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  1. Looking good Luke! Glad to see you're still at it mate. This one is looking sweet!
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    Site Maintenance 22nd January

    Yo all. Today's the day, just got an update from Atomic Server Migration Central, located on a secret pacific tropical island just to the east of Wales. Atomic will be down approximately 1pm today, AEDT. And the whole process will take close to a day, so *perhaps* back online very very late, past your bedtimes, tonight. Almost certainly ready to accept your spamming first thing tomorrow morning. That is said with all the certainty one can have when such moon shots are attempted. As always, be excellent to each other. EDIT! It is in fact TOMORROW, not today. Dumb me misunderstood time zones and things of that nature. As you were!
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    The most special people

    Good onya Fenn :) And yep, same. There are friends for life here. And let's not under-rate lifelong acquaintances, either, also very good to have in your heart.
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    The most special people

    This is a great place, made of great people and that means every single one of you. You being here is the cinnamon on our bun, and while the bun isn't as big as it once was, it's even more delicious than ever. Kindness and friendship. Sticking together. Lending a shoulder, or a Philips head. Amusing. Teaching. All of you do your part because you like doing that. As long as people like you like each other, Atomic is alive and well. As was our way since the very beginning, we like to thank those who, for any number of indefinable reasons, have stood out just a little bit extra. We're saying thanks, and we're giving you a badge of honour so others may know of your deeds. It's been a long time since we tapped Heroes, but they've always been here. Many here have long been true Heroes even if they didn't have the badge. Until now. While the landscape here has altered a bit, the green grass of Atomic is as strong and fresh as ever. You're still here, after all. Today we have new Atomic Heroes. With mighty thanks for just being you - you done good. HEROES Cybes Always there to keep the conversation going, Cybes' level headedness and quietly smirking nature can't be beat. Cybes is one of our top posters and always brilliant. He has always been glowy green at the core, and this just makes it official. SquallStrife From politics to Arduino, Squall is into it all. We miss him dearly when he's not around and love it when he weighs in during the tough conversations. SceptreCore Everything from tech advice to the best whisky is Sceptre. He's tech and gaming in the best way, with advice and sheer awesome helpfulness to new and old. smadge1 Another one of our quietly glorious post champions, smadge gives the atomic gaming love as well as being generally awesome. From Arduino to his new toys and games, he keeps the love going. eveln We love her opinions, her challenges and her style. Eveln gives us plenty of atomican goodness in every post, no matter whether it's her fridge or a driverless car. /BRAVO! These friends now join the rank of Hero. Speaking of which, there are Heroes here that have become more. They are SUPERHEROES. These mega people have shown consistency in being super awesome. Always in-depth whether it comes to tech or science or food or audio or general hijinkery. They play with us, they share with us, they keep the place amazing. They are love - gooey, glowing green love, and are just very atomic. Yes, Sir. Very atomic. SUPERHEROES Nich... A decade and a half overdue and I thought he was already, which is the only possible explanation for this not happening before. He cares, he loves, he provides the glowy green slushy of total awesome. He works his tiny custard-filled butt off to keep the place sparkling, moderating and adjusting the backend to keep us running. His dedication to the community can’t be beaten and his tireless efforts often go unnoticed. But he absolutely is noticed and is truly, completely, astonishingly amazing. scruffy1 From medical advice about haemorrhoids to sage wisdom and a megaton of musical knowledge, he is the king. Scruffy is tireless in his grand old country doctor way and an awesome guy to boot. Fenn Fenn brings a spark of CWA to atomic. She enjoys her games and plays hard with us all, while gently showing us how to crochet a CPU and bake a chocolate cream pi. fredzfrog Fredz is an atomic institution. He laughs at the world with us and all it's foibles, while always being there to cheer us along. @~thehung From the tech sections to general chat, hung is everywhere. He is always ready with a smile and an opinion while quietly keeping the chat going in his own special way. The place just wouldn't be the same without him. You beautiful people. BUT. THAT'S. NOT. ALL. As special as this moment of thanks is, it's now going to 11. For amongst us are Superheroes that personify the very best of Atomic. Because, these superheroes are our tech gods, and Atomic is Maximum Power Computing at its core. They are always there to offer help and assistance in anything tech. They provide comment and genius advice and sage wisdom to any and all who need it. They keep out a sharp eye throughout our tech areas for everything from wayward spam to dodgy RAM. These are the atomic cyborgs and we love them. And from now on they will be afforded the rank of: SUPERHERO MPC aliali While we might have a tech head or two around the place, aliali is a techie’s techie. He can fix it when it's broken and make it better when it's not. Always there to lend a hand on a piece of kit or a problem. Rybags There is so much awesome wrapped up in the package that is Rybags, it's hard to know where to start. He a tech gem and a Green Room god. And so much more. Totally and completely atomic in every way. Dasa When the supertechies get together, Dasa is never far away. He can help with everything from your mobile phone to your AMD kit and is always willing to lend a hand. stadl With a heart as big as a continent, tech chops galore and an ever present helping hand, stadl shines like the sun. He can get to the heart of an issue in 6 words and still have room for a compliment. Stand tall. You are all gold. Two more thanks must be included. First to the mods. They give and give, they do it for the love here, and that means they do it for you. We all love them back, and rightly so. They made today's announcement happen and helped me a lot putting it together. Bless. We are lucky. And. YOU. Without you Atomic would be a lesser place. You seem to like it here and keep coming back. So, thanks for being in the gang, and I hope we can all stay here until the end of time xx
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    Did something just happen?

    Lookit everyone. So cool. Earlier I posted about the crypto infestation being fixed and crediting our new masters. I was wrong and all those props belong to the great Evil Admin ?
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    Did something just happen?

    Hi!
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    Did something just happen?

    All you regulars, sheesh. It's like living in 2002 all over again. But with a lot less stress excitement. Which is pleasantly nice. Yeah, the poms own us now. But in a way they kinda did in the beginning, it was a pair of poms that started the company that started Atomic. For the last several years we've been owned by the Germans, then before that some different poms. Now new poms. I'd be very surprised if they wanted to do anything big with atomic. Or anything at all. I'd wanna go big. A few times over the years various suggestions were made to do a kinda atomic one-off special - but using content available from the vast pool of global syndication. Hence it wouldn't have been atomic but something like the UK's Custom PC but dressed up as atomic. So obviously we can't have that... who knows what the future holds. Anyway. Nice to hear from you again xx
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    Did something just happen?

    Hi everyone! It’s been a while, huh? Many excellent people are still here, some come and go, and many more, like me, hover around lurking, mostly checking in to see if it’s still here and how things are. It’s still here. The main reason I’m posting is to give you guys an update so you know where in the universe Atomic sits and what its future is, because some things just changed. The big news is that a couple of months ago Atomic’s owner nextmedia sold off its tech and games assets to Future Publishing. Making Future the fourth company to own Atomic. Future is huge, if you didn’t know. I wanted to work there once, in the 1990s when I loved PC Gamer. Well I work here now because with the titles Future bought (PC & Tech Authority, PC PowerPlay, Hyper and Atomic), they also hired David Hawkeye Hollingworth and myself. They also fixed the bloody crypto CPU killing infestation, so off to a good start in the good books with that. What it all means for Atomic is a big happy nothing. Future will keep the site going and everything will be tops. Now, being a supergiant global media empire, Future is keeping busy with a great many things. It also bought the parent company of Anandtech and Tom’s Hardware earlier this year. That means that this little corner of the internet is a low priority. Probably the lowest. And that’s fine with me. We don’t want meddling, we want to be left alone in peace. One day, perhaps, a time will be right to use the name Atomic and everything it stands for to do some kind of new media tech endeavour. That's not the main reason why these Atomic forums are being kept going though. It's because there are people here that want to stay being here. There is true love for Atomic. From you reading this, obviously, or you wouldn’t be here, so thanks for still being part of it ? Most of all from the guardians of the site Nich, Chaos and Elvenwhore. I know you know how fabulous they are and all their efforts and care are very much known and appreciated by me, David and those that matter here. I can’t thank them enough. So. As you were. I know there are bits and pieces here and there that need attention, and perhaps we’ll get to that, but the core remains and will continue to do so. Atomic. It lives because of you.
  9. Yeah, right you are then, I shall be there. Like a big old high school reunion this is. This has great potential to be cool. Not necessarily huge, but just really nice to have a get together and see what people have been doing. Magnificent as always, Chaos.
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