February 13th, 2001

| Columns and Opinions

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 [3:00 PM] MacCentral - Dvorak blames the Mac for falling computer sales
Peter Cohen starts off this piece by saying he was taking off his journalist hat and donning his editorial hat. After reading this editorial, we have to say that he should do so more often. What has drawn Mr. Cohenis ire is our old friend/nemesis John Dvorak. Mr. Dvorak, the same person who called the iBook "girly" and said the iMac would never last, has done an about face of sorts in the last few months. Recently, however, he said that Mac users were to blame for making computers "no fun" any more and thereby causing the world-wide slowdown in computer sales. Peter Cohen was as indignant as you are after reading that, and he has some awesome things to say. Our favorite quote from this piece:

Dvorak pines for the good old days when you could still "iburn a ROMi and install a handmade BIOS into an IBM PC. Today, nobody knows what a ROM burner is, and few users know a programming language."

Yeah, and I have a neighbor that waxes nostalgic for the good old days when you could pull your engine out of your car and rebuild it yourself without having an array of sophisticated computerized tuning equipment. Big, fat, hairy deal -- like cars, computers run more efficiently, faster, and are infinitely more reliable and easy to use than they used to be.

You get iem Peter! A very good read. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin


Best [3:00 PM] Applelinks - The Farr Site - Wold West Spook Out!
This piece is not Mac or computer related, but we liked it a lot. John Farr bids goodbye to his long running Farr Site (in favor of a more computer related column to start up shortly) by giving us a tour of southern Colorado. He has some nice picks of some of the spots in Colorado that offer a more paranormal feel or reputation, and he tells us about his own visits to those spots.

Look at the picture above, the eastern terminus of a humongous stretch of 700 foot high sand dunes right up against the Rocky Mountains. These are the Great Sand Dunes, soon to be a national park. Itis easily the most bizarre natural feature Iive ever laid eyes on and really looks otherworldly in the winter with snow on it. According to one of the signs, the Rio Grande used to wind through this corner of the San Luis Valley before an unknown cataclysm shifted it miles away to the west. The same source also said that the dunes may have been created through a confluence of prevailing wind currents that somehow caused airborne grains of sand to fall, one after another, in that exact spot. Well, maybe. You could just as easily blame it on unknown beings camouflaging a dimensional portal. Seems like a good place for one.

Entertaining, and informative, a good read. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin


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