ResExcellence Returns…

by Scott Chitwood • Thursday November 2nd, 2006
Posted in More Than Words

…or Dead on Arrival?

I’ve held the faith in seeing ResExcellence resurrected for as long as could be expected. And now, nearly five months after the original publish date of this article, I feel an apology is due to all who, in turn, put faith in my words that things were moving forward.

As a former fan, editor and owner, I’m saddened by the current state of the site. Having stepped aside way back on March 1st of 2006 it seems incredulous that we’re staring at thirteen months of no progress on the front page and a complete lack of access to the older content for the past eight months.

It would be unfair to dump a rant on the shoulders of the current ownership group; the previous hacks did their share to anger fans and mis-managed the whole affair from square one; I also bear some responsibility for this mess — hindsight is wisdom, but one can’t go back and ask for redo either.

March 27th, 2007

For those of you eagerly awaiting news of ResExcellence, I’m quite happy to help spread the word of its return to the Mac GUI community!


The site is currently broadcasting via blog while the back end delivery system undergoes a massive transformation billed as “a powerful and robust engine for the GUI archives.” Speaking as one who knows what a mess the old static html system was, I can truly appreciate the efforts of those taking on the task.

The GUI gurus at Unsanity along with Phill Ryu of (and other endeavors) are the talented Mac enthusiasts dedicated to resurrecting ResExcellence and taking it to a new level; “The place for all things Mac GUI”.

As former owner/lead editor, I’m very pleased and excited for this new era dawning at ResExcellence. This group has the skills, dedication and knowledge of the inner workings of Mac OS X in its current forms (PPC and Intel) — and get to have fun tampering with developer releases of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Damn right, these boys know their stuff.

The future of ResExcellence is in good hands!

For my part, I’d like to thank everyone who dropped a kind note over these past few months; those waiting for any news of ResExcellence; those who needed a PDF of a REALbasic article or two; those of you looking for a favorite icon set; and those who just wanted to toss a few friendly words back and forth. You, as fans of ResExcellence, are an amazing group of Mac enthusiasts, I’m proud to be counted as a friend and fan.

Though my days on the front page are long past, I look forward to the day when the ResExcellence Users Forum returns. I’ll see you there!


  1. thegeek
         November 4, 2006

    I am sure I am one of many that are over joyed. I have been waiting for the ultimate GUI resource to come back to life, and it seems it has.

  2. MacHeadCase
         November 5, 2006

    I saw that entry and was very relieved about the terrific news and the new management. The new guys seem worthy of being your true successors, Scott. I’m very happy to see ResEx is back.

  3. pdr
         November 5, 2006

    Scott, I’m burning with curiosity. Phill and Brian indicated that they bought ResEx from you. Does this mean that The Unmentionable Ones were running it into the ground on your dime? Or did you buy it back from them to save it? Enquiring minds want to know! :)

  4. Rampant1
         November 6, 2006

    Now that’s the $100.00 question, looks like I need to add a PayPal button :^)

    […treads carefully — does not want negative karma coming back to smack him upside the head…]

    The bare essentials are… Almost as soon as the site was handed over to the group of 5 admin team, the sale contract was defaulted on and ResExcellence unexpectedly landed back in my lap. From there, a lot of drama and garbage ensued that really doesn’t need a public airing. At times I had to be a jerk to a few folks — a creature that isn’t easy to arouse in me, and a damned ugly one when it does get lose.

    It was painful to redirect the url and take the site completely offline but it had to be done to protect the integrity of the url, name and files. Mentally, I had to prepare for the possibility of having a great deal of ill will directed towards me for making such a drastic move — I got lucky on that aspect and was instead surprised by the good natured and supportive notes that came my way.

    When things settled down a bit, Phill and I started tossing things around and the world got a bit brighter as we progressed. You can probably fill in the blanks from there.

    […over and out…]

  5. pdr
         November 7, 2006

    No need to worry about negative karma…you done good, kid! :)

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