Living in a box

by Volker Weber

Life is simple when you are a Macworld editor. You can call telnet a "Unix emulator" and you can think of "good old IMAP" as compared to POP3. It makes you wonder how much the rest of the Mac user base knows about stuff outside of their own box.

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That's what I'd call "applied smattering" (or in German "angewandtes Halbwissen"). Hilarious!

Ragnar Schierholz, 2005-06-29

As you can clearly see in the top left corner of their web site, they are "THE MAC PRODUCT EXPERTS" (in large letters, AOL-style). Unfortunately, neither IMAP nor telnet appear to bee Mac products (I personally never saw them in a shrinkwrap on a shelf), so perhaps they should stop writing about stuff they apparently cannnot grasp and stay away from shell — ahem, Terminal — windows and leave the text-only blinking-green-cursor-on-black-background world to us, the long-time *nix crowd, who know what they're doing… ;-)


Karsten W. Rohrbach, 2005-06-29

Judging from some of the responses to his article, he is not alone in the Mac community in not understanding what he is looking at - which is depressing.

But I was fascinated to find that one of the respondents has a stash of all his email going back to 1991! I'm guessing he is a lawyer. But how often do you refer back to emails that are more than (say) 1 year old?

I fondly remember an Oxford academic for whom on request I burned 4 CDs of old emails (that represented just a couple of years from what I recall) and when I next ran into him about 18 months later, he admitted that he had never looked at a single one of them....

Nick Daisley, 2005-06-29

Wouldn't it be great to have a tool to extract all "important" data out of it?

by the way: what happened to


Pierre Kerchner, 2005-06-29

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