December 21st, 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 [3:00 PM] MacOPINION: The Difference Engine - The Education of Apple Computer
Del Miller is one of our favorite authors in the Mac community, though he has not been writing as much as was his wont. Today he offers his thoughts on Appleis education situation. His analysis includes a look at where we are, how Apple has responded, and where they can go. Part gloom and part hopeful, this is a very good analysis. Our favorite quote from the piece:

Computers donit necessarily promote curiosity and enthusiam for learning, and as long as computers are trucked into schools in the standard, computer lab model -- as glorified typewriters or as training wheels for a business career -- then computers will never reach their potential as a true learning experience. Only when computers are a source of inspiration and a tool to ask questions as much as a means of answering them, only then will they attain irreplaceable value to the educational process. But achieving this end will require more than conventional thinking. It will, in fact, demand different thinking.

A very good read. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

Best [3:00 PM] Low End Mac - Mac Musings - Up, up, and beleaguered?
Dan Knight says that the sky is not falling and that Appleis situation, while not good, is not terrible either. He examines the numbers and looks towards the future. Our favorite quote fro this piece:

Apple will rebound, even if they have to give away the farm during the holiday quarter. Not only will Apple rebound, they will undoubtedly bound higher with new models, a new OS, faster processors, and slowly declining prices. The econoCube is bound to be a bigger hit whatever the price and feature set.

A good read. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

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