“Dearly beloved… On this, the occasion of its 14th birthday, we’re gathered here to mark the passing of Mac OS X Hints,” Rob Griffiths writes for Robservatory.
“While it can be hard to tell exactly when a web site has died, the signs are fairly obvious. It’s been over 45 days since the last new hint appeared on the site. There is no way for new users to sign up for an account. There’s been one new comment posted in the last two days,” Griffiths writes. “A sidebar box proudly proclaims Latest Mountain Lion Hints. The site design, logo, and icons were last updated when I worked for Macworld, over four years ago. To paraphrase a Star Trek character, ‘it’s dead, Jim.'”
“To be fair, it’s a bit more Monty Python ‘I’m not dead!’ than officially dead, but really, the site is a dead man walking. Now that I’m done with movie analogies, let me explain why the passing of Mac OS X Hints isn’t a bad thing,” Griffiths writes. “(Note that Mac OS X Hints’ passing is in no way a reflection of its management by Macworld. In fact, the opposite is true: I believe the site would have ceased to exist years ago without their involvement.) The simple truth is that the need for OS X hints has tapered off to near zero over the last 14 years. And that’s a good thing.”
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