The Mac Orchard is a community resource - a carefully cultivated list of the most vital Internet applications and related resources for Macintosh Internet users, along with Internet software reviews contributed from The Mac Orchard's audience. These pages represent the most complete, most up-to-date collection of Macintosh Internet applications available anywhere on the Internet.
On December 15, 1995, The Mac Orchard was born.
It's been a crazy 15 years – years that have seen me through: some of the most important professional work of my life; some serious health issues (which I am well past!); and a huge transformation in the Mac as we know it.
I could write forever about what these last 15 years have felt like, but I have been postponing this little essay for too long, and I don't need any more excuses.
Many of you might have noticed by now that there have been no updates to The Mac Orchard since July 25 of this year, when I announced that the site was on "hiatus."
It's time to let you all know that the The Mac Orchard as you know it will no longer be updated.
There are a number of reasons for that:
Of course, there's still the hardcore user who doesn't fall into any of the above: users who still read Usenet news, play MUDs, and who run servers, or IT staffs who need network analyzers, VPN clients and the like. But that's a really, really niche group of people, and maintaining a site for those folks that is updated with any meaningful regularity really isn't a wise use of time for me right now given the legion other resources available that are better targeted to these folks.
On top of all this, there are personal reasons for my moving beyond the current Orchard. I have a house to maintain, and family obligations. And I have a fairly consuming job as the CTO of an incredible little company called Cognisight in Rochester, NY. We are doing some great things that should ultimately change healthcare, and I think that's a more important set of objectives these days.
That said, I am not going anywhere – I'm keeping the domain, and will slowly be converting it to function in a very different form.
I have been in the process of negotiating the transfer of a fair amount of the content to a person who will make good use of it; that transfer is in progress, and I hope make an announcement soon.
And most importantly, I will still be keeping track of Mac Internet software behind the scenes, and I will still happily take emails from people who have questions about what is available or what I think is "best."
So I'm not going anywhere. But it's time for The Mac Orchard to move on. Thank you for a great 15 years; I will never forget what this experience has brought me (friends and experiences that are beyond imagining) and taught me (experiences that most people would be very lucky to have.)
Thanks again to you all, for all of your dedication in helping me keep this site up to date, for all of your well-wishes when I was down, and for all of your interest in this little journey of ours. It's with a great deal of sadness that I sign off with this message, but it's with a great deal of hope that I look toward the future, to new things...to great things!
Cheers & regards,
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