Farewell, Hack a Day


Now, on the eve of Hack a Day’s fifth anniversary, seems like an appropriate time to announce my resignation. Site founder [Phillip Torrone] published the first post, a red box, on September 5th, 2004. On May 7th, 2005 I took over editorial duties at Hack a Day by publishing one of my favorite projects: [Jonathan Westhues]‘ proximity card spoofer. Since then, I’ve run Hack a Day with a number of great contributors over the last four years: [Fabienne Serriere], [Will O'Brien], [Ian Lesnet], and current senior editor [Caleb Kraft] just to name a few. I’ve enjoyed watching the site grow, powered by the constant stream of tips from readers. Whether we were turning hard drives into molten goo or putting our hardware designs into production, it’s been a lot of fun. With all the new talent we’ve brought on recently, I have confidence that Hack a Day will continue to be a great resource in the future.

You’ll be able to find me online running my personal blog RobotSkirts.com and on Twitter as @sweetums. In real life, I’ll still be attending hacker conferences, like the upcoming ToorCon in San Diego, and local Los Angeles tech events like Mindshare and the weekly Hacker Drinkup.

In closing, I’d like to thank you, the readers, for all the support you’ve given us over the years. If it weren’t for all the tips, personal projects, and ideas you’ve sent us, we’d never have made it this far. Thank you.

[photo: Viss]


  1. No, Eliot, you can’t leave! You’re our only hope!

  2. Thiago says:

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

  3. jared says:

    You’re just going to be gone for the long weekend right?

  4. _matt says:

    I’ll try not to cry over this for much longer

  5. heh says:

    At least this wasn’t a link to an instructible on how to leave Hackaday.

  6. accela says:

  7. macegr says:

    Ummm…so, Eliot leaves and suddenly we have capital letters? CAPITAL LETTERS I SAY!!! In truth, Eliot has been mostly gone for the past year anyway. But thanks for getting this site on its feet, we’ll always remember the glory years.

  8. jimmys says:

    I feel the site will be worse for your departure.

    I’m hoping you decide to start a new site that features innovative and original projects from around the internet that appeal to the ee/programmer crowd.

    Good luck!

  9. richard says:

    dude, we’ll miss you. good luck with your other ventures!

    and why do we have capital letters?

  10. omg says:

    We have proper capitalization now???

    Oh and bye. See you around. :)

  11. brokenlcd says:

    It was good having you around, good luck with everything else.

  12. _matt says:


    Sorry, it’s like he’s leaving everyone a sweet present. He’s giving us a going away gift.


  13. Winphreak says:

    Farewell, Phillip. I enjoyed the Satellite Wifi and iTablet you posted. Good luck with future ventures!

  14. Matt Schultz says:

    It’s a shame to see you go, mate. Team Hack a Day will miss you.

  15. pt says:

    eliot, you did a great job, thanks for all your efforts here and behind the scenes… i’m sure we’ll be seeing you around. i enjoyed running the site when i did and enjoyed reading the site after i went on to do other things.

    for all the new authors – there are a lot of great projects and interest in hack-a-day, it’s up to you to keep it going.

    i think most readers know it’s now a mahalo/outside company running things – the site still can continue to be a great resource without compromising it’s editorial *and* as all the evidence has shown with efforts like make, maker faire, sparkfun, adafruit, etc – you can also create a good business around the massive diy renaissance.

    (disclosure, it’s me phil, i came up with hack-a-day. you can blame me for the logo, colors and forced lowercase)…

    good luck eliot, see you around!

  16. Jared Bouck says:

    Eliot, you will be missed by inventgeek! Thank you for your interest and support in our endeavors through the years!


  17. calebkraft says:

    later tater. Thanks for everything.

  18. davisr says:

    This is truly a sad day.

  19. Wolf says:

    Farwell Eliot, may your future endeavors work out as well as HAD.

  20. Tec says:

    I’m relatively new here, but when I look over at the index of hacks – wow, just wow! There is an amazing amount of great content here and that speaks volumes about the job you’ve done. Best of luck and thanks!

  21. zandor says:

    Thanks for all the good stuff. Best of luck!

  22. tech123 says:

    sad to see you go. Thanks & Good Luck.

  23. ME says:


    take care, have fun and visit us..

  24. Edward says:

    in true hackaday commenter tradition let me be the first to say:

    not a hack!

    thanks much for your contributions!!! you will be missed.

  25. Stephen says:

    WOW, now I can use caps! No really, sorry to see you go, just hope it’s on to bigger and better things.

  26. Skout says:

    I’ll miss you most of all, Scarecrow, I mean sweetums. Great work, will see you at drinkup.

  27. Jeff says:

    Eliot, you will be most certainly missed! Thank you for the many years of digging up projects and presenting them here. How about a guest appearance every now and then? :) Take care man.

  28. bort says:

    bye man
    you + will o’brien = had’s finest days

  29. Theodric says:

    Happy trails, dude!

  30. ehrichweiss says:

    C’ya…had to post that just so I could see that we REALLY have capital letters.. I’m impressed.

  31. daley says:

    it was pretty obvious which posts were yours – I enjoyed those the most, without even looking at the author. you’ve paved a well-defined road, and i have much hope for the folks that follow you. thanks for making an epic idea a reality. may the electrons be with you.

  32. will miss you. expect h-a-d to go to hell without you shortly. long live h-a-d!!!

  33. MJS says:

    I wish you the best with things to come, thanks for all the time you’ve put in, we all appreciate it.


  34. Miles says:

    Have a great one mate

  35. Chris says:

    Good luck! Your posts will be missed.

  36. dimm says:


    Good luck Eliot, and thanks for everything you’ve done here over the years. You will be… missed!

    ~And we’re out of beta, we’re releasing on-time~

  37. Hack a Day was always fun. Thanks for all your work!

  38. Sahal says:


  39. Arkenklo says:

    i’m just going to pretend this is a enormously out-of-sync april fools joke. Right, that’s what this is. it has to be.

  40. nave.notnilc says:


  41. Will OBrien says:

    Good luck! Welcome to the HAD Alumni club.

  42. Polaczek says:

    Good luck!
    Thanks for starting this whole thing!

  43. poisomike87 says:

    going to miss your writing around here

    take it easy and enjoy your endeavers whatever they may be


  44. Backtrace says:

    Good luck with everything. You’ll be missed.

  45. mrgoogfan says:

    bye eliot. et will phone home

  46. smith says:

    I was never a contributer to the site, but I just wanted to thank you for all the great articles and projects!

  47. D says:

    Good luck, Eliot. Thanks for the memories. Or something. Thanks for the capital letters if nothing else.

    Now we can easily see who doesn’t even bother trying to use the shift key.

  48. Thanks for your contribution(s) to the site! Ive been reading hackaday since ’04 and to this day it is one of the few site I visit everyday when I wake up and drink my coffee. I will continue to read hackaday and as long as it’s up it will remain one of the top sites on the net for hacking/gadget hacking related articles.

  49. Tomasito says:

    You will be missed Elliot. You did a GREAT job here, and made many of us read hackaday each day for a fresh hack.

    Greetings from Argentina, and the BEST of lucks.

  50. gonnafail says:

    i cant believe this hasnt been said.

    no arduino?

    good luck on future endeavors.

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