There's a lot of history wrapped up in TidBITS. So many great things on the internet started or at least evolved at TidBITS. This post by Adam Engst really puts some of their work into perspective:
For the record, I sincerely apologize for inadvertently spawning those “one weird trick” ads, but I’d also like to note that Google has never said thank you for making its billions in Web ads possible.
I own a heck of a lot of Take Control books and if you read any of the scrupulous Apple related sites, you probably owe a debt of gratitude to TidBITS for defining high quality (and helpful) blogging.