Since I joined HWBOT.org in December last year, a major part of my work is quite religious by its definition: evangelism. Yes, I’m a preacher! I preach for performance tuning and more precisely overclocking. Sure, it might not sound as serious as this is, no-one needs to repent its sins here, but beware – I keep a close watch on my folks!
For this post I would like to come back on my first quarter of part time work at HWBOT and the contributor position I took on at PCWorld.fr as an editorial writer for their Saturday OC column.
A quarter of HWBOT goodness
HWBOT is pretty much the center of what happens these days in the competitive OC community. The site centralizes scores, and hosts the worlds most prestigious overclocking competitions such as the MOA by MSI, the Kingston HOT and we all hope … maybe another GOOC by Gigabyte one day.
The first thing that I noticed from day on was the shear size of the company. Basically the whole thing runs on two people (Fredrik the owner and lead coder and Pieter which runs the daily operations). And of course, nothing could be achieved without the tremendous work by all the community volunteers that help out on moderation, keep a watch on submissions and forums. This is an optimized ship! Nothing goes to waste and I like that. Efficiency to it’s roots.
This efficiency is certainly part of what made the success of the small Belgian organization over the years. Celebrating records over records since the beginning of 2014, it seems that HWBOT is surfing today on new golden age of competitive performance tuning (aka. overclocking). So what am I doing there?
First of all, I don’t have a single mission neither do I have a clustered job description. This operational liberty is something I highly value and it gives me the ability to input on any project that is run today at HWBOT. We are talking of course about partnerships with IT vendors but mainly community related activities such as:
- Community events – yes, get ready for some heavy stuff in June
- General Marketing – that’s everything from emails, marketing materials (lots of power pointing here) and product promotion.
- Content creation – with the upcoming revision 6, we are working on making the overclocking submission flow more accessible and among the ways come video.
Aside of that there are also other projects such as the ARM HWBOT Prime benchmark for which I participated in the UI mockup design – but also one more thing. Something I wanted to share with you today: Evangelism.
Columnist at PCWorld.fr
For some reason, I ended up getting in touch in December with the guys at PC World France. The site is among those rare tech sites that still give importance to things PC related and that haven’t yet totally turned to the mobile/gadget world.
It’s been now nearly three full months that I’m writing weekly pieces in collaboration with Adeline and Pieter here in Taipei. Always focused on Overclocking, extreme hardware use and events surrounding the discipline. Here is the full list of the publications so far (in French):
- OC Records
- Galaxy GOC Event
- HWBOT Country Cup
- CES in Vegas (also in TheOverclocker Issue #28)
- CPU a love Story (also published at HWBOT & Techmundo thanks to our Brazilian OC community friends)
- Rookie Rumble Cup
- Interview of French Overclocker: StrategosSan
- LN2 cooling – CPU Pots
- Overclocking on AMD Kaveri
- Interview with KingPin (on him and the 780Ti KPE)
- HWBOT Prime
- GeForce 780Ti Graphics cards
What I’ve noticed over time is that this activity means much more than just writing on-demand content for the press. I truly enjoy writing these and most of all, what I love about this experience is the feeling I get every time a new article comes live and highlights on part or another form the community. There is always something happening which is worth mentioning. It can be records, a new top league overclocker, a new event concept, and community built benchmarks or even some surprising projects on small ARM boards.
I’m glad to be part of this, and hopefully the fun will keep on.
So this is it for this post. Hope for those interested, you’ve been able to learn more about what I’m up too these days in Taiwan. Any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below!