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Happy Birthday to macosxhints!

Four years ago today, macosxhints.com was born with a simple site news announcement on the evening of its first day of existence, followed by the first six hints the next evening. A look at some assorted statistics will show where we've gone in that time...
  • 8,753,612 characters (1,414,124 of which were spaces!) have been typed or edited by yours truly, organized into...
  • 1,332,576 separate words, which are distributed across...
  • 6,276 hints! That's an average of 4.3 hints per day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. But since I usually don't post on the weekends, it's actually about 6.3 hints per work day.

  • 913 of the hints are under my name; 1,305 are from anonymous tipsters. That leaves 4,058 hints that have been written by 2,501 separate authors! Our most-prolific singularly identifiable author is bluehz, with 38 hints in the system. bluehz's first hint was in November of 2001, with the most recent hint appearing just last week -- thanks, blue!

  • 46,997 users have registered for free accounts.

  • 45,788 total comments have been posted, or about 45 per workday. We're not Slashdot in the comment volume department, but the comments that are posted reveal the audience here to be knowledgeable, friendly, and very very bright!

  • 345,752 daily page views from all of you (and another 52,712 on the forum site), totalling...
  • 6.34GB of data transferred each day (plus another 2.0GB for the forums). To put that in perspective, when we first launched, a busy month was 2.0GB!
So I'd just like to take this time to say Thank You to the members of the community. You've all helped make macosxhints.com an amazingly useful resource, and it's clearly the #1 spot on the web for "inside info" on getting the most out of OS X. You have my word that, for as long as my family is willing and I am able, I'll do my best to keep it that way (with some minor enhancements along the way, of course!). The caliber of the community is what drives me to spend the time I do on the site and email every day ... you folks are truly amazing!

Now, help yourself to the cake and ice cream, and then get back to work!

-rob.
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It's a birthday!
Authored by: chickmagnet on Nov 04, '04 01:01:16AM

Thanks Rob and Congrats! This site is great and I thank you for your efforts you put into it! Here's to another 4 years...keep on keepin on.



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: abacsalmasi on Nov 04, '04 01:02:09AM

Thanks for inviting me. I....um.....forgot your present at home.

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It's a birthday!
Authored by: cinco on Nov 04, '04 01:04:44AM

Nice... Its still hard to believe that it was 4 years ago.. time just flys.. Happy Birthday!



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: seven5 on Nov 04, '04 01:10:13AM

Congrats Rob!

When i first started using Os X in Jan of 2001, moving from windows, this is one of the first sites i visited every day to get into the Mac scene. It proablly even helped my desicion to switch to a Mac. I loved that there was a simple but super informative hint and tip site on how to be a power user and get the most out of the OS. I'm the guy that loves what you can with a product that ISN"T on the bulleted list on the back of the box.

I've done my part and submitted a ton of hints and even had some appear in your books. This site has done an amazing job in gathering the Mac community togther, and is easily in the top 5 Mac Community sites. That makes you a staple Rob. You've done a great job.



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Con-gratu-lation!!
Authored by: deleted_user18 on Nov 04, '04 01:20:25AM

Best. OS X website. Ever.

:-)



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Con-gratu-lation!!
Authored by: serres on Nov 05, '04 02:37:59AM

I second this. Thanks.



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: nyko on Nov 04, '04 02:36:41AM

Thanks to YOU, Rob ... We are lucky to have such a great web site on our beloved operating system !!! OSXHints rocks !!!



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: bobbycodemonkey on Nov 04, '04 06:32:02AM
Way to go, Rob! You've been on my AutoOpen tabs for as long as I can remember. And thanks to all the contributors! This is really one of the best sites around.

And as much as it pains me right now to even SAY this phrase, I say it to you:

"Four more years!"

(Ouch)

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It's a birthday!
Authored by: ulrich on Nov 04, '04 03:10:44PM

Ouch!!!!!!!! ;-)
I can only second this and also wish a happy birthday to Rob and all contributers.
I have already had my piece of cake with lots of cream on top ... hmmmmmmmmmm!



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: Kool on Nov 04, '04 07:11:05AM

Congrats Rob! Thanks for all the work!



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: jima on Nov 04, '04 09:01:08AM

Wow, 4 years already. Well congrats Rob! I can really appeciate the effort you put into this, and it shows. This site filled a much needed void in the early days of OS X and has blossomed to become one of the best Mac resources (and communities) on the net. Good work!



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Authored by: sfodden on Nov 04, '04 09:14:37AM

Congratulations, Rob. You can be proud of the way your baby is growing up. It is simply the best OS X site around. Well done.

Cheers,

Simon

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It's a birthday!
Authored by: hsinha on Nov 04, '04 09:27:58AM

Congratulations, Rob and rest of the OSX hints community!

Even though I am not new to Macs, I have learned a lot about OSX from this site. This is the first site which I come to for any help before going to other places as I know some one here would have figured it out already.

Congrats and thanks to you Rob for maintaining and keeping this site the BEST!
Cheers!!!



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: daybrother on Nov 04, '04 09:31:34AM

Way to go Rob!
I...uh...ordered a present for the site.....should be here....



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Congratulations
Authored by: TallDwarf on Nov 04, '04 10:09:30AM

Good work Rob.

macosxhints is my default page for a few years and it part of my auto open tab that I read every day along with some mac gaming sites

At least once a week I find something that I actually try out/use.

Keep up the good work.



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: neilio on Nov 04, '04 10:22:36AM

Congratulations, Rob! The mac community would be much poorer without this site and all of the hard work you put into it.

Everyone should repay you for your work by buying your new book! :)

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It's a birthday!
Authored by: kms007 on Nov 04, '04 11:09:50AM

Happy 4th Birthday MacOSX Hints! This site has been a terrific resource for Mac sys admins like myself. Keep up the great work!

-Krishna

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It's a birthday!
Authored by: melvinwalker on Nov 04, '04 11:21:53AM

Hey, it's my birthday, too!

In honor of this, I'll strive to be as helpful to other people as you are, although that's a very tall order.

Thanks for all your help over the years!

Mel Walker, Macintosh Programmer



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: june on Nov 04, '04 11:56:48AM

Congratulations and hopefully MacOSX Hints will continues for many years!

Greetz from The Netherlands

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Happy B-DAY & thanks for the hints!
Authored by: the_webmaestro on Nov 04, '04 12:06:31PM

This has become one of my daily haunts... Thanks!

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Happy B-DAY & thanks for the hints!
Authored by: phil4u2 on Nov 04, '04 12:21:17PM

Thank you Rob!
This is one of my all-times favorite sites, and it has helped me out many times.
A really addictive site!

Best regards,

Philippe, Sweden



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: jhaffner on Nov 04, '04 12:44:10PM

Congratulations!

Thanks for all your hard work. OS X Hints is one of two sites that I visit each day in the office.

Keep up the good work, and thanks for the cake.

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It's a birthday!
Authored by: bbumgarner on Nov 04, '04 02:15:03PM

Rob,

Great Site! I check it every day at work. Actually I come back here many times during throughout the day to read the comments.

Is it too late for cake? I love cake!



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: rev on Nov 04, '04 03:11:00PM

congrats, rob

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Congratulations!!!
Authored by: mmulhern on Nov 04, '04 03:54:00PM

I agree. It is not just the supurb quality of the site, and the great work by Rob. It is the effort of all the contributors, even if just a comment in passing.

No wonder this is the first web site I look at when I logon in the morning.

Rob, thank you very much for creating and maintaining this site.

regards,

Michael



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: Toc on Nov 04, '04 03:56:13PM

Thank you Rob!

I visit this site everyday and learn many things. Keep it up!

BTW, I agree about your comment posters as well ;)



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: larryr3455 on Nov 04, '04 04:00:32PM

Rob,
In early 2001 as I moved forward to OS X, the first and most important thing I read was your "The Mac OSX Solutions Handbook." I loved it and have visited your Hints site almost every day since. I also purchased your first Hints book. Congratulations. I happily say, "Four more years." :-)

Larry
Retired Software Engineer



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: mouseman on Nov 04, '04 04:45:44PM

Congratulations on the milestone! The site has become a place I check a couple of times a day, and I often find hints that make me say "Hey -- that's just what I wanted to do -- now I know how!" Even though every hint may not be for everyone, there's such a wealth of information that makes this a great resource!

Your ideas intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: euskir on Nov 04, '04 04:55:49PM

Well, it's a birthday...so, I wish you a really HAPPY one Rob!
The best of everything, as always, for the years to come, from Buenos Aires, Argentina.



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: faochris on Nov 04, '04 06:49:20PM

Hey, today is my birthday too, November 4, 1991! Ha. I love this site, thanks so much!

-Chris

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It's a birthday!
Authored by: hdms on Nov 04, '04 08:32:09PM

Congratulations on achieving this milestone. MacOSX Hints' importance as a forum for exchanging ideas between those that know stuff and those who need to know cannot be underestimated. Sometimes it's very clever stuff, other times it's so damn obvious when you actually stop to take a look...but whatever it is, everyone's and every one's a winner! Keep up the good work!



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: Fillman on Nov 05, '04 01:05:10AM

Congratulations Rob. Your site is the second place I visit each morning. (The first is the coffee pot). Keep up the good work and all the best from Down Under.



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Authored by: Peter Maurer on Nov 05, '04 02:50:51AM

I'm somewhat late, but I do hope that you'll still accept my heartiest congratulations! MOSH is a true well of wisdom -- both for beginners and advanced users.

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It's a birthday!
Authored by: tgermer on Nov 05, '04 02:39:13PM

No way! Born in November?! Scorpio!? Me too :)



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: ZZamboni on Nov 05, '04 02:58:10PM

A day late, but I'd like to join in the congratulations! It's always been a great source of good information. Thank you Rob, and everyone else!



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It's a birthday!
Authored by: NeutronMonk on Nov 05, '04 05:18:08PM

Congrats! For me at least, this site has made the transition from OS9 to X much easier- even fun. Like others, this site is one of a small handful that I have in an Auto-Tab to view daily. Although I already know most of the hints, I support this site by buying Rob's books, and would encourage everyone here to do the same (I still find hints in the books that have some how escaped my diligence!)
Cheers!
Dave :D



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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
Authored by: cyberbrent on Nov 07, '04 12:47:19AM

Happy Birthday and many thanks for all your efforts

Regards

Brent

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