My Last News Post for WinCustomize....

Monday, December 27, 2021 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

I've been a member of WinCustomize since about 2003. I mostly lurked the forums and downloaded skins for a while, and then started to participate in a community which I viewed as awesome (and still is). I really enjoyed downloading all the various skins and watching how the community worked. It was all just fun and that got me inspired to start creating some things, which just furthered my enjoyment of the site and community. 

After a few years I was asked to be a mod and eventually that led to a job offer from Brad which I have happily been at for over 15 years. I've been a part of so many great projects on both the software and games side, I probably couldn't remember them all. I do know they all involved a bunch of great people of whom I've made long-time friends with. The same can be said for the WinCustomize community. I've made a ton of friendships with so many in the community and have even met some in-person. I can go on and on, but the short version is WinCustomize has a fantastic community made up of great people, and I'm happy that I have been a part of that for so long.

So why am I leaving? Well, a dream that I've had since high school was to be in law enforcement. I won't age myself too much, but I'm at the point where I'm still young enough to pursue something and it was time for a change. So, I took a chance and applied, and after nearly a year of recruiting I have accepted a position with a Sheriff's Office here in Florida. I'm sad to be leaving Stardock, but excited for what the next adventure will bring. I will still be part of the community, and you'll definitely see me around the forums.

Thanks for being an awesome community!


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Reply #21 Wednesday, December 29, 2021 12:13 PM

Since I started in 2012, Island Dog has been so many things to Stardock: forum expert, support help, editor, content creator to name a few.  He brought the same professionalism and high quality to everything he was involved with.

He is a fantastic co-worker and an even better man. Our great loss is his new employer's gain.

You will be immensely missed, friend.

Sean Drohan
Stardock Support Manager


Island Dog
Reply #22 Wednesday, December 29, 2021 1:04 PM

Thank you everyone! It's quite dusty in here.....

Reply #23 Wednesday, December 29, 2021 6:04 PM

Best of luck old friend. 

We had some good times. 

Reply #24 Wednesday, December 29, 2021 6:11 PM

ID, even though I have pretty much left the community (I still check in from time to time), it would be wrong of me not to wish you all the best in your new career. Take good care.

Reply #25 Sunday, January 2, 2022 2:09 PM

BIG best of luck to ya!!  

Reply #26 Sunday, January 2, 2022 3:03 PM

Well, one's going to forget you, and there'll always be a candle in the window and a place set for you at the table...

Thanks for all you've done, and in your new calling, keep your powder dry! 

Reply #27 Monday, January 10, 2022 10:12 PM

Best of luck to you Island Dog!   I have been a member and user of Stardock apps for 20+ years and I love it. I appreciate your efforts!  Stardock/Wincustomize is losing a good man!  Sorry to see you go, brother. God bless, happy trails!

Reply #28 Thursday, January 13, 2022 2:33 AM

Late to the party here but thank you ID for steering the ship so smoothly over so many years helping to  make our experience all the better.

Keep safe in your new job.... I hope it is all you dreamed of and more...

Reply #29 Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:24 PM

Late to the party, and of course you and I have spoken individually, but if I'm not out here giving you public accolades then what the heck is wrong with me?

Because you deserve them, and much more.

I will miss you and your guidance. Since I got to Stardock back in 2015 you and I have worked closely together and you spent so much time patiently guiding me and showing me the ropes around here. I am so lucky to have had that.

I am so proud of you and thrilled for you. I know you will do great things. Stay safe, and touch base with me once in awhile to let me know how you and the family are doing.   

Reply #30 Thursday, January 13, 2022 4:52 PM

Wow....going to miss you Spence! Guess your going to be Sherrif soon!!      

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