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Today not only marks Election Day in the United States (vote early, vote often!), but also the eighth anniversary of the launch of macosxhints.com. Obviously, a lot has changed in eight years, and the pace of hints here lately has slowed -- but that's not surprising, given the continuing maturation of OS X itself. But with roughly 12,000 hints in the database, we've covered a lot of OS X-related ground during those eight years.

One thing that hasn't changed is the mission of the site: to share OS X tips and tricks with anyone interested in reading them. After all, it's the community that really makes the site work -- only about 1,400 of those 12,000 hints have my name on them. That's why every hint ever published is still available to anyone who wants to read them; what the community helps to build should always be freely accessible to that community.

Thanks to all of you for making this site an invaluable resource for OS X users around the world. It's been an amazing eight years, and I'm looking forward to the what the future brings. While the volume of hints may vary over time, as long as there are hints to be shared, I hope we'll be around to share them.

-rob.
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Authored by: hunzinker on Nov 04, '08 07:03:22AM

Everyday I read the RSS feeds and learn something new! Mac OS X Hints rocks! Thanks for the great site!



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Authored by: PopMcGee on Nov 04, '08 07:26:29AM

Happy Birthday! :-)



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Authored by: mshmgi on Nov 04, '08 07:37:41AM
Rob:

Thank you for all of the work you have invested in the Mac community over the past 8 years.

I first installed OS X in December 2000, and immediately started searching for a good informational resource (I think you only had a few dozen hints at that time). MacOSXHints.com has been a daily read ever since. This site has made the last 8 years infinitely simpler for me.

VOTE ROB GRIFFITHS in '08!



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Authored by: monickels on Nov 04, '08 07:59:05AM

Congratulations, Rob. I can't believe it's been that long! Mac OS X Hints has been a superb help all along the way. Nicely done. I hope they appreciate you at Macworld.

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A Way With Words: The lively public radio show about language. http://waywordradio.org/



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Authored by: asmeurer on Nov 04, '08 08:36:38AM

Hmm... When you say the pace has slowed lately, do you mean in the past year or what? Maybe you or someone should make a line graph of the hint submissions in the past eight years so we can see how the rate has climbed.

Anyway, congratulations and all.



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Authored by: robg on Nov 04, '08 09:29:15AM
Here's a chart showing hints per day from inception through today.

As the OS ages, the rate of published hints diminishes, which makes sense: there's less to write about that hasn't been written about already. In the beginning, the entire OS was new. Now we're digging for changes in minor and major updates, with Apple themselves saying that Snow Leopard isn't really about new features, but performance (though I suspect we'll see some new features, too). -rob.

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Authored by: Thomas_U on Nov 04, '08 09:09:08AM

congratulations from germany, Rob.

I owe a lot of what I learned over the years to this site.

Thanks!

Greetings

Thomas_U



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Thank you for being there!
Authored by: the_webmaestro on Nov 04, '08 10:30:47AM

Thank you Rob for helping us all out of a jam or two! Congratulations on 8 years and more!

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Father of Jeremy & Elliott



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Authored by: euskir on Nov 04, '08 11:04:34AM
Robg:
Happy Birthday! And better days ahead...
Best wishes, as always,

Federico (aka euskir)
http://euskirtxoko.blogspot.com

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Authored by: cawaker on Nov 04, '08 11:19:26AM

wow i've been reading this site for 8 years? didnt realize it was so long.

I remember when it first launched, awesome help for the immature os x at the time.



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Authored by: Quizmaster on Nov 04, '08 01:58:45PM

Thanks for all the tips, tricks and hints!



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Authored by: jdb8167 on Nov 04, '08 02:01:58PM

I rarely post here but this is one of the most valuable resources on the intertubes for OS X. Thanks for a job well done and keep it up.




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Authored by: chyna4xena on Nov 04, '08 02:38:58PM

As an IT admin, let me just say, thank you, and thank you for making my job easy. The answers to 98% of the problems that arise in my work are to be found here. What a fantastic resource, long may MacOSXHints live!



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Authored by: poenn on Nov 04, '08 03:17:31PM

Congratulations!

I'm a reader/hint submitter since the beginning and this site still rocks!

Greetings from Germany
poenn



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Authored by: alset on Nov 05, '08 07:13:17AM

This site has provided me with an incredible wealth of information to make my Mac computing more effective. I don't know where I'd be without it.

Happy bday and many thanks!

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standing on the shoulders of giants



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Authored by: lestmak on Nov 05, '08 07:57:20AM

Congratulations! A fab site, keep up the good work everyone!



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... simply the best :-)
Authored by: Herve5 on Nov 05, '08 01:01:09PM

If it's true that many hints don't come from you, you are the one allowing this to run. Congratulations, really!
Hervé S.



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