September 5th, 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 [1:00 PM] PC World - Is Firewire the Future of Consumer Electronics?
After years of hype and promises, it seems that FireWire is finally ready for the big time. FireWire scanners, printers, hard drives, and a host of other computer peripherals keep popping up, and now it seems that the Apple designed connectivity standard may pave the digital highway for the wired home of the future. This PC World article talks of the potential advantages of FireWire everywhere. Our favorite quote from the article:

The organization intends that within the next two to three years, almost every common audio-visual component will have just two Firewire connectors (data in and data out) instead of multiple audio and video jacks. This covers receivers, TVs, speakers, recorders, set-top boxes, game consoles, and the like.

Two to three years? Anything can happen by then. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

Best [1:00 PM] Tucows - BSD and Mac OS X
You know, with all the excitement being generated by OS X, there is one question that nobody seems to be asking; Will it work? Why should this attempt at making UNIX friendly be any more successful than any of the past attempts? This article does indeed ask this insightful question, and tries to come up with a reasonable answer. Our favorite quote from the article:

Making UNIX easier, as mentioned before, is not a new idea. Microsoft tried it, and like most of its products, the first version of NT was a disaster. But they kept at it, releasing new versions and advertising it everywhere until it was accepted as a usable product by millions of people.

Call it what you like, I still canit wait to get my hands on it. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

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