Well, had to happen sometime. In the wake of stale content, we’ve decided not to drag things on further here. As of October 2006, RabidHardware is now officially closed.
While we’re keeping the site itself going as an archive, links and email addresses may not work anymore. You also won’t be able to login.
Given the atrocious amount of spam we’ve accumulated via e-mail, we no longer have any working rabidhardware.net e-mail addresses.
If you’re looking to get a hold of us, you can find a new e-mail address for me (Ben) at MindsMostBroken. I’ll forward the e-mail along to it’s intended recipient.
Thanks to everybody who’s followed and supported the site these past 4.5 years. We couldn’t have done it without ya.
Here are some words (and phrases) of parting from the staff…
So I’ve recently been informed that RH is being shut down for good. While I haven’t contributed to the site in a very very long time, when I look back it still puts a smile on my face. Various friendships were created (and at least as many destroyed) just through the existence of this site. Getting feedback on articles, and scoring sponsorships with companies are only a small part of the highlights of writing for this website.
When I look back I think about staying up late, drinking beer, and artistically destroying computer cases with the rest of the RabidHardware gang. I think about electrocuting a computer and throwing it off the back of a moving truck for the sake of science (also known as the strong hatred for a particularly shit computer brand). I chuckle when I think about the ridiculous articles written by Ben, using peanut butter for better thermal transfer.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to and end, or something. RH has been a hell of a ride, and at the very least left me with 2 great friendships. I had a riot writing articles for the site, and appreciate all the support and criticism we received for writing about a hobby the three of us shared.
[b]Niels AKA Profezzor BoB[/b]
This is going to be the sixth time that I’ve attempted to write something about RH being shutdown and the second time that I’ve opened with this line. What does that tell you? A serious lack of motivation? Perhaps, or maybe it solidifies the decision that RH should be put into a permanent state of archive. Either way, the long, exciting, but somewhat tumultuous ride is over.
With that said there are definitely no regrets with the direction we took RH and the things that we did. I had the chance to make many great friends over the five yearsish that we had this site going and while some of those friendships have faded with my interest in computing others(Ben, Niels) have grown into relationships that I’m sure will last a lifetime.
I will fondly remember the time spent in IRC with the entire RH gang arguing about who was going to fold more protein units this week and/or if a blue led looks prettier than a red led. I will also remember the many fantastic death threats that Ben’s articles tended to invite, whether it be for the thermal paste article, or the keyboard and mouse watercooling adventure he seemed to have that knack for encouraging homicidal computer geeks to send him e-mail.
Other fantastic memories include the first time an RH article got slashdotted and effectively brought our poor host to a screeching halt. Various drunken debacles including Frag 2k2 and being late for my sister’s wedding (sorry Tara! haha), destroying the once great Acer case, and most importantly the many Boston Pizza team pitcher adventures that Niels, Ben and I embarked upon. God bless those giant containers of goodness.
I believe it’s time to close this rant off, so although you likely won’t see activity from RH again I’d like to thank all involved for the good times and the bad.
Take it easy, and always remember that beer is proof that god loves you and wants you to be happy.
[b]Matt AKA Rabbitfacedkilla[/b]
Well, here we are. RH is history and I’m writing this little piece to reflect on my time here. All I can say is I’m glad to have been a part of RabidHardware.
While this site and it’s readers have been a most tolerant outlet for my nonsensical creations, it has also allowed me to make some great friendships along the way, both on line and off. At the risk of sounding geeky, my trip out west for Fragapalooza 2002 was a major turning point for me at the time, though not so much for the event itself so much as it gave me an opportunity to see many new places, as well as meet the rest of the RabidHardware staff in the flesh.
For me, writing for RH wasn’t about the occasional free stuff you’d get for reviewing, but the feedback I got on articles as well as the people I connected with made this site more enjoyable then anything else I’ve previously been involved with online.
Now this doesn’t have to be farewell, so much as until we me meet again. Matt and I are working on a new site that allows us to move in new directions without the restrictions of an affiliated tech site. If you’ve enjoyed our brand of humour here, you may want to check out [url=http://www.mindsmostbroken.com]idle thoughts from minds most broken[/url] as well. (Isn’t that terrible, dropping a semi-plug into a farewell note?)
At any rate, I’ve had a wicked time here. Thanks for these last few years.
[b]Ben AKA Doc[/b]