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Oh just one more thing, kthxbye.

Posted on 29th Mar 2010 at 08:25 by Richard Swinburne with 61 comments

Richard Swinburne
I'm leaving. I'm off. It's been lovely, bye bye!

Today is my last official day at Dennis HQ in London, so please don't eat all the biscuits in my absence!

Actually, as far as you're all concerned, I'm not really going anywhere. You'll still be able to read my articles, reviews and blogs - as well as chat in the forum - it's just that physically speaking, I'm moving out. Out of the office and in fact, out of the country. I'm heading east to Taiwan to be among the manufacturers themselves to dig up the latest and greatest info as soon as it's available. Or at least that's the plan!

Previously we’ve always gone over to Taiwan just a few times a year, usually in the run up to Computex – the mid-yearly exhibition where we have to swim to the show there’s so much rain – to do a preshow tour and generally make the excuse to see what's new and improve relations (read: go out drinking or hitting the night-markets) between ourselves and industry bods.

Being over there full time will mean much better access to new hardware and tech, so there'll be lots to look forward to. I'll also be filling in the back page column of Custom PC mag with monthly updates of ‘Happenings out East’, and with luck I’ll remember my camera to shoot a few pictures to share and show you what Taiwan is like.

In fact, if you’re a thinking of gap year as a student, or even a holiday exploring the Far East, there are many incredibly beautiful places outside of Taipei that are worth a look – Taiwan is a beautiful island and it's respectively cheaper than Japan and less hassle for most of us (in terms of Visas and getting around) than China.

It's going to take a few weeks for me to get sorted and get my stuff out there and setting up my new lab, but I’ll be back to writing with new articles, soon!

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proxess 29th March 2010, 09:50 Quote
ZOMG! Good luck! Lucky you! (Tho I'd rather be in Japan... that's just me)
Cptn-Inafinus 29th March 2010, 09:57 Quote
Best of luck to you! Have fun over there :)
Gareth Halfacree 29th March 2010, 10:01 Quote
Nice - *try* not to cause any international incidents while over there. :p
Xir 29th March 2010, 10:34 Quote
Ooooh, the sweets of an expat life!
well it's not all sun that shines I guess :D
azrael- 29th March 2010, 10:55 Quote
Happy trails, pardner! :)

Kewl for you, sucks for us, though. In any case, all the best, Bindi! :)
Fizzban 29th March 2010, 11:03 Quote
What a great opportunity. All the best to ya. Looking forward to your articles. :)
CardJoe 29th March 2010, 11:06 Quote
NOBODY TELLS ME ANYTHING!

personally, I blame FERMI
Bindibadgi 29th March 2010, 11:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Nice - *try* not to cause any international incidents while over there. :p

I've not packed my "I <3 China" T-Shirt, dont worry.

:P
Blademrk 29th March 2010, 11:29 Quote
Congrats, best of luck out there.
wuyanxu 29th March 2010, 11:34 Quote
wow, you'll get fantastic UK salary and able to spend on cheap stuff in China, great choice. how's your chinese?
Bindibadgi 29th March 2010, 11:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
wow, you'll get fantastic UK salary and able to spend on cheap stuff in China, great choice. how's your chinese?

I can say hello and thank you!
azrael- 29th March 2010, 12:10 Quote
What about "me love you loooong time"....? :p
Hugo 29th March 2010, 12:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rich
Oh just one more thing, kthxbye.
Perfect parting words. :D

Ditto, and best of luck, Rich.
kenco_uk 29th March 2010, 12:56 Quote
Nice one! ;)
barndoor101 29th March 2010, 13:22 Quote
you gonna be bringing anybody back with you? ;)
Burdman27911 29th March 2010, 13:39 Quote
Wow Rich, I wish you the best of luck out there. I'm sure you'll enjoy living in Taiwan. I myself am traveling out to the east (Philippines) on Wednesday for a month.

Make the most of your travels! (and bring us back some good tech loot!)
Bindibadgi 29th March 2010, 14:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Burdman27911
Wow Rich, I wish you the best of luck out there. I'm sure you'll enjoy living in Taiwan. I myself am traveling out to the east (Philippines) on Wednesday for a month.

Make the most of your travels! (and bring us back some good tech loot!)

Thanks, hope you enjoy the Pippas as well :D
Shadowed_fury 29th March 2010, 14:53 Quote
Awesome Rich, have a great time out there! :)
WildThing 29th March 2010, 15:42 Quote
Congtrats Bindi, have fun!
How long will you be out there?
C-Sniper 29th March 2010, 16:05 Quote
Have fun Rich!

Now you will be closer to the manufacturers for when you have to return a graphics card with an extra hole in it :p

Best of Luck!
thehippoz 29th March 2010, 17:02 Quote
sounds like fun.. next thing you know you'll hook up with some hmong girl and have 10 kids XD
Bindibadgi 29th March 2010, 17:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by WildThing
Congtrats Bindi, have fun!
How long will you be out there?

I'll put it this way, I've set no date for coming back yet :P
Sir Digby 29th March 2010, 17:05 Quote
Oh, good luck!

I guess this would explain the twitter thing. :)
barndoor101 29th March 2010, 17:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I'll put it this way, I've set no date for coming back yet :P

wont you miss Blighty? :(
Rocket_Knight64 29th March 2010, 18:31 Quote
And I thought we would never get rid of him. :P

Have a good one! Show them the best of British! :D
knuck 29th March 2010, 18:36 Quote
and you said MSI had bad taste for April Fool's jokes ??


pics or it didn't happen :D
eternal_fantasy 29th March 2010, 19:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
wow, you'll get fantastic UK salary and able to spend on cheap stuff in China, great choice. how's your chinese?

But then he's not going to China now, is he?

...

I see what you did there.
D-Cyph3r 29th March 2010, 19:35 Quote
Working away is so much more fun. Have fun dude. ;)
Bindibadgi 29th March 2010, 19:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by barndoor101
wont you miss Blighty? :(

Not really :P

(Yes! :'( I'm taking all the HP sauce I can possibly get away with)
Farfalho 29th March 2010, 19:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by azrael-
What about "me love you loooong time"....? :p

+1 that's was spot on

Well Bindi, here's hoping for even better tech coverage. Just don't get to entangle with the night life, you might write something about it in between the article and best of luck.
barndoor101 29th March 2010, 20:19 Quote
go meet up with Charlie! im sure he'd buy you a beer for almost destroying a fermi card.
l3v1ck 29th March 2010, 21:10 Quote
I'd move there if I could just for the food. I spent two weeks in Singapore with work, ate like a pig and still lost weight as all the food was steamed.
isaac12345 29th March 2010, 21:49 Quote
lol!! Singapore is good, especially for food! Congratulations Richard, I hope you have a great time :)
azrael- 29th March 2010, 22:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by barndoor101
go meet up with Charlie! im sure he'd buy you a beer for almost destroying a fermi card.
Pretty sure he'd have an easier time running into Lars-Göran. As far as I know Charlie is based in the US.

And I'm still sure Bindi only helped ventilation with his impromptu fix... :p
flibblesan 29th March 2010, 22:29 Quote
Good luck and bye bye Bindi!

edit: Read on Twitter that Tim is in Taiwan. I'm so jealous.. wish I had your jobs :(
NuTech 30th March 2010, 03:33 Quote
So....does this mean we'll be seeing more irrelevant technology that will never grace our shores on Bit-Tech?

Sorry to be a downer but whenever I see that Shenzhen crap on Engadget I always wonder why they even bother report it.
Xir 30th March 2010, 08:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by l3v1ck
I'd move there if I could just for the food. I spent two weeks in Singapore with work, ate like a pig and still lost weight as all the food was steamed.

Same happened to me in Thailand...i blamed the sweating though :D
Furymouse 30th March 2010, 09:47 Quote
Will you be stealing the Bit-tech bean bag chair when you leave? ( May be hard to hide under your shirt...)
phuzz 30th March 2010, 10:18 Quote
Wow! Good luck!
Xtrafresh 30th March 2010, 11:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by NuTech
So....does this mean we'll be seeing more irrelevant technology that will never grace our shores on Bit-Tech?

Sorry to be a downer but whenever I see that Shenzhen crap on Engadget I always wonder why they even bother report it.
What this guy says, but DO something about it! We want all that crap on our shores! You can use your excellent relations with your drinking buddies friends in the industry to get them to export the stuff (or export yourself and make a buck). As a bonus, you could export to the US with a gigantic price hike just to get back at them for having cheap tech otherwise :D

Oh and have fun over there, i'm sure you will :D
Jack_Pepsi 30th March 2010, 11:12 Quote
Good Luck Richard!

\m/
WildThing 30th March 2010, 17:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by flibblesan
Good luck and bye bye Bindi!

edit: Read on Twitter that Tim is in Taiwan. I'm so jealous.. wish I had your jobs :(

Ah, I'd been meaning to ask what happened to Tim. Not seen any articles by him on Bit-Tech in while.
pullmyfoot 2nd April 2010, 19:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by isaac12345
lol!! Singapore is good, especially for food! Congratulations Richard, I hope you have a great time :)

yup. come visit us in singapore if you may
knuck 3rd April 2010, 00:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghys
and you said MSI had bad taste for April Fool's jokes ??


pics or it didn't happen :D

today is april 2nd

I demand the truth !
Bindibadgi 3rd April 2010, 00:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by WildThing
Ah, I'd been meaning to ask what happened to Tim. Not seen any articles by him on Bit-Tech in while.

He's now editor of expertreviews.co.uk
Quote:
Originally Posted by Furymouse
Will you be stealing the Bit-tech bean bag chair when you leave? ( May be hard to hide under your shirt...)

Shh. It's not in Hiren's house or anything. *cough*
azrael- 3rd April 2010, 01:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
He's now editor of expertreviews.co.uk
Ouch! That looks like a step down. Who'd he piss off...? :p
ch424 3rd April 2010, 01:21 Quote
Congrats, have a great time!
NuTech 3rd April 2010, 02:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
He's now editor of expertreviews.co.uk
I'm may be imagining this, but how come that site looks suspiciously like TrustedReviews? I thought Bit-Tech parted ways with Trusted some time ago?

To be honest, the way in which Dennis shuffles around employees does not look fun in the slightest and if you listen to the latest gaming podcast, there is virtually no enthusiasm from the guys what so ever. :(
Hiren 5th April 2010, 16:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by NuTech
I'm may be imagining this, but how come that site looks suspiciously like TrustedReviews? I thought Bit-Tech parted ways with Trusted some time ago?

bit-tech and Trusted split back in October 2007. There is no connection between Trusted Reviews and Expert Reviews (apart from the similar name).
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Shh. It's not in Hiren's house or anything. *cough*

I have no idea what you are talking about.
Hugo 6th April 2010, 02:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by NuTech
I'm may be imagining this, but how come that site looks suspiciously like TrustedReviews? I thought Bit-Tech parted ways with Trusted some time ago?

You're imagining it - only as similar to us as most of the big tech sites are to each other. We have handsomer staff, though* of course.

*unsubstantiated claim.
WilHarris 8th April 2010, 13:15 Quote
KTHXBYE!
WilHarris 8th April 2010, 13:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Furymouse
Will you be stealing the Bit-tech bean bag chair when you leave? ( May be hard to hide under your shirt...)

THERE ARE BIT-TECH BEAN BAG CHAIRS????!!!?
smc8788 8th April 2010, 13:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by WilHarris
THERE ARE BIT-TECH BEAN BAG CHAIRS????!!!?

This calls for a repost:

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2008/11/on-our-desk-14/b28.jpg
Hiren 8th April 2010, 17:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by WilHarris
THERE ARE BIT-TECH BEAN BAG CHAIRS????!!!?

Oh indeed Wil, things got *really* awesome during the Tim / Bindi era. :D
CardJoe 8th April 2010, 18:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hiren
Oh indeed Wil, things got *really* awesome during the Tim / Bindi era. :D

Um - the bean bags were my idea, thankyouverymuch :p
Xtrafresh 8th April 2010, 20:34 Quote
yeah, but you are timeless Joe. :D
Ravenheart 9th April 2010, 05:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by barndoor101
you gonna be bringing anybody back with you? ;)

If he's not careful he'll be bringing back Betty aka Barry after dark ;) with big boobs and a really big ****, try not to get too drunk over there Bindi or you'll wake up with something stabbing you in the back then you'll roll over see a pair of breasticles and breathe a sigh of relief then lay there thinking WTF it's still stabbing me in the back and realise Mary is actually Martin halfway through the transition of Male to She-Male!
azrael- 9th April 2010, 11:52 Quote
That was just about more information than I needed. Thanks very much for that set of mental images I'll never be able to get rid of now. :)
Burnout21 10th May 2010, 13:19 Quote
could the core of bit-tech be breaking up... Tim has moved out to another publication, bindi has been sent half way around the world with his ban hammer, Joe well who knows what joe is doing, probably still playing Deus ex in a dark room eating cookies.

This all might just explain a few things going on around these parts, people have to move on eventually, well unless your john who just thinks up new ways to be more bad ass by the day.
Bindibadgi 11th May 2010, 04:44 Quote
bit-tech is still bit-tech, the team in total is now bigger that's all. I'm still working here and Tim is in the same room as the rest of the guys. :p
Burnout21 11th May 2010, 08:56 Quote
lol, ok
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