November 16th, 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.

Worst [3:00 PM] MacDiscussion - Mac OS niX-it!
We are fairly certain that we feel as bad as anybody that some peopleis versions of OS X Beta destroyed a hard drive, or caused some reformatting, or some program shuffling. That is truly not cool. However, when one fundamentally changes the underlying structure of the entire operating system, these things, in a pre-release piece of software, are bound to happen. It is off the cuff reactions like the one found in this article that are troublesome. Our favorite quote from this piece:

Appleis other mistake: its jewel, the Twentieth-Anniversary Macintosh, does in no way support the behemoth OS X. I heard a ghastly tale of somebody installing OS X Beta and wiping their hard drive out clean. That most certainly is some great misfortune for the owner, and I find it not extreme to icrediti the error to Apple.

Appleis "jewel"? Is he kidding. A neat but outdated piece of hardware the day it shipped. For the record, I am still on three system crashes in over two months. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

Best [3:00 PM] OS Opinion - Home Networking: Wired, Wireless or Wait?
The home network. A once frightening grouping of words that were left to the realm of the uber-geek. No longer!, shout the computer using minions. Broadband access, AirPort technology, and friendlier operating systems have made the home network a reality. This article talks about networking oneis home. Our favorite quote from the article:

Unless youive had the foresight to be an early adopter of Zip/Superdisk technology on all of those computers, chances are transferring files between these PCs means multiple trips with multiple 1.44 Mb floppy disks. This practice, once known semi-affectionately as "SneakerNet" is becoming as dubious as the Milli Vanilli disc prominently displayed in your CD rack.

Say it with me, networks are our friends. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

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