Rob Malda, a/k/a CmdrTaco, the creator and longtime editor of Slashdot, has resigned:
After 14 years and over 15,000 stories posted, it’s finally time for me to say Good-Bye to Slashdot. I created this place with my best friends in a run down house while still in college. Since then it has grown to be read by more than a million people, and has served Billions and Billions of Pages (yes, in my head I hear the voice). During my tenure I have done my best to keep Slashdot firmly grounded in its origins, but now it’s time for someone else to come aboard and find the *future*. Personally I don’t have any plans, but if you need to get ahold of me for any reason, you can find me as @cmdrtaco on twitter or Rob Malda on Google+. You could also update my mail address to be malda at cmdrtaco dot net. Hit the link below if you want to read some nostalgic saccharine crap that I need to get out of my system before I sign off for the last time.
As with Steve Jobs’ resignation, this is certainly the end of an era. I started reading /. my sophomore year in college. For a while it was the only place I went for tech news, and I still read the email digest every day. It’s hard to imagine it without him — I wish him well.
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
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Seriously, though… I wish them both well, and both of them had toned down their daily involvement with their respective enterprises quite a bit before this… so it’s not like it’s going to be a major shock to the system over there (bit of a psychological shock to us onlookers, though…).
@britt – sure, one day. if all our efforts in the open-source hardware continue to be successful someone will take over, someone amazing and talented with a wonderful vision of sharing hardware and making a fun business that provides value to the world. we all die, we hope our work continues to help people when we’re gone 🙂