August 25th, 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 [2:30 PM] TechServer - CHARLES PILLER: Toward a simpler operating system
Yesterdayis Best & Worst included an article about LinuxPPC, a version of Linux optimized to run on your G3 (or G4). Linux has been gaining momentum in the "geek" community for some time, and not companies like Eazel (comprised of former Apple people) are trying to make Linux usable for the masses. This is a great article that explains why Eazel, and Linux, might just get it right. Our favorite quote from the article:

To understand why, consider what it would be like if autos were built like computers. To appeal to all drivers, each car would come with both manual and automatic transmissions -- you could use either or both at once. Shift into third gear when you should be in second, and a warning message would obscure the speedometer until you click "OK" on a touch screen in the dash. Then the display would offer unsolicited tips on how to customize your gear shift to hit second gear reliably.

Maybe we wonit need OS X after all. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

Best [2:30 PM] Mac Nite Owl - The Doctor Says: Tips on Reducing Eyestrain
I recently had to have my eyes examined and the perscription on my glasses changed. This is a direct result of how much time I spend in front of a computer and books. Is there any way to reduce the built in strain on your peepers while playing Unreal Tournament? Other than having an Apple Cinema Display, there are some more realistic steps that one can take. So read up, this article can certainly help. Our favorite quote from the article:

In addition, once you spend time with a large LCD display, itis hard to go back. Now if they could only make the flat panel manufacturing process more efficient, and bring the prices down to a saner levels.

Well, right. But there some other things that can help as well. This is a good read. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

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