TechNudge Will Be Closing Its Doors at the End of March – More Info

Tough decision. But as a wise man said several years ago… Well, never mind what a wise man once said. :-)

I’ll certainly miss all of you, especially those of you who followed me here from The Hardedge. It’s been a trip. Thank you, thank you very much.

Update: For those of you who have asked (my regular e-mail is bulging) it’s like this: It’s been a long time. I carbon date back to Altair and Sinclair, among others. (In fact, my first “computer” was an analog gate-logic DIY device from Lafayette Radio and Electronic.) I was rumored to have been the person who outted the existence and imminent release of the IBM PC to a London Times reporter. (Not true; that’s my story and I’m sticking too it.) Heck, I wrote the first version of PC Labs benchmarks test. My first article was published in Compute and I got paid $30 for it. I’ve written 6 books –from Unix, to Apple, to PCs. I’ve met Bill Gates (not impressed) and Steve Jobs (definitely not impressed, God rest his soul). I’m not so much tired as I am in quite a bit of pain 24/7 –and, worst of all, I’m really disappointed at this stage of my life.

I am in love with computers and technology. Unfortunately, these days what passes for tech hardly merits the title. I blame Apple for finally bastardizing the genre and, because of it, we are up to our asses in latter day mood rings that appeal to our emotional needs rather than true technology that enhances our intellect. And it’s getting worse.

I’ll be spending some time over at The Casual Ham (www.casualham.com) fighting against the evils of menu-drive radios versus large, heavy, and friendly boat anchors that you can wrap your arms around and which will warm you on a cold day.

-O’B.

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21 Responses to TechNudge Will Be Closing Its Doors at the End of March – More Info

  1. kevinkar says:

    Will you be selling shavings from the Oaken Doors encased in Lucite (along with proper certificates of authenticity)? What about some autographed cans of Pepsi Cola?

    This is sad news indeed but you gotta do what you gotta do.

    I’m sure others will say it better than I can so I’ll just say thank you for all your hard work and honesty. It’s been a fun few decades.

    Kevin

  2. MForry says:

    :( I used to get that huge Computer Shopper and turn right to the Hardedge. Cancelled the subscription when it stopped being included.

    Good luck in future endeavors and hope to see you around the WWW :)

    Mike

  3. pyrial says:

    Oh man, gonna miss reading this Bill…

    “Fair Winds and Following Seas.”

  4. hardedge says:

    After selling my soul for a little over 30 years, I find myself at a loss for relics. ;-)

    For those of you who have asked (my regular e-mail is bulging) it’s like this: It’s been a long time. I carbon date back to Altair and Sinclair, among others. (In fact, my first “computer” was an analog gate-logic DIY device from Lafayette Radio and Electronic.) I was rumored to have been the person who outted the existence and imminent release of the IBM PC to a London Times reporter. (Not true; that’s my story and I’m sticking too it.) Heck, I wrote the first version of PC Labs benchmarks test. My first article was published in Compute and I got paid $30 for it. I’ve written 6 books –from Unix, to Apple, to PCs. I’ve met Bill Gates (not impressed) and Steve Jobs (definitely not impressed, God rest his soul). I’m not so much tired as I am in quite a bit of pain 24/7 –and, worst of all, I’m really disappointed at this stage of my life.

    I am in love with computers and technology. Unfortunately, these days what passes for tech hardly merits the title. I blame Apple for finally bastardizing the genre and, because of it, we are up to our asses in latter day mood rings that appeal to our emotional needs rather than true technology that enhances our intellect. And it’s getting worse.

    I’ll be spending some time over at The Casual Ham (www.casualham.com) fighting against the evils of menu-drive radios versus large, heavy, and friendly boat anchors that you can wrap your arms around and which will warm you on a cold day.

  5. SomeDumbGuy says:

    Dang! The internet just got a lot more boring. Hmm, maybe you and Oldster can meet up and do a little fishing…

  6. hardedge says:

    Two things might make that difficult: I don’t swim and I was never comfortable mounting live bait. I did, however, stand on some rocks and caught a Sunny (?? 50 years ago) using a piece of a meatball sandwich on the hook.

  7. speed1001 says:

    Gonna miss your posts Bill.

  8. hardedge says:

    You only say that because the check will stop too. ;-)

  9. RobertSB says:

    Been a fan since Alice & Bill / The Hard Edge days. Overcame nostalgia and made the tough decision to toss my last 2″ thick Computer Shopper in the recycling bin when I moved a year ago. Thanks for the years of fun! Thoroughly enjoyed the ride. From Tech to HAM to Doctor Who! Sad to see you go. I hope you get your level of physical discomfort under control soon. I’m going to miss the feeling of being able to put a name, face, and most important a person behind the posts. Your wit and knowledge of technology was always appreciated, but it was you the person that kept us following and coming back. Best Wish’s!

  10. hardedge says:

    WAIT! I’m not going anywhere! I just won’t be here. Trust me, I’ll let you know when I pass. (Oldster’s holding the mailing list.) :-)

    P.S. The doc says the pain will decrease when I cure my diabetes. Hahahahahahahahaha!

  11. Oldster says:

    It’s been a great ride, Bill. Like M.Forry, I date back to the Hardedge column in Computer Shopper and I too dropped my subscription when Hardedge was gone. Thanks for giving me a chance to make a small contribution to Technudge from time to time.

    As for holding that list — I’ll check off your name when you get there because I’m going to be there first. Take care and write from time to time if you get the chance.

  12. hardedge says:

    Thank you sir but, as I said, I won’t be going away. :-)

  13. rapcomp says:

    I too am on old timer from The Hardedge days!
    I also dropped my Computer Shopper when they dropped the column. I’m gonna miss all you guy’s. Best Wishes Bill!

    Oldster, you can forward the list to me if you like, I plan on living at least another hundred years or so! You can find me at http://www.rapcomp.com

  14. Steve says:

    Dittos to M.Forry, Oldster, and RapComp. I, too, dropped my subscription to Computer Shopper when the Hardedge was gone. I was happy to find Bill at Technudge and been reading it from the beginning. I guess I’ll have to learn about Casual Ham to see what Bill is up to.

    Best Wishes Bill.

  15. MForry says:

    Anyone else keep checking back to see if Bill changed his mind? Or maybe I am Bill’s only stalker? lol

  16. Oldster says:

    I’m lurking too. Over behind this giant Pepsi display. :)

  17. RobertSB says:

    I don’t feel so odd now for checking in hoping to find things back up and running.

  18. rapcomp says:

    Old habits die hard!

  19. MForry says:

    Instead of “The Casual Ham” it should be “The Rambunctious Bacon”

  20. RobertSB says:

    Happy B-day! Hope all is well.

  21. jtintle says:

    Darn it, I finally make my way back here and it’s shuttered….

    Oh well…Its was fun

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