Summary: If you've been looking for fresh, new articles to read, good news: the wait is almost over. Our new EIC, Joel Durham Jr. introduces himself in this editor's letter.
The aimless wandering is almost over. I'm taking the reins of FiringSquad, and things are going to change - for the better. Much better.
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Joel Durham Jr, the new acting Editor-In-Chief of this wonderful website. Not to be a narcissist, but if you read tech enthusiast and/or gaming websites, you've probably encountered my byline. I'm not going to go through my entire résumé, but know that I've been writing about PC tech and gaming for nigh on 14 years.
Here are some of the places I've written for and/or been employed by: ExtremeTech, PCmag.com, PC World, PC Gamer, GameSpy, GameSpot, CNET's (defunct) Gamecenter, Computer Gaming World/Games for Windows, and a whole batch of other high and low profile sites and mags. I've also written more than a dozen tech books, including two in the Dummies series, and a batch of Prima game strategy guides.
FiringSquad is going through a moderate upheaval, and I'm here to make sure it goes smoothly and to revamp the site into the powerhouse it used to be. I've been reading this site since the legendary professional gamer Thresh founded it. I've watched it grow, I've seen it on megaportals like Slashdot and Digg, and I've recently discovered the longtime show runner Brandon Bell has taken a gig with Nvidia. He's still on our executive committee, and he's showing me the ropes.
And what I plan to do with those ropes. I'm in the throes of benchmarking product right now--some pretty cool stuff. I'm going to work to clean up FiringSquad. I'll be here to keep the editorial content up to date, toss out ancient links like AT&T dinging unlimited downloading, to make FiringSquad relevant and even vital, as it was before. I have contacts throughout the gaming and technology industries, and I'm going to use them to get in not only the latest and greatest, but the most interesting and even curious parts and gadgets so I can present them to you.
Best of all, I'm a staunch supporter of the separation between church and stat--er, that is, editorial and advertising. The reviews you see here will be honest and unbiased, brave and thorough. We'll try to concentrate on the stuff worth your time, but if a product is a dud we'll say so. I have no qualms about giving praise where due, and derision where deserved.
Industry folk and readers alike can contact me with product announcements, review requests, comments, suggestions, criticism, and whatever's up at email@example.com.
Welcome back to FiringSquad. Stay with us. Your patience will be rewarded.
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