First of all: thank you very much from all of us. Thank you for your many years of loyal visits to Hardware Info, your membership of Hardware Info Magazine, watching Hardware Info TV and your presence during our events. Your mostly constructive, honest comments have kept us on our toes in recent years. Partly because of this, we have been able to innovate, create better articles and reviews and further improve the site.
Making Hardware Info was a team sport. Many different people have contributed to this site over the years. We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to those people. People with endless passion, knowledge and love for technology and this brand.
Today is the last day that Hardware Info gets editorial updates. This article is written by me, Frank Everaardt, with a heavy heart. Personally, I would have liked to continue for years. The motivated crew and the wonderful developments in this market have given me enormous energy and drive. Thanks to that, I was able to run this site 24/7 and write over 260 reviews this year.
Saying goodbye hurts. I remember well that I met Koen Crijns in person for the first time in 1999. That was at a Gigabyte event in Dordrecht. We got to know each other there. Ultimately it led to us supporting Hardware Info, until then a hobby project of Koen. At the time I wrote for Computer!Totaal, ComputerPartner and InfoWorld. In the meantime, I studied computer science in The Hague.
Ultimately, I started working with Eric van Ballegoie in Rijswijk and Koen in Maastricht. Later it became Voorburg and Hardware Info expanded further. In collaboration with HUB Uitgevers in Haarlem, we launched Hardware Info Magazine. Thanks to this magazine we were able to survive in those not so digital times. In the early days of online video we also started making Hardware Info TV, an online program about developments in this technical world.
We worked together with VARA Kassa, among others, where we discovered, among other things, the cause of the problem that the Xbox scratched the discs of expensive games. The company grew from three nerds – Koen Crijns, Frank Everaardt and Eric van Ballegoie – literally in the attic, into a real small company with more employees.
The company outgrew the three technicians and in 2016, Hardware Info was sold to De Persgroep, now DPG Media. The year before I was out of action for a few months due to an unfortunate fall. I still think about the many cards I received from you. Including a card with duct tape: you can patch up anything with it, including a Frank. And yes, I kept all your cards. Thanks again. As I type this, it moves me.
The years that followed were different. A small company like Hardware Info is different from a large organization like DPG Media, with many great colleagues and great brands.
Since September 2021, I have been at the helm of this site again. We have been working on a huge editorial improvement. I am extremely proud of the team that made this possible, and thank the many brands that helped us. With more than 440 reviews since March 2022 and many background articles, we have brought HWI back up to standard. I am extremely grateful to everyone who helped with this.
We are on the eve of a new year. First of all, I wish you a fantastic and healthy 2024. Unfortunately, the time has now come when the site is closing and I am closing the door of DPG Media behind me. I will remain active in this market, but no longer with this brand that is so familiar to me and in this now familiar house.
Again, thank you
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