Here’s my Top 5 Web Sites for Mac Users (with a few alternates and honorable mentions that are nearly as good):
Funniest Mac Site: Hands down, it’s AppleTurns.
This site often provides three daily updates of comedic relief on all things Apple and Mac. It’s been around awhile but the writing is fresh and on-the-nose accurate; with a more-than-slight bias toward Macs and against Windows and Microsoft.
No one jabs at Microsoft and Windows sympathizers better than AtAT.
Most Useful Mac Site(s): Keeping up to date with application changes is a challenge unless you visit VersionTracker.
Whatever Mac applications are new or updated, they’ll show up soon on VersionTracker. One click and you can download the latest version, the latest updaters, or, try out hot new shareware. VersionTracker gets updated many times during the day so there’s a need for multiple daily visits.
Honorable Mention goes to MacUpdate. MacUpdate allows you to download listed files and updates with only one click (less ads), but the layout seems more sparse.
All the latest news releases about Macs, Apple, applications, and anything that affects the Mac world or Mac user will show up in either of these two sites, Monday through Friday (sometimes on weekends, when something worthy happens).
MacMinute is probably the best Mac online publication for getting you a daily dose of what’s happening in the Mac world. It’s simple, elegantly laid out, and has an RSS feed which works well in most RSS/XML aggregators.
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How many is that? Three? What’d I say this was, a Top 5 List?
OK, two more and maybe another. We Mac users are a generous lot.
Top Mac “List & Link” Site: This goes to MacSurfer.
This is a news compilation site. Basically, what MacSurfer does is collect headlines and links about news and happenings regarding Macs, Apple, iPods, and things related to Mac; all links to other Mac web sites, or other sites. A bunch of them.
If it happened in Mac world, it’ll show up somewhere, sometime on MacSurfer. It’s a top site and gets update multiple times daily. A second place finish goes to MacSurfer.
Top Mac Rumors Site: This was a tough one to figure as the accuracy of Mac rumor sites varies with the wind; so I chose the only site with a perfect score on rumors: CARS – Crazy Apple Rumors Site.
Perfect score? Yep. While all the sites reporting on Mac and Apple rumors do so with varying degrees of success, CARS is never accurate, hence the perfect score. Perfectly wrong. All the time.
Still, CARS is a good read from time to time; flex yourself, you’ll be reading some off-the-wall stuff on CARS.
What about other so-called rumor sites? They’re not a dime a dozen but predicting what Apple CEO Steve Jobs has up his sleeve is a major challenge. Besides CARS (the “C” = Crazy), these are rumor sites of note:
MacRumors: Steady, good, not updated as frequently as you might like. Rumors are hard to come by, you know?
MacDailyNews: Good interaction, and community. More of a news site than rumors but they’ll spread it around when it’s there.
SpyMac: More money grabbing, than rumors. Used to be good a telling you what’s going on in Macdom. Now it’s better at selling you stuff.
ThinkSecret: Good inside news items before the become news. Overall, a good record; better than most of us who’d like a crystal ball on all things Mac (UPDATE – Apple sued ThinkSecret, settled, and now the site is history).
AppleInsider: Disappeared for awhile, back again, good record now.
Another site of note is Mike Wendland’s two Mac journals: MikesEjournal and the newer web log MacMove. Mike’s a writer for the Detroit Free Press and MSNBC and elsewhere, AND, importantly, made a big noise about his switch from Windows to Mac (and he hasn’t looked back).
Another web site that used to provide good rumor information is MacOSRumors, or MOSR. As of today’s writing, they’ve been down for about a month and a half, and no one knows why.
In another edition, I’ll write about useful sites; those Mac web sites with something to make you come back for more.
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