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]

89 thoughts on “Farewell, Hack A Day

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.


    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~

  8. 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.

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