October 12th, 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.

Worst [2:00 PM] Upside Today - Jobs, Erhard paradoxical gurus
We are reduced to writing about reader letters at Upside Today, but this one just got us too riled up. This letter is in response to a review of The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, an unauthorized biography, at Upside Today. That review covered an analogy drawn between Steve Jobs and cult leader Werner Erhard. In this letter, the reader clearly displays his ignorance. The quote that annoyed us the most and shows the readeris idiocy the most clear:

Perhaps Jobsi biggest success is the relative clout he carries for such a failed enterprise as Apple. Name an industry where a player who has consistently had less than 10 percent market share has anything to say about what happens or that anybody will even listen to. I canit. My own take on Jobs is that he is a demagogue and probably a real son of a bitch to be around for any length of time.

Like we said at Mac OS News Around The Web, read this only if you want to get pissed off. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

Best [2:00 PM] About - Whatis In A Mac Name?
Remember when purchasing a Mac meant choosing between a Performa, Quadra, LC, PowerMac, PowerBook, and PowerBook Duo? How about the PowerMac 7200, 7500, 8500, 9500? Pretty confusing stuff, right? Over a year ago Apple paird their product line down to four machines, and life was made easy again for the would be Mac purchaser. We have regressed, my friends? Now when you want an iMac, you pick between the DV, DV SE, DV +, or an iBook, or iBook SE...yikes! This article examines Appleis once again confusing product line, but in a lighthearted way. Our favorite quote from this piece:

To go even further, think about the iMac. An iMac can be anything from a 233MHz bondi-blue computer from 1998 or a similar fruit colored machine from 1999 to a "snow" colored iMac with FireWire and a DVD drive. And anything in between. An iMac DV could mean an iMac with FireWire and DVD or just with FireWire. And thatis not even mentioning all the different colors.

Weill take a Cube, thankyouverymuch. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

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