Brighthand has just moved to a new site design. We still offer a mix of news, reviews, and product details, but all of this has been re-arranged in a way that we hope will make it easier for our users to find what they are looking for.
My favorite new feature is the “Hot Topics” box, which lists some recent articles that have drawn the most attention. This should help people get caught up on important stories they may have missed.
The TechnologyGuide programmers Andrew Baxter and Josh Montgomery and our new graphic artist Julie Powers deserve all the credit for this move — they worked very hard on this new layout.
If you haven’t seen the new layout, click over and take a look.
A Trip on the Wayback Machine
Brighthand has been around since the 1990s, and there have been many site layouts over the years. I thought some of you might be interested in a look back at some of the previous ones. This is easy thanks to a handy online tool called the Wayback Machine.
Mar 02, 2000: This was a very early version of the site, and it shows. The site covered just PDAs back then, as there weren’t any smartphones. The top story on this date the Palm IIIc .
October 12, 2003: This was how the site looked the first year I worked here. By this time smartphones were starting to appear in our coverage, but much of the news still about PDAs. The big news on this day was a pair of new iPAQs from HP.
August 14, 2007: Many of you may recognize this more recent site layout. By this time, the site was primarily about smartphones. This wasn’t a very auspicious date: news items included the Palm Foleo and Access’ ALP operating system.