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August 11th, 2000

Best & Worst Of The Web - August 11th, 2000

by , 1:00 PM EDT, August 11th, 2000

There are lots of great articles, and some really bad ones, on the Internet. Though we link to all of them at MacOS News Around The Web, some of them deserve special mention here. Most of what we will mention within these pages will be among the best, but on occasion we will talk about articles that are so bad or so wrong we just have to say something. Consider them mini-editorials on our part about things we think you might also be interested in.

Best [12:00 PM] ThemeStream - Apple's Deadly Ties with Motorola
After starting to doubt ourselves, just a little bit, we found this column and realized, thankfully, that somebody else out there gets it after all. Many sites, including our favorite Macinstein, have argued that simply based on performance, Apple can be content with a 500MHz chip. The chip IS fast, maybe faster than anything else out there. However, try to explain that to Mr. Joe Firstcomputer, or for entertainment value only listen to your local CompUSA salesperson try. Call it what you want; mindshare, psychologically important megahertz race, whatever. Just realize that regardless of real world performance, a top-of-the-line 500MHz chip, today, is embarrassing. This article looks at how Apple/Motorolla/IBM came to this point. Our favorite quote in this piece:

Apple and Motorola has had a long relationship, long before IBM ever got involved. When Steve Wozniak first designed his famous Apple I, he used Motorola's 6800 chip for the simple reason that it was the cheapest chip available. Perhaps that first move sealed Apple's inevitable fate.

This is as well a written perspective on this topic as we have seen. Reviewer - Kyle D'Addario


Best [12:00 PM] MacAddict: WebFaust - Almost Lost Me!
John Farr takes a good look, as only he can do, at the current state of the Mac Web. Since he has uttered something even remotely negative about Apple, I am sure that you will send me hate mail for linking it, and him the same for writing it, but there is a good lesson to be learned. And, if you pay close enough attention, you get the feeling that Mr. Farr thinks that us Mac people are OK after all. Our favorite quote from this piece:

You've heard me say this before, but it's time to say it again: in my day-to-day editorial duties I come across site after site that simply has no reason to exist other than to gratify the webmaster's ego. Mac sites burdened with arrogant, talentless dweebs fail once, twice, and try again, seemingly bereft of pride or self-awareness.

But you think that WE are OK, right John? Right? Mr. Farr? Is there anything I can get you? :-) Reviewer - Kyle D'Addario


You can find these links, and lots of other links for Mac and Tech Industry stories, at MacOS News Around The Web.

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