September 27th, 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] The Mac Junkie: Mooreis Machine - Is The Magic Over For Both Baseball And The Mac?
Being big fans of the Mac, and a bigger fans of baseball, the latest offering by Charles Moore struck us as particularly interesting. While baseball has, arguably, deteriorated into a business rather than a sport, the Mac does not hold nearly the same place in the authoris heart as it did, "back in the day." Our favorite quote from the article:

And yet, for me at least, a lot of the magic is gone. This is not a new epiphany. I canit put my finger precisely on when the light began to fade -- perhaps it was the deal with Microsoft announced at MacWorld Expo in 1997; or maybe the summary termination of the Mac clones later that year; or the stealth G4 ROM block in the blue and white Power Mac firmware update; or the pullout from Londonis Apple Expo 2000 show, leaving other exhibitors and the organizers twisting slowly in the wind.

If the Yankees win The Series again, all will be right with the world. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

Best [3:00 PM] Mac Night Owl- Have you noticed these problems with OS X Public Beta?
Now that people have had a chance to run OS X Beta through its paces for a week or so, some deficeincies are starting to appear. While I have had no problems with the OS, and have been using it exclusively for a week now, others are reporting problems. Yes, I still wish I could print from it. And yes, I wish my Voodoo5 card worked. But I have had 5 application cashes, and no system crashes, in a week. I was averaging more than that PER DAY under OS 9. However, if you are a Beta user and you are experiencing some problems, you might not be alone. This article takes a look at some of the more common issues. Our favorite quote from this piece:

All right, it is an early beta version. Donit expect perfection yet. You will see, however, just how stable the Public Beta is, because you can continue running without need of a restart. Protected memory puts a wall around each program, so if it crashes, other programs and system functions remain unaffected. Feel free to launch Internet Explorer again and continue surfing.

There are some problems with Beta, but overall it is pretty darn impressive. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

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