November 8th, 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 [3:40 PM] TheMacMind - Macs That Kill: The Final Part of a Mac Family Saga
Stefano Scalia finishes a tale that we found quite enjoyable. It involves his father, a trip to Italy, his father meeting his mother, the IRS, and a whole slew of more or less related Mac stuff. Our favorite quote from this piece:

Apple again came to the rescue. (Remember my father moonlighted as a computer salesman to supplement his teaching salary.) In the following six weeks he made enough money in commission selling Apple IIEs to return to Italy. My father was quite a computer salesman because he loved the product. New Years Eve found him back in the Milan and telling everyone “Buon Ano!” instead of “Buon Anno!”. The former salutes the quality of an impolite part of animal anatomy, while the latter is obviously the equivalent of our “Happy New Year!” My father was never to good at languages. Fortunately Italians are more forgiving of the improper use of their language than the French are.

The joy of this piece comes from its entertainment. Also, note that there a few grammatical mistakes. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

Best [3:40 PM] The Register UK - China goes Net censorship crazy
The Register usually does a great job in covering censorship and privacy issues, and this piece offers good information and some good commentary to boot. The Chinese dictatorship has recently decided that they can keep their population in ignorance of the real world by arbitrarily outlawing all Internet news sources except those they control. It is so disgusting, and yet pathetic. IN any event, this piece from The Register can fill you in.

This sorry state of affairs has been sparked by a growing number of postings critical of the government to Chinese newsgroups, which have been increasingly popular as Chinais online population rapidly expands and people have found protective anonymity. Despite such horrific quenching of critical voices such as Tiannamen Square, the government and its methods of control have failed to remove the anger and rebelliousness of its young. China will find it will have to pass more and more such draconian laws. And this will have a knock-on effect on international investment. There seem to be little point in foreign media companies setting up in China with these new laws; existing companies may well have to shut down.

A very good read. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

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