Ocober 24th, 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] Salon - How stupid can an e-mail program be?
Under todayis veil of ultimate political correctness, the last remaining safe harbour for patently anti-correct interaction was e-mail. No longer. Not if Qualcom has its way. The latest version of Eudora includes a "MoodWatch" feature that apparently uses, get this, chili peppers to graphically represent the level of potentiall offensive language present in incoming AND outgoing correspondence. Huh? Thatis what the author of this article ponders as well. Our favorite quote from this piece:

The three-chili dialogue box is a pseudo-hip yet quaintly old-fashioned reminder that I have succumbed to the temper of these licentious times. It reads: "Your message to [recipient] regarding [subject line] is the sort of thing that might get your keyboard washed out with soap, if you get my drift.

This is truly comedy. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

Best [3:00 PM] The Register - Windows bugs Me - but a little less?
The buzz surrounding the relase of OS X Beta has largely drowned out whatever chatter there might have been for Microsoftis latest OS offering, WIndows Me. Supposedly standing for Windows Millenium Edition, Windows Me is targed at the less technical home users, that does not want to have to mess with DOS commands, or figit with exotic driver installations, and basically just wants an OS to work...sort of like the Mac. This article take a closer look at Windows Me from a none-Windows perspective. Our favorite quote from this piece:

In the long run though youill be swimming against the tide with this kind of patch. Microsoft really doesnit want you to get to DOS or work on the system at a low level, because Windows Me is for "newbies" and those who want to just run the OS as-is.

Does anybody actually know anyone using Windows Me? Hmmm... Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

You can find these links, and lots of other links for Mac and Tech Industry stories, at MacOS News Around The Web.