September 28th, 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/Worst [12:00 PM] The Mac Junkie: Mooreis Machine - Is G4 and G5 Vs Intel: How Much Longer Can We Fool Ourselves?
Now, we are not sure what to think of this article, other than it inspired us to think something about it. The point made is a good one, if you read between the lines, that MHz is an important measure of a computeris performance. Even more so when trying to capture the imagination of the less than educated public. However, the whiny, overly dramatic tone is unbearable. You decide. Our favorite quote from the article:

Thereis your first mistake. Your initial reaction should have been an attitude of total skepticism, followed by heavy doubt and some more skepticism. But once you get past all that, you still want to know when the 2 GHz G5 will be released. Well, according to our fact-lovini friends at MacCentral, the G4 chip will top out at 1 GHz. This means a G5 chip will be kept behind the curtains until the G4 begins its final run. Say, once a 900 MHz chip has been around for a few months. And remember, the G5 itself may reach 2 GHz eventually, but it will probably only debut at about 1 GHz. And one mathematically-inclined MacCentral reader estimates that by the time the Mac reaches 2 GHz, Intel chips will be running at 2193 GHz. Ah, shoot.

Honestly, my G3/400 does everything I need it to do now, with plenty of speed. Of course, I have not tried Office 2001 yet... Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

Best [12:00 PM] Wired- My Phone/PDA Is Better than Yours
It is just a matter of time before the mobile phone and the PDA are one in the same. Some devices currently exist, and many mobile phones offer limited PDA like abilities. Palm, Motorola, and Handspring are making plans to release mobile phone equipped Palm units, with Handspring using the Springboard expansion slot on their Visor to add phone capabilities. Pretty cool. This article takes a closer look at what is to come. Our favorite quote from this piece:

Altman echoed others in the industry, saying that Americans will take to the devices now that phone-service carriers have built the necessary infrastructure to accommodate products such as Web-enabled and PDA phones.

These gadgets are really, really neat. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

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