Hail, Dieter, and farewell!

Today is Dieter Bohn's last day with TiPb and the Smartphone Experts Network. Up until today, our editor-in-chief, Dieter founded TiPb -- then PhoneDifferent -- for SPE, recruited yours truly and most of the other staff at our sibling sites, and taught us how to run sites, communities, and generally be better bloggers than any of us could have imagined.

Dieter's going to take a short, and much deserved vacation, but then promises to be back with new endeavors. We wish him well! Our good buddy Kevin Michaluk will be stepping in to help fill his big, blond shoes, and Derek Kessler is taking the reigns over at PreCentral. Phil at Android Central and Dan at WPCentral... well, you're still stuck with us.

We're going to miss Dieter terribly, but we're also incredibly excited at what's coming next for SPE. It's a new start for everyone, and we can't wait to share it with you.

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, ZEN and TECH, MacBreak Weekly. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter, App.net, Google+.

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cycling56#CB says:

Happy Trails and good luck.

donald.aleshire says:

Always liked Dieter the best out of all the SPE writers because he wrote with little bias. Good luck Dieter!

wvaseliou says:

Enjoy the well deserved vacation and best wishes as you go forward. I agree that Dieter wrote excellent material for SPE. Good Luck.

Sky_eye says:

Thanks for everything.

Reason says:

a sane voice departs. only Derek now as the lone voice of reason at precentral. it will all spiral into fanboy evangelist mayhem sooner or later. If Georgia leaves Tipb that's it. I'll have to be gone.

Leanna Lofte says:

I'll miss you Dieter! Good luck in CA! I will return there one day!

applefanboi says:

Haven't read or seen much of your work, as I'm new here, but glad you got this place set up and running! Thanks for what you did and have a great vacay!

Chris Vitek says:

I never got to meet Dieter, but I will miss him none the less. He was one of the reasons I ended up at TiPB!

Analog Spirit says:

Thank you, Dieter, for all your hard work in making TiPB.com my all-time favorite iOS-related site, and I wish you all the best in your endeavors and in this new season of life. And welcome to CA...
PEACE

Chris Oldroyd says:

Yeah, I echo the comments. I fell in love with smartphones reading and listening to Dieter and the SPE network I am proud to be involved now and thank Dieter for that. Good luck I know you will be a huge success in whatever you do in the future!

petaf says:

Ditto to all above comments. I was just thinking that I hadn't heard/seen him in a while! Best of luck!!

Tony says:

Enjoy of anyone deserves a vacation it's you have fun come back soon.

Watcher says:

Dieter,
Don't diet too much! ;)

eric6052 says:

I saw this news earlier on Twittee. The SPE sites are some of my favorites and I'm sad to see Dieter go but, I look forward to seeing what he does next. Best of luck to Deter and Crackberry Kevin has some big shoes to fill.

GraysonIP says:

Wow. I used to read Dieter faithfully back in my Treo days, when he wrote for Treo Central. Excellent work. SPE won't be the same without him. All the best!

The Reptile says:

Good luck, Dieter. And can I claim the Viking helmet if nobody else does?

Rowanova says:

Dieter's writing ability allowed him to compose some of the most unbiased blogs posted on the SPE sites. Focusing on the subject while keeping person opinions and preferences aside seems a rarity in any media these days.
Job well done, Dieter. And best regards in your forth-coming endevers.

Mr. L says:

+1
& take care Dieter!!!

Chris Vitek says:

Just thinking about smartphone experts way back when it was VisorCentral, and I certainly remember Dieter from TreoCentral! Hopefully Dieter will still occasionally contribute to the blog, sort of as a "Editor-emeritus"
Chris

Analog Spirit says:

+1 Editor Emeritus... excellent idea!

burnsaa says:

I too was just thinking about TreoCentral and all the time I spent reading and listening to the podcasts and then making the move to phonedifferent.com aka tipb.com. I really enjoyed your Stuff Dieter hope you go on to great things enjoy Cali.

zaersx says:

Good luck! But, on the other hand, AWESOME!!!(not you leaving) Kevin's coming over!(BlackBerry addict with an iPhone... I'm bored)
So is he like migrating or will Kev be working on both blogs.

Kupe says:

All the best to you Dieter. Enjoy your well-deserved break.

Brandon says:

Everyone else said it best that you will be missed. I will just add that I will miss seeing the pics of this sexy man! :(