jkOnTheRun state of the union address


JK iconWhen I first started jkOnTheRun I envisioned a web site that would cover mobile technology from the perspective of the end user.  I wanted to create a source of information for readers that they would not only find useful but that would also stimulate conversation about the technology and get people to say “hey, I can do that and increase my effectiveness while mobile”.

Kevin_jkotr_2I believe jkOnTheRun has met those goals and it is in large part due to the outstanding contributions of Kevin Tofel.  I have told him privately (although not frequently enough) but want to state publicly that Kevin shares so much salient information with our readers and jkOTR is a much better place because of it.  I am amazed anew every day at the breadth of Kevin’s knowledge about all areas of mobile technology and his ability to present it in a way that is not only informative but entertaining as well.  I am honored to call Kevin my friend and very happy he is working with me on jkOnTheRun.  I think we work very well together as we share a common desire to push technology to its limits, although in a practical way that will benefit others.  It’s cool to do something just because we can, but we really strive to do something that can make a difference to the readers.  Thanks so much Kevin for hanging out with us every day.

To give you readers a feel for where jkOnTheRun is today I should share some statistics so you can fully appreciate how excited both Kevin and I are about what we do here daily.  We now have experienced well over 3 million visitors to this little tech blog.  That is a figure that astounds me when I think of it.  That’s over 3,000,000 visitors who have graced us with a visit.  I cannot stress enough how much we appreciate you our readers for sticking with us and for also sharing your own thoughts and views with us.  I like to think that one thing that attracts visitors to jkOTR is the vast and varied amount of content.  As of right now there are almost 4,000 articles posted here on the site.  No wonder I feel tired.    More importantly than that, however, is how you readers give back to us and each other.  There are currently almost 10,000 comments posted on jkOTR!  It is so incredible to me that what we do here can stimulate so much good conversation about gadgets and other topics.  Equally as important is that the conversation doesn’t stop at gadgets and such.  I have posted in the past about personal traumatic events and problems of a personal nature and the outpouring from you has been nothing short of humbling and touching.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing a part of your day with us here.  We will always do our best to provide you with useful, timely, funny, and innovative information.

As we approach our 10,000th comment Kevin and I are getting a massive contest ready that is so fitting for the readership we enjoy.  The details of the contest will be posted in the next few days and let me tell you, this will be very cool.  There just might be a few gadgets and other prizes up for grabs.  We’ll let you know what you need to do to qualify in just a few days.  Thanks so much for your patronage and happy geeking! 



Congratulations on your success! As a reader, I have to say that WE are really the lucky ones! I often wonder how you come up with so many timely and on track articles.

I always look forward to the weekly podcast. The synergy between you and Kevin (and now Matt Miller) is marvelous and definitely completes the podcasts.

Good luck in the future although you won’t need it.


Congratulations, guys, Amazing site!
Aboutthe contest: will it be international? I would love to participate!!


Belin, Germany

Tunde Odutoye

From over here in the UK, where tablet pc’s ( talk less of UMPC’s ) are far and few between, I have to say your blog was, and is a God send. Numero uno on my favorites list. You guys are simply the best. Keep up the good work.

Kevin C. Tofel

Wow! I was offline for about 24 hours (rare), so I’m just catching this! Thanks to all of the readers for the oustanding support! YOU folks are the reason we do what we do; the day we forget that is the day we should pack it in. I’m very fortunate that James extended the opportunity to collaborate here; we’ve come a long way since we “met” in the old PocketPC Tools forums back in ’03 and shared enthusiasm for the same device (Toshiba e800 Pocket PC). Without the friendship and mentoring of James combined with the community here, I likely wouldn’t be doing what I love to do day after day! Trust me when I say this: I’d bet that I learn more from the readers than you’d think; so thanks! Here’s to 3 million more views and more members in the jkOTR community!


There are only a handful of sites I visit everyday… and this site is at the top of that list! I would like to think myself a bit of a mobility renissance man, but I learn new things here almost every week (btw Kevin, I bought PDANet per your email suggestion. Love it! Thanks for the tip!)

You guys have helped set the bar that Ultranats.com strives to meet.


Thanks for the kind words, everyone! You guys are the best readers on the whole WWW!

bkbroil, that would be Pocket PC Tools where we first “met”.

Anton P. Nym

You guys have earned each and every one of those three million readers. This is a great blog; friendly and useful and downright fascinating. Thank you for all your hard work!

— Steve

Lars Juhl Jensen

Congratulations and thanks a lot for running such a great blog! It is a pleasure being one of your readers.

But speaking of Kevin: you might want to consider removing his old blog from the list of “places I visit every day”. I somehow doubt that you visit that blog every day considering that he stopped posting there when he joined jkOnTheRun ;-)

Dennis Rice

Seems like a lotta love floatin around JKOTR! It is deserved. I truly love the fact that we have such a great relationship between JKOTR and GottaBeMobile.com. We have the utmost respect for both James and Kevin, and truly enjoy the spirit of cooperation as we each approach the process of sharing our passions in a very complementary style. That is what true community is all about.

Congrats guys on your milestones, but I suspect that a year from now these numbers will look teeny! Keep leading the way and being a great example!


3 million! Wow! James and Kevin — you have been doing a wonderful job and I have to let you know that I read your site every day….from the first day you started this site! It’s even more meaningful for me since I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Kevin in person (working in different departments of the same company a while ago) and posting with James on multiple sites before you started this blog..(what was the name of that site that is now gone???..old age is taking my memory :( ) … I feel like I know the both of you and I jump on the RSS feed as soon as the JKOnTheRun folder gets highlighted!

Jonathan Balkind

You two have made a truly great site, and it is the first I check everyday.

Keep up the good work, and I can’t wait for this upcoming contest!

Colin Walker

Always great info with a highly professional quality and style with truely detailed knowledge. An absolute must read!

Here’s to the next 4000 articles – I think you may have to pull an all nighter on that one James ;)

Tyler Arnold

Wow! Great post JK, and well said about KCT! Excited to hear more about the contest!

Keep up the great work!

ken siegel

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. I learn an incredble amount every time I see a new post from either of you. Keep up the great sork.


Thank you to both of you for JkOnTheRun! It’s always a pleasure to read your posts.
Congrats for those nice numbers too!

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