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Will You Support TidBITS in 2020?

Apple’s releases of iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS 10.15 Catalina have been uncharacteristically riddled with bugs. We’ve worked hard to keep up with Apple’s frenetic release schedule, documenting the fixes and providing advice to inform your update decisions. We’ve also tried to explain the underlying causes, most notably in “Six Reasons Why iOS 13 and Catalina Are So Buggy” (21 October 2019). And we encourage readers to ask questions and assist others in our TidBITS Talk forum. For nearly 30 years, our mission has been to help you be as productive as possible while using your Apple gear, even when that means delaying a major update like Catalina.

These efforts require very real investments of time and money. We need to pay for managing editor Josh Centers, regular contributors like Glenn Fleishman and Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Web hosting, email distribution, and ongoing maintenance and development work. It’s daunting at times.

To raise the necessary funds each year, we increasingly rely on our TidBITS membership program. The bulk of the renewal reminders have started going out in email this week, so thanks in advance for renewing! (If you haven’t received a reminder yet, sit tight until it comes, or you can check the expiration date in your account.) If you have trouble, send email to Lauri Reinhardt at [email protected], and she will help you.

For those of you who aren’t yet in the TidBITS membership program, would you consider joining the over 3000 other readers who help keep TidBITS on a solid financial footing? You know we focus on content that’s practical, timely, and free of the constructed drama and conflict that so many other sites like to drum up. How worthwhile is our work to you?

You can choose from different levels of support: $20, $50, $100, and $1000, or set your own monthly or yearly amount. The membership perks are the same at each level, with one exception: the $1000 TidBITS Angel level is a lifetime membership that includes a fine dinner with Tonya and me if you’re in Ithaca or we’re in your city. Seriously—we enjoyed a visit with the family of one of our TidBITS Angels when we were in Switzerland last summer.

Speaking of membership perks, we have some good ones for you:

  • Discounts of 15% to 50% on 80+ Mac products worth over $1000
  • A 30% discount on all Take Control books
  • The option to receive new articles in email as they’re published
  • A full-text RSS feed (non-members get a summary-only feed)
  • A version of the TidBITS Web site free of paid banner ads
  • Acknowledgment on our public TidBITS Members page

Be sure to scroll through our Membership Benefits page, which lists all the Mac apps on which members receive discounts. Among them, you’ll find essentials like 1Password, Audio Hijack, Default Folder X, DEVONthink, Keyboard Maestro, LaunchBar, Nisus Writer Pro, PDFpen, PopChar X, Scrivener, SpamSieve, and more. (Contact me if you’d like to include your company’s product.)

Example discounts
A few examples from our Membership Benefits page

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Comments About Will You Support TidBITS in 2020?

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  1. Yes - I will be renewing my subscription to support TidBITS’s good deeds.

  2. Yes. Kind of paying for the early years when I found TidBITS so very useful. Thanks.

  3. Thanks so much for the kind words, folks! TidBITS Talk does occupy a fair amount of my time, so chipping in to support TidBITS also makes it easier for me to justify my work here.

  4. Wow, 30 years! I’m feeling a tad old. I’ve been reading since the first days, but I can’t remember when I became an official member. When my membership expires in July 2021 (that’s a ways away), I’ll happily renew. Love TidBITS. Thanks for 30 years of helping the Mac community.

  5. Yes, I will be renewing. I enjoy and learn from TIDBITS. Please keep it coming!

  6. bbd

    Yes, will continue to support TidBITS. With money. It’s one of my favorite sites and happy that I can learn so much from those that contribute, members and staff alike.

    My first Mac was a Quadra 650, not that long ago in a linear sense, but very old by current standards. I still have a PowerBook 2300c with the dock…somewhere in our home. Currently using an iMac Pro.

    If we donate/support above a certain level do we get a TidBITS ball cap?

    Thanks for all you do, for all I learn from you.

  7. bbd

    I’m currently a member, but I can’t seem to find my renewal date. In any event, will continue to be a paying member.

  8. Adam, I feel like I have grown up with you these many years. Of course!! I will support you as you have supported me. Thank you for your hard work.

  9. Thanks, Barry! To check your renewal date, click the Log In link in the upper-right corner of the site. You’ll either get the Account page automatically or you can click Account in the upper-right corner—that will show your expiration date.

    Alas, no ball caps, but lots of other good things (I seem to have about 15 ball caps right now).

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