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?