Well, look at that.

It’s almost the end of 2015, and it’s getting really close to that time when my wife will force me to close the lid on the laptop until January of 2016 or she will ‘break it over my head,’ if I don’t.

Tis the season for end of year roundups though, and if Google, Kaspersky, and mainstream media can do it, I see no reason why I can’t do it either.  So I took the liberty of looking back over my statistics and work at FileHippo over the last year to see what had actually happened, and I realized I’d only actually been here since August…. that’s just five months….

But what a five months it’s been. I really couldn’t have joined the TechBeat team at a better time. Windows 10 was one of the most talked about software releases in a long time, and the world was awash with tech story after tech story that just needed to be told. Nothing’s really changed since then either.  There’s always a software related story out there somewhere.

John McAfee 2016

So here are my own personal favorite stories I wrote for Filehippo.com over (the last 5 months) of 2015…

5: Ad blocking software usage in US grows 48% in just one year: Should online advertisers be worried?

I really can’t remember, but this story will always have a soft spot for me, because it was the first one I wrote for FileHippo, and it seemed to take me forever to write. 

4: How Will Google’s Company, Alphabet, Affect You?

Not very much, it seems. Despite the fact we should all really be referring to Google as Alphabet now, no-one has bothered too. It seemed like such a big story at the time, but as I said in the second paragraph, “if you don’t own a piece of virtual Google real-estate, more than likely the best thing you can do is shrug your shoulders and just carry on with your life.” And it turned out that everyone just did…

3: Suicides And Extortion Linked To Ashley Madison Data Hack.

Do you remember the AshleyMadison hack? Remember when it was big news? Remember how quickly it all faded away?  Me too…

2: John McAfee Announces Run For President

McAfee told Wired.com: “I have many thousands of emails saying please run for President…It’s not something I would just choose to do on my own.” Donald Trump on the other hand, did.

Just when you thought the US Presidential election couldn’t get more surreal than it already is, everyone’s favorite self-labelled ‘eccentric millionaire,’ John McAfee has announced his bid for President of the United States of America.”

You know what the really crazy thing about McAfee running for president was? In the context of the current Presidential candidate, he seems quite sane….

1: Reddit Bans Users Posting Star Wars 7 Spoilers.

STAR WARS

Why this one? Because it’s Star Wars. I got to write an article about Star Wars.  And I think that’s all I have to say about that.

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year

Yep that’s it, I am gone until sometime in January.  But I just want to say thank you  to anyone and everyone who’s taken the time to read our articles here on FileHippo over the last 12 months, regardless if it’s a story I wrote, or from one of the other writers. Thanks for all the comments too, even the crazy ones, I love reading them.

Until next year, it’s been a blast.