One of the most valuable and long-standing Macintosh publications this week celebrates 15 years — 800 issues — of publication.
To commemorate the occasion Adam Engst has written
TidBITS: Trends to Watch from 800 Issues of TidBITS: how completely our world has changed.
He notes the decline of user groups and Mac-related meetings and conferences, and is not surprised, saying the Mac is becoming an appliance, like a washing machine — not noted for fan clubs or User Groups.
I know that as a (former) one-to-one trainer and support person there has been a steady decline in demand for my services. Earlier this year I helped an older client purchase his first ever computer and gave him a few hours tuition on sending email and using the web. He’s now happily engaged in using his Mac for his own purposes and seems to have little further need for my help. In the past I’ve sometimes worked with clients for dozens, even hundreds of hours.
This trend to ease of use is very empowering for individuals; I think it’s a good thing.
And to Adam and his crew: my congratulations on this fantastic achievement.