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Pardon me for paraphrasing Douglas Adams, but it seemed a most fitting way to begin this announcement.

Over 13,250 hints, written with something in excess of three million words. The internet's smartest and friendliest community of OS X users. An incredibly helpful forum site renowned for its civility and useful answers. A career change. Uncountable articles for Macworld magazine and macworld.com. Two books. Two Geek Cruises. A couple of iWork video training projects. Handfuls of Macworld Expo presentations. Hundreds of people I consider friends (not "Facebook friends," but friends in the truest sense), even though I've only ever met a handful of them in person. Nearly ... ten ... years!

I expected none of the above when I launched macosxhints.com back in November of 2000. At the time, I'd been married for a little over a year, we had no children, and my day job was running the office for a small trade show company in Portland. I was just looking for something to do on the side that might help me learn about OS X. (And wow, my little hobby certainly did that!)

But thanks to some hard work on my part, and to some incredibly good luck -- in timing, in picking the right content management system, in Apple's resurgence -- I was able to experience all of the above for nearly 10 full years.

But now, the time has come for me to move on. As of today, I've begun the process of vacating my well-worn macosxhints.com editor's chair, and departing Macworld for a new adventure (more on that in a bit). Don't worry, though -- the macosxhints.com site isn't going anywhere. Macworld is hard at work on finding my successor, and I'll continue to be involved with the site, running it until that person is onboard and fully trained.

Before I go, though, some thanks are in order...

The first, and biggest, Thank You goes to all of you, the macosxhints.com community. One of my early tag lines for the site was "Your community-built source for OS X hints and information." Now, 10 years on, that's still as true today as it was back then: this is your site, and I feel privileged to have had a hand in its formation and gestation. Everything after that though, has been thanks to you, the readers and hint contributors. Without this incredible user community, macosxhints.com would be languishing in the backwaters of the Internet, or it would have simply vanished years ago.

I must also say a very public Thank You to Macworld, for making much of this possible. Although Macworld purchased the site nearly five years ago, the company clearly understood the value of the readers and the community, and the site has continued to thrive after the acquisition.

The people I work with at Macworld are some of the brightest, hardest-working folks I've ever had the pleasure to (virtually) be around. The amount of effort that goes into the web site every day, and into the magazine every month, is simply amazing. Until arriving here, I had no concept of what it took to put a magazine together. Now that I know more (but still oh so little) about what it takes, I'm even more amazed at the incredible product we put out each month.

To have been able to spend nearly five years as part of this small group was an honor and a privilege. I'm still amazed when I see my name in print each month, wondering how a guy could get so lucky to be working at what he loves doing...and so, you're asking, why leave?

Why indeed...when OS X came out, it was scary, foreign ("Terminal on a Mac?!?!?!"), intimidating, and understood by few. Now it's not only well understood, but its core is driving iPods and iPhones, and soon, iTablets, er, iPads. I don't feel the mission here is done, but it's clearly changed over the years as the OS has matured and become more mainstream. After editing and publishing hints for so many years, it was time to let someone else take the reins and bring a fresh new perspective to the site. It was also time for me to find some new challenges.

Rest assured, though, that macosxhints.com will remain in my bookmarks for years to come, simply because I don't know where else I'd go to find the amazing hints that the community keeps coming up with, year after year. I plan on contributing to the site, too, but from here on, it will be as a member of the community, not as the editor in chief.

So where exactly am I going? For the first time in my working life, I will be without a corporate paycheck -- which is both exciting and scary as heck. I'm joining Peter Maurer to re-launch Many Tricks, the home of a couple of my all-time-fave Mac apps (the irreplaceable Butler and the oh-so-useful Witch).

I'll be handling the business end of the company, including sales and marketing -- so yes, I'll now be on the other side of the fence, sending announcements and review copies of our apps to Macworld and other media outlets. Peter will be focused on coding -- debugging, writing our Next Great Thing, revving existing apps, and so on. We'll be updating many of the current apps and launching some new programs, a few of which may not even run on a Mac (cough, iPad, iPhone, cough).

To wrap it up, the last nine-plus years have been simply amazing, and I wouldn't trade them for anything. But the time has come to let someone else take the editor's seat here, and I'm looking forward to my future challenges in the software business. If you'd like to keep in touch, please do so -- you can find me on Twitter, posting occasionally on my own blog, or on the Many Tricks site.

Signed your humble soon-to-be-ex editor-in-chief;
Rob Griffiths
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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: kjty on Feb 24, '10 12:06:11AM

Thank you for everything and good luck!



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See you at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Authored by: TGV on Feb 24, '10 12:57:56AM

And my thanks to you too. If it hadn't been for this site, all those great user hints would have disappeared into the Big Bit Bucket in the sky...



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Thank you and good luck!
Authored by: googoo on Feb 24, '10 05:19:14AM

Thank you, Rob, for the superb job you have done for all these years. Mac OS X Hints is full of useful information and a joy to read thanks largely to you efforts. Good luck. We will miss you.

-Mark



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: piper on Feb 24, '10 05:21:34AM

Thank you, Rob, for everything. I haven't submitted a hint or posted a comment in quite some time, but I find your site (our site?) invaluable. I am proud to have been a miniscule part of the site, and that's from just a handful of posts and comments. Your pride should be overwhelming. Thank you for everything.

J



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: appleman_design on Feb 24, '10 09:15:26AM

Sad day for the mac community...
but a great day for you...



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: pbeaudet on Feb 24, '10 10:27:01AM

Thank you Rob. It's been a great ride since the Public Beta.

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Intel iMac



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MacWorld has done good to see the value and not do a MacFix(Broke)It, thx and to Rob.
Authored by: skippingrock on Feb 24, '10 10:53:35AM

Rob, thank you for sticking in it so long and being such a mainstay in the Mac community. Thanks also to MacWorld for recognizing that this is something good that shouldn't be messed with.

When you have something that works so well, you don't mess with it. Something that I know was not recognized when CNet broke or rather destroyed MacFixIt. What they did to that site and community has truly been a disaster. The database of this site is truly invaluable and the recognition that the hints belong to those of the posters is one reason that I think keeps people coming back with more. I'm convinced that MacWorld realizes this. As you mentioned, it is quite an amazing thing to see your name attached to something and just as you've had your name in the magazine, so too is it great to see our own names attached to a valuable hint that helps hundreds on this site.

The only thing that I think could be improved with this site is a way for users to be able to tag or mark certain hints as their personal favourites, something like YouTube favourites. After as you say 13.25K hints some of those gems get a little lost.

It will be sad to see you go from this site, but Rob, I wish you well in your next adventure.

Thanks again Rob, and thank you MacWorld for seeing the great value in this site (the database and its community).

Best regards,
Andrew Jung aka skippingrock



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: PancakeMan on Feb 24, '10 11:35:32AM

You've done fantastic work and the site you built is really one of the most valuable resources on the web for anyone with a Mac. Fun to see new hints, enjoyable to browse, very helpful to search.
Best of luck!



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: MVasilakis on Feb 24, '10 12:13:49PM

I can't believe 10 years has gone by so fast. 10 years ago I too was recently married with no kids. I know allot has changed in my life in the past 10 years.

I'd like to say thanks, for all the tips, the testing, the moderation, basically all the work you put into this place. It shows. This is by far the primer place for OS X hints, tips, workarounds, etc..
I hope your successor puts the same enthusiasm and professionalism you did. He/she definitely has some big shoes to fill.

Good luck.



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: PeterDie on Feb 24, '10 02:33:04PM

Thanks, Rob, for making the scary progress from Mac OS 9.x to the strange and wonderful world of OS X an easy one, and for lending a hand to all the nooks and crannies of this nice OS. Many hints have found their way in my daily use.

Good luck on your journey.

Don't be a stranger.



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: Hindemith on Feb 24, '10 03:25:20PM

Rob,

leaving really great projects is always a sad thing - and I know what I'm talking about...

But, hey, it's your baby that has grown up here so successfully and you can be sooo proud of it! You kicked off a truly remarkable community for all Mac enthusiasts. And "au fond du coeur" it will be always yours...

Take care, all the best from Switzerland
Hindemith



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: bikers on Feb 24, '10 04:29:42PM

Ten years - wow! Who would have thought? I know you better than most of these people and I agree wholeheartedly - you will be missed. Fortunately for me, I have a direct line to your help. Thanks for that. Does this mean I won't find you logged on at 5:30 in the morning anymore?

A new challenge is always good and if its time, its time. Good luck.

You have made me very proud and I wish you every continued success in your new venture!

Love,

Mom

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bikers



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: euskir on Feb 24, '10 05:56:13PM

Hello Rob:
Well, I don't like the "hellos and goodbyes", because when you say the first, you know someday the second will pop up.
Thanks for all, and, crazy, you were father here if my memory doesn't fail, and many other personal stuff was shared, this is not only about technology or the good old Mac, it's about life and time...
Best wishes, as always,

Federico (aka euskir)



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: platypus on Feb 24, '10 10:41:53PM

Congratulations on the job and farewell. Thank you for all the years of informative hints and helpful guides



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: khaled on Feb 25, '10 02:59:30AM

Rob, I've learned alot, I mean A LOT from your MacOS X Hints, I wish you well and your family!



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: genpromo on Feb 25, '10 06:08:57AM

Thank you again. Keep up to the best.

http://www.genpromo.com



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: pub3abn on Feb 25, '10 07:04:11AM

You've done a great job here at macosxhints.com, and in a sense it is sad to see you go. But I wish you the best for your new endeavors!



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: Nimitz on Feb 25, '10 11:24:40AM

It is hard to believe Rob is going away!!!

I will miss him dearly. But alas, i still have podcasts with him in it hanging around here somewhere!

Good luck in your next Tech Adventure!

From

Nimitz

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The Nimitz



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: renaultssoftware on Feb 25, '10 05:59:51PM

The site has given me so much inspiration when it comes to the Mac. Grrrrrreat job!



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: Panjandrum on Feb 25, '10 07:24:31PM

Thanks so much for all the years you've been here. I'm not by any means a frequent poster, but I've been here as a reader since the beginning and have found so many of the hints here useful. I'm sure a good editor will be found and that the site will continue to be an excellent community in the future. But if not, just remember, we come find you, tie you to a chair, and read Vogon poetry at you. You have been warned!



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Thank you thank you thank you
Authored by: arglborps on Feb 25, '10 08:06:27PM

I want to express my deepest gratitude to all your site has done for me. This has been the place to turn to, when trying to find answers to the really tricky questions. You've provided an invaluable service to the OS X community!

I also hope very much that you can find a worthy successor, because after all where would we be without macosxhints.com?

All the best luck for your future undertakings!

piece over and out.



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: MarioGardenghi on Feb 26, '10 04:22:47AM

I loved this site from day one, I'll miss you!

Good luck Rob!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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all the best...
Authored by: TheJoker on Feb 26, '10 01:50:18PM

from Germany



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: matters on Feb 27, '10 11:40:30AM

A sad day indeed.



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Re: So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Feb 27, '10 01:00:24PM

Rob, you've done an amazing job curating all these hints. When I first started using Mac OS X, Mac OS X Hints was the first new site I added to my "daily Mac sites" bookmarks, and I'm glad the site is still as useful seven years later.

Thanks for everything, and best wishes with the new endeavour!



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: digitaltvguy on Feb 27, '10 06:03:30PM

Thanks for your great hints over the years!!!

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-Chris



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: n1mie on Feb 27, '10 06:46:39PM

Thanks, Rob. Good luck on your new venture. We'll miss your guidance here. It'll be hard to find someone as handy as you in managing the site.

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--Chip



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: mmulhern on Feb 28, '10 01:58:16PM

Fare thee well!

As many others have said, and I'm sure all feel. A big thankyou for creating MacOSXHints.

regards,

Michael



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So long, and thanks for all the Hints!
Authored by: MtnBiker on Mar 18, '10 07:22:45PM

My favorite Mac site. Sorry to see you go. But after 10 years I can understand. You've done a fantastic job—you found the right balance for the site. And the commenters and contributors are great too.

Now maybe we'll see an update of Butler. That's how I found out, doing my periodic check of the Many Tricks site. I was traveling in February and missed the announcement. Butler is my main keyboard shortcuts program, but I still use iKeys for a few things that Butler can't handle YET. QuickSilver never took with me.

Good luck.

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Hermosa Beach, CA USA



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