It was seven years ago today that I joined CDFreaks. I'd come looking for some help with a new type of equipment for me, a dvd burner that cost a small fortune, and I didn't want to screw things up. I quickly learned how to flash it with new firmware, how to choose the best available disks, and how to back up my growing collection of dvd movies. Along the way, I found an interesting group of characters here, people who went out of their way to help. Some of them are no longer among us, like rdgrimes and AZImmortal, but I remember how they welcomed me even when I had little to add to the community.
Over the years it is that sense of community that has kept me coming back. The technical knowledge of many of our members can still dazzle me; the Blank Media Gang (pepst, mciahel, Womi, dakhaas, Drage, et al) with their in-depth knowledge of optical media and drives. And our firmware experts, Dee, ala42, Liggy and CodeKing still work to make our drives work better, and defy the restrictions placed upon them by manufacturers and media companies. But it is the community we've built here that has the most appeal for me...the warmth and kindness of Arachne and Di, the wit of Drage and Harley2Ride, the chatters who liven up my day (yes I'm looking at you BigMike, and Dean and all the others there).
So here is a thank you for the past seven years. Hope to be around and enjoying the forum for as many more.