April 12th, 2001

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] MacUser - Apple kills 667MHz Power Mac
When Apple announced the new lineup of PowerMac G4 machines at MWSF, one thing struck us as odd; there were 5 configurations instead of 3. Apple had gone with a three configuration lineup, more or less, for a long, long time. The G4/667 seemed out of place, and apparently it was. MacUser is reporting that the 667MHz model is being dumped. Our favorite quote from this piece:

The demise of the 667MHz system, comes as dealers in the US are finding it difficult to get their hands on the configuration, which has been tightly constrained since it was introduced in January by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at Macworld Expo in San Francisco. The 667MHz PowerPC processor, based on an early version of the 7450 chip, has been in short supply ever since Apple started demanding more of the higher-end 733MHz chips from its PowerPC partner Motorola.

We never felt that it quite fit, so this should not be considered a major loss. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

Best [3:00 PM] ThinkSecret - Details on New Updates in Mac OS X Server 2.0 Beta
We donit usually cover rumors in the B&W, but this is more fact than rumor. Developers were given beta versions of OS X Server 2.0 last week, and Think Secret is reporting that the server strength OS has enormous promise. While OS X 10.0 is a breakthrough for consumers, OS X Server 2.0 may actually be responsible for expanding the borders of Appleis market share. Our favorite quote from this piece:

The Admin application consolidates configurations for all services into one app, including AFP, DHCP, SLP, web, mail, ftp, telnet, IP filters, and other protocols. "The admin tools are slick," said one source who spoke with Think Secret on condition on anonymity. "If they can smooth out of a couple of the wrinkles, they really have something going on. What Tenon Systems did for Apache, Apple is doing for all system level services."

Very cool. In some ways, we are more looking forward to this than the consumer version. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

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