I am grateful for the support you and the tech community gave through your sites. Over the 12 years, your site affected me both personally and professionally.
In 2002 I was working for a music theatre company and we were having issues with a lack of funding to give the production crew laptops to use autocad blueprints to design and build the sets. With the guidance of this site I proposed the theatre purchase Compaq Ipaqs with the CF sleeves.
For the cost of one laptop, I was able to purchase three Compaqs and install Pocket Cad. The Production team learned to successfully use them; even making notes on the files and emailing the changes to the rest of the team! At the end of the production season the Executive Director acknowledged my plan helped the Threatre break even which probably saved them from closing the doors.
But personally, I will always remember:
*Jason and his periodic rants about posting etiquette. Runner up was his evolution of superhero avatars!
*April Fool's Day posts, and the griping that sometimes followed
*The great contests (I was an active contest participant; I won one of Jason's spare 500GB hard drives-still working! , the Scott-e-Vest Hat, a Zune original Birthday Cards set, and a Zune Thoughts blue light clip)
*The year the sites offered the membership program (I guess the lifetime license fine print was "good for forever unless I get a better paying gig"). I'm not complaining- it was definitely worth it. I got back half of the membership on a Sena coupon and the three free games I downloaded
Still your sites were always part of my daily routine. I've got you on my Twitter feed so I'll keep an eye out for your comments going forward.
So there's only one thing left to say:
So long and thanks for all the fish