October 13th, 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 [4:00 PM] osOpinion: Silicon Valley Terrorism
Grrrrr... Regular Observers will know this revieweris Objectivist and Capitalist leanings, so please forgive this rant. Scott McCollum writes about the ongoing movement in San Francisco to impede growth, new business, and other forms of success because too many people are making too much money. In particular, he is targeting the call for violent actions by some on that side of the issue. He leaves it unstated that many more calling for no-growth do not advocate any form of violence, but his points remain. He takes these people to task and calls them the terrorists they are. He furthermore asks why it is that they have not received more condemnation than they have. Our favorite quote from this piece:

I think itis extremely hypocritical for these protesters to be railing against the ills of capitalism when their webhost features hundreds of megabytes worth of server space and a domain name that is most likely paid for by the fees the impose on their "anarchy conferences," speaking engagements, books, t-shirt sales or, even worse, their rich parentsi trust fund money theyive been trying to hide from their leftist friends for years. "Hey, fightini against iThe Mani gets expensive," a protester in Austin, Texas selling "Save The Barton Creek Salamander" bumper stickers once told me. Protesting against the evil dollar god while making a buck or two off "Evil dollar god" baseball caps and keychains is apparently the modus operandi of todayis anarchists.

Mr. McCollum doesnit get everything right, but he is largely right on the money according to this reviewer. A very good read. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

Best [5:00 PM] Mac Night Owl - Should You Throw Out Mac OS 9?
Despite my total joy and rapture about using OS X Beta (I actually booted into OS 9 yesterday for the first time since Beta arrived), it is important to remember that OS 9 is still the OS of choice for millions of Mac users, and the venerable OS is not likely to die a quiet death. This article examines the future of OS 9/OS X and suggests you keep trusty old OS 9 around...at least for the time being. Our favorite quote from this piece:

Whatis more, some manufacturers are not likely to get a strong start on making their products work with the new operating system until after itis out. No, not because they donit care about their customers, or about the Mac platform in general, but they also donit want to chase a moving target and end up having to redo a lot of hard work because things are apt to change between the Mac OS X Public Beta and the final release.

Carbonize Office, give me a printer driver, and Iill never look back. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

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