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Best & Worst Of The Web - September 18th, 2000

by , 2:00 PM EDT, September 18th, 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 [12:30 PM] Macworld - Inside Mac OS X's Unix Layer
After hearing about it for months, what exactly does it mean when people say, "OS X is based on Unix?" If you are like me, with limited Unix knowledge, you might know that it means greater stability and improved performance, but what else? It means that there are suddenly thousands of new OS X compatible programs, and a bevy of new software engineers working to create the best OS you have ever heard of. This article talks about the Unix side of OS X Beta. Our favorite quote from the article:

You know there's revolution in the air when the following can be typed into an operating system built in Cupertino and execute flawlessly:

dig @ axfr | grep '^c....*A' | sort |
cut -b5-36 | perl -e 'while(<>){print pack("H32",$_)}' | gzip -d

Put that in your GUI and smoke it.

The more we hear about Beta, the more excited we get. Reviewer - Kyle D'Addario

Best [1:00 PM] The Keeper Of The iBook - No Regrets
It is the vicious cycle of when to buy and when not to buy a computer; wait, and you go without, buy one now, and it is sure to be outdated tomorrow. That is just how it is. For those of you that recently bought a new iBook, only to hear last week's announcement of an upgraded product line, have no fear. We have just the thing to make you feel better about your Blueberry or Tangerine baby. Our favorite quote from this piece:

DVD. I can already watch Star Wars, The Phantom Menace (on Video CD) on my Rev. A iBook, and it's not on DVD yet. And I can count the number of DVDs I've watched on my Blue and White G3 on one finger. By the time software on DVD-ROM reaches critical mass, I'll be ready for another 'Book.

Good points. Love you computer for what it is, and what it has done for you. Just hope you catch the front end of the NEXT product cycle. ;-) 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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