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  May 1998  

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Sunday, May 31  

Internet postings have fueled the Indonesian pro-democracy movement, giving protesters access to information that would have been completely unavailable in a less-networked world.
Click here for background.

The eight giant statues of Macintosh computer icons that graced the public park outside Apple Computer Inc.'s main campus in Cupertino have been removed by the company, marking the demise of another symbol of the once-proud computer maker. Story here. Be sure to take the virtual tour.

Wonder who's using the Internet, and for what? How about electronic commerce and marketing, are they successful? What are the most viewed advertising banners and buttons? What are the most trafficed Web sites? The Internet World Statistics Toolbox has all the answers.

Do you have both the Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers installed on your personal computer?

Yes      NN Only      IE Only      Neither


Thought for the day: "If you can remember the '60s, then you weren't there."



Saturday, May 30  

The nation postpones launch of digital TV services until 2003, giving in to concerns from broadcasters over expected high costs. Digital TV services, which require large investments by broadcasters, are expected to speed the convergence of television and personal computers. Click here for full story.

Amid Microsoft's antitrust troubles, personal computer makers are testing the waters of browser choice by eschewing exclusivity, offering Netscape's Navigator along with Internet Explorer. Joining Gateway and NEC, IBM has announced it's PCs with Windows 98 will also include the Navigator browser. More info here.

1998 on the Web introduces a new feature today, the "Question of the Week". Basically an unscientific poll, the question will be one of curiousity to netizens, probably taken from current headlines. I will post a new question each Saturday, and report the results from the previous week's query. So to kick off the "Question of the Week", let's look to the above story.

Do you have both the Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers installed on your personal computer?

Yes      NN Only      IE Only      Neither


Thought for the day: "Work is a fine thing if it doesn't take too much of your spare time."



Friday, May 29  

If you're ready to buy a new PC this summer, hold off just a couple more months, because chip prices are expected to be discounted again in June and July by Intel and AMD. Plus, if you wait until after June 25th, your new box will come with Windows 98 on it rather than having to do the upgrade from Win95 yourself.
Get more details here.

The reported sighting of a wayward planet two to three times the size of Jupiter challenges conventional theories about the birth and evolution of planets, and offers new insights into the formation of the solar system. More info here.

Increased developer support and a wider selection of Macintosh entertainment software at retail are keys to the success of iMac, Apple Computer officials said at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Atlanta. Click for full story.

Do you have both the Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers installed on your personal computer?

Yes      NN Only      IE Only      Neither


Thought for the day: "I hope if dogs ever take over the world, and they choose a king, they don't just go by size, because I bet there are some Chihuahuas with some good ideas."



Thursday, May 28  

AOL said it has reached an agreement with 44 state attorneys general to pay $2.6 million in legal costs while promising in the future to give advanced notice of any price increases or substantial service changes.
Click here for the full story.

Looking to win approval from European regulators for its pending $37 billion sale to WorldCom, MCI Communications sells off its Internet facilities to Britain's Cable & Wireless for $625 million in cash. Click for perspective.

U.S. government prepares to go after the other half of the Wintel combo for apparent antitrust activities. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is expected to slap Intel with an antitrust lawsuit for allegedly using its monopoly power illegally against PC makers that use its microprocessors. More info here.

Thought for the day: "Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind." - Plato



Wednesday, May 27  

Gateway debuted a financing program and a host of other services for consumer PCs today while promoting its own Internet service on the machines. Get the details here. In a related matter, Gateway achieved concessions from Microsoft relative to the Internet browser debate. Click here for the full story.

Tour top-secret research labs at IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and MIT; and hear what their scientists are saying about tomorrow's products today. Click the Flash Forward button in PC Magazine's "Computing in the New Millenium".

Lucent fired up its data-networking offerings with the introduction of a line of new IP networking products, including an IP switch that has a 128 gigabit/second backplane and 32 megabits per second throughput, a new access server, and an IP gateway for putting voice traffic over data networks. More info here.

Thought for the day: "You can't trip a dog--too many legs."



Tuesday, May 26  

The very foundation of the Internet is the willingness of its participants to act towards others in a spirit of helpfulness, ethical behavior and the general attitude that everyone wins when one lends a helping hand to those with less knowledge. If you have a Web site that is designed to help others, or if you simply need help, a good place to start is Helpware Sites, a new venture from the folks who bring you VirtualPromote.

Being a member of the Helpware community is simple: agree to be helpful to others on the Internet, even when it involves going out of your way to lend a helping hand; agree to act in an ethical manner on the Web; commit to finding ways to grow your web presence without spamming search engines or people. That's it. Nothing complicated.

If you can agree to trying to live your on-line life with these thoughts in mind, sign up. That's all there is to it. Member sites are listed in the Helpware Directory, a robust, searchable directory of all Helpware member sites. The directory could become a significant source of traffic for your web site, as a result of the promotion it receives from each of the Helpware members. Your site will be identified as a Helpware Site by the presence of one of the Helpware buttons on your site. You may have noticed mine on some of the 1998 on the Web pages, including at the bottom of this page.

Thought for the day: "The Gazette is no longer free. It is now 'Helpware.' Each week you must help one person on the web who has less knowledge than you. Pick a newsgroup posting or an email each week and help that person even if you have to visit their site to find the best answer or do a little research and get back to them. Trust me, this will make you feel better, and will help a lot of people get their sites running better. OK, you're on your honor." - The Gazette Pledge from Jim Wilson's VirtualPromote Gazette



Monday, May 25  

With today being the Memorial Day holiday in the United States and the various Internet news outlets off for the day, I thought this might be a good chance to do something I haven't done much of lately, just surf the Web. In early 1994 when I first accessed the Net, surfing became a passion. The information and ideas seemed endless, the originality was priceless, and the television was mostly worthless.

For the past two years I have been more involved in adding my contributions to the Web, with less time to partake in what others are doing these days. What I discovered is that presentation is improving by leaps and bounds, there is more information than ever before, and that I need to spend more time looking and listening. And the thing that impressed me the most? A lot of the really top-notch sites are being done by teenagers.

Here are some of the sites I found today that I really liked. Since today is a holiday, you have my permission to leave 1998 on the Web to take a look, but don't forget to come back tomorrow. Cheers.

Trully Dumais S1lv3r Palace
Kelly's Web
Out of Bounds
Gabocorp Design

Thought for the day: "Stop and smell the flowers."


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