I've been out in California for the past week for IDF, followed by some extra meetings with the usual suspects: AMD, Intel and NVIDIA. The information I gained from these meetings will show up in articles over the next few weeks, months and even years. I really enjoyed covering the show this year not only because of the information we had access to but also because of the new team members I was able to cover it with. This was the first IDF for both Brian and Vivek. AMD even made this IDF an awesome experience by giving us great access to Zacate after our initial encounter. I have to say that for the first time in a while I'm actually looking forward to the next tradeshow. 
For those of you who don't know, I don't employ any sales people at AnandTech. The company is strictly editorial. We have an exclusive advertising partner who handles all sales/marketing for the site. We own no share in them, and they own no share in us. While out here I met with our advertising agency who came to me with a request. They have a potential advertiser that wanted to know if we had any success stories from our readers to share with them. They are looking for stories about how reading something on AnandTech impacted you, particularly with regards to enterprise hardware/software decisions. While the request was for enterprise stories, I'm interested to hear them all if you've got one. Again what I'm looking for is a story about how something you read here impacted you or your hardware/software decisions in any way.
The stories will be shared with the potential advertiser so be sure to leave out any information that you don't want public. They are simply looking for more anecdotal evidence of the impact of AnandTech. I don't like asking for favors, but if you do have a story to share I'd appreciate it. 
I'm back in the office next week, have a great weekend!
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  • Murloc - Friday, September 17, 2010 - link

    could make a topic about it
  • sciwizam - Friday, September 17, 2010 - link

    While I don't have a specific article that helped me steer towards or away from a product, this website does help me keep track of what's going on out there in the electronics world.

    And the forums are godsend, even OffTopic :P
  • Kevin Day - Friday, September 17, 2010 - link

    How should stories be submitted, in the comments?
  • dmeader - Friday, September 17, 2010 - link

    Your article on the device convinced me not to buy the new iPod Touch.
  • Theguynextdoor - Friday, September 17, 2010 - link

    I have been a long time lurker (since 2002) and I moved from another tech website (PCmech). I loved it. The three days I had 1000 posts, helping out in General Hardware at the time was boatloads of fun. But then I got banned a few weeks later in OT. lol

    But anyways. This website has not only influenced my buying decision, but my business decisions. From the information I have gathered at this website and your affiliate website Dailytech, I have entered the stock market when I was 18 sticking to technology and by following the trends made a fair amount of money. I opened up a Computer Consulting/Repair business with no degree of any sort all. I did this with the base knowledge I gained from your site allowing me to branch out through the internet to places and do things I didn't know were possible.

    Now I would have to say 80% (out of butt number) of the information that I used in my experiences I have to thank the community that you have made. The information that they provided me - especially the clues - allowed me to solve many many problems on my own.

    You gave me a job. And believe me, in return many products from Intel/AMD/ATi/Asus/Foxconn have been sold.

    Newegg alone has grossed over $30k from ONE PERSON in the past 10 years.

    Imagine how many others like me on this site you have influenced?

    To your health and prosperity Anand.
  • Dyelynn - Friday, September 17, 2010 - link

    I stumbled across anandtech several years ago (probably 6-7) while researching hardware for my first do-it-yourself computer build. It was not the first website I visited and it was not the last, however it has since become the first source of information on any hardware decision I make. I still do other research when I'm planning a project, but inevitably I always begin here and sometimes end up here as well.

    As a matter of fact, I've used the buyers' guides recommendations for the last 2 computers I've built (I've built 4 since that first one), including the one I asked my 10 year old son help me with, as a project to help him understand the insides of computers better. And, based on my pointing friends towards your buyers' guides, I know of 2 other computers that were built. I even managed to get one of those 2 friends to "cross the fence" from ars technica's buyers guides.

    Anandtech has been an invaluable source of information on new and upcoming technology, interesting news articles, and cost focused buyer's guides for me, for the last 6+ years. Thank you for your hard work and diligence in being accurate, meticulous and presenting your findings in an easy to understand and immediately recognizable way.

    Lloyd from Washington State

  • Gilbert Osmond - Friday, September 17, 2010 - link

    I've been a self-employed small-business IT consultant since 1997. In 2005 I left the IT profession to try gardening & landscaping. In early 2010 I returned to small-business IT consulting. In the process of catching up with new developments from 3 years or since I'd been doing IT work, I heard about consumer-level flash-based SSDs.

    I was attracted to the potential of the SSD to improve real-world desktop single-user performance in the SOHO setting. I read a lot of reviews and articles on SSDs on other web sites, and almost made the mistake of purchasing and older-generation Indilinx-based unit for my own computer.

    It wasn't until I read (and re-read) Anandtech's "SSD Anthology" and "SSD Relapse" articles that I began to have a solid understanding of the underlying concepts and issues around SSD design, implementation, performance, and reliability. Reading these articles helped me become a lot more confident in my ability to understand SSD specifications, to interpret test results, and especially to read between the lines of the often over-excited, over-laudatory prose in many SSD reviews on other web sites.

    Anandtech helped guide me to spend my money in a way that will best meet my needs (in my case, on an OWC Extreme 60GB SSD, circa 6/15/2010, SandForce-1200-based.) I'm now able to evaluate ongoing developments in SSD tech and to make competent SSD purchase recommendations to my customers as well.

    In "SSD Anthology" & "Relapse," as in most other articles that appear on Anandtech, I appreciate the writers' gimlet-eyed criticism, judiciously-toned wit, technical competence, high expectations for produts, and unwillingness to heap undeserved praise on a product just because it's "the latest and greatest thing."

    Thank you Anand, and Anandtech!
  • mikidutzaaa - Friday, September 17, 2010 - link

    I am a sysadmin at a medium/large company and Johann's articles really helped shape our server acquisitions, he's the man!
  • mikidutzaaa - Friday, September 17, 2010 - link

    I bought a SSD after reading your articles and it really improved my computing experience, thank you!
  • DOOMHAMMADOOM - Friday, September 17, 2010 - link

    Anandtech is basically the authority (imo) on SSD's, and the many articles lead me in the right direction for my first purchase. I am thoroughly pleased with what I bought, and it boosted my confidence in the quality of Anandtech's articles. You guys write amazingly, well explained articles about other products too, especially CPUs. I very much like the fact that you guys actively converse with companies and issues that arise when you test products.

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