back to article Veteran vulture Andrew Orlowski is offski after 19 years at The Register

Bill Clinton was president of the United States when I first started at The Register, mobile phones (and anything else "mobile") were low-rez monochrome chunks of plastic, and politicians were slack-jawed children when it came to technology. Some things don't change, but today one thing does. After 19 years – the first seven …

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  1. Steven Raith

    An Orlowski article? With comments enabled???

    Heaven forfend. And, that is going back a bit to be fair...

    Good luck in the future Mr O, I'll be sure to intermittently annoy you on Twitter, I'm sure....

    Steven R

    1. MyffyW Silver badge

      Re: An Orlowski article? With comments enabled???

      One never really appreciates El Reg talent until it's flown the nest. Best of luck Andrew.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: An Orlowski article? With comments enabled???

      Amusingly/sadly Andrew O won't let anyone follow him on Twitter until he has approved the request. I guess some things don't change! :-D

      (I promise not to be snarky! Well, not much, it is The Register way, after all...)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: An Orlowski article? With comments enabled???

        Well he's written some wonderful articles but also intensly annoyed me with some of his copyright pieces.

        In either case I wish him all the best for the next 19 years and beyond!

      2. Andrew Orlowski (Written by Reg staff)

        Re: An Orlowski article? With comments enabled???

        It's all open now, just click and you're in right away.

    3. Annihilator

      Re: An Orlowski article? With comments enabled???

      "Today it's the comments that really make The Register so different."

      I did find that line in the article amusing...

  2. PTW
    Pint

    Au revoir Mr Marmite!

    You certainly kept the commentards busy, and I for one will miss your contributions.

    Have a beer on me, with best wishes for the future!

  3. Alan Sharkey

    Thanks for all the fish

    Andrew,

    I've enjoyed reading your articles - have a great time in whatever you get up to next

    Alan

  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge
    Pint

    What ?

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!

    I wish you all the best, Andrew, but this is terrible.

    You'll be missed.

    1. LDS Silver badge
      Pint

      "You'll be missed."

      Not by everybody, I guess <G> but I'll miss Andrew, even when I didn't agree with him. But if you one always agrees, where's the fun? And moreover, where's the real journo who can give you an independent point of view?

      El Reg loses one of its sharpest talons, though

      Thanks for all the good articles read in those years - they were always well written, informative and helpful to understand the IT world and build new knowledge.

      1. Mark 85 Silver badge

        Re: "You'll be missed."

        I quite agree. Andrew always made one think even if we disagreed with him.

        Good luck with the new life, Andrew. May you have fair winds and following seas.

        1. Andrew Norton

          Re: "You'll be missed."

          Mostly it was "what the f**k is he thinking? did he bother to research, or did he just copy bits from the first press release that caught his eye?"

          He's very much the Piers Morgan of tech reporting.

          1. Chronos Silver badge
            Stop

            Re: "You'll be missed."

            No, Piers is just a professional shit-stirrer with a face born to slap, clueless about whatever subject he's meddling with and fuckwitted in his willingness to consider he may be wrong, which is pretty much all the time. Jeremy Vine is of the same ilk.

            You do Andrew a grave disservice. At the very least, Andrew's articles were thought-provoking and had a human angle rather than just being an opinion-diktat on how we all should think. Unlike Piers, you could persuade him to reconsider with facts rather than uninformed opinion.

            Whether you agree with some of his opinions or not, his talent will be missed and I, for one, wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

  5. IsJustabloke Silver badge
    Pint

    Well...

    I haven't always agreed with everything you've said but I've generally enjoyed your ed ops

    You clearly have good knowledge and passion about a subject most people consider quite dry.

    All the best for the future

    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: Well...

      Isn't that what we need more of? Not the silly polemics, but thought-provoking disagreements and discussions.

      To Andrew's credit you also can see that it's been very much a two-way thing and that he's read and absorbed criticism and adjusted his position, much as many of us have as well.

      1. IsJustabloke Silver badge
        Thumb Up

        Re: Well...

        "Isn't that what we need more of?"

        yep, no argument from me.

        1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

          Re: Well...

          But I came here for an argument !

          1. STOP_FORTH
            Happy

            Re: Well...

            Oh no you didn't. Is it panto season already?

          2. Chronos Silver badge

            Re: Well...

            Oh, sorry, this is abuse. You want 12A, just down the corridor.

  6. Will Godfrey Silver badge
    Go

    As the Actress said to the Bishop...

    "Well, it was never boring!"

    Bon Voyage and good luck with your continued scribblings.

  7. TheMaven

    Thank you Andrew

    Damn it. You'll be missed.

    1. Semtex451 Silver badge
      Unhappy

      Re: Thank you Andrew

      Just to second that.

      Today is a very bad day indeed. Goodbye thank you and good luck Andrew.

      BTW- Does this mean Apple will talk to El Reg?

      1. Gavin Park Weir

        Re: Thank you Andrew

        And thirded from me

      2. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge

        Re: Thank you Andrew

        BTW- Does this mean Apple will talk to El Reg?

        If they do, I hope it's only so El Reg can hang up on them.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Pint

          Re: Thank you Andrew

          +10,000! Rarely agreed with Andrew; always, always read his pieces for precisely that reason.

          1. Intractable Potsherd Silver badge

            Re: Thank you Andrew

            I sometimes agreed with you, Andrew, but not always. I remember a few years ai when you responded personally by email to a comment I'd made - I was surprised and touched that you had read my comment.

            I'll be following you on Twatter to see what is next in line for you.

  8. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

    Splitter!

  9. magickmark
    Pint

    So long and thanks for all the fish

    Like so many have said already, thanks for the work you've put in and good luck with anything you do in the future.

    Have a beer or two on us all!

  10. James Dore
    Mushroom

    NOOOOOO!

    NOOOOOOOO!

  11. Rich 11 Silver badge
    Pint

    Bon chance...

    ...and if your replacement isn't worth arguing with, I'm going to cancel my subscription.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Bon chance...

      ...and if your replacement isn't worth arguing with, I'm going to cancel my subscription.

      The return of Lewis Page ?

      1. LucreLout Silver badge

        Re: Bon chance...

        ...and if your replacement isn't worth arguing with, I'm going to cancel my subscription.

        The return of Lewis Page ?

        Any chance of getting Warstall back?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Bon chance...

          I'm reading Tim over at his Continental Telegraph these days. Still iconoclastic to the bone. The Economist isn't worth the bother, or expense, and Tim is far cheaper (even free!) to support.

          Side note: Didn't know Andrew O. has a 'blog. Added to speed dial.

      2. Spock2

        Re: Bon chance...

        If Lewis Page returns, you won't need to cancel your subscription. He'll do it for you.

    2. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: Bon chance...

      "I'm going to cancel my subscription."

      I demand a refund!!

      1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge
        Pint

        Re: Bon chance...

        Can we not get The Moderatrix back?

  12. big_D Silver badge
    Pint

    You've been here...

    almost as long as me. I was reading El Reg from the get-go.

    It was always interesting to read and article, without looking at the author. After a few sentences I would generally think, "hmm, that must be from Andrew!" Scroll back to the masthead and look and 99/100 times I'd be right. I once mistook one of your stories for a Dabsy, nobody is perfect, I suppose.

    All the best in the future!

  13. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge
    Pint

    Cheers

    Your articles were often thought provoking and I enjoyed a lot of the (deliberately or otherwise) provocative ones, regardless of whether I agreed. Best of luck.

    1. genghis_uk
      Pint

      Re: Cheers

      Couldn't have said this better so I won't - have an upvote instead

      All the very best Andrew, it's been emotional!

    2. Jamie Jones Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: Cheers

      Agreed 100%.

      Good luck Andrew - the most recognisable name on El Reg

  14. ShortLegs

    So long, and thanks for all the tish ;)

    Good luck in the future, whatever you do.

  15. ratfox Silver badge
    Pint

    All the best to you

    Wow, that's the like end of an era. I think you've done more than anyone to define The Register.

    It's dangerous to go alone! Take this beer.

  16. Whitter
    Pint

    Live long and propser

    Hope life post-E-Reg treats you well!

  17. John H Woods Silver badge

    I agreed with you on almost nothing ....

    ... but your articles were well-written, well-considered and hugely entertaining. All the best ...

    1. Aqua Marina
      Pint

      Re: I agreed with you on almost nothing ....

      I was going to say pretty much the same thing, but then I realised that despite that, I always did read the articles, and then the comments (when they eventually became enabled) so I'm guessing he was doing his job right.

      Good luck wherever you end up and feel free to come back to the comments where we can continue to disagree!

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: I agreed with you on almost nothing ....

        Good luck wherever you end up and feel free to come back to the comments where we can continue to disagree! .... Aqua Marina

        Or where we can continue to share with Andrew, Almighty AIdDevelopments . It's in the DNA of the Register. ITs Raison d'Être.

        Would you disagree, and Driver A.N.Other Course with Myriad Sources?

        The Question to Ask is ..... Are they Almighty? ...... for that is Heavenly and Opens Pandora's Box Full of Delights to Pacify with the Supply of Insatiable Immense Satisfaction. :-) ..... which is believed to be Unbelievably Addictive and Soul Consuming

        Hmmmm? Heaven above or Perfect for Hell?

        LOVERule. Advanced IntelAIgent Systems Programs Assuming Lead Command with Remote Virtual Controls in Live Operational Virtual Environments Toasting to El Reg and All Registering here.

        Questions we love to ask to never doubt the perfect answer. Which is always the Absolute Truth ..... the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth Thing ........ is something of a Register Specialisation/Biting the Hand that Feeds IT Niche Tour de Force.

        :-) GBIrish at its finest salutes you, AO.

        1. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge
          Happy

          Re: I agreed with you on almost nothing ....

          I think we may have our Rosetta stone for amfm1 ;)

          1. TheRealRoland

            Re: I agreed with you on almost nothing ....

            nice one :-)

          2. STOP_FORTH
            Mushroom

            Re: I agreed with you on almost nothing ....

            Smash it now. Then nuke it from orbit. Some things are not meant to be known.

  18. Dazzz
    Pint

    Farewell

    Dont forget to use uber eats while ordering food for your film watching, they need all the income they can get :-)

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