Release Notes: So Long, and Thanks for All the Pie

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tedpas

Best wishes to you Will as you move ahead to your future.

 We have always enjoyed your editorial comments, especially as you so adeptly handled the whining in some of the 'letters to the editor'........

You have helped to guide MaxPC to a perennial source of great insight and because of you and the rest of the capable staff I'm sure I will continue to enjoy both my paper and electronic editions of the mag.

 Again, the best to you for the future!! 

 

 

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mpc_lifer

You've raised the bar. Good luck to the new editor.

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Nation

1) Its a sad day when MaxPC looses one of it's best editors. Please except complements from my friends and I. I hope your moving foreword to something even better then this, and it wont effect the quality of the mag. (Did I get most of them?)

2) You're more than just a great EIC, and will be sorely missed.  Best wishes on the new endeavor.

3) I'm very impressed by Fred Langa, but maybe a little too retiring and retired for MaximumPC?

 

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whiplash55

Good kuck at whatever you do, take care.

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dmstr23

Every month the first thing I always look for is your always-kickass ed word and it makes me sad to know that this will be the last one I will read. I wish you luck on your future ventures.

Don't you be a stranger now, you hear?

dmstr23 

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Sebie Kay

We hate to loose you, Will.  I came to Maximum PC in 2005, and have loved how you added a nice touch to your articles. 

You will be kept alive in the ones and zero's flying around at maximumpc.com!

-=Do unto others... THEN RUN!!=-

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Sebie Kay

We hate to loose you, Will.  I came to Maximum PC in 2005, and have loved how you added a nice touch to your articles. 

You will be kept alive in the ones and zero's flying around at maximumpc.com!

-=Do unto others... THEN RUN!!=-

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cfmwarren

So long Will, i'm gonna miss the podcasts! You were a real guiding force in everything MaxPC did, and I enjoyed the whole experience with the mag. Hope your travels bring you good fortune. :salute:

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DRAGONWEEZEL

And was perhaps the only reason Gordon's Rage (tm) hasn't taken over and killed everyone on the entire planet!  Who will perform this job now?  Who will keep the vicious Gordon in check? 

 It ain't going to be me, I can tell you that right now!

THERE ARE ONLY 11 TYPES OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD. Those that think binary jokes are funny, those that don't, and those that don't know binary

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K0BALT

Hey, don't be a stranger around here. I still wanna see your comments on ALL these pages! Good luck!

 

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xj97

I always enjoyed your work immensely, and I will definitely miss you and Gordon having WinMo/IPhone battles on the podcast!

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Havok

 If you search for ' will smith 'on google pictures, page 46, row 2, column 6 has our beloved EIC in all his zombie gory, I mean glory.

 

 

CLICK.

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nekollx

 i just periodically check notthatwillsmith.com

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xRadeon

It was always great reading your posts, listening to you on the Podcasts, and learning more than I could have on my own. It has been a pleasure Will Smith, thank you and good luck! 

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snapple00

NORM IS STILL THE COOLEST

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Thal

Maybe "that" Will Smith is the new EIC.

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CentiZen

Bye bye Will. It was your kind and steady helping hand that gave me the confidance to build my first computer. And it works great. Can't wait to see what your new site is like. 

 

SHEILA: AMD X4 965 3.2GHZ ; 4 GB G.SKILL GAMING RAM ; RADEON HD 5770 1GB

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Havok

 Yeah, steady up untill he sliced it open while building a PC for charity! He literally poured his blood and sweat into that one!

But seriously, same here. The day the "How to build a PC in 20 minutes" Video was released on MPC.com, I built my rig as well.

 

 

CLICK.

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COMMANDER_COOK

I still haven't built a rig of my own yet. But I did build 3 Kick ass towers for my school. I was thrilled that they actually trusted me with a $3,000 budget, but they did tell me that if I screwed up they'd make me wish I was dead. This was 2008, The machines had 4GB DDR 800 ram, dual 250GB hdd, dual dvd burners, 9600GT videocards, and 2.66 ghz core2 quads. I got scared after several BSODs, but found out it was just bad (and according to nvidia) nonexistant chipset drivers for the mobo that were on the Asus website.

I was so excited I took pictures and told all my friends, who didn't give a crap. I have MPC and newegg to thank for that success.

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Xmodgeek

ahh man farewell agent smith

you shall be missed

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mothrpe

So long Will,

I always enjoyed your editorials and obvious passion for the topics.  Best of luck in all your future endeavours and live long & prosper. 

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COMMANDER_COOK

I havent even been here for a year, so i really don't know about the smoke alarm incident or the pie jokes, so please fill me in.

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bkazdan

Will, thank you for the years of quality articles and helping to make Maximum PC such a great read.  All the best in your future endeavors.

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americaeh

 HOW MANY P4 PRESCOTTS DO I HAVE TO SACRIFICE TO KEEP YOU??? YOU CAN"T LEAVE!!! THE BRALGOSHPERE 's tubes will clog with sorrow and over clockers everywhere will crash and then we will know that on this day we will remember Will smith hath left us...

sudo apt-get install windows 7

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mitpatterson

So where are you going to, and secondly when are we going to know who we get to compare to you as EIC?

mitpatterson

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JonPhillips

I hope to have a new EIC in place for the April issue of the magazine, which means a web announcement would happen at the same time. OR... we might do a web announcement before that.

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mitpatterson

I'll take the job Jon as long as i can work from home and then move to cali in like 2-3 years

mitpatterson

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DRAGONWEEZEL

Even if I had the writing experience to do it, I could never.  It would tip the scales of Rage in Gordon's favor causing an epic cataclysmic event turning the seas to red, boiling lakes, and ringing the neck of every single latte sipping mac user out there, 1 by 1...

THERE ARE ONLY 11 TYPES OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD. Those that think binary jokes are funny, those that don't, and those that don't know binary

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nicchap

Like the comments imply, "you are the best". Take care and we'll miss you.

Nic.

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kiddcreole99

Will, thanks for all of the great issues, reviews, ed notes, etc. MaxPC is the only mag that I have ever actually read the notes from the editor. (: You have a great writing style, sense of humor, and great perspective on all things PC-related. I wish you the best and hope that you are going to do something that makes you not regret leaving MaxPC. 

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eshows

I was shocked and saddened to read that you'll be leaving MaxPC.  You are by far the best Editor in Chief this magazine has ever seen, and while I am sure you will be moving on to wondererful things, and we all hope for the best in your future, this entire community will miss you.  The magazine and the podcast certainly won't be the same without you.  Thank you for your years of dedication to us, the readers.

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doggitydogs

Agreed, word-for-word.

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Number Six

I already posted my good-bye on the forums, but I wanted to reiterate my heartfelt gratitude for everything you've done for the Maximum PC fans, Will.  Your dedication and leadership will never be forgotten.  I hope rapid success in your new career will afford you time to contribute to the magazine in the future.

-Mark "[Ch]amsalot" Miller

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Talcum X

 I have seen several EICs come and go over the years.  Don't know why they dont stay, but Will, we shall miss you at the helm.  I wish you luck in your future endevors and you succeed in whatever you do.

Been a long time and faithfull MPC reader that, unfortunatley had to stop my subscription to the mag after loosing my job last January.  That's right, it's been a loooooong year for me and my wife.  But I hope after getting my MCSE will change that (half way there).  Then I can re-up and get all the MPC goodness.

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Shalbatana

Dammit Will!

Seriously, I hope you'll drop in from time to time, and that you are leaving for bigger and better as yet unannounced Spider-man type greatness.

May [whatever] God [you believe in] stand between you and harm, in all the dark places you must walk.

- an old Egyptian Blessing.

 

Thank you.

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"There's no time like the future."

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campa_killa

What a shock!

 

You have done a great job on the mag. I eagerly waited for each installment. Your podcast was my fav! You will be missed. I'm not sure if anyone can curb Gordons tempure the way you could (but Gordon is in a class all his own!) Best of Luck in all you endevors!

 I hope you will continue to have a role on the podcast!!!! Please!!!!

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jtm55

Wow! This really takes the wind out of my sails, but if you're happy, I'm happy for you. Please drop in from time to time. It looks like I'll have to get a Twitter account. Best Wishes.

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hmcdow

Will,

You have done an outstanding job at MPC.  It is rather shocking that you chose this time to leave, at a time when MPC is stable, innovative, progressive, agressive, funny, honest and chock full great reading and of course the Podcast is at it's peak of perfection.  But progress must be made, and however hard you find it, change is mostly good, but only when one can benefit from it.  And, MPC will continue, thankfully, albeit a bit poorer for you not being there, but I'm looking forward to seeing how a new EIC will influence the ship, and how she sails.

So, I wish you the best.  It has been a blast, some of the best reading, and one of the only mags I subscribe to (Texas Monthly, of course, but that is another story), and MPC is one of the highest quality magazines I have ever subscribed to and devour each month.

Success, Will, I hope you find something that keeps you frosty and your trigger finger itchy.

Harry

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NuparuGT

Thanks Will and good luck!

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Gigabyte

Thanks for all of the hard work and all of the kickass monthly issues! 

Good luck on your future endeavours. We look forward to your regular column on MPC.com, as well as many more surprises in 2010!

BTW... Who's going to contain Gordon's rage now?

 

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Gutter96

That GORDON might become EIC!?! That would be #%*@ing sweet! An EDITORIAL rant. Bring on the RAGE!!!!

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QuadraQ

I found your column today both sad an interesting. I too have been at my job for the last 9 1/2 years so all the changes you mentioned I remember well. I hope you find success in your new endevor!

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aerotive

Nnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

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JonPhillips

What a great outpouring of support for Will. I am 99% sure that I know where he's going, and if I'm right, I'm pretty comfortable in saying he won't be working for a direct competitor, but rather more of a tangential competitor... an organization that complements Maximum PC in the tech space. I guess we'll all have to wait for Will's announcement.

But I do want to jump in and say that Will is leaving at the best of times and worst of times, depending on how I look at it. These are the best of times because Maximum PC print and especially MaximumPC.com have received a lot more support from Future in the last 18 months, and this immediately translates into more resources for producing more content and better content. In fact, now with Will's position open, I have three editorial jobs that need to be filled. We are actively searching/recruiting for the right talent, but as you can imagine, finding just the right mix of skills and talent isn't easy. We need folks with all the technical smarts and hands-on experience, but they ALSO have to be great communicators, and understand the Maximum PC voice... how we choose are stories, and how we write our stories to give them that unmistakable mark of MPC. At any rate, these are good times insomuch that once we get fully staffed up, we can really begin making some improvements that were greenlighted a while ago.

On the flipside, these are the worst of times because now we don't have Will to help with the growth and content development. There's a lot of work ahead, and we who remain have roll up our sleaves and get down to business more than ever before.

But this thread DOES make me wonder who you guys think are MaximumPC-quality editors? Are there any editors at other mags and websites whom you really respect, and could see working at MPC? I'm asking to get a feel for whether our ideal of the perfect MPC editor matches the hardcore reader's idea of the perfect editor. Plus, it would also be interesting  to see if any names line up with the people I've identified on my own. Just thinking out loud.

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maxuh

On other tech magazines, they would sometimes go with an EIC that is just a sales / corporate talk guy personality (basically Jay Leno as EIC of a computer magazine) and displays the knowledge of someone who only knows about their cool TV and Internet, but don't really understand anything more than that.  And only the other editors are competent enough to write reviews.

The EIC I would like to see as a reader is similar to Will and Gordon
where they know detailed intricacies of various technology yet is fun at the same time (I think Gordon would be a great EIC). Draws in the reader to open the cover each month to read the magazine.

Need kind of a mix between ability to capture the reader glued to the page and tech-savvy/intelligent.

Try to never be boring like CPU magazine ... I go to sleep reading the editor's letter.

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macumber

John, I liked you as EIC. I liked the car references and analogies. I thought the magazine was a little more 'indie' and less PC back in those days. It was a little more hardcore. On the other hand, I assume Will had a big hand in the creation of this awesome website that I read nearly every day. I think the addition of Norman Chan was a great hire as I am under the impression he co-created the new website. Norman is also great on the podcast and I had never listened to a regular podcast until the MPC podcast - which is another great addition that came under Will's watch.

So for successors two guys come to mind. Gordon number one. He is great. He has a great voice and is good to the readers. He has responded to a couple of my emails in the past for general build advice and I was surprised at how quickly and openly he responded and gave me a few minutes of his time. After reading him and listening to him on the podcast he is like an old buddy.

Another guy I like to read is Kyle Bennet over at HardOCP. He probably isn't for hire since he lives in Dallas and since he has his own gig going. But he is the type of guy that would be interesting as the next EIC.

 Gordon as EIC would be kewl.

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hmcdow

Will is a MPC quality EIC, of course.

But who would be his ideal replacement?  I am one person who firmly believes in the "promote from within" concept.  Why?  New blood is good, don't get me wrong.  But creating a EIC from outside in a mag such as MCP could spell trouble.  Not only is that person the "boss" but un-washed, bringing fresh ideas to a fast-moving and terribly strict publishing routine.  New blood?  Yes.  But EIC from outside?  It would need to be someone who can move fast and adapt quickly.  Or someone from within?  Yes.  Already knows the ropes, the bosses, the upper echelon.  Knows how the Mag is put together, the schedules, the way everything goes together and how to influence editors/interns that they already know.  New blood is for interns, young un's who want to learn the ropes and the MPC way of doing things.  If they hack it, they stay.  Nathan is a perfect example.

Do I think I know who would be a perfect EIC from within?  Well Gordon for one.  But if it means he has to give up his rant, then no.  Gordon's rant is a clean, stiff, fresh air breeze that peels back the "crap" from life and exposes things as they should be.  But I'd bet good money that Gordon would be a damn good EIC.  In fact, I thought Future was grooming Gordon for this position for a long time.

Only one other person pops into my head, although the whole editorial staff has talent beyond belief.   Katherine would be a good choice.  I believe she has the level headed determination that could continue to develop the magazine and make it progressive.  Not sure that would be a popular choice, but I think if stability and progressive thought is something Future is lookig for, Katherine would be a consideration.

My two cents, Jon.  For what it is worth.

Harry

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willsmith

Thanks Jon :) While we'll definitely be covering some of the same stuff, the places that we overlap will be a subset of the overall topics my new site will be covering. That's a little vague, I know, but I'll have a lot more that I can say in February.

It's also worth mentioning that one of those open positions is brand new. That shows Future's faith in Maximum PC and the team.  

Also, wow. This outpouring of support is really amazing. Thanks for all the love guys :) 

 

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joseph4.0

Good luck Will, you will be missed.

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Whudunit

It's funny, MPC has been like old friends who I don't see to often but when we hang out it's spectacular. 

Will you have a serioius wit and great sense of humour which has only made MPC.  I LOVE the podcast even though I'm usually an episode or two behind. Gordon's rant and your repsonses and attempts to contain the rage are epic to me.

 Change is inevitable I know, but the Murph and now YOU.  Tell me Gordon isn't leaving soon?

 

Anywho, best of luck to you in the future(What are you doing?)  I look forward to your articles and other events you do with MPC.

 

Thanks a ton, and I wish you and yours the best in 2010 and beyond!  This is one Canadian who will miss you.

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