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Checkpoint: New AnandTech Edition

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Checkpoint - New AnandTech Edition

It’s the end of an era.

With Anand Lai Shimpi retiring from tech publishing and leaving the website he built nearly 18 years ago, I thought it would be fitting to reflect and show my appreciation for the tech site.

Years ago when I was learning to build my own PCs, sites like AnandTech were common. Tech sites analyzing and critiquing computer hardware were a dime a dozen. AnandTech, The Tech Report, Tom’s Hardware and HardOCP were amongst the most popular. But even back then, AnandTech and The Tech Report were always vying for top spot in my books.

As time wore on and computers became more and more of a commodity, tech sites began to fade away. The appetite for higher end computer hardware became increasingly niche and you had to stand out in order to survive. AnandTech doubled down on their analysis and deep dives into technology and I appreciated it more and more.

AnandTech grew from covering computer components like CPUs, GPUs and motherboards to covering computing in general. Now they cover a wide variety of mobile computing platforms and brought their brand of analysis to the likes of Apple computers, PlayStation consoles and more.

The website will go on under Ryan Smith but I was a fan of Anand’s insights. I was particular fond with his coverage on solid state drives, CPUs, mobile computing and Apple products. When I read about his retirement, several thoughts crossed my mind:

  • He started AnandTech when he was just 14. That’s really impressive. What was I doing?
  • It’s incredible how he maintained a level of professionalism that was beyond his years
  • 17.5 years is a long time. I don’t know if I could leave something I built after all those years.

I wonder what he has lined up. The man is talented and I can’t imagine he will just ride off into the sunset.

It’s been a lot of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition with a healthy dose of Mario Kart 8 on the side. I’ve been trying to finish Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask but I keep getting distracted by HItman Go. I wish Miracle Mask was better but these puzzles are so obtuse.

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