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TidBITS 2011 Holiday Hiatus

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It has been a warm autumn here in upstate New York, which has caused the holiday season to sneak up on us more than when snow and freezing temperatures hit in November. But the calendar cares not for the weather, and we were thus surprised to discover that this is our final issue of TidBITS for 2011. Aiding that sense of time passing unexpectedly quickly were our final weeks of work in designing, implementing, testing, and launching our new TidBITS membership program, which you can read about in “Support TidBITS by Becoming a TidBITS Member” (12 December 2011).

As I write this, only the first few intrepid souls have found the links to the TidBITS membership program and signed up, unprompted, in the first few days. Nevertheless, I can’t convey the huge sense of gratitude we have for those people who are helping us to keep TidBITS going in a way that links our funding more tightly with our readers. Thanks in advance for any support you can provide. And, of course, we’re eternally grateful to the corporate sponsors who have long provided the core funding we need, especially current long-term sponsors like Bare Bones Software, Mark/Space, Nuance Communications, CrashPlan, Smile, Intego, and Noteboom Productions.

Tonya and I are no less thankful for the highly capable and amiable assistance of Glenn Fleishman, Jeff Carlson, Joe Kissell, Matt Neuburg, Mark Anbinder, Rich Mogull, Michael Cohen, and Marco Tabini, along with the many Take Control authors and editors. Our only regret is that, as a decentralized organization, we don’t get to spend hardly any time with them in person, and while we tremendously enjoy our weekly staff Skype calls, it’s not the same as when we can get together over dinner at Macworld Expo.

As always, we owe huge thanks to the writers who have contributed articles to TidBITS throughout the year, to the volunteer translators who make TidBITS available in Dutch and Japanese, to the individuals who leave comments on articles and participate in TidBITS Talk, and to everyone who carves out precious time to read what we write.

Thank you, one and all, and may all your holiday wishes come true.

As is our custom, we’re taking the final two weeks of the year off from the email issue, so we and the rest of the TidBITS staff can spend time with our families, reflect on the past year, rest up a bit, and look forward to whatever excitement Apple has in store for 2012.

Be sure to stop by the TidBITS Web site, read along in the TidBITS News app on your iOS device, or subscribe to our RSS, Twitter, or Facebook feeds for news, ExtraBITS links, Watchlist items, and other articles we can’t resist posting over the holiday break. TidBITS Talk discussions will continue as well, though undoubtedly at a more relaxed pace. The next email issue of TidBITS will come out on 2 January 2012. See you then!

 

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