Panbo birthday, three years in the blog mine!

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

6 Responses

  1. Microship says:

    Panbo is a brilliant addition to the blogosphere, and has become my primary source of intel on emerging nautical gizmology. Thanks for all your work extracting reality from the turbulent sea of marketroid-hype and almost-standards!

  2. Russ says:

    Congratulations on three years! Since you ask, here are some comments.
    Commenting via TypeKey is hit or miss. It seems that if I preview my post, it’s always sent for review. If I don’t hit the right button it goes in as Anonymous. It’s not optimal.
    I’d really like to see forums. You’ve got a critical mass of readers and there is a wealth of knowledge that could be more effectively shared in a forums than in comments. Also, comments tend to have a short life cycle because we move on to the next bog entry on which to comment. Forums can be inspired by a blog entry and take on their own life cycle. They should also reduce your “dumb question” email because people can search the forums for prior discussions on a topic (like how do I interface my AlmostFloats Y310 to a HopeItWorks 70).
    This is clearly a rich subject and you’ve only scratched the surface. I see a long and vibrant opportunity for you.
    Great job!

  3. Dan (b393capt) says:

    Congrats on 3 years Ben! I am 100% in agreeement with Steve’s elegant and high praise for Panbo (well said Steve !).
    Ideas you ask …
    I would love to see Typekey replaced, first time I ever wrote a how to guide for someone else’s website. Althought I have gotten use to it, it still trips me up once in awhile … I can see how it can fustrate newcomers in a big way. It only takes one long involved thoughtful comment to be lost in cyberspace to make you never want to do that again. — does anyone want to see Ben publish my “how to guide” for commenting on Panbo ?
    … however, for all of Typekey’s faults, it is far far better than what is used on Ask Jack Rabbit, also I much prefer it over Navagear’s. — not that any other blog is comparable to your unique creation, just comparing the underlying web technology — as I think is evidenced by some of your entries getting 20 or more comments, including a December 18th blog that got 33 comments, wow !
    Russ has a hot idea in adding forums! Topics such as N2K experiences, future replacement for N2K, and leading edge products innovations (e.g. SPOT) can take on a longer life as people post their first experiences using it contributing what’s hot or not about it. Perhaps try to do that without becoming a troubleshooting forum.
    Enjoy your anniversary in a big way Ben !

  4. A great three years service to the fraternity, Ben. Congratulations!

  5. DefJef says:

    Congrats Ben!
    You’ve done a wonderful job with this site keeping us informed about the nexus between electrons and boating. Quite the resource here.
    Thanks a million.
    Many more!

  6. Mike J says:

    Great blog…keep up the good work for all of us marine electronics aficionados!

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