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Today, August 27th, 2002, celebrates 5 years online! According to's WHOIS record, the site was registered on August 27th, 1997.

Over the last 5 years we've logged nearly 10 million hits--nearly 6 million of those in just the last year and a half. logged more hits last month (July 2002) than it did in all of 1998. The message forum, online since October 1998, has logged nearly 28,000 messages. So things have certainly picked up quickly in the last couple of years.

In celebration of our fifth year online, and with the cooperation of Keil Software and Raisonance, organized a prize giveaway. Winners were selected at random by a custom program which considered each login to over the last three weeks as a single chance to win. However, no-one was awarded more than 1 chance every 8 hours regardless of how many times they logged in during that 8 hour period. This limited everyone to a maximum of 3 chances per day (to avoid people just clicking "reload" every half hour).

The winners are:

Keil MCBx51 Evaluation Board:

Raisonance RKitL51 Suite: will attempt to contact the winners via email over then next few days to establish shipping information. If, for some reason, we are unable to reach one of the above winners--or if a winner does not wish to receive the prize for some reason--an alternate name will be drawn by the system and the corresponding prize will be awarded to the alternate.

We'd like to thank everyone for participating and, of course, Keil Software and Raisonance for contributing the prizes that made this giveaway possible.

Here's to another 5 years!

Dateline: 08/27/02