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Changing times at bit-tech

Changing times at bit-tech

Wil enjoys some PSP in his trademark polo shirt.

Changing times means changing faces, and we are certainly living in changing times. Today, I'm announcing that I'm stepping down from the position of Editor in Chief here at bit-tech, meaning that the site will have a new Editor from April 1.

I've enjoyed six awesome years here at bit-tech, and seen it grow from a tiny corner of the net where a few of us post some crazy shizzle on a forum, to the biggest and best computer enthusiast publication to come out of Blighty, and one of the most respected enthusiast titles in the world. That's no small thing to have witnessed.

Along the way we've handled all kinds of mods and technology. Macro Black, Orac 3, Dark Blade, not to mention AMD64, Core 2 Duo, and the ever advancing wars between Radeon and GeForce.

We've been featured on CNN, the BBC and in national newspapers around the world. In recent times, we've become a favourite destination for contributors to Digg and Slashdot. Things have never been better in the world of bit-tech.

bit-tech has some great plans for 2007, and there is going to be an awful lot to get excited about in these pages over the next few months. Tim, Rich, Brett and the rest of the team will be here to take you through the year and bring you the best mods, most in-depth hardware reviews and our take on the latest games. There'll be new features on the site, too - you'll just have to wait and see.

But, with all that said, it's time for me to move on and approach new challenges. Those of you who might be interested in what I get up to next can follow the progress on my blog, and I'll certainly be checking in here regularly to post in the forum.

In the mean time, I look forward to getting my hands on the final code for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in the next couple of weeks, gawping at a couple of new mods we have in the pipeline for you, and spending some more time investigating just what Vista is going to mean for us enthusiasts.

Stay tuned, and thanks to all my readers for six rocking years!

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DougEdey 7th February 2007, 15:10 Quote
Nooooooooo!

Is there going be a huge party? (read: will Will wake up naked tied upside down to a sheep?)
Almightyrastus 7th February 2007, 15:12 Quote
shhhh don't give him ideas
Lazlow 7th February 2007, 15:15 Quote
Wow! I never expected this, but I suppose it explains why there have been several posts advertised recently.
Spacecowboy92 7th February 2007, 15:17 Quote
Is all I can say
Mankz 7th February 2007, 15:30 Quote
Sorry to be nosey, but Will, do you have any special reason to be leaving so suddenly ??


And also, good luck with whatever you end up doing in life.
Firehed 7th February 2007, 15:37 Quote
But... but...

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y66/Firehed/wilharriscrowbar.jpg

Who's there to protect me from the headcrabs?!
Veles 7th February 2007, 15:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Firehed
But... but...

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y66/Firehed/wilharriscrowbar.jpg

Who's there to protect me from the headcrabs?!

XD

Sad thing to hear, hope you have fun whatever you find yourself doing.
Jamie 7th February 2007, 15:47 Quote
airchie 7th February 2007, 16:10 Quote
So what's the future got in store for you then?
Veles 7th February 2007, 16:22 Quote
Can see your eye as well
dragontail 7th February 2007, 16:27 Quote
Good luck with whatever you do next ;)
Da_Rude_Baboon 7th February 2007, 16:29 Quote
Good luck with your future endeavours Will.
Evenge 7th February 2007, 16:30 Quote
Don't know why but i think this is sad news :'(

Hope you have fun where ever you will go next... :D
Lazlow 7th February 2007, 16:31 Quote
Looking through your blog, I reckon you're off to setup another business? But I may be completely wrong...
will. 7th February 2007, 16:51 Quote
well, good luck with whatever your planning next wil!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie
http://www.bit-tech.net/news_images/changing_times_at_bit-tech/article_img.jpg

OMG I'm internets famous! You can see my ear

you mean... your not... Bill Adama?!

:D
samkiller42 7th February 2007, 16:57 Quote
Good luck Wil, with all things to come, and hope to see you around the forums.

Sam
<A88> 7th February 2007, 17:16 Quote
I reckon you're just going off in search for a second L for your name .
Either way, all the best for the future, you've done a great job here and your recognisable talent will be missed but remebered!

;)

<A88>
GoTaLL 7th February 2007, 17:18 Quote
Makes me sad to hear you will leave Bit-tech, but new challenges is allways fun.
Ramble 7th February 2007, 17:20 Quote
Does this mean I can't use my creepy welcome to bit-tech picture anymore?
trig 7th February 2007, 17:24 Quote
This just in...breaking news reports indicate that Bit-tech has been involved with taking illegal cutbacks from pc case modders in exchange for keeping bit-tech's project forum "exclusive" to people who...like to mod pc cases. A lawsuit has been filed by the Bit-tech shareholders for failing to "disclose" this bit of information in their earnings reports. As if to avoid this disaster, Editor in Chief Wil Harris has stepped down and is looking to buy a small island off the coast of Uraguay. Calls to his agent have not been returned.
kenco_uk 7th February 2007, 17:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by WilHarris

Today, I'm announcing that I'm stepping down from the position of Editor in Chief here at bit-tech, meaning that the site will have a new Editor from April 1.

April Fools? ;)

It'll be a sad day, perhaps they can switch the intarnets off for one minute at noon?
GiGo 7th February 2007, 17:53 Quote
It'll be sad to see you go, i've been here for the 5 years and you've done a great job, the site has gone from strength to strength, you will be missed.

Take care and all the best
Giles
tkdwarrior 7th February 2007, 17:58 Quote
Good luck Wil. Haven't been a member here long, but read bit-tech almost daily now. Thats got to say something doesn't it? Either way it's a quality site, and should remain so. All the best mate. ;)
yodasarmpit 7th February 2007, 18:00 Quote
The site has certainly come a long way over the past few years, and that is in no small part down to Wil.

Good luck with your future plans.
pendragon 7th February 2007, 18:08 Quote
good luck! thanks for making the site what it is today!
Phil Rhodes 7th February 2007, 19:20 Quote
I presume what's happened is that, since the site grew from practically nothing to a successful enterprise, it's probably been bought out by a management company. It's not an uncommon situation for anything that grows spontaneously from enthusiast level to being a bona-fide business enterprise - I've been there myself.

The downside is that under usual circumstances said management company will install a puppet manager and do absolutely everything it possibly can to maximise profitability, which will become fairly obvious in the first few weeks if my grim suspicion is correct.

This will have course made Mr. Harris spectacularly rich, for which I congratulate him and wish him good luck!

Phil
Tim S 7th February 2007, 19:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
I presume what's happened is that, since the site grew from practically nothing to a successful enterprise, it's probably been bought out by a management company. It's not an uncommon situation for anything that grows spontaneously from enthusiast level to being a bona-fide business enterprise - I've been there myself.

The downside is that under usual circumstances said management company will install a puppet manager and do absolutely everything it possibly can to maximise profitability, which will become fairly obvious in the first few weeks if my grim suspicion is correct.

This will have course made Mr. Harris spectacularly rich, for which I congratulate him and wish him good luck!

Phil
Nothing of the sort will happen - bit-tech is not going anywhere as long as I've got a say in the day to day operations. ;)

Ultimately, most of the guys that now work (and have worked) for bit-tech have been avid readers ever since the early days and there is no questioning the time, effort and enthusiasm the current team puts into the site. That passion isn't going anywhere, as far as I'm concerned. It's sad that the success of the site will continue without Wil, but people like fresh challenges.
Da Dego 7th February 2007, 19:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
*snipped for length*
/hands Phil a tin-foil hat.

As much as I'd love to explain how that's not happened, I'll leave it to Tim above...but trust me when we say there is no puppet government, no combine benefactors, and no sale of bit-tech. We are what we were, just sadly without Wil. Wish him well, but let's save the conspiracies for the FBI and the aliens, eh? ;)
Quote:
Originally Posted by DougEdey
Nooooooooo!

Is there going be a huge party? (read: will Will wake up naked tied upside down to a sheep?)
That's every thursday. We keep telling him it's the aliens. Shhhh.... ;)
Veles 7th February 2007, 19:36 Quote
You say that now, but eventually Breen will show his ugly face, and then he'll be everywhere.

Any idea who's taking over as editor BTW?
Woodstock 7th February 2007, 19:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Veles
You say that now, but eventually Breen will show his ugly face, and then he'll be everywhere.

Any idea who's taking over as editor BTW?

Well if hes half as good as Will was, then we will be lucky
Da Dego 7th February 2007, 19:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Veles
Any idea who's taking over as editor BTW?
Yes...but I'm not telling. ;) I'll give you a hint: it's an inside job.

We pride the home-grown bit-tech spirit above all else....why else would we post our job offerings in our forums? :D
perplekks45 7th February 2007, 19:58 Quote
1st: Sad to hear Wil's about to leave. Good luck with whatever's on your road! ;)
2nd: Looks a bit like Tim's first on the 'I-might-become-the-next-EiC'-list. At least when judging by presence on the forum.
DXR_13KE 7th February 2007, 20:03 Quote
NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
I blaim teh garden gnomes and cheese!!!!!

the best of luck on your future endeavors Wil !
Kipman725 7th February 2007, 20:25 Quote
any chance of going back to benchmarks instead of the utterly useless testing of hardware at different settings currently fashionable that prevents any meaningful comparison (apart from wow this ones faster than that one - BUT HOW MUCH!?)

Apart from that I like this site as it's very good for project logs :)

good luck :)
DougEdey 7th February 2007, 20:29 Quote
It'll be Tim I reckon. Then RTT will be promoted to Car park attendant
taliban_raider 7th February 2007, 20:41 Quote
Auf Wiedersehen, arrivederci, au revoir, adiós, good bye. Live long and prosper. :D
aza 7th February 2007, 20:45 Quote
Wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors. Been Reading bit for a couple of years now and its grown so much, gonna be sad to see ya go.

Good Luck :D
ozstrike 7th February 2007, 20:49 Quote
Sorry to see you leave Wil, but I wish you good luck in all future work!
Will you possibly be writing some freelance stuff for bit sometimes? :p
oasked 7th February 2007, 21:07 Quote
Is this somehow related to Will's appearance on Cranky Geeks?

Sad to see you go, would like to know where to though! :)
Fly 7th February 2007, 21:49 Quote
I've known Wil for years... we shared a Frappuccino in Starbucks once. Who wants to touch me?
RTT 7th February 2007, 22:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
I presume what's happened is that, since the site grew from practically nothing to a successful enterprise, it's probably been bought out by a management company. It's not an uncommon situation for anything that grows spontaneously from enthusiast level to being a bona-fide business enterprise - I've been there myself.

The downside is that under usual circumstances said management company will install a puppet manager and do absolutely everything it possibly can to maximise profitability, which will become fairly obvious in the first few weeks if my grim suspicion is correct.

This will have course made Mr. Harris spectacularly rich, for which I congratulate him and wish him good luck!

Phil

bahahaha :D :? you crazy man!
zhangmaster12 7th February 2007, 22:17 Quote
:( wil is leaving....
:'(

anyway i guess change is never a really bad thing, but wil you wil be missed here.
jezmck 7th February 2007, 22:19 Quote
Many thanks to Wil, and much luck for the future.
Quote:
Originally Posted by taliban_raider
... au revoir ...
so you think he might be back? as a guest contributor? that could work well.
TomH 7th February 2007, 22:27 Quote
I guess when the sun's high, it's time to lie back and enjoy that sun lounger you've spent the morning trying to construct... :p

I think you've done a brilliant job as Editor, Wil, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

Hell, with your rep as a tech journalist, I could see you writing anywhere you wanted. ;)
antiHero 7th February 2007, 22:36 Quote
Will leaving makes Anti a SAD, SAD PANDA!!!
I wish you all the best with whatever you´r doing next and I think I speak for all when I say that I hope you stop by from time to time for a lil chitchat!
Glider 7th February 2007, 22:47 Quote
If your successor has to do better then you, he'd better be prepared for the job ;)

Good luck in your next job / further life Wil!
speedfreek 7th February 2007, 23:49 Quote
I havent seen him post yet?

So whats going to happen now?
Brooxy 8th February 2007, 00:26 Quote
Good luck with your furute plans Wil, and be sure to drop in the forum now and again.

Ladies and Gentlemen...Would you please raise your drinks and dremels to Wil Harris
r4tch3t 8th February 2007, 00:43 Quote
Sad to see an original staff member leave. Wil you will be remembered. Goodluck on the new direction your taking.
Raziekiel 8th February 2007, 01:20 Quote
Wil's appearance on TWIT is what got me here in the first place, sad to see him leave, but bit-tech wil live on!
Irvine 8th February 2007, 05:47 Quote
Aw...sad to see Wil go. Good luck with your future endeavors
David_Fitzy 8th February 2007, 07:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fly
I've known Wil for years... we shared a Frappuccino in Starbucks once. Who wants to touch me?

Well apart from Wil's frappuccino I don't know where else you've been, so No.
Why not try starting a poll with same question?!?
dire_wolf 8th February 2007, 10:28 Quote
Sorry to see you go man, it's been a good few years, lets hope the next guy does the job just as well Good luck in the future
Will 8th February 2007, 10:54 Quote
Best of luck for the future Wil :)

/memories of the bit-tech staff/mods pissup in Birmingham where I saw my very first iPod, owned by 'mrhaz' :)
Bindibadgi 8th February 2007, 11:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fly
I've known Wil for years... we shared a Frappuccino in Starbucks once. Who wants to touch me?

I already did.

Remember?



;)
g3n3tiX 8th February 2007, 11:33 Quote
Merci d'avoir fait de Bit tech ce qu'il est aujourd'hui, LE site que je consulte tous les jours.

^
||

French saying thanks for what you have done with the whole BT team.

BTW, april 1, how curious....I wonder if...
Blademrk 8th February 2007, 14:54 Quote
Good luck mate.
careyd 8th February 2007, 19:21 Quote
Wil, I'm a major fan of bit-tech and your work contributing to it (as well as your appearances on TWiT and elsewhere). I'm fairly confident that your spirit will live on and bit-tech.net will be just fine in the capable hands of Mr. Smalley et al.

However, I'm super-duper curious as to what your next endeavour will be. Do tell when the time is right.

All the best my friend!

And to those who remain at the helm of bit-tech: Stay strong and continue to make this excellent site even better. While I am sometimes critical in my posts, trust me when I say it's only in the interest of sharpening the sword, so to speak. This is a great tech fan's haven on the internet.
Fly 8th February 2007, 19:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I already did.

Remember?



;)

Remember? Years of therapy helped me forget. Til now.
Dodge 8th February 2007, 20:45 Quote
Wil needs some tinted sunglass's to go with that nice shirt. :p

All the best for the future.
Firehed 9th February 2007, 04:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I already did.

Remember?



;)
C'mon now Rich... three words: too much information.
Tech-Daddy 9th February 2007, 07:32 Quote
Congrats Wil, wherever your travels take you! Sorry we could not get out paths to cross on the last trip over.

Thanks for the spectacular leadership on this boat... I've loved coming here, learning and exchanging ideas....

We'll be watching 4 ya!
;)
Dr. Strangelove 9th February 2007, 14:12 Quote
Sad to see you leave Will, all the best in what ever adventure you are starting off now!!

GOOD LUCK
GreatOldOne 9th February 2007, 16:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie
http://www.bit-tech.net/news_images/changing_times_at_bit-tech/article_img.jpg

OMG I'm internets famous! You can see my ear

You can also see my kitchen window... :D

Good luck for the future Wil!
knuck 9th February 2007, 17:01 Quote
I am far from being the most active user and to be honnest, i didnt not really know you.... However ! I saw the site grow for the last 5-6 years and I got this to say : congratulation on all your work and good luck on your future projects :D
Arthur2Sheds 10th February 2007, 01:48 Quote
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
monkeyville 10th February 2007, 03:10 Quote
Its been emotional.

Good luck with your next project.
acron^ 10th February 2007, 03:37 Quote
Sad to see you go Will.

Hope the future serves you well.

I remember when you first became Editor...These six years have gone fast!
customh 10th February 2007, 04:20 Quote
Thanks for all the great articles will, you will be missed, and thanks for the time you spend taunting us with new and fancy hardware, I shall miss it...
Pookeyhead 10th February 2007, 07:49 Quote
Been a busy few days for me, so only just seen this. Wow... wasn't expecting that.

What can I say? Whatever it is that made you decide to leave, I hope it works out for you. Given the passion you've displayed so far in Bit-Tech, I can only assume it's something you really want to do, and will excel at. We all haev to move on at some point if we're to acheive our best.

The very best of luck!

;)
TheColdLord 12th February 2007, 23:29 Quote
Farewell Will, I think everyone here in the forums will most certainly miss you! Best of wishes to you man, and may you have luck wherever you go!
bloodcar 13th February 2007, 05:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Da Dego
Yes...but I'm not telling. ;) I'll give you a hint: it's an inside job.

We pride the home-grown bit-tech spirit above all else....why else would we post our job offerings in our forums? :D
I'll lay a pitcher of beer on you that it's Geoff. I'll be up in Cleveland sometime within the next few months so you better not disappear on me this time!

Anyways, it's sad to see you go, Wil. I had some crazy ideas that you gave some serious thought to but were lost in the business of your work. I wish you the best and I know that you wouldn't leave bit-tech if it wasn't to better yourself. Cheers mate.
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