• Hello, Hi, Goodbye

    It feels surreal that I’m writing this post. Yet here I am, typing this into a plain text editor, for the first time in a long time, instead of typing directly onto the webpage like I normally do. I know everyone says not to do it, and I know it's a really bad idea most of the time, but I can count the number of times I've permanently lost work on one hand. Maybe I've just been lucky that way.

    Now that I think about it, I’ve been lucky a lot. When Anthony asked for news monkeys way back when, I didn’t really think I would be considered. Especially not with my post in that thread, which was in all-caps, had a shortened version of the word “please” and also, for bonus points, included the phrase “cruise control for cool”. And yet, almost six years and a countless number of daily news posts, reviews, and opinion/editorial pieces later, here I am.

    I posted up the news this morning, but that all ends today. I'm leaving MacTalk — it’s time to close this particular tab, nay, entire window, in my web browser, and that means putting an end to the daily news. It's not a decision I've taken lightly, seeing how much I've contributed here, or how long I've been around. And it has nothing to do with you; I've immensely enjoyed writing the news (and your continued readership) over the years. It's just that this is the part where I disembark the MacTalk train, so to speak.

    Before I go, there are a few people I’d like to thank. First and foremost, Anthony Agius, for giving me a chance all those years ago. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Anthony letting me write some words for Australia’s largest Apple community, and I’m eternally thankful for his guidance and, where necessary, criticism. Secondly, to anyone who’s ever read the daily news, posted a comment telling me I messed up a link, or wanted me to end the news on a more positive note, thanks. You’re the reason I wrote the news, day in, day out. It was hard being in that perpetually-awkward position of either publishing the news early and missing out on something super important, or publishing it late and becoming the dreaded “afternoon news”, but looking back on things now, I think I did OK. (Just don't talk to me about how we lost the ability to schedule the news posts.)

    There’s no real point to beating around the bush, so I’m just going to come out and say it: MacTalk just isn't the same anymore. Once upon a time this was a thriving community of Australian Apple enthusiasts, shooting the breeze about every topic imaginable. They shared thy joy of our own local iTunes Store, held interviews with prominent members of the community, and even started a podcast. For a long time, it seemed as if the MacTalk train was an unstoppable force, running perfectly on schedule and stopping all stations.

    Then some things happened, and MacTalk changed. Without pointing any fingers or laying any blame, if you’re reading this then there's a good chance you already know how we arrived at this particular juncture. The situation at MacTalk is dire, to say the least, with an even more uncertain future. That's not to say MacTalk won't be the community we once knew ever again, but how much longer are we going to continue this charade? Things have been dragged out for long enough, I think, and so it's time I took my leave.

    I’ll be honest with you: I’m not sure what will happen to MacTalk in the future. But I’ve done my part. I’ve battened down the hatches, strategically piled sandbags near all the entrances, and put buckets under all the places where the roof has started leaking. But I think it’s pretty clear by now this storm isn’t letting up anytime soon, so off I go. Into the great unknown, with only my wits and MacBook Pro to accompany me. Don’t worry about me, though — I’ve got a few things planned, and it’s entirely possible that one day, the news you know will return.

    Until that day comes, this is my final farewell. Goodbye — but not goodnight.

    Follow me (@bdyling) on Twitter right over here, if you want to keep in touch. I also write a bit on my personal blog, if reading things longer than 140 characters is something you enjoy on an occasional basis.
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