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Dear Mac OS X Hints community:

For nearly five years now, I have run macosxhints.com as a hobby and love of the heart. But as the site has grown, so too have the demands on my time -- between daily updates, email correspondence with readers, browsing the forums, book projects, magazine articles, and assorted speaking engagements, it has become very difficult to fit everything into the "free" time between my day job and my family life (my typical day starts at 4:30am and ends at 10:30pm). Though I didn't start the site with any thoughts of it becoming a full-time job, it was quickly becoming just that. I could sense the dreaded burnout approaching, and the life-balance issue was not going to automatically get any better.

As I love my work on the site and other Mac-related ventures, I had to find a way to avoid the burnout and bring some semblance of balance back to my schedule. To me, the obvious solution was to quit my day job. The question was how to do that. I could try to make a living off the ad revenue on the site, but I'm really not much of an entrepreneur -- I didn't want to have to worry about running macosxhints.com as a business. So instead, I sought out a partner who could take over the business side of the site while I continued to do what I love doing.

As some of you may know, in addition to maintaining the site, I'm also a Contributing Editor for Macworld magazine. I've been writing regularly for them for quite a while now -- my first article appeared in the April, 2002 issue, and I've had a monthly column since November of 2003. During this time, I've come to know the staff at Macworld (technically, it's Mac Publishing, LLC) quite well, and they're a great group of people who believe in the Mac and their role in providing useful information to Mac users. A few months ago, I approached Rick LePage, Mac Publishing's President, with a proposal that I felt benefited both parties greatly. After some discussion to work out the details, we reached an agreement leading to this announcement:

Effective today, I have taken a full-time position with Macworld as a Senior Editor. As part of this relationship, Mac Publishing, LLC, is the new owner of the macosxhints.com domain and copyright. While some of you may be thinking "Sigh, there goes another great resource down the tubes," I'm convinced that's not the case here -- this new arrangement will benefit, not hurt, the macosxhints.com community. "How so?," you're probably thinking. To answer that question, and many others, I have written a detailed Q&A page. I'll save the long explanations for that page, but here's the main reason this new arrangement won't mean the end of a great resource:
  • My involvement with macosxhints.com will increase, not decrease: This is not one of those situations where a site founder's role diminishes, or they vanish entirely, after the site joins a larger organization. My main job with Macworld is to keep doing what I've been doing: test hints, post hints, work on site upgrades, implement new site features, and write articles and columns for the magazine. The difference is that I now get to do all of this five days a week, instead of jamming it all into two days plus spare time here and there. For the first time in nearly five years, I have only one job, and I'm thrilled that I'll be able to focus 100% of my attention on hints and the Mac community.
Please see the Q&A page for a whole bunch of more specific questions and answers; I've done my best to try to guess what the most-asked questions might be. But as always, feel free to email me (there's a link at the bottom of every page) with additional questions or comments. Please note that I will not be able to respond to every individual question that might get posted here in the comments, so if you have something to ask, email is the way to go -- I'll then be able to add the most-often-asked questions to the Q&A page.

To prove my point that things will continue here as usual, the daily mish mash of new hints will be coming to you today at the usual time -- around 7:30am Pacific.

Update: First, there is a batch of 11 hints online now, and I'll be working on some more later this morning (wow, it's great to be able to say that!). Second, Macworld's Editorial Director Jason Snell, has written a nicely detailed explanation of what this means to me, to Macworld, and most importantly, to the Mac OS X Hints community...

-rob.
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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: echo on Jun 01, '05 05:20:17AM

Congratulations Rob, this sounds like a great way to transform doing what you love into a full time "real" job.



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: PooPsTech on Jun 01, '05 08:38:37AM

Hi Rob,

Well things grow and MacOSHints hasn't been different. The question is how can we, the users of MacOSHints can help ya with Content Creatoin?
cheers
PooPs Tech



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: fds on Jun 01, '05 05:24:11AM

A good and sensible choice. I don't see why we should be worried or take it as bad news.



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: Ockham on Jun 01, '05 05:46:25AM

Congrats Rob. This sounds like a great move for you and win-win for the rest of us.



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: meikokun on Jun 01, '05 06:00:10AM

yeah, echo the other comments, mate. Congrats, you deserve it. Good luck with the 'private life' thing too! :)
cheers from Great Britain



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: squirri on Jun 01, '05 11:33:02AM

I'd second that Rob - all the best from us in Blighty. This is a fantastic resource for all of us Mac addicts



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: khaled on Jun 01, '05 06:02:35AM

Congratulations! wish u the best luck there, and here ;)



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: volvoguy on Jun 01, '05 06:06:32AM

This sounds like a great deal! I've been in the same position (although not on this scale!) and i think the idea of turning something you love into a career is about the best thing that can happen. Man, I wish my fan site for some pro audio gear from the 80's-90's had as big an audience as the Mac community (although they DID buy me the iBook I'm typing on). Congrats on the new changes and I wish you the best of luck in this new venture!



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: inemo on Jun 01, '05 07:17:32AM

Well done rob, you have managed to help create this site from nothing into one of the biggest mac sites I visit (with our contributions obviously!) and I can see this site becoming (if it isn't already) a living legend in the mac community.

Well done MacWorld for offering you the way to make a living and be able do devote even more time to this site.

We salute you in (not so sunny) shropshire, UK rob and wish you the best of luck in your new job!



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Congrats Rob
Authored by: d00d on Jun 01, '05 08:15:32AM

You deserve it!



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: mmulhern on Jun 01, '05 08:21:23AM

Rob, Here's hoping that it all goes well for you. From my reading of your Q'n'A, it looks like you have a good chance at getting some more well deserved family time (away from the Macs).

Keep up the good work, and I look forward to reading more of your articles online and in the mag.

regards,

Michael



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: Jwink3101 on Jun 01, '05 08:26:08AM

Congrats rob. I am always scared of change but i fail to see how this could be a change for the worse, only better. I look forward to seeing what changes and stuff life that.

Your loyal reader, Justin Winokur



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: lstryder on Jun 01, '05 08:30:19AM

Congratulations, Rob! It's always an exciting time when your life takes a new route and I know how it feels to want to explain yourself if you feel the change will effect your peers. You have done a great job in doing so and I wish you, and macosxhints.com, the very best for the future.



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: reidjazz on Jun 01, '05 08:51:21AM
Rob, This can ONLY be a plus, not only for you, but for the entire Mac community! If it means an avoidance of burnout, then bring it on!!!!

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"When you're finished learning, you're finished."

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Sigh!
Authored by: Gigacorpse on Jun 01, '05 08:56:15AM

There goes another great resource down the tubes.

Just kidding! Congrats!



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: verdon on Jun 01, '05 08:58:48AM

Nothing but support from me. This will only make both resources stronger. Congratulations!



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: newbish on Jun 01, '05 09:05:14AM

Congratulations, Rob!

Nothing like getting a job that only lets you do what you love to do even more! That makes for a dream come true in any field.

This is enough to make me take pause to reflect on maybe picking up a MacWorld subscription...



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: adrianm on Jun 01, '05 09:24:52AM

To [mis]quote the mighty Monty Python: "You lucky ba***rd!".



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Congrats, Rob!
Authored by: Krioni on Jun 01, '05 09:45:47AM

Good news, Rob! Glad to hear you'll be able to devote a lot more time to the site. Hmm, maybe you'll work full-time (on the site) and then still devote 20-30 hours of your "free time" to the site the way you used to. ;-)

Love this site!



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sweet
Authored by: gabrielradic on Jun 01, '05 10:06:07AM

Congratuations Rob!



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: barrysharp on Jun 01, '05 10:07:51AM

Rob:

First - CONGRATULATIONS. It does seem you've made an excellent decision and I'm personal happy about your continued attention to this site. I've been following your Hints site for as long as its been around. In fact very early on one of my Apple forum postings mysteriously appeared on this site with mention of my name of course - I believe you said it was a bit technical (ha ha) - now look at yourself after 5-6 years managing this site.

Time doesn't stand still and you cannot make time.

Good luck, this Hints site 'rocks' and MacWorld is a good periodical that I enjoy reading.

Have you ever thought of supporting or giving any attention to the Xserve world ? You might be surprised at the Xserve population out there.

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Regards... Barry Sharp



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: euskir on Jun 01, '05 10:18:44AM

I know the feeling of working in several jobs at the same time, seven days a week, and sleeping one or two hours a day...
So, congratulations, because all I can see is life going on.
Things will be OK, that's for sure.



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Dude, you pulled it off
Authored by: Lectrick on Jun 01, '05 10:24:41AM

You did the career coup we all dream about: ditching our day jobs for getting paid to pursue our true loves. You certainly earned it.

Now if I could only ditch my day job as an ASP/SQL Server web developer and become a freelance Ruby on Rails/PostgreSQL web app developer, I'll be in the same boat.

One constructive criticism: The look of this site is and has always been, well... bad. ;) The content is of course excellent though.

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In /dev/null, no one can hear you scream



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Congrats
Authored by: mclbruce on Jun 01, '05 10:53:52AM

Congratulations and best wishes. You've done a great job with this site and I'm glad that you have been able to turn pro. Good luck, from another Mac professional.



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: reichea on Jun 01, '05 11:12:00AM

Congratulations! Super news! I subscribe to Macworld, and always enjoy your feature. If I want hints, tips and tricks that probably will not show up anywhere else, I come here to Mac OS X Hints!

Viva la Mac OS X Hints!



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: comprock on Jun 01, '05 11:17:00AM

As like others, congratulations on the new job. It's exciting to be paid for doing that which you thoroughly enjoy doing.



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Dissent
Authored by: terceiro on Jun 01, '05 11:37:05AM

I hate to be the dissenting voice here, but if I must, I must.

Rob, you are not the winner here. MacWorld is the winner. They acquire the most valuable and useful Mac property on the internet, and its very talented and devoted owner. And the rest of us, what do we get? Ongoing unlimited access to an enormous database of hints, tips, and tricks? Is that all? Life can be so unfair sometimes.

I just might leave the Mac platform altogether. In fact, I'm going to start my own competing website, "Overcoming Windows XP Design Flaws, Shortcomings, Weaknesses, and Vulnerabilities." That'll show you. That'll show you all!



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Dissent
Authored by: GlowingApple on Jun 01, '05 05:13:35PM
I think they already have a site out there like this...here...though I don't think it supports Safari yet...

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Jayson --When Microsoft asks you, "Where do you want to go today?" tell them "Apple."

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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: terceiro on Jun 01, '05 11:38:40AM

And it case it wasn't entirely clear above, I think this is great news. Congrats Rob, and all of the Mac community.



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: david-bo on Jun 01, '05 12:01:34PM

What will happen to the copyright?

I was/am perfectly fine with that a more or less idealistic, non-profit seeking, person could gain some revenue from my contributions - however, I am defininately not happy with that IDG starts to earn money from my contributions without paying me.

(yes I know that a publising house might make profit on Rob's books but that is in some way a second hand thing - similar to that maybe some users saved or earned anything from a hint).

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Copyright follow-up
Authored by: robg on Jun 01, '05 01:28:45PM
david-bo asks:

"What will happen to the copyright?"

A very fair question, David. Per the contract with Macworld, they did not purchase any of the copyrights to hints from third parties -- they couldn't, since I didn't own them. You own the copyright on the original submission, and you still do so. Macworld only purchased the domain and its copyrights, along with the copyright to anything that I wrote.

"I was/am perfectly fine with that a more or less idealistic, non-profit seeking, person could gain some revenue from my contributions - however, I am defininately not happy with that IDG starts to earn money from my contributions without paying me."

macosxhints.com has had the following "right to use" license on the submission page for quite a while now:
You retain the copyright on your hint, but macosxhints.com has a right to use your hint for any purpose, including but not limited to potential publication in books and magazines and use on other macosxhints websites (such as the forum site). Whenever possible, attribution to you as the source will be given, but this is neither required nor assumed.
That statement basically gives me the right to use whatever appears here in anything else I that I do, verbatim if I wanted to do so. And since November of 2003, yes, I have been using the hints from the site as the basis for the column. The interesting thing to note is that, even though I have the rights to do so, nearly everything I put in the column is written from scratch -- I look at the subject and the writeup on each hint, but then I start with a blank piece of paper. Why don't I use the hints verbatim, as the submission page license allows me to? Because writing for print is an entirely different animal than writing for the web. So I basically sit down with a list of cool subject matter from the site, then write up new descriptions for how to accomplish those cool things. As such, the final result is really my original work and not the work of anyone else.

There's an important thing to keep in mind, too: with one major exception (which I'll describe below), the topics covered on hints are not in and of themselves copyrightable. Take, for instance, today's hint on removing the grace period from the sudo command. While you can certainly have a copyright on your description of that process, nobody can own the knowledge of the process. So if you and I both write up a "how to" on this matter, and we do it on our own, they will come out looking similar (since the process we're describing is the same), but the end result will be two different copyrightable works. But neither of us will own the copyright on the knowledge of the hint; just our specific version of how to do it.

The exception is, of course, original scripts -- AppleScripts, shell scripts, and now, probably (to some extent) Automator actions and Spotlight queries. Although the disclaimer is still in place on the submission page, I have a new plan for action now that the site is part of IDG. If I wish to use any such scripts outside of macosxhints.com, I will seek the original submitter's approval first. If I can't secure permission, then I'll either not cover that subject, or I'll just have to include a link to the web site in the article, instead of including the script itself.

In short, I'm going to do my best to make sure we don't upset anyone over the possible use of their material. As noted, this mainly applies to scripts, as the knowledge of hints isn't subject to copyright and I never use them as-is. But if you are still uncomfortable with this arrangement, please contact me via email and I'll make certain that your work here never appears anywhere else within IDG. I'm also going to put a (somewhat shorter) version of this reply on the Q&A page, as it's definitely important to address.

-rob.

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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: arvind on Jun 01, '05 12:27:54PM

Phew. I must admit that I am weak-hearted. Whenever I see a long post by Rob in the beginning, I heart just stops thinking: "Is he going to close the site ? Is he going on long vacation ? etc ..."

Now that my heart is still beating: Congratulations Rob. I think it is for the better of the site and you (and your family). I think other website which went through similar "reform" is slashdot and is still working find and dandy (except sometimes there is really poor editing).

Cheers to Rob again.



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: mmouse on Jun 01, '05 12:42:25PM

Congratulations, Rob! It's so nice to hear that you've made such a good, stabilizing move.

Best of luck to you with the new arrangements -- I'm sure things will only get better from here. :)

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mmouse



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: egilDOTnet on Jun 01, '05 12:44:03PM

Congratulations Rob, and best of luck with the new arrangements!



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: macmath on Jun 01, '05 12:52:07PM

Congratulations! Rob.

The way you were having to live was impossible and could not be sustained by anyone. I was worrying about possible burnout and family discontent as I saw the flood of Tiger hints and again when I read your Memorial day announcement. Now I can read these pages again with a clear mind. Enjoy your family! and enjoy working again with the Macintosh now that you can do so with a clear mind and conscience, and a rested body.



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: mark hunte on Jun 01, '05 01:34:10PM

Nice one Mate, this is good news all round, I bet your family is very happy.. in getting to see you a bit more..

Just make sure you put into that contract the option , If you leave Macworld, Macosxhints site and content reverts back to you by default and then it your choice if it can stay in the hands of Macworld.




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I just realized something
Authored by: Jwink3101 on Jun 01, '05 01:39:55PM

For those lucky people who have submitted and hint and had it published, you can now say that you wrote something for MacWorld (not really but still kinda cool)



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: Viridian on Jun 01, '05 02:13:37PM

Let me add my voice to the chorus of congratulations. I remember several years ago expressing astonishment that you could maintain the site, juggle career and family, and yet find the time to respond so quickly to emails. I'm glad that you are now in a position to have more time for yourself, and by extension, your family, and once again I'd like to thank you for creating and nurturing what I believe to the most useful Mac site on the entire web, as well as the most vibrant and CIVILIZED Mac community anywhere. Thanks again for everything, and the very best to you.



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: sfodden on Jun 01, '05 02:33:43PM

Well done, Rob. And congratulations from Toronto.

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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: Nimitz on Jun 01, '05 02:46:55PM

Rob,

this looks like a fantastic job. Someone like you deserves something like that.

Tell MacWorld that your contributors (at least me) are standing behind you.
Success!


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The Nimitz



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: blackos on Jun 01, '05 03:04:03PM

Congratulations Rob on your new position. In my opinion Macworld is probably the best Mac mag about. Your site has always been a top bookmark for me, and long may it continue.

All the best from the UK



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: imageworx on Jun 01, '05 03:11:20PM

Congratulations!

Also, I wonder if I should get cracking on my idea for a website, get loads of contributions, and sell it for a great job with a great publication! ;)

I know. But I mean well! Keep up the good work, Rob!

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To BeOS or Not to BeOS



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: hcavillones on Jun 01, '05 03:45:18PM

congrats and we love you now more than ever. this site has been indispensable to me since its launch.

You Rock. You mac rockstar

Plain and simple.

Good luck and congrats for everything.



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: mbanks on Jun 01, '05 03:58:50PM

Well, I'll just add my tally mark to the many...

Congrats.



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: bonobo on Jun 01, '05 04:38:41PM

Congratulations also from Germany (somewhere near Paris :-D)!

I dearly hope that you get all the benefits you deserve, and you deserve a LOT.

Keep up the Good Work,

Tom



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: Makoto on Jun 01, '05 04:45:18PM

I'll second that congratulations. Uh... third. (moves off to count posts) Forty-fourth? :)

Seriously, though, I've also found macosxhints.com to be a great resource and help. Thank you.

-Makoto, who rambles on endlessly...




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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: GlowingApple on Jun 01, '05 05:20:02PM

I'll add my congrats here too. And thanks to you Rob for this great site. I switched to the Mac mostly for the whole built-in Unix thing. I like my customizations, choices, and control, and Unix certainly has no shortage of that. Once I found this site and realized that I wasn't limited to just customizing the underworkings, but I could also customize thousands of little things all around the OS, well, let's just say it concreted my already solid interest in my Mac.

Thanks for all your work and I'm sure the site will only get better!

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Jayson --When Microsoft asks you, "Where do you want to go today?" tell them "Apple."



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: Vizspring on Jun 01, '05 06:03:21PM

Congratulations Rob! Keep on rocking!



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: Bedhead on Jun 01, '05 06:04:41PM

Congratulations Rob on a job well-done.



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Congratulations!
Authored by: thoughton on Jun 01, '05 06:07:24PM

Great news Rob, I love the idea of you making a living out of this!



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: simonpie on Jun 01, '05 06:47:57PM

Congratulation Rob from Québec, You have my best wishes for you and your family (and macosxhints).

Simon



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: alblue on Jun 01, '05 06:49:38PM

Rob,

Just wanted to add my congratulations from old blighty. Will this mean we'll start to see things in the Macworld.co.uk edition of the magazine?

Alex.



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: jsearl on Jun 01, '05 07:37:49PM

Congrats and absolutely deserved - just tell Macworld they have the best Mac web resource
all the best - James



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macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
Authored by: descoff on Jun 01, '05 08:25:39PM

Kudos Rob.

This is a winner:

  • for you obviously, a well deserved change in your day to day.

  • for us, we will get even more of your attention and care.

  • for MacWorld - a great mag that I've stopped reading 4 or 5 years ago as it became a bit too mainstream and always 'late' on the news (not their fault, inherent constraints of monthly publishing), on top their website has always been boring - they have secured a definitive access to the hottest mac website on the 'net. I agree with you on the culture, from a reader point of view, it seems a perfect match perfectly between your editorial line and theirs.

    For an example of what could have gone wrong as the pressure kept mounting on you, look at what happened to MacFixIt (restricted views, too many ads, big downgrade in editorial quality, they've lost it altogether after their 'transition').

    So please, please, keep this site what it is and nothing else: nothing fancy, a reasonable place with a vibrant community sharing the same hobby (passion?), full point.

    Cheers,

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  • macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
    Authored by: davecrist on Jun 01, '05 08:05:52PM

    <chimeIn>

    Congrats! This has always been a site I check nearly every day. Way to go!

    </chimeIn>

    dave



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    macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
    Authored by: benixau on Jun 01, '05 09:14:00PM

    Congratulations - from Oz (you know, Australia (kangaroos etc))
    You are the envy of everyone not on the dole (welfare for unemployed peeps) ....



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    macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
    Authored by: DaveVan2@mac.com on Jun 02, '05 12:46:03AM

    Rob -- Remember, if your love what you do, you never "work" a day in your life!

    Congrats! This is excellent News!



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    macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
    Authored by: ALT147 on Jun 02, '05 02:51:25AM

    Congratulations, Rob. Well done, and all the best.



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    macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
    Authored by: rbarbera on Jun 02, '05 03:41:51AM

    Congratulations for your new job! and thanks for keep this site running. It's the searchlight (pun indeed ;) on my swiching journey from winworld to macland ;)



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    macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
    Authored by: thebimbo on Jun 02, '05 07:50:26AM

    Rob, great news... I'd always wondered how you managed the balancing act so you must be relieved at this win-win solution!

    BTW, the only thing that I don't like about this site is that you have to click down the various parts of the reply 'tree'; you might take this constructive criticism onboard as you move forward - would be great to see all replies at once; I never had it in me to pass this on before as you've been running the site in your free time... Now you've got no excuses not to improve this ;-)

    The news even has me thinking get macworld sub over zinio to support this cooperation...

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    macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
    Authored by: robg on Jun 02, '05 08:20:39AM

    Try setting your Comment Preferences to nested :).

    -rob.



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    macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
    Authored by: chris_on_hints on Jun 02, '05 09:15:11AM

    could we have 'nested' as the default setting???

    and please rob, dont 'jazz up' the website too much - there is a lot to be said for the clean lines and layout of the site...

    ..sometimes i get very annoyed at sites which are 'all singing, all dancing' and take longer to load and are harder to read...



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    macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
    Authored by: thebimbo on Jun 02, '05 12:59:24PM

    Rob, thanks for that... I agree 'nested' would be the better default. Been reading 'hints' for years and never saw that preference...

    Now I'll have to find something else to moan about ;-)

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    macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
    Authored by: neoguri on Jun 02, '05 09:05:59AM

    !!! Congratulations !!!
    +++ good luck +++
    ... with your new job.

    from The Netherlands



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    macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
    Authored by: jaysoffian on Jun 02, '05 09:47:31AM

    Boy, I'll bet you're getting tired of reading all these "congats" messages by now. Well, too bad, you're going to have to read one more: Congrats!

    j.



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    macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
    Authored by: rgray on Jun 02, '05 11:45:31AM

    Congrats on turning a avocation into a vocation!



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    macosxhints.com appoints first full-time Editor
    Authored by: cdodsworth on Jun 02, '05 04:10:48PM

    Best choice you have made i bet you.
    i try and juggle family, 2 jobs and the rest and its a nightmare, so way to go.
    we get the best from you and you family gets to see you !!



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    Macworld monoculture
    Authored by: tooki on Jun 03, '05 04:36:54PM

    While I have no doubt that this is better for you, I have strong reservations about the Macworld monoculture. For example, both Macworld and MacUser were better magazines before they merged. MacCentral was better before it merged with Macworld.

    Macworld has a tendency to get an inflated ego (e.g. calling itself "THE Mac experts"), and frankly, it needs more competition to keep it in check, to point out when the magazine has incomplete and occasionally outright wrong information.

    I wish you well, I just mourn the loss of another superb Mac publication to our own little Big Brother.



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    Congratulations to Rob!
    Authored by: LouieNet on Jun 12, '05 12:13:28PM

    Just wanted to add my own congrats to the already long list! I'm glad you made a move that allows more time with your family without having to give up doing what you love.

    And now, would you be getting the resources of Mac Publishing & the Macworld labs to help you test hints that work with specific hardware or software configurations you don't personally own? I suspect not, since everyone already does a great job here. But if you need to settle a dispute.... :)

    You get to declare all your Mac purchases on your tax return as being work-related!

    Louie

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    17" Powerbook G4, 1G RAM, OS X 10.3.9
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