NEWS – Wow, 25 years is a really long time! I didn’t have a smartphone or a smartwatch 25 years ago. Now I have both. I didn’t have WiFi or wireless home Internet back then either. 25 years ago, my phone only made calls and very basic text messages. Now I can use my phone as my one and only device if I wanted to – I don’t (yet).
Let’s take a little trip down The Gadgeteer memory lane. Back in 1997, I posted a few “reviews” on the USENET message forums about PDAs (personal digital assistants). USENET was kind of like Reddit but without pictures and video. People seemed to enjoy reading my reviews, so one thing led to another and I decided to create my own website on the free hosting platform called Geocities. I named my site/page The Gadgeteer and by December of 1997, I purchased the domain name the-gadgeteer.com and moved from Geocities to a dedicated server.
In the 25 years that have followed, I teamed up with Judie Stanford (geardiary.com) and over 200 other great writers to publish over 24,000 news and review posts.
I’m incredibly proud of how much the site has grown over these 2.5 decades and I don’t see it ending or slowing down anytime soon. What do you think, will The Gadgeteer still be around in another 25 yrs? I may be reviewing a brain-controlled wheelchair by then, but I say bring it on!