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Special: SchwarzTech’s 10th Anniversary

by on March 16, 2009

2008:The WrapupAlthough we actually started the site in September 1999, why not celebrate early? We’re not going to go on about things that we’ve done, since that’s what archives are for, but there are a few things we’d like to say.

Thank You

It’s been a bit tough finding the time to add content, play with new products and then write reviews, and stay up-to-date with Apple, but we’ve managed. We’re certainly not the biggest Apple-related site out there, but our server statistics say that we’ve got quite a few loyal readers. Thanks for checking out our site over the years and contributing your own comments and thoughts when you can. Without you, our readers, there really wouldn’t be any point to this site. We appreciate it.

What’s Changed?

In 10 years, the Mac went from a pretty much marginalized computing platform to something that is a legitimate alternative to Windows. Apple has become a respected company once again. Mac OS X replaced the aging Mac OS that dated back to the 1980s. The iPod hit the scene. So did the iPhone. Macs switched to Intel chips. Apple opened retail stores. That’s just a little bit of it.

Although SchwarzTech started as Eric Schwarz’s personal corner of the Mac web to share a few things for people using vintage Macs, that changed in 2001 and 2002 as the site began to take shape as a place for opinion articles, reviews, and much more. A few guest writers drop in here and there to share their knowledge. Today our site features nearly 200 reviews, 100 articles, and just enough news to keep you informed about Apple. We hope to continue that.

What’s Next?

We’d like to keep the site going well into the future, and offer new ways to interact. Over the summer, we added a version of the site specifically formatted for iPhone and iPod touch users. We’re hoping to expand that and make it even more useful. Furthermore, we’ve cleaned up the interface of the site itself, by removing clutter and unused sections. With this latest update, we’ve have also tried to incorporate graphical elements of all previous versions of SchwarzTech, while keeping the basic layout from our last revision (it works well).

We’d like to grow even more, so pass the word on to your friends. Add us on Facebook. Put our RSS feed in your news reader. Keep reading and we’ll keep writing!

By the way, did you know that iMUG is 10, too?

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