After careful consideration I have decided to transfer all hardware review activities to a new domain. I purchased Hardwareasylum.com in 2012 and have been working hard to build a new and improved Ninjalane on that domain. If you are reading this you have reached one of the archived articles, news, projects and/or reviews that were left behind during the site migration.
Please update your bookmarks and be sure to visit the new and improved Ninjalane at Hardwareasylum.com
Website History Timeline 3
May was a great month as it marked the conclusion of the major building project and the unofficial start of my freelance web development company sharing the familiar "Ninja Lane" name. Yep that's right Ninjalane expanded from being a hardware review site to a full fledged web architecture and development firm. Granted I was the only employee but again that's beside the point.
Things remained the same for a couple years after this; the financial hardship of having to close on a new house without my previous income was difficult so priorities shifted from working on the website to doing client work.
Business savvy people will say "well why you didn't take on the site full time?" Well the answer is simple. At the time Ninjalane was still a side business that afforded me an outlet to release my inner geek. It enabled me to accomplish things in my web development career that I wasn't able to do at work, plus I could play with the latest computer hardware.
It was really a perfect combo.
Truth be told my dedication to finishing the house is what prevented me from making Ninjalane what it could have been.
Upgrade Alley did get some web time in December 2005 with an official site launch but the entire business plan could not be realized and quickly faded away.
January is the time of CES in fabulous Las Vegas and Ninjalane was there with 2 things in mind. 1) To re-establish some contacts and 2) start spreading the word of a re-launch of Ninjalane in June.
This site launch marks a stopping point of a 6 month development effort encompassing a major site re-design, and CMS backend. The CMS was built from the ground up and happens to be based on the same XML article system I developed some 5 years previous. The site also features a toned down version of Upgrade Alley and too many other features to mention.
Article update: Everything from this point forward is new as of January 17, 2010