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Goodbye AndroidPIT. Thank You For Such A Great Ride

Eric McBride
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I’m really bad at stuff like this, but I felt I owed it to the people who read my articles and that have supported me so much over the past months. It’s been a great run, and I have had so much fun with you guys over the past 11 months that I’m already starting to miss it. Today is my last day working at AndroidPIT, and as this is the last article I will write for this blog, I just wanted to take the time to say thank you.

The decision not to work here anymore was definitely a hard one, but sometimes in life these types of things happen. I don’t want to get into why I won’t be around anymore, but instead thank all of the awesome readers, commenters, and developers that have made the past 11 months so enjoyable.

AndroidPIT was my first blogging job, and although my style and punctuation was always questionable, you guys were always patient with me, and it was you that inspired me to want to get better and deliver articles that would make for enjoyable, informative, and entertaining reads. I hope that I succeeded in doing that for you, and I hope that you sincerely believe me when I say that I will truly miss discussing, arguing, debating, and just chatting with you in the comments and in the forums.

I've always tried my best to make things somewhat entertaining when I could, like in this silly video where I played the part of Apple CEO Tim Cook trying to dog Android for any reason he could (Youtube link here):

Or this time when I was reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Beam (the phone with the built in projector), and got a little too carried away with a boxing glove when reviewing it (Youtube link here):

And every now and then, I would also feel the need to drop some lyrical rhymes on you you guys, like I did in my Android poems (here and here). Not only were they fun, but you guys gave me great feedback on them, which I very much appreciate.

I know all this is silly stuff, but I always had fun doing it, and I always appreciated your responses, even if they were very critical (or negative..lol).

I've been an Android fan since the day I bought the T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream) back in 2009, which was the first Android phone ever released. I liked the phone, but wanted it to be faster. After typing “how to make G1 faster” into Google, I discovered XDA Developers. From there, an interest became a hobby, and my hobby turned into an addiction. I’m proud now to say that this addiction also turned into an 11 month full time career here at AndroidPIT, and I very much hope that I get the chance again soon to work full time at a company that focuses on Android.

Android isn’t just a mobile operating system. It represents much more to me that that. As silly as it sounds, Android represents a mentality that everyone should appreciate, and that mentality is freedom of choice. Android opens up opportunities and options instead of closing them. Android brings people together from all over the world, all working together to solve complex problems on great forums like XDA Developers and RootWiki. Because of Android, I have not only met some really great people, but have formed some very strong friendships with people all over the world. That to me is worth its weight in gold.

I very much hope that you guys stay in contact with me on Google+, and if there’s ever a problem that I can help you with, that you don’t hesitate to ask. I cannot thank you enough for the support and good times that you’ve given me here, and I sincerely mean that from the bottom of my heart.

Long live the Droid!!! :-D :-D :-D

Eric 

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    Maldor Nov 9, 2012 Link

    we will miss you and your bad grammer ツ

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  • Briley Kenney Nov 9, 2012 Link

    Sad to see you go! Especially when I just got here! :/

    Good luck Eric!

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  • Eric McBride Nov 9, 2012 Link

    LOL! Thanks Richard :-)

    Thanks Briley!

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  • Matthew Bell Nov 9, 2012 Link

    No Eric. Although a silent reader I always....ALWAYS! Enjoy reading your blogs. Insightful, entertaining and informative. It really will be sad to see you go....I just hope they manage to find someone good enough to replace you. Here's to the future. :-)

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  • Joel Fabiani Nov 9, 2012 Link

    All the best man!

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  • Dvoraak Nov 9, 2012 Link

    For some, like me, you and Steven are the faces of AndroidPIT. You will be sorely missed. Good luck in whatever has taken you away from us.

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  • Imran Nov 9, 2012 Link

    we will find where ever you go. Android world is small . Good luck

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  • Namoneo Nov 9, 2012 Link

    Dear Eric, it's very pity to hear that you are leaving... I remember, it's been a long time ago when I read your articles and they're always amazing and very interesting. I used to check your blog for new articles each day. Even when I changed my ROM first, I was searching whole internet to find your blog and when I found it I was happy. Thanks a lot for your efforts and will miss andoridpit always !!! I want that would be a joke...

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  • Eric McBride Nov 9, 2012 Link

    Don't make me get all emotional guys. It was because of YOU that I had such a great time here. You guys are freakin awesome :)

    Thank you so much for your kind words.

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  • hugh finnerty Nov 9, 2012 Link

    u finally got an apple........

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  • Connie Russell Nov 9, 2012 Link

    Good luck Eric! Good people are rare......I appreciated the insight and expertise.....Reach for the moon, if you miss, you'll land upon the stars......;-)

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  • Matthew Bell Nov 9, 2012 Link

    @Hugh. Ha ha ha.....that's it! They found out he brought an iphone(y) 5 and they are making him leave. :-P .

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  • Edgar Cervantes Nov 9, 2012 Link

    Very sad news, Eric. One thing to keep in mind is that blogs are built not only on content, but on personalities. Writers can come and go, but personalities are irreplaceable.

    Your articles and videos were awesome, but there is much more to you. You were a great friend since the first day I met you, and though we may not think so at times, that translates to your work and your followers' perspective.

    AndroidPIT will never be the same without you. You did a great job and I am sure you will do great in whatever you do next. Stay in touch, bro! And if you need ever and I can help in any way, just let me know.

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  • Gio A. Nov 9, 2012 Link

    You wil be missed Eric. Your blogs have become part of my day. I like your blogs mostly because of the way you write them. They are always intertaining. Androidpit will just not be the same anymore for me. I realy hope you may bless us one day again with your blog.

    Good luck with wherever life's road takes you my friend. :-)

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  • Gio A. Nov 9, 2012 Link

    PS. You could always leave a comment in the forums and blogs. keep in touch.

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  • Melvin P Nov 9, 2012 Link

    ahh that is sad, it was sometimes very funny! Thanks from the Netherlands

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  • Raed Saad Nov 9, 2012 Link

    Good luck and take care.

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  • ljhaye Nov 9, 2012 Link

    Thank you and good luck with your future endeavors.

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  • tunde daniels Nov 9, 2012 Link

    i will always miss u. thank u soooooooooo much.

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  • Yusuf Fishir Nov 9, 2012 Link

    When I first joined AndroidPIT, which wasnt too long ago honestly, you were the the blogger I looked forward to when I wanted to read something on here haha. You honestly post the most in my opinion and for whatever reason you're going, that reason should know that this site lost about 70% of it's fun. You're a great guy and your posts are amazing, I really appreciated your time here man. I hope everything turns out well for you in the future(:

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  • Eric McBride Nov 9, 2012 Link

    You guys comments are honestly (no joking) bringing tears to my eye. Hearing all these words are the biggest compliment I could have ever hoped for x 100000000

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  • Apple Conspiracy Nov 9, 2012 Link

    Sorry to see you leaving! Good luck with whatever new job you got, hope to encounter you on some future occasions, who knows ;-)

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  • Tyler Nov 9, 2012 Link

    Gonna miss reading your articles and watching your videos. I just followed you on G+ though. Stay Classy!

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  • jesus corona Nov 9, 2012 Link

    i always will love ya

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    Jay O. Nov 9, 2012 Link

    Eric, your enthusiasm (and lyrical ad libbing) will be missed! Wishing you all the best!!!

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  • Steven Blum Nov 9, 2012 Link

    Eric, it's definitely the end of an era. You have brought a ton of enthusiasm, knowledge and insight to this site and you will be sorely missed and impossible to replace. I know this is hella corny but I can't imagine this site without you. Wish you the best of luck in ALL of your future endeavors.

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    Christopher Silva Nov 9, 2012 Link

    Eric, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. You did a good job and brought a lot of character to this site. We will all miss you.

    Where are you headed?

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  • Eric McBride Nov 9, 2012 Link

    Oh man...you guys are killing me here :) I miss you guys already! :-D I never thought people would care that much that I left. Hearing all this from you guys (and from Steven, who was in my eyes the true journalist of this site) really gives me a hell of a good feeling :)

    Not too surewhere Im heading yet guys...I have some options on the table, but no fixed plans right now. Im really not in a hurry as of now, especially with it being so close to the holidays.

    But keep in touch with me on Google+! You never know where I might end up next :)

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  • bits Nov 10, 2012 Link

    Give us a heads up as to where we can "stalk" you next !.....thx for everything man! i enjoyed your blog and wish ya the best :-)

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  • Glostermeteor Nov 10, 2012 Link

    Cheers matey, its been a bloody good show!

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  • Tim W. Nov 10, 2012 Link

    Eric, I just wanted to say thanks for the articles you've written, you will be missed. Best of Luck!

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  • Dylan Nov 10, 2012 Link

    Oh no, I will be sad, but leave if you must. May your bloggership carry on

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  • Patrick R. Nov 10, 2012 Link

    Sad to see you go Eric. Thank you for the past couple of months. It was really fun reading your articles and having discussions after. Good luck!

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  • Jim H. Nov 10, 2012 Link

    Hi Eric, I too am sorry to see you go. As another silent reader, who checks out for your articles every morning, I will miss your easy reading style of prose. I can't add to the comments already made other than to say; if your future includes using your writing skills you won't go far wrong. All the best, Jim.

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  • chinu Nov 10, 2012 Link

    Will miss you eric... All the best for the future

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    DaBartonator Nov 10, 2012 Link

    Eric I started reading androidpit about the time you have started and even though I could find grammar, or spelling errors almost daily I will miss you blog. Im sure whoever resumes where you left off will be welcomed warmly, your certain style of writing that always got people to get into heated debates over the subject. But on this blog entry there is no debate we will miss you!!!
    (I hope you see this I was moving a buddy yesterday and didn't have a chance to look at my phone :( )

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  • Sean Foster Nov 10, 2012 Link

    Good luck, wherever life is taking you. I will miss your humour and insight.

    You inspired me to root and try my first custom ROMS and I've not looked back.

    Free the Droid!

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  • Atlas Nov 10, 2012 Link

    It's funny to see a face with the name for the first time. But it's sad that there will be no more blog posts from you because it's what kept me checking out the blog on a daily basis.

    You've written many good and interesting posts and I enjoyed reading the parts of them I read, because I mostly only read parts of blogs on the internet lol, instead of the whole page.

    Thanks for the fish and good luck with what's coming.

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  • Anna F. Nov 11, 2012 Link

    No! Why do you have to go Eric?? Every day I opened Pulse I was eagerly waiting to read a new blog post from you, and if there wasn't one, I'd get disappointed. Now I'll never read one of your posts again! :( I seriously considered creating a Google+ account just to follow you :P

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  • Andrei Salaru Nov 11, 2012 Link

    Sorry to see you leaving :( I wish you all the best for the future! Cheers

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  • Cedric Chua Nov 12, 2012 Link

    Been reading your article for quite some time and enjoyed every single one of it :) good luck for your future endeavor

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  • Stan Jez Nov 12, 2012 Link

    Best wishes. I really enjoyed your input. You'll be missed.

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  • Eric McBride Nov 12, 2012 Link

    Thanks for all your warm and encouraging responses guys! Keep those G+ messages coming!!!

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  • James Robinson Nov 12, 2012 Link

    sorry to see you go I very much enjoyed your articles. I wish you the best of luck with your new role!

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  • CJ Brown Nov 13, 2012 Link

    @ Eric - I will follow you on Google + & respect your decision to step down from AndroidPit (your future articles will be missed, but I hope this situation allows you to freely comment on any future posts here in AndroidPit) ....

    Viva Android - Viva HTC - Viva Samsung - Viva Nexus - viva Chromebook :-)

    still in Sin City waiting for CES 2013 passes to go out -

    C J

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