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  May 1998  

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Sunday, May 10  
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MORE KUDOS
1998 on the Web picked up three more awards this weekend. It started on Saturday with DDC Services Silver Leaf Award, followed today by the American Legion Gold Wing of Excellence and GA's Web Design Silver Award. You can learn more about them and see the graphics on the
awards page.

4.0 BROWSERS DOCUMENT OBJECT MODELS NOT COMPATIBLE
1998 on the Web reader P.S. wrote "...Can\how do I get Internet Explorer to display my layers?". He described how he had developed a Web site for Netscape Navigator 4.0 using Macromedia's Dreamweaver product, and when switching to Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 discovered the LAYER tag did not display as he expected.

In my response to P.S. I detailed how the Document Object Models or DOMs for each of the popular 4.0 browsers are different and incompatible, one of the big reasons for "the browser wars". I pointed him to an article by Charity Kahn of c|net's Builder.com site titled "Hack the DOMs" that is a good starting point for learning about the DOMs and how to build sites for cross-browser compatibility. What's your opinion on this issue?

Thought for the day: "When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced...
Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice." - Cherokee saying

 

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Saturday, May 9  
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IBM ANNOUNCES GENERATION 5 MAINFRAME
The IBM S/390 - Generation 5 Server (S/390 G5) performs at more than 900 MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second) when configured with 10 microprocessors. Customers who need even larger systems can employ IBM's S/390 Parallel Sysplex clustering technology to gain nearly unlimited scale and capacity. The new family of S/390 G5 servers can provide more than 1,000 percent capacity growth from its smallest to largest model. Click here for full announcement.

PC MAKERS SAY NO NEED TO WAIT FOR WIN98
Upgrade promotions are part of an effort by PC makers to address customers' reluctance to purchase systems before the widespread availability of Windows 98. But it's unclear how government action to delay the software's release would affect the promotional efforts.
Get the full scoop.

SPAM-BONE HAS LAUNCHED
People will be paid to get advertisements through email. It's not unlike free Web-based email in which Netizens agree to get ads in their email boxes in exchange for free accounts. Click here for details.

BIG WIN FOR JAVA
Tele-Communications Inc. said this week it will adopt Sun Microsystems Inc.'s PersonalJava as the standard programming language for all of its TV set-top boxes. Full story.

Thought for the day: "Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window." - Steve Bluestone

 

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Friday, May 8  
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POWERPC CHIP ENHANCEMENTS
AltiVec adds fatter pipes and a "data engine" inside the chip for manipulating large quantities of data. Potential applications include speech processing and networking routers, which manage Internet traffic. Click here for full story.

PUT 'EM TO WORK AS Y2K PROGRAMMERS
Compaq Computer Corp. will lay off about 15,000 Digital Equipment Corp. employees and take a charge of up to $2 billion as a result of its $9.6 billion takeover of the computer hardware company. More info.

ONE WHEW!, MORE TO COME
State attorneys general will not halt the launch of Windows 98 but intend to challenge restrictions that Microsoft Corp. wants to place on computer makers. Click here for details.

GOOD NEWS FOR MOM & POP ISPs
ISPs may borrow a page from telephone companies and start charging customers for access to long distance IP networks. Local connections likely to remain unlimited. Full Story.

Thought for the day: "The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep." - George Stephanopoulus while still a Clinton aide

 

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Thursday, May 7  
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Y2K LIABILITY
A California legislative effort to shield companies from year 2000-based lawsuits failed for a second time this week, but proponents are hopeful they will pass a form of the bill this summer. Meanwhile the idea of protecting developers is spreading to other parts of the United States. Full story.

SURFING WILL GET EASIER
Can't remember that Southwest Airlines is at iflyswa.com? No problem, the Real Name System will change all that, starting on Monday with AltaVista.
Find out more here.

MOZILLA.ORG BAILS OUT NETSCAPE
A federal judge has thrown out the patent-violation claims against Netscape filed last fall by Wang Global for certain key browser functions. Click here for details.

AFRICAN TELECOMM INFRASTRUCTURE
Having a limited telecommunications infrastructure may actually work in the favor of the African continent. Perhaps able to leap-frog the traditional wired systems found in Europe and North America, satellite and other wireless communications may put Africa on the leading edge.
Learn more.

Thought for the day: "A dream is the answer to a question we haven't yet learned how to ask." - Fox Mulder

 

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Wednesday, May 6  
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You may have noticed the Helpware logo and hyperlink on several 1998 on the Web pages for the past couple weeks(see the bottom of this page). Helpware is a brand new site on the Internet dedicated to listing Web sites in directory form that provide assistance in some manner to Internet surfers. A search engine guides you to links in your area of interest. While just in it's infancy, Helpware is already bringing benefit to this site with about a half dozen referrals per day. If you have a Web site that provides assistance to others, you should visit Helpware and get listed.

HIGH POWERBOOK
Apple Computer makes a play for the title of "world's fastest notebook" in unveiling its quickest model yet. Click here for full story. Apple also announced the see-through iMac, an entry in the low-cost PC competition that has a good chance of grabbing market share from Wintel systems. Learn more here.

SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY
Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, met with the U.S. Department of Justice top anti-trust lawyer, Joel Klein, last night. But insiders say it wasn't to negotiate.
Full story.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT GETS HERE?
A giant gamma-ray explosion first seen in December was second in energy output only to the Big Bang, but astronomers don't have a clue about the phenomenon.
Check it out.

CABLE BROADBAND FORUM
A new consortium will promote cable Internet access in competition with high-speed digital access from the phone companies. What's your preference?
Click here for details.

Thought for the day: "Documentation is like sex: when it is good, it is very, very good; and when it is bad, it is better than nothing." - Dick Brandon

 

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Tuesday, May 5  
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The 1998 on the Web Technology Diary is changing a little bit beginning today. First, I will begin putting the current day's content always at the top of the page, rather than following a consecutive weekday format as before. Previously, the content appeared Monday through Sunday on the page, so if it was late in the week, you had to scroll down to see the current day. Now the days will appear in reverse chronological order.

Second, I will begin providing hyperlinks to various news media for in-depth coverage of all the day's Internet news and trends. This allows me to concentrate more on the oft requested helpware presented on this site, and provides you, the reader, far broader coverage of the issues that concern us. As always, please let me know what you think of these changes.

FLIP-FLOP
Intuit today reversed an earlier decision, and agreed to resume development and support of its popular Quicken personal-finance software for the Mac.
Click here for full story.

DSL "LITE" FROM LUCENT
The WildWire chipset for end-user modems will allow for 1.5 megabit/second downloads without a costly DSL splitter. Look for it to be available in PCs in time for Christmas.
Full story.

WHAT'S THE LATEST ON WINDOWS 98?
There's a lot happening these days. Will the U.S. Department of Justice derail it's release? What is Microsoft doing about it? How will Wall Street react if there's a delay?
Find out here.

NETSCAPE EXCITING
Netscape Communications signed a deal with Excite to add the search engine's features to it's Netcenter Web site. Look for millions of hits, and a strong competitor to Yahoo!'s #1 ranking.
Click for more.

Thought for the day: "If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments." - Earl Wilson

 

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Monday, May 4  
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Arches Thumbnail ImageWell, I am back from vacation in the desert canyonland country of the American state of Utah. A whirlwind tour of national parks left my brother and I longing for more. We visited Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches National Parks over a period of six fun-filled days. At left is a digital photo taken in the Fiery Furnace area of Arches National Park. Click the thumbnail to view a larger(29K) image. You can look for many more photos from the trip in the coming weeks on our Internet Brothers web site.

Being away for ten days as I was, you can imagine the pile of work waiting for me both on the job and at home. Therefore, today's diary entry is very brief. Allow me a few days to catch up on my bill paying, yard work, and other mundane chores, as well as perusing the Internet news that transpired while I was in the wilderness. I have some new thoughts for the format and content of 1998 on the Web, so look for those in the near future.

Thought for the day: "All work and no play makes Jeff a dull boy."

 

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