October 19th, 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 [1:30 PM] osOpinion: The Dominance Myth
Pete Ottman deconstructs the myth that Windows dominance mandates that schools switch to it "to prepare the workers of tomorrow." This is a long standing argument used by many a Wintel drone to justify the greater expense of switching to and maintaining a fleet of crappy Wintel boxes. Mr. Ottman makes some excellent points. Our favorite quote from this piece:

So do us all a favor and ride your tired horse over to the glue factory. Decide what to use based on what best meets a useris needs. Let users decide based on ease of use, familiarity, cost of ownership, and those things that they value, not on the mistaken opinion that because the business world uses Windows then we all should use Windows. If such fallacies were gospel, we would all use the same brand of toothpaste, drive the same model of car, and eat the same type of food. Perhaps more scary, if we pander to the business world in this way, then universities would have degrees in word processing, spreadsheet creation, phone answering, data entry, etc. The world is full of variety and the computing should be as well.

A good read. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

Best [1:30 PM] ZDNet: FBIis Carnivore hunts in a pack
It is good to know that the FBI is all set to keep watch on folks on the Internet. ZDNet reports on information gleaned from documents recently declassified via a lawsuit. It would seem that the FBIis Carnivore system is simply 1/3 of a Triad of tools the FBI has for watching people on the Internet. Our favorite quote from this piece is the introductory paragraph:

Carnivore, the FBIis controversial e-mail snooping program, is part of covert surveillance triad known inside the bureau as the "DragonWare Suite," according to recently declassified documents. The documents also outline how the DragonWare Suite is more than simply an e-mail snooping program: Itis capable of reconstructing the Web surfing trail of someone under investigation.

An important read. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

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