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The Northern Spy's portal will list most Apple-related sites, but prefers link exchanges, partnerships, affiliations, or advertising exchanges. For information Contact Nellie Hacker at the Northern Spy. Arjay Enterprises gets thousands of page views daily on its various portals and eBbook sites.
Who Needs another Mac portal?
Maybe nobody but us. But The Northern Spy is simple, with relatively few graphics so it loads fast, and consists mostly of links to important information sources, stores, hardware manufacturers, and software shops. There are columns and reviews, but apart from these the main page of The Northern Spy is a gateway site; the kind of place you bookmark because it can get you where you want to go in a hurry. The Northern Spy is also a dynamic site. We reserve the right to change or correct posted columns. The Northern Spy column not only appears here but is also syndicated in other publications and on our RSS feed, and may from time to time appear in whole or part in various print media.
If you're a pro and your desktop is critical, why buy unreliable, cheap, imitation computers that crash a lot when you can get the real thing, with the best quality hardware and software, the lowest total cost of ownership, and delivering the most productive working environment?
Whadda ya mean "since 1983"?
That's when Arjay Enterprises was started. With Nellie Hacker's assistance, Rick Sutcliffe wrote The Northern Spy for Call-A.P.P.L.E. beginning in 1983, along with articles and reviews in other industry publications for a number of years (Anodidacticus, The Dialectical Apple, and Through a Glass, Darkly). After spending much of his time the last few years working on textbooks, novels, and international standards for programming languages, he's set up a few writing and e-book resources on the Arjay site as well as this Macintosh portal as a gift to the online community. Apart from the column, The Northern Spy will not so much collect resources (other than our own) as it will provide fast and convenient access from one location.
Do you recommend everything mentioned here?
No, but the Spy USES OS X (latest Cat), NisusWriter Pro, Scrivener, BBEdit, NetNewsWire, Safari, Camino, Firefox, Modula-2, PHP, SQL, Excel, and a kajillion utilities running on a MacBook Pro 17", a quad G5 and a twin 1.8G desktop G4, all with lots of memory. The desktops have several hard drives and a Kensington Expert Mouse Pro trackball. The MacBook Pro resides in a BookEndz dock. He also has pocket drives for file transport and backup.
What's the best software ever written?
The Northern Spy owned one of the first copies of VisiCalc ever produced, and used it and later A.P.P.L.E.'s "The Spreadsheet" for years. Excel 98 and 04 (but not necessarily all Mac versions) is a worthy successor in this key productivity area. You can customize it to death; it's comparatively bug free (not so with 01 but X 2004 is now fair), cross-platform, and its breadth of functionality has yet to be matched. Among productivity tools, ISO standard Modula-2 compilers implement one of the best notations ever devised. IOHO, NisusWriter (Classic) is/was the finest word processor (Pro is catching up and he uses Scrivener for books), Eudora the best mail program, FileMaker the best database, and Netscape/Mozilla/Camino/Firefox the best browser (but Safari comes second). (The Northern Spy's other name is iconoclast, but, seriously, the "typical" tools people use are too bug ridden, slow, and/or non-standard to be of use here.) You also gotta have Disk Warrior, Tech Tool, Drop Drawers, Graphic Converter, and PopChar.
And now, the more elaborate disclaimers (corporate and personal lawyers please take note)
The Northern Spy is NOT a rumour or insider site. Its observations about the future of the industry are derived from generally available information and what we think are logical deductions based on personal experience. The Spy does not claim to have or publish trade secrets, proprietary information, insider reports, or material that is under nondisclosure. Specifically, we do not publish details of upcoming OS changes (non-disclosure) and we do NOT know the names of ANY information sources within Apple (or any other corporate entity). So on the one hand, please do NOT email us with an inside scoop if you have one (email can be traced so we couldn't use it), and on the other please do NOT ask us to reveal the names of such sources, for we have none. And on the (bow to JP) gripping hand, keep your lawyers away from us, because we're NOT revealing secrets.
From time to time, material found here might be partially based on rumour, wishful thinking, or anonymous (impossible to attribute) items picked up from here and there. Our speculations have on occasion been spectacularly right, dismally wrong, or both simultaneously. By using this site, readers release the Spy from and assume for themselves any and all liability for relying on the veracity of anything here, whether the Spy is correct, wrong, both, or neither.
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