Well it's hard to believe that
one year has just gone by since I debuted iBook-User a
mere 3 days before MacWorld Expo NY 99 and the iBook's
Grand debut by master of ceremonies, Steve Jobs.
I have always had an interest in writing and
reporting, so Back when the iMac came out I wanted to
start an iMac site but I couldn't afford a new iMac at
the time and I didn't think I could put in the time to
meet my expectations. So I waited, and the next year,
around the time I was looking at PowerBooks that I knew I
could not afford, I learned that an affordable portable
"iMac" style laptop was coming from Apple. I was starting
to think I could retire my Perfoma 6200CD.
Of course before anyone knew what
name the iBook was going to be called, the code name was
said to be P1, so that's the name I started with. So for
the first week my site was called P1 User and in a rush
to get the site up and running fast, I chose Y**OO as my
host, and soon learned my web first mistake and soon
switched hosts. The lesson - FTP is a must, browser based
uploading with propriety code is for well... not me
That first week I made my second mistake, I registered
www.ibookuser.com on a late sat. evening before work then
took off not knowing a confirming email would be coming
my way, which I HAD to reply to. The domain name
ibookuser.com was put back out there and claimed before I
knew what hit me, so I quickly added a dash and that's
how I ended up with ibook-user.com.
I started out with about half a dozen pages and a few
visitors and today we're up to around 75+ pages and
thousands of weekly visitors. And over time we have added
features like the popular iBook
Book Store, the iBook
Gear Store, The
writer Ted Bade for reviews.
I want to point out, the quality, smarts and ability
of Mac people out there is impressive. Charles Moore,
Ryan Meader, David Every, Amy Hoy and Doug Landry and
long gone Don Crabb (and more) these are the people I
looked up to when I got my start on the web. I have since
"met" and worked with many other great folks like Gene
Steinberg, David Schulz, Adam Denker, Ted Bade, Mark
NewHouse, Eric Prentice and many more. Thanks.
Along the way I learned alot (okay maybe a little)and
it was exciting to occasionally scoop
the big guys that I admired so much.
Along the way I've seen many iBook sites fall by the
wayside for various reasons, I guess I'm still here due
to my perseverance more than anything else. In most ways
I think of this as any other small business that I've
been in before, you have to wear many hats and there
never seems enough time to do all you want. But it's
worth it. It can be fun too!
life blood of the web......
I'd also like to thank the entire crew at Macsurfer,
alot of readers may not know how important Macsurfer
is to the community of Mac web sites, but if it wasn't
for Macsurfer, this site would probably just be a
personal site with little traffic. The service they
provide is invaluable ! I'd also like to thank all the
other sites that have linked to iBook-User, like
iBook list, the now defunct iBookHelp,
Apple Watch, MacLaunch,
The iBook Ring,
Keeper of the
Treasure Club, the now defunct iNet
MacOS Daily, iBook
Info News, About.com,
End Mac, MacPicks,
the iBook and all the many other sites too !
When I started iBook-User my goal was to make, some
small contribution to the Mac community and to continue
to improve. I think I've done that. I've had lots of
inspiration, thanks to all of you.
Thanks to all of the loyal readers who have and
continue to visit iBook-User!
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