October 11th, 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] Low End Mac - Something Awful & Express.com
You all think doing business on the Web is easy? Not so fast, captain. Just ask our friends over at the wildly entertaining, marvelously brilliant gaming site, Something Awful. While SA might not be for everyone, it certainly is for people with an intelligent sense of humor. SA is a great site, but one that got a bad advertising deal. Dan Knight takes a look at the perils of running a small web business. Our favorite quote from the article:

Not really. Apparently Gamefan, which is now owned by Express.com, had a clause in the contract stating that "network ads" (that is, ads for sites in the network) didnit count. In simple terms, it means that they could display all the ads they wanted to for Gamefan and Express.com without ever paying other sites a cent.

Ouch! I hear those guys at Back Beat Media are pretty good, though... Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

Best [3:00 PM] Upside Today - Learning the ways of Mozilla
Remember way back when to a time that even though Microsoft was giving IE away people would still rather pay for a superiour product, Netscape? Oh how the times have changed. While neither company charges you for their software anymore, IE is arguably "better" than Netscape Navigator, and Netscape users are going the way of smokers. They are still out there, but certainly exist as an outcast, dying breed. This article takes a look at some of the obstacles blocking the rebirth of Netscape as a major web player. Our favorite quote from this piece:

Unfortunately, like most Mozilla newcomers, neither Boswell nor his other team members had the first clue on what to do when they got there.

"There was nothing to read, no documentation in place that told you how to get involved," Boswell recalls.

Hopefully with some support we will see Mozilla, and/or Netscape, rise again. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

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