I’ve finally put down the $19 necessary to become a member of Daring Fireball. Ever since John Gruber, creator and sole contributor to Daring Fireball, announced that he was quitting his job to write full-time for the site, I’ve been thinking about joining to support his work. His writing about all things Apple is some of the most cohesive and eloquent prose that can be found on the internet.
All of the content on his site is free, so the membership is more of a donation to support his writing. However, with the membership comes a subscription to the RSS feed of his “Linked List,” a separate blog of sorts where he posts really insightful links about a number of different topics. Last week there was a free trial period for this feed, and I was disappointed when the time ran out, and was considering purchasing a membership. But it was this post that I read this morning that finally convinced me.
One of my favorite articles that John ever wrote was Windows: The New Classic, right after Apple released Boot Camp. While most people were still scratching their heads trying to figure out why Apple would ever want to allow you to run Windows on a Mac, this article made it seem like it was the logical next step. He writes, “This is a move of supreme confidence — Apple relishes the comparison between Mac OS X and Windows XP.” Clearly some have seen the light, as recent market share gains have shown.
You really don’t have any street cred with other Apple fans until you read Daring Fireball. The RSS feed for the full posts is free, so I urge you to try it out.