November 29th, 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 [3:30 PM] Applelinks - Abacus - Electile Dysfunction
Del Miller offers us his thoughts on the idea of User Interface as it pertains to the so called "butterfly ballot" used in Palm Beach, Florida for this yearis election. Mr. Miller has some very interesting thoughts on this matter, and we think you will find this piece thought provoking. Our favorite quote from this piece:

The user interface of the electoral process is the ballot; a notionally simple form on which a voter records his choices in a way that can be tabulated by the underlying system and incorporated into the overall network of polling stations across the state. Just as in computing, where a cumbersome metaphor or an illogical screen layout can result in an maddeningly unworkable program, a poorly designed ballot can undermine the validity of the voteris choice and make chutney out of a political process that is already so massive as to be nearly intractable.

A very good read Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

Best [3:30 PM] Low End Mac - The Mac Lab Report - To Internet and Beyond
We arenit sure how amusing this piece from Jeff Adkins was intended to be, but we love the chutzpa with which he began his appropriations for a Mac computer lab for his school. Mr. Adkins is a teacher in a public school and has to look out for opportunities at all times. Our favorite quote from this piece:

At the end of last year, I stopped by to visit our principal on an unrelated matter and noted that not only did she have a PowerBook G3 on her desk, she also had a G3 Blue-and-White tower on her counter, not connected to a monitor, keyboard, or anything else.

Before I left her office, I asked, oh-so-casually, "How do you synchronize files between these machines?"

"I donit," she said. "I do everything on the PowerBook. I donit really want to fool around with that."

"Really," I said, thoughtfully. "Well, I can get that tower out of your way if you want."

She looked at it, then at me, and then said, "Sure. Just tell the tech department."

And it was almost that simple.

Now thatis just funny. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

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