Goodbye Hackaday, I’ll miss you.


Farewell Hackaday, the time has come for me to move on. Don’t worry, hackaday will keep going, just like it did when [Eliot] moved on, and [Phil] before him.

I wrote my first post on July 9th, 2008. Since then I’ve had so much fun, and written a total of 1,552 posts (including this one). In my opinion, there is simply no other site like, our readers are passionate and knowledgeable and it shows, even if some of you are incredibly rude to each other(that’s a sign of passion right?).

While some projects stand out in my mind, it is the people I have enjoyed the most. The people I met when I went to all the different hackerspaces, my co-writers[Mike Szczys] and[Brian Benchoff], past hackaday employees, our commenters,  and even my boss [Jason Calacanis].

If you want to find me, I’ll be at or on facebook or G+. I have a twitter too, that I guess I’ll start using today.

Join me after the break just one more time while a take a trip down memory lane with a few of my favorite moments from the last few years.  Oh, and yes, I think saying “after the break” is stupid. What else do you say though?

I built some really fun things.

and some things I feel I can be proud of

This controller didn’t help [Thomas] that much, but it gave me the idea for which I’m proud to say has already begun helping people.

I drove almost all the way across the country visiting hackerspaces.


I can’t describe how amazing this was for me. I met people from Arizona all the way to South Carolina. I saw hackerspaces that were 110 degrees inside and hackerspaces that were old masonic temples. The people I met were always enthusiastic, helpful and pleasant.

I jammed stuff up my nose for April fools


I made this thing a long time ago and was waiting for a reason to do something ridiculous.  I thought it was a great chance to make fun of the kickstarter emails we get all the time. Yes, I did actually shove that thing into my nasal passage.The links actually went to my personal paypal account too.   I think I actually got about $3 in donations off that form!

I got tazed.

We thought maybe you guys would like some coverage of the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas back in January of 2010. Turns out we didn’t see a whole lot there that we thought you’d be interested in. I stepped up to the plate to take the blame and the punishment.

I had a bunch of other posts in mind, but as I started adding I couldn’t stop. Maybe I should just leave it here.

I’d like to thank the readers again. If it weren’t for your projects happening in your homes, businesses, and hackerspaces, this site wouldn’t exist. You guys are freaking awesome.


  1. mjrippe says:

    Hi Caleb, it was great to meet you in person last month. Wish I’d known you were leaving then – would’ve bought you a beer! Keep up the great work, wherever you go. And thanks for all the hacks!

  2. Godspeed Caleb, I enjoyed the articles and videos you made!

  3. Eirinn says:

    Dear lord the amount of people not reading the actual article… it says HaD will carry on IN THE FIRST PARAGRAPH. and it’s bolded! Maybe it was edited in later? :P

    Going to miss you Caleb… who else will dress up like Thor and stick stuff up their noses D: oh and write great articles too :P

  4. aReader says:

    Tanks for your great work. Good luck, mate!

  5. CB4 says:

    HAD’s been a continued source of inspiration during all these years, thank you for your effort and good luck in whatever you choose to do.

  6. Analog says:

    Your contributions will be missed man, but thanks for making HaD Awesome =)

  7. Bacchus says:

    I’ll miss your off the wall stuff, even though some of it was pretty yucky, and thanks for your “discussion” posts – They certainly helped me understand some weird things (to an Englishman) like US attitudes to guns and similar. I had thought ZZ Top’s lyrics were joking…

    Bye Caleb, thanks for everything, and good luck!.

  8. TheYikes says:

    Cya Caleb! been a pleasure reading your posts.

  9. FutureCyberdyneEngineer says:

    I have really enjoyed your posts and videos Caleb. Thanks for doing what you do and good luck with your next gig!

  10. Michael Tibballs says:

    I’ve been a lurker on the site since I was in high school (which I started in 1997?? I think, it was a long time ago) and I’ve visited the site pretty much every day since then. Also I need to say that it’s one of my favourite site and that it’s things like the that make me proud to be a hacker of things.

  11. bunedoggle says:

    I checked the calendar, it’s not April 1st. Guess it’s for real. Bummer. Thanks for the articles, the efforts and the hacks!

  12. Jeremy Cook says:

    See ya dude! Thanks for letting me write for you guys for a while!

  13. Robert Prest says:

    It has been great – Kudos!

  14. inod says:

    I realy enjoyed your articles and your projects. You’re an awesome guy and a great inspiration! I wish you the best on your further way.

    May the Force be with you :)

  15. reggie says:

    Good luck in whatever you’re up to next Caleb, thanks for all teh fish.

  16. bryce says:

    not a hack…
    JK good luck

  17. Edward says:

    I Love Hackaday.

    Live Long and Prosper!

  18. fie says:

    bye bye

  19. nato says:

    Thanks so much for everything you’ve done here Caleb. I wish you the very best with all of your future endeavors.

  20. 1000100 1000001 1010110 1000101 says:

    Best wishes Caleb! Hate to see you go, but I wish you the best!

  21. 112358 says:

    Caleb I’ve enjoyed reading hackaday immensely over the years, it’s my daily routine. I’ve enjoyed all the changes made and will miss your posts. You have a way with appealing to people with specific skill sets and people just starting as tinkers. I like that you will post a project that has potential even if it wasn’t popular. is now one of my frequent visits(I didn’t think watching a video of a tuba being made would be so awesome). You’re a great editor and I wish you the best.

  22. Gary D. says:

    Im so glad you think “after the break” is stupid.. Im like what break… i didnt take a @#@% break.. You will be missed dude.. May your Iron be Hot and your Hacks be great, Take care man.

  23. Twig says:

    Bye Caleb Hate too see you Go We will all miss you! :'(

  24. Gecko says:

    Farewell Caleb,
    I have always enjoyed readind your posts.

  25. Kris Lee says:

    Good luck!

  26. Whatnot says:

    I seem to be missing the why all of a sudden caleb would ‘move on’, from a position where there was no indication he was moving towards such a move.


  27. Chris says:

    Best of luck to you.. Good stuff..I have enjoyed the articles..

  28. DosX says:

    Depressing…….but all i can really say is Good Luck…..sigh….gave me something to do during and after work and school thanks man was fun which i was here from the start…

  29. Keep on hackin! :)

  30. DigitalStone says:

    Thank You for all your hard work over the years. Love coming to the site to see what new and crazy thing someone put together. Site has been an inspiration for our own projects … if not a great way to pass the time at work.

    Best Wishes.

  31. AussieTech says:

    All things must pass, eh?

    While I have made some critical comments at times over the years HaD is one of the very few websites on my toolbar I visit almost daily, is a very important mission in a mass produced throw-away world, and has proven to be a great resource of ideas and creativity. Thank you.

    From an retired old tech, all the very best for the future mate.


  32. aqelch says:

    Best of luck Caleb, sad times for hackadayers

  33. Gecko says:

    So long and thanks for all the hacks!

  34. dfcnvt says:

    Relax, it’s April 1st. (Check calendar…) Aw, crap.

  35. Hack Man says:

    Thanks for the sweet posts!

  36. flxgray says:


    You guys at HAD served as my inspiration for a significant part of my undergrad degree. You taught me what my professors couldn’t and helped foster a love for electronics in me that still brings me back. When my “OpAmps by Intuition” video hit the front page, I was beaming the whole day.

    Best of luck to you sir in your ventures from here on out.

    – flxgray

  37. amraam840 says:

    Caleb, thank you for the years of information and entertainment you’ve provided me every. Single. Day. Thank you as well for all that you’ve done for the HaD followers and those you’ve featured here, and the universe in general. I hope the wind always fills your sails dude. Namaste.

    All other HaD editors and contributors: I’m keeping this site set as my primary home page and I expect the quality of this site’s content to be no less than what it has been with Caleb’s contributions. You have some 30% extra weight to pull around here and the world needs you. Thank you for your work as well.

  38. Scaramouche says:

    Good luck Caleb. Though I have a feeling you’ll be back

  39. Dave Gibson says:

    Good luck man, I hope things work out for you.

  40. Jimbob Jimmyjames says:

    The last remaining poster… sad to see you go caleb. best of luck in your future endeavors!

  41. TacticalNinja says:

    Hackaday will never be the same without Caleb.

  42. Jamie says:

    Thanks for your work, I’ve enjoyed reading it. Good luck in the future

  43. Good luck Caleb, hope things go well for you.

    It just won’t be the same though.

  44. His says:

    :( It’s a joke? Not? :(

  45. Old'un says:

    Thanks for the real hacks over the years – it’s always been good to see one of the staff actually hacking things themselves rather than regurgitating reddit.

  46. Rizla++ says:

    Goodbye Caleb :)

  47. Mr Name Required says:

    I’m sorry to see you go, I really enjoyed your articles and writing style..
    All the best in your future endeavors!

  48. Goja says:


  49. Muttitude says:

    Caleb !
    Peace Love and Happiness !

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