silicon.com: Four years old, and toddling along nicely

Happy birthday to us, etc...

Happy birthday to us, etc...

silicon.com celebrates its fourth birthday tomorrow (6 July 2002) - even if 'celebrate' doesn't seem like quite the right word, given the current state of the market. But celebrate we will - after all, we're still here, still successful and still bringing you all the latest developments from the endlessly fascinating IT, telecoms and new media industries. Over the years, we've brought you such essential reading as:
WOMAN PLAGUED BY CALLS FROM COW
http://www.silicon.com/a50881
CAPTAIN KIRK CAUGHT UP IN 'SOMEBODY FARTED' ROW
http://www.silicon.com/a49366
GATES' MANSION OVERRUN BY INCONTINENT GEESE
http://www.silicon.com/a46578
YORKSHIRE BROWSERS SAY NAY TO TROUSERS
http://www.silicon.com/a46352
456 CANS OF WHISKAS PLEASE. JUST PUT IT ON MY TABBY
http://www.silicon.com/a45419 On a more serious note, we've campaigned to improve the perception of IT departments within business, lobbied - successfully - for legislative changes (especially to what is now the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act), and hassled BT about the state of broadband in the UK. We've conducted video interviews with the great and good in the industry, from Richard Branson to Eric Benhamou, from Martha Lane Fox to William Hague (remember him?). Even Scott McNealy's put in an appearance. From a news perspective, we've bought many, many exclusives, including:
POWERGEN IN SECURITY SCANDAL - THOUSANDS OF DEBIT CARD DETAILS OPEN TO ABUSE
http://www.silicon.com/a38650
FIGHT AGAINST FRAUD GETS TEETH
http://www.silicon.com/a50026
THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHARGIN'
http://www.silicon.com/a52071
BT TELLS CONTRACTORS: 'ACCEPT PAY CUTS OR LEAVE'
http://www.silicon.com/a49765
MICROSOFT GIFTS YOUR CREDIT CARD DETAILS TO FRAUDSTERS
http://www.silicon.com/a49150 We've also published hundreds of in-depth analyses (one of the most popular being this one about technology in Hollywood - http://www.silicon.com/a48345 ), and a thought-provoking leader every day. Add that to our unparalleled array of columnists - who have just been joined by leading futurologist Dr Peter Cochrane (http://www.silicon.com/a54343 ) - and it's no wonder we're still going strong. But one other key factor in our success is you, dear reader (and here you are: http://www.silicon.com/a53177 ). We value all the correspondence we receive from you, and will continue working hard to remain the leading independent online IT news service in Europe.