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  Happy New Year from Hardware Analysis 
  Jan 01, 2002, 08:30am EST 
By: Sander Sassen

Welcome back! Now that we have put 2001 behind us I am sure many have taken a few moments to reflect upon the past year. For me 2001 was a year of changes, in January I stopped working for for various reasons. Despite the fact that I enjoyed running Hardware Central and management mostly gave me free reign, during the dot-com downfall they too started cutting down their staff as well as our budgets.

Because I really enjoyed working in the industry I quickly started working on something new. With a lot of help from both Dan and Vitaliy, our new venture, Hardware Analysis, quickly took form and we launched on May 11th of 2001. We were happy to see that in the weeks following traffic consistently ramped upwards and within a month we welcomed our 1-millionth visitor. We can safely say that Hardware Analysis is doing well and we will be working hard to keep it that way.

Other things did however affect us personally, the 11th of September not only had me glued to the TV-screen and my PC for days and left a lasting impression, it also marks a black day in the history of mankind, a truly sickening attack that destroyed many lives and will continue to do so in the years to come. Faith or rather religion, or lack thereof, has been the fuel for many wars and conflicts the world over ever since religion started playing a major role in many societies.

I think the world's united response against the perpetrators of these horrendous attacks at least shows these fanatics that their actions will not go unanswered and the capitals of the Western World will not be turned into another war zone like the Gaza Strip. In the wake of these events many journalists turned their eyes away from Israel and focussed on New York and the US, something which Israel took advantage off as they launched another brutal assault against the Palestinians. That to me shows that some just can’t seem to learn from what has just happened and seem to think violence is the universal solution, and thus we still have a long way to go before we will be able to settle all the differences. If you are interested do take a look at this editorial. Feel free to leave your comments in our forums.

Other things that did indeed push humanity backwards were the killings done to millions of European farm animals that may or may not have been affected by foot-and-mouth-disease. An initiative that was fueled by purely economic reasons and resulted in the death of millions of perfectly healthy animals and only a mere percentage that were indeed infected. Further research pointed out that simple precautions costing only a few cents per animal would have been able to rescue millions of them but were discarded for economic reasons due to fear of not being able to export these animals or animal products.

There were some good things in 2001 too though, although none of them really compare to everything that went wrong, and I cannot really seem to remember any of them. For me personally things are going well, although starting a new company left me with very little spare time, and cost me a fair portion of my savings. But I do not really mind though as I like what I am doing, I am more or less making a profession out of my hobby. In the New Year we will continue bringing you the latest news about new products and technologies, provoking editorials as well as in-depth product reviews.

Let me just end this first column of 2002 by wishing you and yours all the best for 2002, and lets hope that 2002 will be a good year for all of us. We are hoping to welcome you back as a visitor of Hardware Analysis and as a contributing member to our forums, open to everybody and just about any subject you want address. I would also like to express my gratitude to the people that have helped me to make Hardware Analysis what it is today, Dan Mepham, Vitaliy Fuks, Darren Krape and Sverre Sjøthun. And naturally all of our readers that continue to come visit Hardware Analysis to read our articles and participate in our forums.

Best wishes and take care!

Sander Sassen


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