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  May 1998  

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Saturday, May 16  
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NEW BUG AFFECTS IE4
The problem occurs in Internet Explorer 4.0 browsers that are linked through Microsoft Proxy Server 2.0 to Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0. When trying to refresh pages that contain Java or Active Server Page (ASP) scripts, images may be lost and fail to download, according to Microsoft. Click for the full story.

ASK GORE FOR HELP
The U.S. attorney general says she found trying to learn a new computer program just too difficult. So she's back to using pencil and paper. Maybe that's why Microsoft's in trouble.
Get a chuckle.

UNIX 98 SPEC READY
Increasing uniformity among Unix implementations will be important if Unix on IA-64 is to gain wide-scale adoption as its proponents hope. More info.

Thought for the day: "There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Friday, May 15  
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NOT INVENTED HERE
Apple Computer is swallowing its pride and adopting technologies developed in the Windows-Intel world as it strives to lower manufacturing costs and offer customers a wider array of hardware options in forthcoming systems. Read all about it.

LAWMAKERS TACKLING NET ISSUES
This has been a busy week in Washington, D.C. as Congress takes on several debates regarding the Net, telecommunications, and technology. c|net's News.com has it all wrapped up.

MHTML? NOW YOU KNOW
Electronic mail began as plain text messages and has largely remained that way. Proprietary advances have come along, allowing for embedded images, text formatting, and the ability to send Web pages (HTML) via e-mail, but most have been restricted to particular e-mail clients without any interoperable standard. More info.

Thought for the day: "If people don't want to come out to the park, nobody's going to stop them." - Yogi Berra

 

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Thursday, May 14  
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NO ONE ELSE WOULD, SO MICROSOFT DELAYS WINDOWS 98
In a surprise move just hours before the U.S. Department of Justice and as many as 20 American states Attorneys General were about to drop the anti-trust axe, Microsoft announced it was delaying the shipment of Windows 98 to manufacturing until as least Monday. Negotiations are under way between Microsoft, the DOJ, and at least 3 states, with compromise said to be the primary topic. While not expected to delay the June 25th retail release of Win98, this pause certainly has everyone's attention. Click here for complete story.

MAGAZINE ICON CHANGING FACES
MacWeek, the only weekly publication devoted to covering the Macintosh platform, said it will transform itself into Emedia Weekly and expand its purview to cover Windows and Unix based machines. Read what the director and editor have to say about it.

GEOCITIES UNDERGOING MAKEOVER
The Internet "portal" landscape got more crowded today when Web community GeoCities launched a redesign of its home page. My personal home page is hosted by Geocities. I am curious to see if this new strategy leaves the neighboorhood members out in the cold. More info.

Thought for the day: "Learning is discovering that something is possible." - J. Krishnamurti

 

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Wednesday, May 13  
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PC MANUFACTURERS DON'T WANT DELAY
Several top PC companies have written states' Attorneys General to say a delay in Windows 98 from anti-trust court action would harm their ability to sell computers. Texas already appears to be backing off. Click here for complete story.

MICROSOFT'S NT PRODUCTS MAY BE NEXT
While Windows 95, Windows 98, and Internet Explorer remain under the anti-trust microscope, Windows NT 5.0 and the BackOffice server application bundle have evaded such scrutiny. That could all change as Microsoft integrates new features into its server software, the company's key strategic product line. Do bundled features such as built-in network security, transaction processing, and data analysis tools threaten the livelihood of third-party software makers? c|net special report.

HEWLETT-PACKARD'S JAVA GAINING STEAM
Makers of operating systems for specialized computers such as printers, phones, and consumer electronics are taking up with Hewlett-Packard's own implementation of Java, the company says. Are they fragmenting Java? No, just helping it along.
Find out who.

INTERNET CALL WAITING
Lucent Technologies this week announced Internet Call Waiting, an intelligent network (IN) software feature that will let online Internet users receive a call-waiting message on their computer screen when a telephone call comes in on the same phone line. Full story.

Thought for the day: "It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you down so much, but the grain of sand in your shoe."

 

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Tuesday, May 12  
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APPARENTLY NO STOPPING WINDOWS 98
First the states Attorneys General said they won't block the release of Win98, then the U.S. Department of Justice delayed it's announcement of new anti-trust action until after Win98 goes to manufacturing. Now Sun Microsystems request for an injunction against Microsoft and the Java implementation in Win98 won't be heard until at least July. Click here for complete story.

MICROSOFT WINS ONE
A federal appeals court has ruled that a lower court's order requiring Microsoft to offer its Internet Explorer browser separately from its Windows operating system does not apply to Windows 98, which will be shipped to computer vendors on Friday. Learn more here.

LET'S KEEP THAT GUY
Ira Magaziner, senior adviser to the president for policy development, outlined his vision of the U.S. government's minimal role in regulating the Internet, saying the medium's flexible technology and business conditions obviate the need for the regulation required in other media. Full story.

CSS2 RECOMMENDED BY W3C
Cascading Style Sheets 1 was a disappointment. Now that it's a final W3C recommendation, maybe CSS2 can deliver on its promise of better control and display of Web pages. Check it out.

Thought for the day: "If you want to leave footprints in the sands of time, wear work boots."

 

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Monday, May 11  
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MAC OS X FILES
Finally succumbing to Macintosh application developers, Apple Computer interim-CEO Steve Jobs announced that future operating systems will be more like Mac OS and less like Rhapsody. Meaning most applications will still run on the new versions, developers breathed a collective sigh of relief. Click here for complete story.

MY EXCITE GETS EXCITING
It won't trigger the end of civilization as we know it, but a curious webmaster finds a glitch that exposes the personal data of the customized news and search service's users.
Get the intimate details here.

THE CHECK MAY NOT BE IN THE MAIL
U.S. government agencies must start contingency planning now to ensure delivery of a minimum level of services in case of Y2K failures. But there is little assurance that information on individual departments' progress is accurate because progress reports have not been verified. Full story.

Thought for the day: "When your pet bird sees you reading the newspaper, does he wonder why you're just sitting there, staring at carpeting?" - Daniel Distefano

 

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