1,000 posts for ZDNet: Time to hand over the reins

1,000 posts for ZDNet: Time to hand over the reins

Summary: After 3 years, 5 months, 30 days, it is time to say goodbye. Zack Whittaker's final post as ZDNet's iGeneration columnist.

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This is my 1,000th post on ZDNet's iGeneration, and it shall also be my last. It's time to hand over the reins to someone else.

(ZDNet on May 30th, 2008: The day I officially started-- Source: Internet Archive)

I look at the writer I once was, starting out as a then 19-year-old undergraduate student, sitting at my desk in my university halls, thinking of what to write about.

I was immature, idiotic, and occasionally threw laptops out of windows for cheap kicks. Half the time I failed to spell check, and I still have no idea how I got away with some of the hidden imagery in my writing for so many years, where I would set up the capital letter of each sentence to spell out things like: "I LOVE CAKE", and: "BRING ME WINE".

Oh, how I shudder with embarrassment. And those posts will never, ever go away, forever on the web to shame me until my old and grey years.

Under no circumstances would I ever 'hope' for thermonuclear war, in which the Internet collapses and an electromagnetic pulse wipes out the history of the web as we know, but there are a few exceptions.

What's next for me?

I'll be staying within ZDNet, floating around, and mostly making coffee for the monkey typewriters, as I hope to see whether a near-infinite number of junior lackeys can in fact reproduce the works of Shakespeare.

You can find me on London Calling, my new column where I dissect the news from London, the UK and wider Europe, as well as covering the morning shift on Between the Lines.

In the meantime, I wish my replacement the very best. Charlie Osborne is one of the finest young writers I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and working with, and has a razor-sharp intellect and wit.

For some famous last words, I had better make it worth it:

We've accomplished a great deal together, haven't we?

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  • RE: 1,000 posts for ZDNet: Time to hand over the reins

    Bye Zach. I forgive you for banning me because I disagreed with you.
    tonymcs@...
  • RE: 1,000 posts for ZDNet: Time to hand over the reins

    Let's see. The first letter from each word in your last sentence spells: WAAGDTHW

    Hmm. Words Are Always Great Delivered By Happy Whittakers!

    Yup, I know, the "By" doesn't quite belong but I couldn't recall a suitable word to use that began with the letter "T".

    Perhaps someday you can help me out, Oh Great Bard!

    Best of luck, Zack. I will look forward to reading your next postings on my favorite online Blog site. (At ZDNet, only the best tech writers are published and you belonged in that elite family.)

    Mike
    kenosha77a
  • RE: 1,000 posts for ZDNet: Time to hand over the reins

    Zack, congrats on your 1,000th post and best wishes with your next chapter.
    Dan.Anderson
    • Agree; Zack has important job to do, so good luck to him

      @Dan.Anderson
      dderss
  • RE: 1,000 posts for ZDNet: Time to hand over the reins

    Good luck
    MoeFugger
  • Best wishes for the future

    Your posts have offered an insight into a generation a long way from my own.

    Like your writing, many things improve with age and experience. Something to be embraced. I hope you have many great experiences ahead of you and look forward to reading news from the UK (hopefully including the returning of The Ashes someday).
    Richard Flude
  • Thanks for the writing

    Your posts were always very interesting. I'll keep track of the new blog as well (I recently moved to the UK, by the way). And welcome to Charlie!
    Daniel Breslauer
  • RE: 1,000 posts for ZDNet: Time to hand over the reins

    Wishing you the very BEST in all of your future endeavors!
    salane
  • RE: 1,000 posts for ZDNet: Time to hand over the reins

    I've disagreed with you on a lot of your posts and wondered at times why you weren't writing for ZDNet UK, but I'll miss you anyway. After all, what's the internet for if not for arguing.

    Good luck on all your future endeavors.
    Aerowind
  • RE: 1,000 posts for ZDNet: Time to hand over the reins

    Good Luck. I enjoyed your articles even though most of the time I disagreed with you.
    Ram U
  • Now you'll have more time for the mountains

    Make use of it. You won't regret it.
    klumper