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Staff changes at Bit-tech and Bit-gamer

Staff changes at Bit-tech and Bit-gamer

Bit-tech - The Next Generation

As some rumours have started to circulate the industry about the future of bit-tech and bit-gamer I wanted to take this opportunity to explain what is really going on.

Most importantly I can confirm that Dennis Publishing does intend to keep publishing both bit-tech and bit-gamer.

However, the current editorial team that produces both publications is being replaced, and from 7 January onwards both publications will be produced by external freelancers who are under contract to Dennis.

This means, having written and edited the sites for two and a half years and been a member of the forum for much longer than that, that I’m moving onto pastures new. Some of the very talented team that I've built up over the years are intending to continue writing articles on a freelance basis, however - you should still see Harry and Joe's names on the top of articles, for example.

I’d like to thank all the readers for your support and feedback over the years. I for one have really enjoyed making bit-tech and bit-gamer for you. In particular, meeting so many readers over the years to discuss our favourite subject (our PCs) has been fantastic. Whether it be at the overclocking events we’ve organised over the years or the recent LITS show in London or by email, phone or our forum, it was a pleasure to meet you all.

I’d also like to thank all our partners in the industry which have supported us with product samples, technical help and ideas over the years. It would unfair to single out any individuals or particular companies, but I'd particularly like to thank the letters A, B, C, D, E, I, J, M, N, P, R and S.

No journalist likes to think too much about advertising, but I’d also like to thank all the companies that have supported the site over the years – without you we wouldn’t have been able to spend nearly as much time as we did devising new ways to torture your kit.

Before I bow out I'd like to introduce the new editor of the site, Simon Brew, a very talented journalist that I've had the pleasure of knowing for many years. I wish him the best of luck.

In his own words 'I don’t want to take up too much of your time, but wanted to say a quick hello. I’m Simon, and I’m properly stepping into the land of bit-tech from Monday 9 January. It’s a real pleasure to be able to do so, and I’m looking forward to it greatly. What I most want to say, though, is a big thank you, and a sad farewell to James. He’s been both helpful and greatly supportive of me, and I’m well aware I’ve got very big boots to fill.

To him, and to the
bit-tech team, my thanks. And I’ll see you all on Monday... '

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GravitySmacked 6th January 2012, 13:32 Quote
Oh no, sad times. Good luck to all who move on due to this :(

I know there will be some changes to CPC soon and this is making me concerned to what they're going to be.
Tibby 6th January 2012, 13:33 Quote
This news makes me sad... :(
Technobod 6th January 2012, 13:35 Quote
Poor choice Dennis, poor choice...
But good luck to everyone moving on ;) You've made the site worth reading :D
Gunsmith 6th January 2012, 13:38 Quote
****sticks
runbmp 6th January 2012, 13:39 Quote
Let's just hope its not going to be another Google Android Ultrabook blog.
leizureman 6th January 2012, 13:54 Quote
This is sad..very sad. Why on earth do they think they're going to make more money by getting rid of the great writers on this site? Ridiculous! Not that the effects haven't been apparent for quite a while though, things have really slowed down.. Q_Q
alpaca 6th January 2012, 13:54 Quote
Well, Simon, you do have some boots to fill. I'll withhold judgement about this being a good or bad turn of events until you have proven yourself. Best of luck.
Scroome 6th January 2012, 13:55 Quote
Well, that's probably a nail in the coffin for the podcasts, also.

They went quiet after Paul moved to advertising anyhow.
bulldogjeff 6th January 2012, 13:58 Quote
Don't know if I like the sound of this, it all seemed to working just fine as it was. Oh well good byye and good luck to those leaving and good luck to those incoming.
do_it_anyway 6th January 2012, 13:58 Quote
Utter toilet.
Dennis, you disappoint me. Where is the business sense in getting rid of the people who made you what you are today?
There was no need to do this that I could see.

Incidently, whats happening with custompc?
Tyrmot 6th January 2012, 14:00 Quote
Sorry to see you go!
samkiller42 6th January 2012, 14:00 Quote
Ah, This is very very sad news.

Sam
christoefar 6th January 2012, 14:02 Quote
What a shame!
I could see this happening a while ago.

I feel that bit-tech will lose quite a few readers because of this news.
Madness_3d 6th January 2012, 14:03 Quote
Sad news, but I suppose it's a pretty busy corner of the market to operate in. I'll always remember the team as they were at the Asus OC event I went to, was an awesome experience and really made the point that there was no better community to belong to in the UK than Bit-Tech/CPC. I really hope that the site can live on in a positive way, not letting standards slip, and not letting content drift towards mainstream when it's the niche products that really set Bit-Tech apart.
mjm25 6th January 2012, 14:03 Quote
It seems like the beginning of the end which is really sad...

HOWEVER

The new team might be ace (although i'm not filled with hope that Dennis are solely using freelance writers, where will the chemistry and consistency be?) we'll wait and see...
Bloody_Pete 6th January 2012, 14:05 Quote
And Bit-Tech dies...
johnnyboy700 6th January 2012, 14:07 Quote
Bummer, I enjoy this site a lot, good luck to any of you moving on.
Orca 6th January 2012, 14:08 Quote
Oh no :( Good luck to you all who are moving on! Let's hope this "new" bit-tech team is just as good....
lga45 6th January 2012, 14:10 Quote
Oh dear - sounds like you're going to be outsourcing your quality journalism - hope its not to some god-forsaken "low cost center" in asia, like the professional IT industry is constantly doing. The quality of this site it exceptional, James is THE MAN. I'm really sorry to hear this; I've loved your magazine & site for too long now. Oh well... Best of luck to all of you for your amazing hard work and conscientiousness. I'm not going to say "I hope the site doesnt die" because it probably will :( just hope Custom PC magazine doesnt.
TheLostSwede 6th January 2012, 14:14 Quote
I guess this is the end of bit-tech, especially when you get an editor who's been in charge of Micro Mart taking over the reins. No offence, but this is a very different publication, or at least was before the current (and outgoing) editor took over and dumbed down the content. I guess bit-tech will be the next Computer Active now then... So let's say farewell to yet another once great website who decided to cater to the mass market just so its owners could make more money out of it, but I have a feeling that they don't understand what they have and instead its readership will go elsewhere in the not to distant future.
Pliqu3011 6th January 2012, 14:16 Quote
:(
Krikkit 6th January 2012, 14:16 Quote
The mods and staff have been discussing this for a little while behind the scenes, and it's been said already but I'll reiterate:

Thanks to all the staff, those moving on or not, you've made the place special, and the absolute best of luck in future. Keep us posted on your future endeavours. ;)

To Simon: As I'm sure you can appreciate you have some big shoes to fill in James' place, and perhaps a bitter community to convince, but the best of luck to you as well.
Skippylee 6th January 2012, 14:17 Quote
boo, just utter boooooo!!
NetSphere 6th January 2012, 14:20 Quote
Well, that's kinda sad.

Sincere best wishes of success, health and happiness to all of you who are moving on. Thank you for your hard work!

I can only hope that the site will remain as good as it is now.
Baz 6th January 2012, 14:23 Quote
Fear not, gentle forumites. Change is scary, but there is plenty of positive prospects from this move.

First up, I'm still here, and will continue to be a regular contributor for both bit-tech and Custom PC. Joe will also be sticking around (although we'll both be doing so in a freelance capacity).

We'll be retaining our labs, as well as our test kit and samples. I for one won't be allowing our standards to slip.

As the two publications (CPC/bit-tech & bit-gamer) are now to be re-split, this will likely bring an end to us reproducing magazine content online. Instead, you can look forward to unique content on both bit-tech and in CPC, with more from each that makes them great; namely, more Pictures of me raging at kit online, and more words about me raging at kit in the mag.

Finally, and I wish to state this to the fullest extent, there will be no change in editorial policy towards reviews. New Editor Simon Brew has been extremely clear on this part - if it's a turd, we'll still be calling it a turd.

Bit-tech has changed a lot over the years. From a bedroom site to a small company working out of a work unit in Ascot, to our current home at Dennis Towers. Editors have come and gone (Wil, Tim, Alex, James), staff have left and been replaced by new ones. Speaking as someone who's staying with bit, I have a huge passion for this website, and its audience. I hope you stick with us, and hopefully we can make bit bigger and better than ever.

Now pass that cheesecake...
damien c 6th January 2012, 14:23 Quote
What a shame!

Would like to say good luck to all those moving on.

Would also like to say to those who are staying let's hope you have as much luck with the new format of the site etc.

I will be sticking around to see how this all pan's out but I am not holding my breath.
flibblesan 6th January 2012, 14:27 Quote
Well this sucks. RIP bit-tech.
Marvin-HHGTTG 6th January 2012, 14:30 Quote
Holy ****, that was unexpectedly-expected. Good luck to all those moving on, it'd be nice to see your names popping up around the place, or just good luck in pastures new. Maybe this is a new dawn for Bit-tech, but whether Dennis will be prepared to allow the site to achieve anything more than its current shadow of its former self remains to be seen. If not, I'd see this as the beginning of the end...

It's difficult not to pre-judge, but let's hope that this is a good year for Bit-Tech and Custom PC.
javaman 6th January 2012, 14:30 Quote
So what foes this mean from custompc and their sales team that phone and me weekly to get me to rejoin?
Freelance makes me feel theyre doing a peter parker and if someone has something tech related itll be bought of them and posted rather than be a focused team.
sarcymac 6th January 2012, 14:30 Quote
Good luck James and the rest of the team who are leaving, hope the new arrivals keep up your high standards and show respect.
kelvinb 6th January 2012, 14:31 Quote
Shocking just shocking, I will stick a round for a while to see how it turns out but my waters are telling me something is wrong or that I have an infection !
badders 6th January 2012, 14:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baz
...snip...

This is reassuring - I always enjoy reading your articles Harry - your style sits quite well with Tim's and Rich's in-depth analyses that I used to love.

Joe's gaming rants are also normally great fun to read.

It's saddened me over th last few months how little actual content there has been on bit-tech, obviously as a consequence of merging with a print magazine (hereafter known as a "book 'o' ads") where the revenue from exclusive content and news is (probably?) higher.

Hopefully this could now change back?

To Simon - Can we please go back to having at least one article, and 3-4 news items posted a day, like we used to? That kept me, and probably many others returning to the site. Now I just tend to hit the forums...:(

And dear lord, please can we have someone look into sourcing adverts that actually have a demographic that matches the site.
Parge 6th January 2012, 14:38 Quote
Sad times. To be honest, I come here for the community as much as anything, but if that goes because of the lack of good content than I'll be very sad indeed. Better sign up to the Hexus Forums just in case.
Aracos 6th January 2012, 14:45 Quote
I guess that's the end for me then, I was disappointed when bindi left and moved to asus, now the entire staff is moving freelance? No thanks, bit-tech holds no value to me anymore.
arcticstoat 6th January 2012, 14:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by do_it_anyway
Incidently, whats happening with custompc?

I'm taking over Custom PC, and I'm actually immensely excited about it. I'm going to be making a few changes, but I think they're all good - I'll provide all the details once James' last issue has gone on sale. The circumstances aren't ideal, but they have had the knock on effect of giving me a lot more flexibility in terms of what I can do with the magazine.

May I also take this opportunity to also thank James for the hard work he's put into editing both bit-tech and Custom PC. I've worked with James since the 1990s when we both worked on PC Pro, and I have a massive amount of respect for him both as a journalist and a fellow PC lover.
Phil Rhodes 6th January 2012, 14:48 Quote
There's only so many ways you can say "it isn't making any money anymore so we're firing everyone."
Baz 6th January 2012, 14:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by badders
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baz
...snip...

To Simon - Can we please go back to having at least one article, and 3-4 news items posted a day, like we used to? That kept me, and probably many others returning to the site. Now I just tend to hit the forums...:(

And dear lord, please can we have someone look into sourcing adverts that actually have a demographic that matches the site.

Barring our xmas break, we've always published at least one piece of content a day; it's something we've strived for. Regarding news, I know there are efforts in place to get the news content flowing more freely once again.
Zurechial 6th January 2012, 14:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baz
-snip-

Definitely reassuring, even if everything else has hinted at a serious downwards slide around here lately. Will stick it out a while more for the sake of the remaining staff members that I know, either way.
Dude111 6th January 2012, 14:55 Quote
Good luck guys :)
Quote:
Originally Posted by runbmp
Let's just hope its not going to be another Google Android Ultrabook blog.
Or VB4 garbage!!

This is quite sad.... I do hope this site stays JUST LIKE IT IS NOW!!
docodine 6th January 2012, 14:56 Quote
I'm glad I was here for the glory days, best of luck to the staff!
steveo_mcg 6th January 2012, 14:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baz
Barring our xmas break, we've always published at least one piece of content a day; it's something we've strived for. Regarding news, I know there are efforts in place to get the news content flowing more freely once again.

Since you're all free lancers any chance of getting Gareth back?

Hope you, Joe et al jobs remain secure with your new statuses.
Cobalt 6th January 2012, 14:58 Quote
I caught some wind of this at the meet-up after LITS, but was sworn to silence. I've been waiting rather anxiously to find out what the details were. Still a little concerned. Content volume seems to have been down quite a lot recently, without the permanent staff can we expect to see more or less?

I think the BT/CPC split is a good idea though. Republishing made either the magazine or the site obsolete. I would only buy the magazine when it had something which was of unique interest but a lot of the time I knew I could just get the exact same stuff on BT a few days later. I'd deffo be buying the mag more with independent content. Also solves the backwards timing of the whole thing. Websites have the advantage of no lead time to publishing. Article done: post it. Waiting to put up the content in an attempt to create artificial scarcity to sell magazines was not going to be sustainable in the long run. Indeed apparently it wasn't.

I'm going to remain positive for now. The writers haven't exactly fallen off the face of the planet. I wish everyone luck in their future endeavors.

PS: At least I'll always have the memories of the rock, paper, scissors championships (bit blurry though)
Baz 6th January 2012, 15:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
Since you're all free lancers any chance of getting Gareth back?

Hope you, Joe et al jobs remain secure with your new statuses.

Could be....
badders 6th January 2012, 15:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by steveo_mcg

Since you're all free lancers any chance of getting Gareth back?

Mr. Halfacree is coming back, I've heard.
arcticstoat 6th January 2012, 15:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
Since you're all free lancers any chance of getting Gareth back?

I can't speak for bit-tech, but Gareth will certainly be regularly contributing to Custom PC from Issue 103.
brumgrunt 6th January 2012, 15:05 Quote
Many thanks again to James. I do appreciate that there are big boots to fill here.

If it's okay, rather than answer some of the individual points raised here regarding what happens next, I'll set up a separate post on the forum and do my utmost to get to them there. I'll be as honest and straight with you as I can, even if it might take me a day or two to respond (blame my wife's birthday weekend).

My thanks again to James, and I wish him the very best.

Simon
CardJoe 6th January 2012, 15:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by do_it_anyway

Incidently, whats happening with custompc?

The same as above is true of Custom PC, but Ben Hardwidge is stepping in to manage that.
Combatus 6th January 2012, 15:09 Quote
Having spoken to Simon, he's very keen for bit-tech to 'be bit-tech' again. Rather than the end, hopefully this is a beginning and we're keen to include more content that makes the website what it is.

I'll be continuing to write for the site in a similar format to before on a freelance basis and Simon is keen to improve things following the feedback you've put forward recently. I have some exciting stuff planned for the modding section - before now I've had to write/edit entire labs tests for the magazine each month, plus several reviews, the Elite list (like a buyers guide) and all the previous modding content. This left me with no time to do anything more elaborate than MOTM, MOTY and the odd feature.

We're keen for this to change so if there's anything you'd like to see in the way of modding, please please drop me a line in the forum.
Blademrk 6th January 2012, 15:16 Quote
Good luck to all those moving on to new pastures (and to those remaining, of course).
mighty_pirate 6th January 2012, 15:17 Quote
All the best for the change guys. I hope it's for the better for you all.
Baz 6th January 2012, 15:18 Quote
http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=223713

New bit-tech Editor, Simon Brew answers your questions in the above thread.
yodasarmpit 6th January 2012, 15:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krikkit
The mods and staff have been discussing this for a little while behind the scenes, and it's been said already but I'll reiterate:

Thanks to all the staff, those moving on or not, you've made the place special, and the absolute best of luck in future. Keep us posted on your future endeavours. ;)

To Simon: As I'm sure you can appreciate you have some big shoes to fill in James' place, and perhaps a bitter community to convince, but the best of luck to you as well.

As Krikkit has mentioned, some of us have had a little time to digest the news and consider what it means.

I'd also like to say thanks to the staff who have made the site the success it is, despite some of the corporate pressures, and wish all the best to the new team (some of which we already know), and to those moving on to pastures new.
Da_Rude_Baboon 6th January 2012, 15:22 Quote
Good luck to those who have left and to those of you who have just arrived.
longweight 6th January 2012, 15:25 Quote
Long live the forums! If the writing is to be on a freelance basis does this mean you will have no lab to do testing in? I can see the expertise dying very quickly without a centralised system for testing etc....
brave758 6th January 2012, 15:26 Quote
What can i say..... Goood luck, change is always good, I'm still gona be a loyal follower and looking forward to some interesting changes ahead.
Delphium 6th January 2012, 15:29 Quote
Hmmm, trust Denis to do this.
Since Denis came on board I have had less of a reason to frequent the site as much as I once did.
This surely is the nail in the coffin.

To the staff whom have slaved over this site for so many years and produced excellent articles, I wish you all the very best of luck and hope you all find an employeer deserving of your skills!

Denis have yet again not failed to disapoint, I feel somewhat sorry for the staff whom are having their puppy taking away form them after so many years of hard work.

Guys I truely feel for you.

Best of luck to you all!
N17 dizzi 6th January 2012, 15:42 Quote
Is there a bit more in the way of a reason for the changes?
Combatus 6th January 2012, 15:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by longweight
Long live the forums! If the writing is to be on a freelance basis does this mean you will have no lab to do testing in? I can see the expertise dying very quickly without a centralised system for testing etc....

We will still have a lab to work from - as Baz mentioned earlier, we will not allow standards to slip!
Gareth Halfacree 6th January 2012, 15:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
Since you're all free lancers any chance of getting Gareth back?
Aw, did'ja miss me?

As Ben said, I'll be returning to the pages of Custom PC magazine from Issue 103 onwards, and if you're all *really* lucky I'll be donning my newshound hat and coming back home to bit-tech too...

Watch this space! Well, not *this* space. The news page.
Cobalt 6th January 2012, 15:49 Quote
Looks like I'll be subscribing from Issue 103 onwards then :D
Toka 6th January 2012, 15:50 Quote
Can we thank our new editor for all of the shonky new advertising that the site has then? I know that James said that those decisions had been taken out of his hands.

Many thanks to all of the hard working staff who's integrity built Bit-Tech into what it was.
tonyd223 6th January 2012, 15:52 Quote
DAMN! but what about Custom PC magazine, and my on-going subscription?

Is this because of Bulldozer?
KidMod-Southpaw 6th January 2012, 16:08 Quote
I'm a mix of sad and happy. But mostly sad.
(Edited out for now, things will be said later.)
Atomic 6th January 2012, 16:12 Quote
Spot the cost cutting exercise. Contractors are cheaper than staff and you only pay them when they write, no need to pay holidays or pensions etc.

Content on here has gone down over the last few years, I've been here for a long time and the community and website is nowhere near what it used to be.
bagman 6th January 2012, 16:18 Quote
Well I wish everyone leaving goodbye, and I wish everyone coming in good luck. I will be interested to see the new "generation" of bit-tech turns out, and I hope its good enough for me to stay on bit-tech and keep my CPC subscription.
Spreadie 6th January 2012, 16:25 Quote
Sad to see James go - I hope it was his choice, and he wasn't pushed. What are these new pastures, he moving to?

Good luck to the rest of the team, those staying and leaving, your contributions were appreciated; long may that continue (on a freelance basis).

I sincerely hope this will be a positive transition for both mag and site; and not just a penny-pinching exercise by Dennis.
KidMod-Southpaw 6th January 2012, 16:29 Quote
I can only hope these changes will be for better, my only experience with the staff wasn't a good one. And yet I still continue to hold my lips about the situation as of yet.
If it improves the modding community, I remain here. If it doesn't, I'm leaving.

The next month will be interesting for me, that's for sure.

And if this means the death of the forums to certain extent, then my time here will have been shortlived.
I'll decide soon enough.
Xir 6th January 2012, 16:35 Quote
We shall see.

imho your best period was just before Dennis moved in...
KidMod-Southpaw 6th January 2012, 16:40 Quote
How is that meant to be taken?
Just want to clarify.
bagman 6th January 2012, 16:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by KidMod-Southpaw
How is that meant to be taken?
Just want to clarify.

+1 Please explain yourself RTT.
Zoon 6th January 2012, 16:47 Quote
I'd like to post my honest feelings, but I suspect I'd be banned, and since I've been a member since 2003, I don't particularly wish that to happen.

Suffice it to say I am not in support of these moves, and we'll leave it at that.
Zurechial 6th January 2012, 16:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by KidMod-Southpaw
How is that meant to be taken?
Just want to clarify.

It's a picture of Felix Dennis and has been posted before as a way of summing up the impression we get from Dennis generally as a company.
I don't think it means anything more than that.
azrael- 6th January 2012, 16:48 Quote
Sad news indeed. Those of you leaving will be missed, those of you not leaving ...well, not so much. :p

I'll try to be cautiously optimistic about the change. Please don't disappoint us!

And if you do, well, at least there's still the forum...
NethLyn 6th January 2012, 16:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spreadie
Sad to see James go - I hope it was his choice, and he wasn't pushed. What are these new pastures, he moving to?

Good luck to the rest of the team, those staying and leaving, your contributions were appreciated; long may that continue (on a freelance basis).

I sincerely hope this will be a positive transition for both mag and site; and not just a penny-pinching exercise by Dennis.

I like your optimism ;) I can give it a couple of issues, then cancel the sub if the mag changes make it worse because when picking and choosing them from the supermarket, the various vouchers will make it cheaper than the sub.
Spreadie 6th January 2012, 16:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by KidMod-Southpaw
How is that meant to be taken?
Just want to clarify.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zurechial
It's a picture of Felix Dennis and has been posted before as a way of summing up the impression we get from Dennis generally as a company.
I don't think it means anything more than that.

I thought it was quite funny, despite any concerns I have about the announced changes.
KidMod-Southpaw 6th January 2012, 16:53 Quote
In the going on of these changes, everyone NEEDS to have their voice heard, and as long as it's not going to be a let down, modding forum more so as per the amount of complaints that have been left unanswered in my opinion. I'll stick around for the next month to see what the new era is like, then I'll decide my plan of action. So here's my final voice:

Goodbye Anthony, I hope you had fun giving me the bum's rush around.
Soniclord 6th January 2012, 16:57 Quote
I don't think this is as bad as people are making out.. I mean in the article James clearly says,
Quote:
Simon is a very talented journalist that I've had the pleasure of knowing for many years.

Can't be that bad then surely! Give him a chance!
Tattysnuc 6th January 2012, 16:59 Quote
Welcome aboard Simon!

James, so long and thanks for the fish!

Good luck to everyone. I really look forward to seeing how developments unfold...
aLtikal 6th January 2012, 17:01 Quote
Going down a freelance route for staff seems to be a way of cutting costs? Plus you tried to monetize the bit tech app...Am i seeing money issues here or am i miles off the plot?
Platinum 6th January 2012, 17:02 Quote
Not really going to be the Bit Tech I have followed since the beginning now really, I know its business but this seems to be now that's its going to move from being a enthusiast run site for enthusiasts to just another business run money making tech site.
Ill see how things go but I can see myself now visiting here less and less.
NethLyn 6th January 2012, 17:04 Quote
It's not Bit Tech that I'm worried about, I've read quite a few issues of Micro Mart over the years since Dennis bought it, quick and cheap tech read, good main features, punchy covers especially about MS OS, just hoping Brew's BT will still do podcasts.

The mag? We'll see in mid-March.
Almightyrastus 6th January 2012, 17:12 Quote
Welcome Simon, please don't try and start to fix things that aren't broken under the guide of a 'revamp'
Kovoet 6th January 2012, 17:15 Quote
I am sitting here in my little office at home where I spend most of my time when home. I am asking myself "Am I still going to be spending a lot of time on Bit-Tech ? "
would seriously be unhappy if anyone ruins what we have here and I thought it was going well. I have met and spoken to some awesome people on here and find everyone so helpful. Example market place how many sites can say they trust their market place 99.99%, not many I tell you.

The modding that takes place here is second to none and has helped me personally. Why is it in my life I find something I enjoy so much only for it to be ruined, well I hope this will not be the case.

I hope and prey it stays as good as it is or improve but hell if it gets worse I for one will not be scared to voice there opinion
greypilgers 6th January 2012, 17:19 Quote
I understand both editorial incoming and outgoing teams wanting us all to be positive, but the simple fact of the matter is undeniable, and that is that Bit really went downhill over the past couple of months in several areas. It's not my belief that anyone writing for the site wanted that to happen, and now it becomes much clearer as to why they were being hampered.

Personally, I think that if this continues much longer, Dennis should be taken to Trading Standards and prosecuted for misrepresentation as the Indian Takeaway leaflet that gets dropped through my door contains more articles about proper PC Modding than the website and the magazine do. I originally came to CustomPC and Bit-Tech to LEARN about PC Modding. These days I just get the same low-level difficulty articles rehashed every couple of months. The only thing that changes is the increasing frequency and prominence of the adverts.

I really don't like the idea that all of Bit's staff are freelance and not on the books. If you want to be cynical, of course the guys left will be very optimistic about the change - they're freelancers now. Dennis doesn't even NEED a reason to get rid of them now.

I'm not sure but is this the same with the magazine? Does that mean that basically the two are staffed by temps? We all know what happens to companies that employ too many temps and not permanent members of staff in jobs...

A fortnight ago I cancelled my CustomPC subscription in disgust and complained about Dennis' performance - my complaint was ignored several times and they seemed only too happy to immediately cancel my subscription without any effort to resolve my grievances. To me this was terrible business practice and sums up the impression Dennis give to the loyal members of this site and magazine - they blunder on with or without our input or backing.

I'll still visit Bit here and there and will occasionally flick through or even buy a CustomPC, but it is very much not the same Beast it was before.
KidMod-Southpaw 6th January 2012, 17:33 Quote
Before making any definite opinion, I'll wait to see this month's mag.

As bad as it is, either way I look at it, things aren't positive. By what people are saying about the new staff and writing style, it's going to be another generic mag for the beginners. Oh well, another sub lost I guess?
PQuiff 6th January 2012, 17:37 Quote
Best of luck!
runadumb 6th January 2012, 17:38 Quote
I actually canceled my Custom PC sub three months ago as I never read it anymore. Not the fault of the mag going downhill, just that I didn't seem to find the time to read magazines like I used to. I'm finding it hard getting through PC gamer and its my only sub left.

SO its a real shame hearing that the site is going through these changes as I visit it numerous times a day. I hope it doesn't have a negative impact on the site but as others have mentioned it seems it already has.
kzinti1 6th January 2012, 18:17 Quote
A complete sell out.
Oh well, there are more than a few other British computer enthusiast sites to switch to.
Right back at you, Dennis: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/images.rsty.org/imgres-1.jpeg
13eightyfour 6th January 2012, 18:20 Quote
Tbh its been ages since ive actually properly read any of the articles posted on the homepage, now i just skim through. The forums are the only reason im still here any they're beginning to slip.

Cant say im overjoyed by this news but ill keep my mind open and really hope it brings a change for the better.
uz1_l0v3r 6th January 2012, 18:29 Quote
Bag of shite.
FIBRE+ 6th January 2012, 18:47 Quote
Goodluck leavers and hello newboys ;)

I think it would be a good idea to start a tread disccussing what the readers of the Bit actually want if changes are going to be made. You can't exactly go wrong with asking your readers what they want, it's got to be easier and more accurate than someone in marketing departemnt trying to second guess us by looking at stats and figures :p.

Hopefully you guys still have control over where Bit is heading and it's not all going to turn into one big marketing exercise.

I hope this isn't what it looks like, generic corporate "streamlining"\costcutting, you don't need to fire someone you don't employ do you :(
RedFlames 6th January 2012, 19:02 Quote
I hope James, Joe et. al will still hang around the forums [and the WoT thread/channel in James' case].

Change is sometimes scary, and not always good but i'll sit back and see what it brings.
sp4nky 6th January 2012, 19:20 Quote
Change is something that a lot of people are fearful of, especially when the future is unclear. Consequently there are bound to be a lot of negative reactions. Personally, I'd like to wish those that are leaving, AND those that arriving, the very best of luck in future endeavours.

As an aside, it seems more than coincidence that I was sent a couple of marketing emails from Dennis Publishing today.
maverik-sg1 6th January 2012, 19:21 Quote
Good luck to you all, a change is as good as a rest, so enjoy it all.
total zombie 6th January 2012, 19:41 Quote
We Fear Change! Ha! Ha!

ive read most of the postings but im not entirely clear whats happening to the mag ?
-EVRE- 6th January 2012, 20:06 Quote
Bit-Tech prospers, Dennis buys Bit-Tech, Bit-Tech's attitude and culture 'content' changes, Dennis dissembles Bit-Tech, where from here will we go?
Krikkit 6th January 2012, 20:10 Quote
To those getting a bit flighty, I think it'll take more than a month or two for the changes to manifest themselves completely and a clear picture of the site/mag's content to emerge. Stick around, see how you feel, don't make snap decisions in 4 weeks. :)
kna 6th January 2012, 20:18 Quote
I've been meaning to pop back in every so often to see how things are going, guess this is as good a point as any to do so.

I parted ways with bit-tech at the time it was sold to Dennis and at that point many of us felt it would be "the end". At times prior to that, we also felt it would be "the end" because we just didn't have the required resource or general 'oomph' to make it work. Believe me, if you could be party to some of those meetings literally held in someone's bedroom, you'd wonder how bit-tech got this far at all!

If the intention is to continue the site even with these changes, then those of you who've stuck around this long should take it as a good indication that it'll still be here for a while to come. Every time I swing by the site and see how it's getting on I'm always impressed with it's relentless longevity. Personally I thought the moment mainstream sites started selling modded cases, we'd have been out of business but it just made things even better for us.

Like any business, changing faces means very little; most of the original crew have parted and I'm sure very few remember myself, James (RIP), Vinny etc.., but people changed during and after my time there, yet the site still thrived.

One thing we always hoped is that bit-tech would bow out gracefully when it's time was up and not sit there floundering like a goldfish on the carpet. If that time is now, then there's no denying it's had a good run and will end on a high, if that time is yet to come then good luck to all involved.

-Chris
lewchenko 6th January 2012, 21:21 Quote
Firstly... thank you for all your efforts over the years to make this site (and Custom PC) what it is. Its on my favourites list for a reason, along with other great tech sites. I admit that of recent times the news flow had slowed to a trickle, but I have always valued your opinions.

A few pointers for the new teams / direction :

Sites like bgr.com and theverge.com seem to have successfully reinvented themselves recently in this sector. Im sure you (and most of the site readers) are aware of them, but take note of what makes them successful, and copy them where necessary.
Also.. one of the things I always liked about bit-tech is that it had a UK focus .. or relevance should I say. Dont lose that.
And finally... remember to add value to each and every article / review. Its the personal touch and editorial that we cant find elsewhere that it so important. Give us more insight into who you all are / how the process works / your labs and what they look like etc etc... As an example.. just look at how Anand writes reviews on Anandtech.com compared with other reviews... he add's value.

Anyways... may bit-tech and custompc continue to live on (albeit wearing new clothes).
EdwardTeach 6th January 2012, 21:58 Quote
Sad news.

What is going to happen to the podcasts if you are all working from home?
tristanperry 6th January 2012, 22:12 Quote
Sounds quite exciting.

Is never great to hear of job losses (which is how the announcement reads as - i.e. laying off an entire team, even if some will be 'retained' somewhat as freelancers), but I support the splitting of Custom PC and bit-tech. Will probably resubscribe to the mag as a result. The old 'system' was getting a bit silly IMO.

Simon also seems level-headed and open, looking at the 'Bit-Tech questions' thread.
Spreadie 6th January 2012, 22:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by -EVRE-
Bit-Tech prospers, Dennis buys Bit-Tech, Bit-Tech's attitude and culture 'content' changes, Dennis dissembles Bit-Tech, where from here will we go?

Surely, you mean 'disassembles', old bean? ;):p

To dissemble is to hide behind a falsehood, to lie, to conceal with the intention to deceive. ;)

But, I digress...

No disassemble!
[/Johnny 5]

:D
MiNiMaL_FuSS 6th January 2012, 23:22 Quote
While it's worrying that some of the better staff writers are now working freelance, which may mean they inevitably gravitate elsewhere; I hold out hope that this also signals more content for the website. Since joining Dennis the website has been bear. To the extent where my bookmark now go straight to the forums and I rarely venture to the main page, as there's nothing to see! Let's hope this changes, especially as Bit-Tech now has to compete with the rapidly growing Aria community and it's ever branching out into new content areas.

My forum ID says I've been at Bit-Tech since '2003', now this is my second account after the great forum death of that time, so I've probably been reading here for the best part of a decade (when did the site open?). Things have changed, some for the better, and some for the worse.

I miss Tim.
AlexB 6th January 2012, 23:40 Quote
Bit of a shame, but the forum will carry on getting worse as more and more morons use the internet.. ;)

Seriously though, I'm sure the articles will still flow, and the forums will still be busy. If not, there's plenty more websites. Who knows, perhaps Denis will offload Bit-Tech to a cheap buyer and it'll go back to being enthusiast run for non-profit.

Thanks to the chaps who are leaving, hello to the new ones.
blinkieleblind 7th January 2012, 00:19 Quote
I am sorry to hear this. this is a community i have come to appreciate, including the editorial team. it will be sad to not have you on board and i reserve the right to cancel my sub if things turn not to my liking!

Thanks for your hard work.
Forsaken 7th January 2012, 00:24 Quote
"I miss Tim"

Me too!, along with the regulars in the forums, when they was a nice and close nit community, before the userbase grew a little to large to be personal

Been here since 2001, Anyone here Remember when it was BiT-Technologies, rather than bit-tech ?

I remember when people thought Koolvin was a mad man for taking a dremel too a then 200 quid, alloy case, when they was still quite a new thing to the market.

What about all the great modding guides, the little bits of electronics, simple fan controllers, wiring a LCD or VFD when they was still driven from the parallel port.

Case mods like Macro Black, and the detail that went into the article about it, i mean yeah now there are some truly awesome mods and custom builds about, but now a lot of them come at such a high cost, its beyond the relms of what most people can afford to do, and skill wise, a lot of it has been lost, well more moved in a different direction than lost, as with easier access to Laser cutters and CNC tooling, carving a funky shape from a hunk of metal or acrylic has become an exercise with a mouse and a credit card, rather than picking up some tools. Thats not to take anything away from the current top builds, L3p D3sk is superb, and a well deserved winner of the mod of the year title :)

Slowly but surely the top notch content started to slide, the mod guides went, the updates became less detailed, then less frequent, more and more of the site was taken over with games content (which kudos to the games lads, tended to be the better content on the site, written in a style that i liked), which was a welcome addition, but it took over a bit too much at the expense of the Mods, and tech articles, which was always the cornerstone of bit-tech, in the good old days, there was at least a couple of updates a day that caught my eye, along with a glut of relevant modding news, these days im lucky to spot something that flicks my switch enough to click the link

noticed im harping on a bit, so will bugger off and file away my rose tinted glasses :)

(please excuse me if that was a bit disjointed, been a long day!)
yodasarmpit 7th January 2012, 01:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Forsaken
"I miss Tim"

Me too!, along with the regulars in the forums, when they was a nice and close nit community, before the userbase grew a little to large to be personal

Been here since 2001, Anyone here Remember when it was BiT-Technologies, rather than bit-tech ?

I remember when people thought Koolvin was a mad man for taking a dremel too a then 200 quid, alloy case, when they was still quite a new thing to the market.

What about all the great modding guides, the little bits of electronics, simple fan controllers, wiring a LCD or VFD when they was still driven from the parallel port.

Case mods like Macro Black, and the detail that went into the article about it, i mean yeah now there are some truly awesome mods and custom builds about, but now a lot of them come at such a high cost, its beyond the relms of what most people can afford to do, and skill wise, a lot of it has been lost, well more moved in a different direction than lost, as with easier access to Laser cutters and CNC tooling, carving a funky shape from a hunk of metal or acrylic has become an exercise with a mouse and a credit card, rather than picking up some tools. Thats not to take anything away from the current top builds, L3p D3sk is superb, and a well deserved winner of the mod of the year title :)

Slowly but surely the top notch content started to slide, the mod guides went, the updates became less detailed, then less frequent, more and more of the site was taken over with games content (which kudos to the games lads, tended to be the better content on the site, written in a style that i liked), which was a welcome addition, but it took over a bit too much at the expense of the Mods, and tech articles, which was always the cornerstone of bit-tech, in the good old days, there was at least a couple of updates a day that caught my eye, along with a glut of relevant modding news, these days im lucky to spot something that flicks my switch enough to click the link

noticed im harping on a bit, so will bugger off and file away my rose tinted glasses :)

(please excuse me if that was a bit disjointed, been a long day!)

Disjointed, maybe, but my thoughts exactly.
Tim S 7th January 2012, 01:54 Quote
As sad as this news is - and believe me, it deeply saddened me when I first heard of it a while back - Simon's a great guy and I've known him for a number of years. Of all the journalists I know in the UK, he's one of the few who I think can do what is necessary to move bit-tech forwards - the site has evolved a few times as Chris (kna) says and I think there's still potential for it to evolve further.

I unfortunately won't be around much due to the conflicts of interest my new career could create for the editorial team (which is why I have also recently resigned as a moderator), but from the bottom of my heart I very much wish the team - both past, present and future - all the success.

Tim
FuzzyOne 7th January 2012, 02:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Forsaken
"I miss Tim"

Me too!, along with the regulars in the forums, when they was a nice and close nit community, before the userbase grew a little to large to be personal

Been here since 2001, Anyone here Remember when it was BiT-Technologies, rather than bit-tech ?

I remember when people thought Koolvin was a mad man for taking a dremel too a then 200 quid, alloy case, when they was still quite a new thing to the market.

What about all the great modding guides, the little bits of electronics, simple fan controllers, wiring a LCD or VFD when they was still driven from the parallel port.

Case mods like Macro Black, and the detail that went into the article about it, i mean yeah now there are some truly awesome mods and custom builds about, but now a lot of them come at such a high cost, its beyond the relms of what most people can afford to do, and skill wise, a lot of it has been lost, well more moved in a different direction than lost, as with easier access to Laser cutters and CNC tooling, carving a funky shape from a hunk of metal or acrylic has become an exercise with a mouse and a credit card, rather than picking up some tools. Thats not to take anything away from the current top builds, L3p D3sk is superb, and a well deserved winner of the mod of the year title :)

Slowly but surely the top notch content started to slide, the mod guides went, the updates became less detailed, then less frequent, more and more of the site was taken over with games content (which kudos to the games lads, tended to be the better content on the site, written in a style that i liked), which was a welcome addition, but it took over a bit too much at the expense of the Mods, and tech articles, which was always the cornerstone of bit-tech, in the good old days, there was at least a couple of updates a day that caught my eye, along with a glut of relevant modding news, these days im lucky to spot something that flicks my switch enough to click the link

noticed im harping on a bit, so will bugger off and file away my rose tinted glasses :)

(please excuse me if that was a bit disjointed, been a long day!)

+1
exj 7th January 2012, 03:20 Quote
Wow THE Simon Brew?!!! The Simon Brew from Micro Mart and Den of Geek? I used to read Micro Mart EVERY week. Turns out that it cost more than buying one issue of Custom PC but Micro Mart was good. Love Simon's ranting and raging on some of the issues in there ^_^
Well now I know this place is gonna be in great hands. But then are you going to be the editor of Den of Geek, Micro Mart, CustomPC, Bit-Tech and Bit-Gamer?!!! o.O That's a lot of work but you got my full support.

As for James, I just know he's gonna go on to better things. Good luck.

Den of geek is the coolest website in the world!
LordPyrinc 7th January 2012, 03:56 Quote
I'm sorry to hear that anyone has to leave. I have thoroughly enjoyed the articles and reviews over the years. Good luck to everyone, those leaving as well as those switching to freelance.

Holidays aside, I also have noticed that the frequency of articles and newsbites had seemed to decline over the months. I have been disappointed by this, and as many others have already stated, I have found myself spending an increasing amount of time in the forums. That isn't a bad thing, but I really do hope that the amount of articles will increase (without diminished quality) in the near future.

I plan on sticking around to see what happens. I hope that most of the forum members will also remain because the forums are a huge part of this site (perhaps it's best quality). I've learned so much over the years from reading posts of many very intelligent and well spoken posters. I have been a reader of this site and forums much longer than my Join Date indicates. It wasn't until 2008 that I created a forum account.

For now, I will remain optimistic that this change will be positive for the website and the community. No need to jump ship when it will take time for things to get sorted out.
sear 7th January 2012, 06:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by leizureman
This is sad..very sad. Why on earth do they think they're going to make more money by getting rid of the great writers on this site? Ridiculous! Not that the effects haven't been apparent for quite a while though, things have really slowed down.. Q_Q
They can pay contract workers, temps, interns etc. a lot less than full-time writers who have been around for years and expect upward mobility, benefits, etc.

I wish all the best for the bit-tech crew, even if sometimes I can be vocal about differences of opinion. I cannot say the same for Dennis Publishing, who until proven otherwise have given me reason to leave this site and never return.
mi1ez 7th January 2012, 07:23 Quote
*sad face*

Good luck guys (and see you on twitter!), and good luck to Dennis keeping more than 50% of the current readers... Looks like I'll just be using Tom's from now on.
Sutura 7th January 2012, 08:47 Quote
I am scared how accurate marketing can be sometimes.:) Most of the current 'users' still want 'more of the same'.That's why a survey can't capture the innovation trend. I like the change though. However I will miss the podcast a LOT if its dissmissed. I suggest: let go of the gaming podcast and assign the resources to the hardware one. I care more about it :D
One_Box 7th January 2012, 09:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by arcticstoat
Quote:
Originally Posted by do_it_anyway
Incidently, whats happening with custompc?

I'm taking over Custom PC, and I'm actually immensely excited about it. I'm going to be making a few changes, but I think they're all good - I'll provide all the details once James' last issue has gone on sale. The circumstances aren't ideal, but they have had the knock on effect of giving me a lot more flexibility in terms of what I can do with the magazine.

May I also take this opportunity to also thank James for the hard work he's put into editing both bit-tech and Custom PC. I've worked with James since the 1990s when we both worked on PC Pro, and I have a massive amount of respect for him both as a journalist and a fellow PC lover.

Please don't reduce the space given over to F@H each month.
Evildead666 7th January 2012, 09:15 Quote
Saw the title and thought it was just a reshuffle around a bit, not the whole team being put out to pasture, and Freelancers being brought in ?
Wish you all the best of luck on your new adventures into the ultraworld ;)
Live long and Prosper :)
Taffy 7th January 2012, 09:28 Quote
Thanks for all the good work James and the team, I have held back reenewing my subscription until I see whats happenning.
best of luck to all
Soniclord 7th January 2012, 09:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by blinkieleblind
I am sorry to hear this. this is a community i have come to appreciate, including the editorial team. it will be sad to not have you on board and i reserve the right to cancel my sub if things turn not to my liking!

Thanks for your hard work.
Quote:
Originally Posted by mi1ez
*sad face*

Good luck guys (and see you on twitter!), and good luck to Dennis keeping more than 50% of the current readers... Looks like I'll just be using Tom's from now on.

:|:|:|:|:|

What's with all the negative posts! Jeez give them a chance before you make your minds up!!

Sometimes words just fail me..... :(
Bob Andersson 7th January 2012, 09:49 Quote
Hi James,

We met last year. Very sorry to hear the news but the best of luck to you and the whole team for the future.
BrightCandle 7th January 2012, 10:33 Quote
Real shame to see James go, was a fantastic chap. I wish you and the others who just got **** canned a bright future.

On the news of outsourced journalism. Hmmmm consider this a luke warm acceptance that I hope you know what you are doing. I do get what is happening with traditional media, but you have an internet strong hold that just got broke up.
Zombie 7th January 2012, 12:38 Quote
A, B, C, D, E, I, J, M, N, P, R and S

Camp nerds jib?

So, anyone speculate where the team are going so I can point my rss reader there instead?
sp4nky 7th January 2012, 12:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zombie
A, B, C, D, E, I, J, M, N, P, R and S

Camp nerds jib?

I'm guessing Scan, Jim Beam and Princess D.
Fizzban 7th January 2012, 15:26 Quote
I wish all the staff moving on all the best in whatever they do, and to those staying on in a freelance capacity and at CPC I say....yaaaay!

I see the site and mag split as a good thing. I've been seriously considering dropping my sub over the last few months. I will watch what happens with interest.

As to this site, it is sad to see it change so much so quickly. I only hope it works out for the best. I won't start passing judgement just yet.

Goodluck to the new boss-man.
dr-strangelove 7th January 2012, 15:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by lewchenko
...snip...

Have to agree, what's kept me with bit-tech for the past 6 years has always been the personal touch you guys put into your articles.

Really hope the podcast can continue but it doesn't seem very likely, makes me sad to think there might be no more rants from Joe :(

I'll try to keep an open mind, but I always felt this site was great because of the culture the team had, and I can't help feel like that will be lost now.

I would like to see a return to more of the articles we used to get, Joe's "The Best PC Games You Never Played" springs to mind: http://bit.ly/z3jo1n

Also, keep the current quality of tech review articles, BT is pretty much the only site I trust to do a tech review.
John_T 7th January 2012, 16:38 Quote
That's a bit of a choker.

Like all before me, I want to wish the best to you James and to everyone else leaving - and to thank you for all your efforts into making this an enjoyable as well as informative place to come. To those only writing freelance from now on, the best of luck finding other stuff to do as well.

Like exj, I too recognise Simon Brew's name from other publications so welcome that - although I'm also a little worried as to how stretched he'll be and wonder how much attention bit-tech is actually going to get from now on.

Still, good luck everyone & we'll see how it pans out...
Petrol head 7th January 2012, 22:39 Quote
This is a very sad time. I will never forget meeting the team at LITS and rabbiting all your ears off. I wish James an all the staff the best of luck. This was the only place I ever found that I felt I could trust what was said. I know the remaining guys will do their best.

Simon I wish you luck. Please for the sake of all the bit-tech family that has been created here, do your best to keep it the same.

We will be watching............
Kiliv 7th January 2012, 22:49 Quote
Just want to say thank you to the guys who have written for the last couple of years, you have made some great articles, i just hope the new staff live up to your standards
LeMaltor 7th January 2012, 22:56 Quote
Holy cow, bit tech is dead then
Anneon 7th January 2012, 23:16 Quote
Good luck in the furture to those leaving.

Gona start ( if not already lost ) readers if you do not start updating the news.

A whole month since a news story? ...really? a month?
fluxtatic 8th January 2012, 02:41 Quote
I'm trying to reserve judgment, but I guess I should have seen it coming. I've only been here for 2 years or so, and it's felt like things have been slipping since I came. Bit is the only tab I keep pinned, but lately, I don't feel compelled to even flip to it every day.

Pisses me off, the motivation behind it - profit. Increase value for the shareholders, blah, blah, blah, but Jesus Christ, Dennis. Doesn't having one of the most rabidly loyal communities I've seen on the net increase value? Silly me, only profit increases value. Just try not to run it into the ground, as that would not be in anybodies' interest.

Like I said, I'm trying to reserve judgment, but I feel like I'm running out of tech sites with an actual community. Not to mention reviews I feel I can actually trust...
TI99/4A 8th January 2012, 03:02 Quote
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Andy Mc 8th January 2012, 07:28 Quote
And so it begins. How long until Dennis decide to drop Bit altogether?
brumgrunt 8th January 2012, 08:52 Quote
Quote:

Like exj, I too recognise Simon Brew's name from other publications so welcome that - although I'm also a little worried as to how stretched he'll be and wonder how much attention bit-tech is actually going to get from now on.

I didn't really want to jump into this thread, as it seemed more about people thanking the people who had brought Bit-Tech this far. But this has come up twice, so wanted to be open and transparent about it.

I'm working directly on two websites, Bit-Tech and Den Of Geek. I have other projects going on in the background, too, but not ones that are quite so hands-on.

I started editing Micro Mart magazine back in 2000 (a position I stepped down from last year), and in that time, there's only been a period of three months where that's what I've exclusively done. I enjoy, and it keeps my brain fresh, doing a few things. At the peak of this, I edited Micro Mart (100 pages + of material every week), Den Of Geek, and several bookazines. I've also edited Micro Mart at the same time as a fortnightly IT trade publication, and a monthly public sector IT magazine.

The only reason I say this (I appreciate it's a bit dull!) is that I've never just done one thing at the same time. I've got a bit of an odd brain like that, I suppose. Instead, I enjoy working alongside people who are experts, and passionate about what they do, and letting them do it.

Bit-Tech has clearly had some problems, as many of you have identified, with some of the shackles that have been placed on the team. My immediate job is, I think, is to allow the brilliant writers for the site to write, and not have to worry about anything else going on in the background (I'll be fighting those background battles instead).

To be clear: that doesn't mean I'm taking any kind of back seat here. It means I might not be as visible as I'd like from time to time, but there's a good reason for it.

If it's okay, I'm going to copy this post into the Bit-Tech questions thread, and I'm happy to clarify anything about all of this over there.

Simon
do_it_anyway 8th January 2012, 10:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
The same as above is true of Custom PC, but Ben Hardwidge is stepping in to manage that.
I have HUGE respect for Ben, his articles in Custom PC are always thought provoking, and for this reason I will continue with my CPC sub and see how things pan out.

I honestly think that CPC will miss James' input though. He has been there since the first issue and if he goes it will be a huge loss.
I would love to know what these "pastures new" are so that I can continue to follow his work.
Same with Alex as well really. Where is he now?
Material 8th January 2012, 11:14 Quote
James talks about where he's off to in his column in Issue 102. Alex still works at Dennis but he's making apps now, not writing.
GravitySmacked 8th January 2012, 11:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by do_it_anyway
I have HUGE respect for Ben, his articles in Custom PC are always thought provoking, and for this reason I will continue with my CPC sub and see how things pan out.

I honestly think that CPC will miss James' input though. He has been there since the first issue and if he goes it will be a huge loss.

Agreed, once I found out Ben is staying with CPC my concerns reduced dramatically. It is a shame to see James go though, as mentioned he has been instrumental to the magazine over the years.
do_it_anyway 8th January 2012, 12:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Material
James talks about where he's off to in his column in Issue 102. Alex still works at Dennis but he's making apps now, not writing.

Thanks. ;)

I look forward to issue 102 then :)
thil 8th January 2012, 12:50 Quote
Says that "no journalist likes to think too much about advertising" - after thanking the "partners in the industry".

Partners in the industry - how utterly wrong that sounds coming from a "journalist".
Zinfandel 8th January 2012, 18:32 Quote
Personally, whilst it's never nice to see people losing their jobs (which is what it seems like is happening here) I think this is a good move for Bit-tech.

The merge with CPC was frankly, a decision of monumental stupidity and we've all seen the results in the decline in content and the quality of the content.

I don't blame the current staff for that, clearly the way it's been run by Dennis is not great. Hopefully the splitting of the two will allow BT to fall back into its own thing and to start providing great content again.
RTT 8th January 2012, 19:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zinfandel
Personally, whilst it's never nice to see people losing their jobs (which is what it seems like is happening here) I think this is a good move for Bit-tech.

The merge with CPC was frankly, a decision of monumental stupidity and we've all seen the results in the decline in content and the quality of the content.

I don't blame the current staff for that, clearly the way it's been run by Dennis is not great. Hopefully the splitting of the two will allow BT to fall back into its own thing and to start providing great content again.

Ding ding, this man gets it! B)

(just a shame staff had to lose jobs in order for it to happen)
mrb_no1 8th January 2012, 20:51 Quote
bit tech is finally coming off my firefox bookmarks toolbar, the move to include custom pc and dennis meant the quality went down the tube imo....key members have left, since then as well, bindi etc and I've been frequenting the site less and less and now i feel our time is over. Good bye bit tech and i'm sorry to the chaps losing their jobs to free-lance, seems to just be cutting corners but I hope the writers survive and live on.

peace

fatman
Canon 8th January 2012, 21:46 Quote
From mid 2010 Dennis have been squeezing every possible penny from bit-tech, monetizing it whatever way possible, now it's come to moving staff around and cutting corners.

Unfortunately those that are on the big salary probably care very little, if at all about the quality of content or how much you get out of it.

I've already given up hope for articles and news, I expect to see good reviews for the highest bidder soon but I will stay on the forums because I know the individuals that frequent the forum are themselves capable of providing relevant information and are often very amusing, some quite talented.

So goodbye front page and for ****'s sake keep the forum functioning.
l3v1ck 8th January 2012, 21:50 Quote
BP more podcasts then ?

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l3v1ck 8th January 2012, 21:50 Quote
No more podcasts then?

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Action_Parsnip 8th January 2012, 21:54 Quote
bit-tech has been on the slde for years imho. Publishers to blame. Clearing house now, get someone cheaper in. Balls to them I say. I don't wish Simon all the best of luck.
McDuff32 9th January 2012, 01:39 Quote
Hi Simon :)

Hope you enjoy the new job!
yodasarmpit 9th January 2012, 02:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Canon


So goodbye front page and for ****'s sake keep the forum functioning.
No matter what the forums will continue. However I am confident that bit-tech will move on and suceed as it has always done.
Zoon 9th January 2012, 09:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by kna
I'm sure very few remember myself, James (RIP), Vinny etc.., but people changed during and after my time there, yet the site still thrived.
I remember the lot of you dude ;)

Them were frontier days, I guess when anything goes more mainstream with suppliers selling mods out of the box that things will change.
Lizard 9th January 2012, 10:38 Quote
Thanks for the kind comments guys.

My plan is to stay active on the forum (I was a reader of bit-tech long before becoming a member of staff) and carry on folding for our great team.

As for what I'm going to do next, I'm leaving journalism to go work in the IT industry again. I can't say where yet, but those you of who know how speed obsessed I am will probably not be particularly surprised to find out where I'm going.
azrael- 9th January 2012, 10:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lizard
Thanks for the kind comments guys.

My plan is to stay active on the forum (I was a reader of bit-tech long before becoming a member of staff) and carry on folding for our great team.

As for what I'm going to do next, I'm leaving journalism to go work in the IT industry again. I can't say where yet, but those you of who know how speed obsessed I am will probably not be particularly surprised to find out where I'm going.
Apple? :p
littlepuppi 9th January 2012, 12:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lizard
Thanks for the kind comments guys.

My plan is to stay active on the forum (I was a reader of bit-tech long before becoming a member of staff) and carry on folding for our great team.

As for what I'm going to do next, I'm leaving journalism to go work in the IT industry again. I can't say where yet, but those you of who know how speed obsessed I am will probably not be particularly surprised to find out where I'm going.

Sorting out loldozer?
Omnituens 9th January 2012, 12:58 Quote
This is sad news. I also wasn't aware of how bad the advertising had got on here until someone pointed out an advert disguised as an article, and my ad blocker was filtering it - this news coupled with the quite frankly insulting advertisments means I probably be removing BT from my favourites list.

A sad day indeed.
fuus 9th January 2012, 13:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by littlepuppi
Sorting out loldozer?

+rep
will_123 9th January 2012, 13:23 Quote
Good luck to the new staff. Ill still be staying here. Think people just need to chilax and see what happens..so much panic!
rogerrabbits 9th January 2012, 15:08 Quote
Wait, who is going? The people who write the articles, but not the ones who do the games reviews?

p.s. I only come here for reviews and latest news.
MrGumby 9th January 2012, 23:30 Quote
You got a job at Intel James? Thats my guess anyway. Will really miss your views and columns. Ive read cpc since issue 20 and have enjoyed the ride.
Goodluck in whatever you do mate.
Spreadie 10th January 2012, 05:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lizard
Thanks for the kind comments guys.

My plan is to stay active on the forum (I was a reader of bit-tech long before becoming a member of staff) and carry on folding for our great team.

As for what I'm going to do next, I'm leaving journalism to go work in the IT industry again. I can't say where yet, but those you of who know how speed obsessed I am will probably not be particularly surprised to find out where I'm going.

Nah, I bet he's off to Asus with Tim and Bindi.
DriftCarl 10th January 2012, 08:59 Quote
no CES coverage either anymore?
I do hope you can revive the site, it hasnt lived up to its potential for a while now. I still visit for the reviews, but i often find other sites are faster at getting up content and also cover more items.
MSHunter 10th January 2012, 09:22 Quote
Thanks for the warning. Will wait at least 3 months before renewing my CPC sub. will have to see if the new guys will remember to do full tech. reviews with proper data or not.

Well at least the forum will still be here.
Gareth Halfacree 10th January 2012, 09:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
no CES coverage either anymore?
Don't worry, CES will be getting the attention it deserves in due course. Trust me, I'm a doctor^Wjournalist.
Unicorn 13th January 2012, 09:28 Quote
Well, with my neglection of the "artlcle discussion" section of the forum, the "Articles" section of the site and my general absence from the forum for these first couple of weeks of Janurary, I completely missed this.

I'm not really sure what to think. Part of me is sad to see JG go, along with whoever else has left as a result of these changes, but part of me also has to remind myself that despite having all current issues of CPC, I haven't taken the time to sit down and actually read one article from any of them for the past 5-10 issues. I'm truly ashamed to admit that, but it's true. I let my subscription run out last month by accident and had the intention of renewing it before the next issue is released, but to be honest I'm not getting the value out of it that I used to. That's not to say it isn't still a great publication and the best read for performance hardware, customization and overclocking in the UK, it's just that I haven't been able to stop, sit down and read enjoy it for a very long time.

I sincerely hope that I can get back into a habit of reading the mag (and the site) again soon, and I also hope that the standard of the mag does not change one bit with the new staff. I still love CPC for what it is; the magazine (and the people) who gave me a massive amount of insight into an industry that I only half knew when I started reading way back at issue one and taught me so much that I couldn't have picked up elsewhere. I also hope that these staff changes don't change the site or the forum too much either. I don't think they will really, as long as everyone welcomes the newcomers with open arms and open minds, and gives them a chance to get to know the place.

James will certainly be missed in the folding section and on the folding team if he intends on ceasing production for CPC & bit tech - any word on that? The mag will need a new Folding writer too.

Overall I think this could be very good for bit-tech. What it will do to CPC I'm not really sure, I'll have to pick up the next issue and find out. As far as the forum goes, I have this to say;

There have been a lot of changes in the bit-tech forum over the past while. If you look hard enough, you'll find that those changes go back about 10-12 months when there seemed to be a flurry of new members signing up and some other changes like mods leaving, staff changes etc. Lately, a lot of people have been talking about the forum as if it's a car sliding uncontrollably down a steep, slippery slope with us all locked inside, but it's not that bad. Nobody can deny that there have been changes. Some members left stating that they couldn't stand to stay because of this or that and some members just don't contribute or even log in as much as they used to. I think the old saying "The Church is the people and their beliefs" is prudent here - an online community is it's members and their interests, and as long as there are still a good number of us here and as long as we continue to do what has always been done on bit-tech then the community and the forum will be absolutely fine. All we have to do is get along as well as possible in the process. I know I'm a little late in saying this, but it's a new year and we have some new staff... let's stop talking about how bit-tech is changing for the worse and make sure that it changes for the better. I think that power lies as much with the members as it does the mods and staff.
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