October 6th, 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] PBS: Donit Worry, Be Happy! - Why Appleis Darkest Moment Isnit So Dark at All
We are unashamed fans of Robert X. Cringley of Triumph of the Nerds fame, and other excellent work in the technology field of entertainment. This piece offers Robertis take on Appleis stock collapse and the industry. His conclusions wonit surprise many Macheads, but the main stream media should pay attention. Our favorite quote from this piece:

Nor is it Apple crashing, either. The warning was for lower profits, remember, not for a loss. The company still expects to earn something like 33 cents per share. It has low debt, lots of cash, a popular line of products (except, perhaps, for those darned cubes) and more products on the way. Most importantly, it has CEO-for-Life Steve Jobs staring at his own unexercised options to buy 10 million Apple shares at a price that today makes those options absolutely worthless. Steve will do anything -- ANYTHING -- to bring his options back to life. And you donit even want to know Steveis definition of "anything," because it is scary.

A very good read. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

Best [2:00 PM] Salon: Did Gore invent the Internet?
Vice President Al Gore has taken enormous heat for saying he invented the Internet, but according to this Salon piece, he never said that. More importantly, he may deserve more credit than many of us have been willing to give him in the first place. We are not venturing into politics here, this is a technology industry issue, and this Salon piece treats it accordingly. The author traces the history of this story and brings lots of other information to us. our favorite quote from this piece:

The sheer cheek of Goreis purported claim invites mockery. Everybody knows the Internet is an extraordinarily complex piece of engineering that only incredibly smart scientists could have "invented." Politicians need not apply. But things that "everybody knows" are always worth examining for defects. And the "Gore claims he invented the Net" trope is so full of holes that it makes you wish there were product recalls for bad information.

Gore never claimed to have "invented" the Internet. What he said was:

"During my service in the United States Congress I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

A good read, and a very interesting story. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

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