The Tech Report

The Tech Report

Infobox Website
name =The Tech Report
url =
language =English
registration =optional
author =Scott Wasson and Andy Brown
launch date =1999
current status =online
slogan =The #1 place for tech news and reviews

The Tech Report is a web site dedicated to covering the latest trends in computer hardware, technology, and gaming, and is regularly linked to by sites such as Slashdot and Tech Report also has an active online community. The website is also a supporter of Stanford's Folding@home and is currently ranked 8th in total production points [ [] , 'Folding at Home rankings'. September 7, 2008.] .


Tech Report was founded by Scott 'Damage' Wasson, a Harvard Divinity School graduate, and Andy 'Dr. Evil' Brown [ [] , 'The Tech Report About Us page'. September 7, 2008.] . Both started by writing obscure computer hardware humor at Ars Technica in 1998. The two later decided to launch their own website. The site eventually grew into a business enterprise with multiple full-time staff members, and continues in that form today.

Tech Report was originally located at in 1999 [ [] , ' data for'. September 7, 2008.] . The site was moved to in 2003 [ [] , ' data for'. September 7, 2008.] .

On August 20th, 2007 a beta for a new site design was posted in the forums for review by the user community. It has since been moved to live.

ite Structure

Community and Forum

As with many technology websites, the Tech Report has developed a large user community, in part through a phpBB-styled forum that is unrestricted in read-only form and open to the public for contribution via simple registration. The forum is primarily structured around computer technology and related topics, but debates also range from politics and religion in the "opt-in only" R&P forum to general random chatter in the Back Porch. Contributors to the website also have access to a restricted forum called the Smoky Back Room. Registered users may respond to news topics and other entries posted on the front page in an isolated threaded comments section that automatically attaches to each new entry. Although access to the main page comments is linked into the user database, the discussions are logged separately from the forum area of the site and are not counted toward the user forum statistics.

Main Page

The regular feature of the website is the homepage which has articles and reviews of products by the writers in addition to general news and blog posts. Among the news entries are daily "Shortbread" posts which offer a summary breakdown of reviews and news offered by other sites. The Shortbread does not feature links to Tom's Hardware Guide, a consequence of the strong rivalry between the two sites.

Both the general news posts and the reviews often feature off-beat humor in the form of wordplay and random pop-culture references, giving evidence to the founders' origins as technology humorists at Ars Technica.


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