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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
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
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.
the day: "There are no
days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some
stroke of the imagination." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
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.
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.
the day: "If people don't
want to come out to the park, nobody's going to stop
them." - Yogi Berra
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.
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.
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.
the day: "Learning is
discovering that something is possible." - J.
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.
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.
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.
the day: "It isn't the
mountain ahead that wears you down so much, but the grain
of sand in your shoe."
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.
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.
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
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.
the day: "If you want to
leave footprints in the sands of time, wear work
Monday, May 11
MAC OS X
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.
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.
the day: "When your pet
bird sees you reading the newspaper, does he wonder why
you're just sitting there, staring at carpeting?" -