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And It's Goodbye From Me

Posted on 8th Apr 2010 at 11:57 by Tim Smalley with 50 comments

Tim Smalley
You've probably read that Richard has packed his bags to head off to Taiwan. Well, he's not the only one who is moving on, as it's also time for me to announce that I am moving onto my next challenge.

While Richard's move won't really change anything (he'll carry on writing for the site), my own move has changed things at bit-tech - I've not been around an awful lot for a while, so you're probably not going to notice anything different now because the change happened a few months back.

From when Dennis acquired bit-tech, it was quickly apparent that they wanted to use my experience of running successful websites and I focused a lot of my time working with some of the company's other brands to help improve their online presence. I'm still doing that work today, but most of my time now is focused on a new project, which I started work on in May last year.

My time was split 50-50 between bit-tech and the new project up until October, when we held the inaugural bit-tech and Custom PC awards. That, in effect, was my last official appearance as Editor of bit-tech and I then moved to focusing 100 per cent of my time to the new project, which was launched in January as Expert Reviews.

Expert Reviews is very consumer-focused, as you'll see if you have a browse around, and it's a completely different direction for me. It's also a fresh challenge because, after nearly ten years of working on bit-tech in various capacities, I began to find that bit-tech was no longer a challenge - everything we achieved during my time as Editor was frankly beyond my wildest dreams. I really didn't expect it to become as successful or world-renowned as it has.

bit-tech has grown phenomenally - both in terms of readership and as a business - while I have been involved and there's no reason why the site cannot continue to grow leaps and bounds. Every comment, whether positive or negative, has meant so much to me and the team - the same can be said for every email I've received from readers over the years, even though I haven't had chance to respond to all of them personally.

bit-tech was a way of life for me for a long time and I hope the passion for the site came through in the direction we took it in - I felt that passion was mirrored in the community too and I want to thank every single one of you for supporting the site while I was Editor. There's still a tremendous amount of potential with bit-tech as a brand and I hope that it will continue to fulfil this in the future.

Unfortunately, while this change happened a while ago, I've not really been able to say an awful lot about the editorial changes as I didn't want to pre-announce my new challenge before I'd finished my final project on bit-tech - I also had to launch my new website.

I've been working with the team on a bit-tech redesign since before Dennis acquired the business, so it was important for me to continue on with that work and complete the job. Now that the new version of the site is finally in beta, my work here is almost done.

What happens next, then? Well, throughout 2009, the existing bit-tech guys worked closely with the Custom PC guys, and we're at the point where behind it's one team now - if you've seen a copy of the magazine recently you'll know Joe writes its game reviews, and both Rich and Harry's reviews feature, too. The original CPC team - Alex, James, Antony and Clive - have contributed many to bit-tech. Alex will be taking up the reigns of editing bit-tech as well as editing Custom PC, and I think working across the two will mean good things for both.

For me, as well as working on Expert Reviews, I'll still be contributing to the site occasionally, as well as hanging around in the bit-tech forums, on Twitter and on Flickr, so I hope to see you all still contributing in the way that you have. bit-tech has always been about its community and I see no reason why that cannot continue in the future.

Thanks once again for all the support over the years - it's been awesome!

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CardJoe 8th April 2010, 12:09 Quote
Soon, I shall be the only one left.

Eggggs-selent.
saspro 8th April 2010, 12:11 Quote
They're dropping like flies
WilHarris 8th April 2010, 12:14 Quote
Congrats on the launch of Expert Reviews and also on an astronomically successful time as bit-tech's Editor. Can't wait to see the redesign!
smc8788 8th April 2010, 12:15 Quote
Does Harry smell that bad?


Seriously though, good luck with everything and whatnot; it'll be a shame not being able to read your articles on bit any more.
Jamie 8th April 2010, 12:20 Quote
Bye bye timmy - even though you're only a few desks further away.
Hiren 8th April 2010, 12:40 Quote
See ya Timbo, it was a pleasure working with you!

I suppose I should also point out that I don't really work here anymore either!
NuTech 8th April 2010, 12:43 Quote
Best of luck Tim, Bit-tech owes you a debt of gratitude.

And while I know it's not aimed at 'us', I have to say that Expert Reviews looks more generic than a can of Tesco Value beans sitting on an Ikea shelf.
liratheal 8th April 2010, 12:49 Quote
Thanks for your work here, you and all your colleagues have done a great job.

Have fun!
CardJoe 8th April 2010, 12:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by NuTech
Best of luck Tim, Bit-tech owes you a debt of gratitude.

And while I know it's not aimed at 'us', I have to say that Expert Reviews looks more generic than a can of Tesco Value beans sitting on an Ikea shelf.

I prescribe more Batman.
Hugo 8th April 2010, 13:10 Quote
Just one more thing, Tim: kthxbai.
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Soon, I shall be the only one left.
Better start learning how a GPU is, why a RAM does and when a CPU has, then. I know how much you love learning these things, Joe.
Blademrk 8th April 2010, 13:34 Quote
Good luck with the new site Tim, don't be afraid to drop in the forums now and again.
Cupboard 8th April 2010, 13:36 Quote
Bye :(
Enjoy your future, its been nice having you :)

Is it me or does Expert Reviews look rather like a TrustedReviews clone?
WildThing 8th April 2010, 13:47 Quote
Really sorry to see you go Tim. You will be missed. :( I always really enjoyed reading your GPU architecture articles! All the best for the future mate! :D;)
Xir 8th April 2010, 13:59 Quote
Well that explaines the "Expert Reviews" Ads on Bit tech.

Also why is the site called "Expert Reviews" when the contents are "Laymans Shortviews"...or is changing that your new job?
Hugo 8th April 2010, 14:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cupboard
Is it me or does Expert Reviews look rather like a TrustedReviews clone?
Can we all please stop saying that? It really doesn't.
NuTech 8th April 2010, 14:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hugo
Can we all please stop saying that? It really doesn't.
Dude, it *so* does. :p

I think it's the Orange/Grey colour scheme, but I can see you're slightly sensitive on the topic so I'll leave it there. ;)
Shadowed_fury 8th April 2010, 14:07 Quote
Good luck Tim you legend :D
Tim S 8th April 2010, 14:12 Quote
Thanks for the well wishes all. You are not going to get rid of me that easily and I will still be hanging around of course, as this community has been such a massive part of my life. Like recently though, it'll be a little less frequently. :)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
Also why is the site called "Expert Reviews" when the contents are "Laymans Shortviews"...or is changing that your new job?

It may sound ironic coming from me, but a review doesn't have to be thousands of words long. Its length should depend on who it is written for, not what it is of. A layman walking down the street gets scared off by information overload and just wants to know if a product is any good or not. It takes someone who's truly knowledgeable in their field to know what should and shouldn't be included in a review, just like it takes knowledge to write a long and detailed analysis of a product. They're different skills for a writer to learn and there's honestly method in my perceived madness. :)
Shadowed_fury 8th April 2010, 14:15 Quote
Be sure to keep using the Photos section thats for sure :)
wuyanxu 8th April 2010, 14:22 Quote
so who's left in Hardware section, doing hardware? CPC guys?
Sifter3000 8th April 2010, 14:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
so who's left in Hardware section, doing hardware? CPC guys?

And Harry, and Rich (he's moved to Taiwan but he's not actually gone). As Tim said in the blog, it's not the "CPC guys" either, it is one team these days.
Krikkit 8th April 2010, 14:42 Quote
Good luck Tim! It's been a thorough pleasure having you here, and good luck with the new venture.
flibblesan 8th April 2010, 15:09 Quote
Good bye, Tim! You've done a fantastic job on Bit-tech and I wish you all the best for the new website.

Congratulations and good luck to Alex, our new editor!
CardJoe 8th April 2010, 15:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sifter3000
it's not the "CPC guys" either, it is one team these days.

Yes, there's no Us vs Them. It's just Me vs The World!
Baz 8th April 2010, 15:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
so who's left in Hardware section, doing hardware? CPC guys?

ahem, ME!
-VK- 8th April 2010, 18:01 Quote
Best of luck in the new venture Tim!
Furymouse 8th April 2010, 18:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Soon, I shall be the only one left.

Eggggs-selent.

Uh, Tim, if Joe shows up carrying a giant sword and humming the highlander theme......I would suggest running. But if you don't run, can I have your filters? :D

And on topic:
You've been a great editor and a great example of journalistic integrity to all of us here.
whisperwolf 8th April 2010, 18:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baz
ahem, ME!

hmm odd almost sounded like someone shouting, must have been the wind. :D
Sheiken 8th April 2010, 18:46 Quote
Good luck and I think it is safe to say, the work you have done here at Bit-tech is greatly appreciated!
samkiller42 8th April 2010, 18:52 Quote
I wish you all the best Tim, 2 reasons why, i just checked that site out and it was massively slow, so slow in fact i gave up after waiting 30 secs for page 2 of a review to load, and secondly, TrustedReviews. It seems your wish for a challenge has been granted, heh

Once again though, Thank you for running BT so well, and all the best.
See you on the boards as a civvie? or do you keep your Mod credentials?

Sam
mjm25 8th April 2010, 19:07 Quote
Good luck my good man, if you can tempt me away from trusted reviews then you'll be sorted.

(to do that you'll have to give equal importance to news stories as reviews though, they're a bit small on that right hand side for my liking at the moment)

xxx
Rocket_Knight64 8th April 2010, 22:15 Quote
So long! This place is a bigger dump then sudent halls anyway. :p
azrael- 8th April 2010, 23:39 Quote
Bon voyage, Tim! Sad to see you leave, but them are the breaks. All the best with your new project (which apparently does NOT look like a certain other site AT ALL! :)).

In any case, you'll be sorely missed...
wuyanxu 8th April 2010, 23:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baz
ahem, ME!
lol, really sorry, only associated you with SSD's rather than other hardware such as graphics card and CPU, since Richard and Tim used to do those.

i want more hardware podcast :(
kenco_uk 9th April 2010, 00:17 Quote
Many thanks Tim. The very best of luck for you for the future.
Fizzban 9th April 2010, 01:37 Quote
All the best son and good luck with the new site!
pbryanw 9th April 2010, 04:31 Quote
Does this mean Joe's plans for world domination, and changing the site's name to Joe-tech, are one step closer now?
steveo_mcg 9th April 2010, 09:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by pbryanw
Does this mean Joe's plans for world domination, and changing the site's name to Joe-tech, are one step closer now?

I suspect Bat-Tech or Bit-Island are more likely if Joe has his way :)
phuzz 9th April 2010, 10:09 Quote
good bye and good luck :)
Xir 9th April 2010, 10:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
I suspect Bat-Tech or Bit-Island are more likely if Joe has his way :)


The Secret of Batman Island...Now there's a decent homecoding project! :D
jc1471 9th April 2010, 12:19 Quote
Well done and good luck in your new project!
Da_Rude_Baboon 9th April 2010, 15:54 Quote
Good luck Tim and i'm sorry to see you go. I've been on the forums since the days you were known as Bigz and have seen you become a member of staff through to editor. Your articles have always been very well written and the fact you would drop into the forums to answer us moaning forumites is a credit to you and the bit-tech team.
yodasarmpit 9th April 2010, 18:24 Quote
Wishing you all the best in your new challenges Biggles, I'm sure you'll make a success of the new site also.
knuck 9th April 2010, 18:46 Quote
GL HF Tim ! :D
M7ck 9th April 2010, 19:00 Quote
Best of luck in your new position Tim.
kingozzy666 9th April 2010, 21:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by NuTech
Best of luck Tim, Bit-tech owes you a debt of gratitude.

And while I know it's not aimed at 'us', I have to say that Expert Reviews looks more generic than a can of Tesco Value beans sitting on an Ikea shelf.

From one of the reviews:"This isn't a huge flaw as, for most people, the performance gains from overclocking aren't worth the configuration hassle."

Nope definitely not aimed at 'us'.
thehippoz 10th April 2010, 01:51 Quote
so lemme get this strait, tim sabotaged bittech's website with a re-design- then is promoting his own website which will change to the old bit tech layout after the new sabo launches

who's going to watch the guys left.. bindi is leaving for chicks in thailand and now this XD
Tim S 10th April 2010, 10:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kingozzy666
Quote:
Originally Posted by NuTech
Best of luck Tim, Bit-tech owes you a debt of gratitude.

And while I know it's not aimed at 'us', I have to say that Expert Reviews looks more generic than a can of Tesco Value beans sitting on an Ikea shelf.

From one of the reviews:"This isn't a huge flaw as, for most people, the performance gains from overclocking aren't worth the configuration hassle."

Nope definitely not aimed at 'us'.
It's definitely not aimed at bit-tech's audience and that's part of the challenge for me. Whilst it's undoubtedly sad to no longer be writing as many deep technical articles (I will still be writing a few on bit-tech, though), writing about technology day in, day out for a completely different audience brings a whole new challenge to the table. That, along with building a website from scratch again, is a pretty exciting prospect for me. :)
Quote:
Originally Posted by thehippoz
so lemme get this strait, tim sabotaged bittech's website with a re-design- then is promoting his own website which will change to the old bit tech layout after the new sabo launches

who's going to watch the guys left.. bindi is leaving for chicks in thailand and now this XD


One of the briefs for the design was to ruin the site. :D (j/k)
1ad7 13th April 2010, 08:46 Quote
Well Ill give you props for doing something new. I dont think I could ever leave a place like bit- tech even if I desired a new challenge. We will see you in 9 months :)
Tim S 14th April 2010, 11:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1ad7
Well Ill give you props for doing something new. I dont think I could ever leave a place like bit- tech even if I desired a new challenge. We will see you in 9 months :)

Ahh, I won't be leaving bit-tech, just no longer working on it every day! I'm not that easy to get rid of :)
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