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The Register ("El Reg" or "The Reg" to its staff and readers) is a British technology news and opinion website. It was founded by John Lettice, Mike Magee and Ross Alderson in 1994 as a newsletter called "Chip Connection", initially as an email service. Mike Magee left The Register in 2001 to start The Inquirer, and later the IT Examiner and then TechEye.



Channel Register covers computer business and trade news, which includes business press releases. News and articles for computing and consumer electronics hardware is covered by Reg Hardware. Reg Research is an in-depth resource on all manner of technologies and how they relate to your business. Cash'n'Carrion is a shop for The Register merchandise.

On 25 February 2002, The Register expanded its business to United States under The Register USA, using domain name, through a joint venture with Tom's Hardware Guide.[1] On 24 February 2003, that site was switched to the current domain name.[2] Content created by The Register's US staff was later merged with content created by the European Register staff on

The Register has run Simon Travaglia's BOFH stories since 2000.[citation needed]


The Register primarily targets IT professionals.[citation needed] It is read daily by over 250,000 users according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations Limited's (ABC) audit figures (as of Nov 2010).[3] In November 2010 the UK and US each account for approximately 44% and 27% of readers (by page impressions), with Canada being the next most significant origin of page hits at ~3%.[4]

Resignation of Mike Magee

Co-founder Mike Magee left the company amid some controversy after posting criticism of The Register management, complaining that The Register had become a "vehicle of software",[5] on 23 August 2001. This ran counter to Magee's own expertise and interest in hardware. The following morning, Magee posted an email from The Register management team that described Magee's criticism of The Register as "gross misconduct", concluding that Magee had effectively dismissed himself.[6] Magee went on to found The Inquirer which reported science and technology news with the same tongue-in-cheek style as The Register, but with a greater emphasis on hardware development.

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