November 28th, 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] Mac Mind - Apple Retail Stores: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Well, it seems a forgone conclusion that Apple is indeed opening at least one retail store, and depending one what you read and what you believe, as many as a half dozen. What does this mean for the future of Apple, customer service, sales, and support? This article takes a quick look at all those topics. Our favorite quote from this piece:

Apple could also use these stores as replacements for the hard to use ?we send you a box, you send it back? system for repairing Macs under warranty. Apple can also present a full software library, truly showcasing the many software titles available.

The next year will be interesting as Apple enters the retail market. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

Best [3:00 PM] Insanely Great Mac PDA to GPS: Using a Handheld Computer as a Navigation Tool
It is rare that we feature this type of article in our Best & Worst, but these little GPS gadgets are just so darn cool we thought we had to. Users can now easily turn a Palm based handheld into a satellite powered "Where the heck is the closest Pizza Hut" finder system. You spent all that money on your Palm, might as well put it to good use. Our favorite quote from this piece:

GPS devices of yesteryearmainly give mapping coordinates and track movements. The new higher-end devices offer street and highway mapping and routing. The best handheld GPSs offer ample maps of both highways and city streets, plus the ability to upload additional maps.

Gadgets are cool. Especially when they allow you to pinpoint, within a couple feet, of where you are. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

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