April 17th, 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] MacDirectory - Exclusive: Apple and Africa: Part One of Five
Appleis market reaches well beyond North America, Europe, and Japan...with varying degrees of success. This new article, the first in a series of five, takes a look at Appleis presence, or lack thereof, in South Africa. Our favorite quote from this piece:

Last summer Apple South Africa announced that it was going to streamline its operation. Although Apple still has an office in SA, it only has one employee, Bruno Verolini. Ninety percent of the South African office staff was cut leaving Mr. Verolini with a massive region: South Africa and the entire area up to sub-Saharan Africa. Could any single man make headway against those odds?

Those outside the area are unlikely to think about Appleis African presence, but this is a very interesting article. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

Best [3:00 PM] As The Apple Turns - Everything Last Forever
I donit know how many of you are regular readers of the wonderfully charming As The Apple Turns Web site. What I do know is that if you have never been to visit, you should. ATAT has quickly become one of The Mac Observeris favorite sites due to the hysterically intelligent writing style and the often mildly perverse spin they place on Mac related news. Take this article for example, about Flower Power iMacs and eternal life. Our favorite quote from this piece:

Still, we canit deny that thereis a certain surreal charm to the resulting half-and-half billboard, which now essentially features a Flower Power iMac, a woman, and a child, together with the enigmatic slogan, "Rip. The work goes on." And we suppose it could have been worse; if only the "Burn" portion of Appleis ad had remained visible, we might have thought that the iMac was destined for an eternal afterlife in Silicon Hell.

A truly entertaining site, ATAT is worth a daily trip. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

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