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MacInTouch scaling back
Posted by: OWC Jamie
Date: September 13, 2021 02:17PM
One of the web pages that was a daily read of mine for many, many years is scaling their posting back. Always sad to see.

[www.macintouch.com]

Mon. Sep. 13, 2021 10:00 EDT
MacInTouch reduction
Following up on recent notes and a history of challenges and changes, I need to painfully acknowledge with great difficulty that – for a lot of reasons – I can no longer personally or professionally maintain the same intense MacInTouch workload I have in the past. It’s just not realistic, in spite of all my enthusiasm and engagement. So what’s the situation going forward?

Recent subscriptions and payments have provided some funds to continue hosting this macintouch.com website (and all the security and systems management work involved with that) for a while. I hope to continue doing related research and development, plus occasional posts here on the website, as well as continuing my usual direct support for sustaining supporters (albeit limited in scope and duration). Anyone concerned about a related payment should contact me by email. Given the circumstances, I’ll also reiterate my recommendation of tidbits.com as a good alternative for Mac discussion, news, and analysis.

Lastly, as always, I want to once again express my tremendous appreciation to all those who have supported and collaborated with MacInTouch over all these many years.

Ric Ford



Good Luck!
Jamie Dresser
Other World Computing
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Re: MacInTouch scaling back
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 13, 2021 03:19PM
This has been a long time coming. Frankly, I expected it much sooner - Ric's been hinting at stepping back for a few years now.

As another MRF'er pointed out last week, the Mac universe today is vastly different than the one we populated two decades ago. Back then, a large percentage - perhaps the majority - of Mac users were enthusiasts. Today, most Mac users come to the platform via the iPhone - which is to say, they are not computer enthusiasts in the least.

Not to mention the chilling effect that Apple's current approach to building hardware has had on the enthusiast crowd.

All good things must eventually come to an end. Macintouch lasted longer than any of us had a right to expect it would. Heartfelt thanks to Ric Ford for keeping alive all these years a little piece of what once was.



It is what it is.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/13/2021 03:19PM by N-OS X-tasy!.
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Re: MacInTouch scaling back
Posted by: vision63
Date: September 13, 2021 03:20PM
It's overwhelming when you consider his contribution the Macintosh universe for such a long span. How much he improved our understanding of our tools and how to render the most productivity out of them. A ringleader.

He is to be applauded and lauded for his stamina and professionalism.
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Re: MacInTouch scaling back
Posted by: vision63
Date: September 13, 2021 03:23PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
This has been a long time coming. Frankly, I expected it much sooner - Ric's been hinting at stepping back for a few years now.

As another MRF'er pointed out last week, the Mac universe today is vastly different than the one we populated two decades ago. Back then, a large percentage - perhaps the majority - of Mac users were enthusiasts. Today, most Mac users come to the platform via the iPhone - which is to say, they are not computer enthusiasts in the least.

Not to mention the chilling effect that Apple's current approach to building hardware has had on the enthusiast crowd.

All good things must eventually come to an end. Macintouch lasted longer than any of us had a right to expect it would. Heartfelt thanks to Ric Ford for keeping alive all these years a little piece of what once was.

He's a boss. Great words N-OS X-tasy
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Re: MacInTouch scaling back
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: September 13, 2021 03:23PM
[forums.macresource.com]
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Re: MacInTouch scaling back
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: September 13, 2021 03:31PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
This has been a long time coming. Frankly, I expected it much sooner - Ric's been hinting at stepping back for a few years now.

As another MRF'er pointed out last week, the Mac universe today is vastly different than the one we populated two decades ago. Back then, a large percentage - perhaps the majority - of Mac users were enthusiasts. Today, most Mac users come to the platform via the iPhone - which is to say, they are not computer enthusiasts in the least.

Not to mention the chilling effect that Apple's current approach to building hardware has had on the enthusiast crowd.

All good things must eventually come to an end. Macintouch lasted longer than any of us had a right to expect it would. Heartfelt thanks to Ric Ford for keeping alive all these years a little piece of what once was.

^^^^^ This right here.
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Re: MacInTouch scaling back
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 13, 2021 04:11PM
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vision63
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N-OS X-tasy!
This has been a long time coming. Frankly, I expected it much sooner - Ric's been hinting at stepping back for a few years now.

As another MRF'er pointed out last week, the Mac universe today is vastly different than the one we populated two decades ago. Back then, a large percentage - perhaps the majority - of Mac users were enthusiasts. Today, most Mac users come to the platform via the iPhone - which is to say, they are not computer enthusiasts in the least.

Not to mention the chilling effect that Apple's current approach to building hardware has had on the enthusiast crowd.

All good things must eventually come to an end. Macintouch lasted longer than any of us had a right to expect it would. Heartfelt thanks to Ric Ford for keeping alive all these years a little piece of what once was.

He's a boss. Great words N-OS X-tasy

Thank you, sir. smiling smiley



It is what it is.
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Re: MacInTouch scaling back
Posted by: OWC Jamie
Date: September 13, 2021 04:16PM
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DeusxMac
[forums.macresource.com]

Aha, that was on the political side. No wonder I didn't see it. I rarely ever go there, it should have been moved / reported as being on the wrong side it did not deserve to be missed smiling smiley



Good Luck!
Jamie Dresser
Other World Computing
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Re: MacInTouch scaling back
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 13, 2021 04:35PM
Great run. Stopped being a go-to destination for me about a decade ago, basically when I stopped making hackintoshes.
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Re: MacInTouch scaling back
Posted by: Drew
Date: September 13, 2021 05:46PM
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OWC Jamie
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DeusxMac
[forums.macresource.com]

Aha, that was on the political side. No wonder I didn't see it. I rarely ever go there, it should have been moved / reported as being on the wrong side it did not deserve to be missed smiling smiley

Ah! I wondered where my post went. Don't know how it got entered on the political side, where I rarely go. My apologies.
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Re: MacInTouch scaling back
Posted by: stephen
Date: September 13, 2021 08:54PM
I was a VERY regular reader in the early years. I didn't know it was still around. I wish him the very best.
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