I of­fi­cially started work­ing here in early 2015. Af­ter 66 dif­fer­ent job ap­pli­ca­tions (jour­nal­ism is tough to get into), I fi­nally made it. But not with­out a lot of help.

Just prior to join­ing, my in­ter­est in tech­nol­ogy was wan­ing. I was an avid gamer and over­clocker, but the stress of find­ing work be­gan to take its toll, and cy­cling re­lieved the pres­sure.

What brought me back to the path of the right­eous tran­sis­tor was a good friend of mine, an­other journo stu­dent. We started a com­mu­nity-led so­cial me­dia news plat­form, and man­aged over 16 vol­un­teers, writ­ing games news and re­views, and even de­vel­oped our own web­site. When the op­por­tu­nity to work for Max­i­mumPC popped up, with his en­cour­age­ment I jumped at the chance. I left the project, but with the prom­ise that one day I would get Ja­cob writ­ing as a free­lancer with us as well.

I never got around to or­ga­niz­ing free­lance. A prom­ise I’ll never be able to keep as he sadly passed away in May. He was as­ton­ish­ing: witty and sharp, with a keen mind, and a sense of OCD and com­pet­i­tive­ness that ri­valed my own. With­out him, I wouldn’t be where I am to­day, and I’ll be for­ever grate­ful.

The PC en­thu­si­ast com­mu­nity brings peo­ple to­gether in a way that no other medium ever has. Peo­ple from all over the globe can meet, chat, be­come friends, learn, all thanks to the tiny tran­sis­tors in your phone, tablet, or com­puter. It’s some­thing we should never take for granted.

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