 years ago

          eh, how does one go about these color changes??

          edit found it, hmm i think i prefer the beige

          • DrDillyBar
          • 10 years ago

          *click click* = Blue Wide.

      • glynor
      • 10 years ago

      I’ve been a long-time lurker here. I don’t post on the forums too often (I think my post count is 1 or something, though some are missing), but I post on the comments here and there.

      I definitely remember the site redesign though, and all of the “happy” response. I remember posting a comment to the effect of: “Well, apparently I’m in the minority, but I like it.”

      • Meadows
      • 10 years ago

      I’ve been using the blue setting for so long that the default just looks wrong.

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    Hey, Gigabyte – thanks for supporting the best hardware review site on the WWW. And thanks for making good motherboards. My past two mobos have been yours. Thanks for bringing great BIOS options down to sub $100 motherboards, along with solid capacitors, and making generally stable, high quality motherboards.

      • _Sigma
      • 10 years ago

      Indeed!
      I’m running a p35-ds3l (recommended by TR no less) with an OC’d Q6600 and have had nothing but love for it. Purchased a Ga-p45 board for my girlfriends build and it has been great.

      The dual BIOS idea is ingenious – every time my OC failed, it would just fix itself! Beats having to fiddle with the CMOS jumper.

      • glynor
      • 10 years ago

      Agreed completely. Of the 5 non-Apple systems I use regularly, all of them but one are currently using Gigabyte boards (the one is my Astaro firewall which is still running my trusty old ASUS A7N8X Deluxe board). And, I couldn’t be happier with my brand-new Gigabyte P55 board.

      Most of these boards were chosen not due to brand-loyalty, but because of quality, features, and value. However, they have stayed in-service because they are built well and well supported. Of those 4 boards still in service, I actually have a few newer boards from other vendors sitting unused because of issues and poor support.

      So, thank you very much for supporting my favorite tech-enthusiast site from one very satisfied customer. It does not go unnoticed.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 10 years ago

    Excellent podcast 🙂

    • grantmeaname
    • 10 years ago

    This was really interesting for me as I only really came into the computer hardware scene my junior year of high school (and joined TR August 2007)

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    8th grade – gr8 starting question.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 10 years ago

      I was a junior in high school, I believe. Or sophomore.

    • DancinJack
    • 10 years ago

    This one was cool. I live in Lawrence,KS. Not far from you Scott. Wanna gimme a job? 😉

    • UberGerbil
    • 10 years ago

    Nostalgiafest. I may have to find time to listen to this one.

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