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Filter's Farewell

10. "Longhorn Comes Up Short" (Aug. 30, 2004): Microsoft says it will delay release of its Longhorn operating system.

Honorable Mentions: "Who Gets the Nice China" (Oct. 21, 2002): One of my many looks at troubled AOL, with a focus on ex-chairman Steve Case. And "Kinder, Gentler RIAA" (Oct. 20, 2003): My favorite column on the recording industry's legal assault on digital piracy.

_____Filter Archive_____
Wired for Security (washingtonpost.com, Jan 20, 2005)
For Techs, Are Happy Days Here Again? (washingtonpost.com, Jan 19, 2005)
Video Game Dream Team (washingtonpost.com, Jan 18, 2005)
A Failing Upgrade for the FBI (washingtonpost.com, Jan 14, 2005)
New Year's Hacks (washingtonpost.com, Jan 13, 2005)
More Past Issues

Talking More About Tech Online

In addition to writing Filter, I have hosted various tech newsmakers for online discussions. These chats were a great way to interact with readers and also delve deeper into popular topics covered in the column. I particularly enjoyed the discussion with Mark Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape, in which he talked about his other ventures and life after the tech bust. And even though Microsoft has been a target of critical coverage in this column, I was glad the company's head of research came online to talk about his work.

The issue of outsourcing prompted a lot of reader e-mail whenever I wrote about it. I moderated chats last spring from a tech industry supporter and an outsourcing opponent that helped shed more light on this divisive topic.

Filter spawned a cousin of sorts, focused on government technology news called Government IT Review. The online column provided an outlet to take a deeper look at government contracting issues, particularly as the defense industry enjoyed a renaissance as the global war on terror ramped up.

Most Importantly, Thank You

The editors who worked behind-the-scenes on Filter deserve a big thank you for their help to get the column online each weekday. I want to express my gratitude and a hearty thanks to Filter's main editor and washingtonpost.com technology and business editor Russ Walker. Russ helped with the inception of Filter and was an important cheerleader for the column.

Kudos are also due to my colleague Robert MacMillan, who filled in for me to write Filter when I was away and also edited the column on a regular basis, and to Bob Greiner, who also edited regularly. Doug Feaver, outgoing editor-in-chief of washingtonpost.com, and managing editor Howard Parnell have been fantastic supporters of Filter. Thank you to all involved for making this a great team effort.

So Long, But Not Goodbye Forever

My work at washingtonpost.com and penning Filter has been a wonderful learning experience, a healthy challenge and most of all a lot of fun. I learned more about technology trends (and readers' interests) than I could have imagined when this adventure started. I still have a lot to learn, but that is the beauty of technology -- it is always evolving and challenging us to stay on our toes.

Most of all, I want to thank you, dear readers, for your support, feedback (both positive and negative) and for making Filter such a joy to write for these past several years. I appreciate everyone who took time to write e-mails this past week after reading about the column's end. It has been a great honor that you've let me and Filter into your busy world each day. Reader Rick Hill wrote, "I've really enjoyed reading your column as a great single source of tech information. I'm sorry to see it end. Good luck in the future." Reader Lou Lopez wrote: "My wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed your very useful and informative items over the past couple of years and we hope that your future work product will be still be available. Thanks for all of your technical insight and advice and best wishes.....yours was a truly successful part of the Post's early history as it entered the Internet age."

This is my final column and day working for washingtonpost.com. My writings on technology and what I think are the most interesting tech trends, news and views will continue on my new Web site, www.cynthiawebb.net. I plan to launch a similar technology news column called "The Scan," starting Feb. 1.

I hope you will continue to follow my future writings there. I look forward to this new adventure and invite you to come along for the ride. You can also keep in touch by e-mail.

This has been a fun, rewarding journey. Thank you to everyone.

Filter launched in Aug. 2002 and ended its run on Jan. 21, 2005.Filter's archives are online here. Cynthia L. Webb can be reached by e-mail at cindywebbATgmailDOTcom.)

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