August 1st, 2000 (Updated 4:30 PM)

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 [4:30 PM] Low End Mac: - Rumor Mill: Professional Baseball Sues Apple Over Sphere
Oh drats! Professional baseball is suing Apple because their new spherical speakers borrow to heavily from the, errr... baseball. This gets our Tee Hee Hee Award for the day. The Rumur Mill is parody at its finest, and this piece is very funny. We also happen to know about other "scoops" Anne Onymous, the author of the piece, has in store for us the rest of the week. It will be a fun week for sure! Our favorite quote from this piece:

Baseballis baseball, which has been in use for about 150 years, is a white sphere that is primarily used when playing baseball. Measuring 9-9.25" in circumfrence, it somehow bears a resemblance to Appleis new spherical speakers.

There are differences in design, however. Most notably, the new speakers are modeled in translucent plastics and are somewhat smaller than a baseball. In addition, the baseball comes bundled with no peripherals, lacking a bat, glove, and cap -- none of which come with Appleis Cube, either.

Good stuff. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

Best [4:30 PM] The Register UK: - Microsoft suggests Canadians canit add
This was a runnerup for the Tee Hee Hee award. Microsoft is holding a contest where 50 lucky people will win an autographed copy of Windows ME, or somesuch. The Register presents this news with their tongue firmly rammed up against their cheek. Our favorite quote from this piece:

The lucky winner will receive the full VIP treatment by getting a private tour of the Microsoft Museum, home of the wonderful Microsoft Bob.

An amusing read. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

Worst [2:30 PM] Macinstruct: How To Block Internet Web Ads
Here is quick question for you; Who pays for all of this content that you can find, at the tip of your fingers, on the Web? Not you, unless you subscribe to some premium service. Your $20/month goes to your ISP for the hardware, man power, and electricity to hook you up to the Internet. So who? Well, obviously, advertisers. If it were not for the advertisers, there would be no Mac Observer, nor would there by 3/4 of the sites that there are now, providing the type of content they do now. That is, unless you wanted to pay for all this content. My guess is you donit. With that said, you are stealing content from somebody if you block the ads that pay for that content. This article talks about a program that can block those annoying ads from popping up on your screen. But, be careful what you wish for. Once the ads are gone, the content will be soon to follow. Our favorite quote from this piece:

Using the web is often like that, too: the content is there, but obscured by commercials, layers, frames, pop-up windows, cookies, animations, javascripts, and so on. Imagine the relief if you could just view a web page without them.

Note that there is indeed a banner ad at the top of the Macinstruct page, right above the title "How To Block Internet Web Adds". Wonder who paid the author for this idiotic piece of journalism. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

Best [2:30 PM] AppleLust: "The Rumor Mill Goes Completely Insane," Anonymous Sources Say
Finally! Somebody else is taking the time to look out for you, the dear reader. Since we started the B&W about a month ago, we have received a lot of feedback, mostly positive. It seems people are happy that somebody is looking out for them. David Shultz is now doing the same. In an attempt to hold members of the Mac Web to high journalistic and editorial standards, Mr. Shultz has expressed his VERY strong opinions about one of the Mac Web sites. While we donit necessarily agree with everything he has to say in this column, we do think he is headed down the correct conceptual path, the one guiding you toward enlightenment. Our favorite quote from the article:

There can be no doubt that these writers are not journalists, not professionals in any sense, and have small minds. They have no place on the Mac Web. As Tom says, theyill be around as long as editors fail to do their jobs. They are, in Tomis phraseology, "Fanwriters at fansites writing fancolumns."

Preach on brother Shultz. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

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