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  June 1998  

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Sunday, June 14  
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INTERNET BROTHERS PLAQUE
1998 on the Web today announces the Internet Brothers Plaque for Helpware Excellence, a web site award presented to those who enrich the Internet surfer with tips and tools about any subject matter. The plaque comes in gold, silver, and bronze merit levels, and will make a nice addition to your trophy case. To apply for the Internet Brothers Plaque, simply select the Awards option from the navigation menus anywhere on this site, or go directly there from here.

MORE ON IE5
The first developer preview of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 5.0 includes features that should help Web authors make their content more compelling while simplifying development tasks. See PC Magazines
first look at the preview.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Is your personal computer Year 2000 ready?

Yes     No     Don't know     What's Year 2000?

      

Thought for the day: "Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said."

 

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Saturday, June 13  
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IS YOUR PC BIOS READY FOR 2000?
Most of the companies that have serious Year 2000 problems are the ones using mainframe type computers. However, even your old PC’s or old software may have Year 2000 problems as well. Does your computer meet the year 2000 test? Even after upgrading all of your software to 2000-compatible code, your computer's BIOS might not be able to handle the rollover. Download SBT's Clock Check and see for yourself. Wintel only, sorry Mac owners. If anyone knows of a similar Mac utility, let me know and I'll post the URL.

GIGA-CHIPS
Samsung wraps up development on a process that would enable production of memory chips with 60 times the capacity of today's DRAMs.
Get the details here.

EXPERIENCED SURFERS
OK, the result's are in from last week's "Question of the Week". As you will recall, the question asked "In what year did you first connect to the Internet?" 75% of the respondents have been using the Internet since at least 1995, with the rest a minimum of 2 year veterans. I personally first used the Net in 1994. Apparently those who find 1998 on the Web know their stuff. Now for the new "Question of the Week".

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Is your personal computer Year 2000 ready?

Yes     No     Don't know     What's Year 2000?

      

Thought for the day: "It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that." - G. H. Hardy

 

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Friday, June 12  
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GEOCITIES UNDER SCRUTINY
Online community builder GeoCities said it has agreed to a proposed consent order to avoid possible action by the Federal Trade Commission over privacy issues, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Fully story here.

GATES FIRES BACK
Microsoft's irrepressible chairman takes pen in hand, so to speak, to defend his company's position in the current Department of Justice antitrust case. Find out what he had to say here.

INTERNET EXPLORER 5.0 SNIPPETS
As promised, I will be describing some of the features and enhancements built into Microsoft's new browser preview release.

Fixed Layout Tables differ from regular tables in that the author specifies the column sizes, while the content size inside the table cells does not impact the table layout. In many cases, simply using Fixed Layout Tables will increase performance by as much as two orders of magnitude (from 100 seconds to 1). The great news is that using them requires only one new CSS property on the table (table-layout: fixed). In addition, Fixed Layout Tables can be progressively rendered. So the browser will show each table row as it downloads. With regular tables, the entire table must be loaded before it shows. Not only will pages load faster, the first page of data will also show up blindingly fast.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
In what year did you first connect to the Internet?

1998    1997    1996    1995    Before    Huh?

      

Thought for the day: "No matter where you go, there you are." - Oliver

 

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Thursday, June 11  
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A PRESENT FROM MICROSOFT
Download Internet Explorer 5.0 Developer PreviewMy evening has been spent downloading and installing the new Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 Developer's Preview release. If you are a Microsoft Sitebuilder Network member, you can get your copy by clicking the logo at left. I will tell you what I find out about it in the coming days, so keep coming back.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
In what year did you first connect to the Internet?

1998    1997    1996    1995    Before    Huh?

      

Thought for the day: "Never knock on Death's door; ring the doorbell and run (he hates that)."

 

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Wednesday, June 10  
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APPLE OUTLOOK UPBEAT
Shares of Apple Computer rose this week on a vote of confidence from Standard & Poor's, which revised its outlook on the beleaguered PC company to positive from negative. Click here for more.

DISK STORAGE CHEAP
Technology advances and increased competition from Asian storage makers are driving storage prices down to record levels, a recent study says, resulting in a bane for some manufacturers but a boon for consumers as demand reaches an all-time high.
Get the details here.

BROADCAST.COM COMPETING WITH NETWORK TV
Producing or distributing compelling content is one of the few things a fledgling Internet company can do to stand out in what is now a nearly impenetrable jungle of Web sites. And broadcast.com has compelling content in spades, thanks to its relationships with most major professional and college sports teams and leagues, more than 300 radio stations, 200 record labels and 17 television networks. That's a programming line-up that most television networks would kill to have.
Full story.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
In what year did you first connect to the Internet?

1998    1997    1996    1995    Before    Huh?

      

Thought for the day: "There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on..." - Robert Byrne

 

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Tuesday, June 9  
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CHECK YOUR PAGER
As the peak of the solar storm cycle approaches, an astronomer worries that communications satellites and high-altitude military craft might be affected.
The probability for an interruption in communications systems will be high, but the degree to which these disruptions affect communications will vary. Full story.

GATOR FLASH
To make support for vector-based graphics in its products universal, Netscape strikes a deal with Macromedia to include the company's Flash player with all future versions of Navigator. Click for details.

INTERNET2
Don't expect to see workers digging tunnels all over the country to lay the foundations for Internet2. Instead, Internet2 organizers plan to link a number of existing networks via Gigapops (gigabit-capacity points of presence) that are deployed across the country.
Look here.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
In what year did you first connect to the Internet?

1998    1997    1996    1995    Before    Huh?

      

Thought for the day: "It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere."

 

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Monday, June 8  
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JOIN THE CLUB
As Microsoft is mired in a legal quagmire, the other half of the Wintel juggernaut--Intel--now faces its own lawsuit, from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Regulators charge the company with using its market dominance to hurt rivals and hinder competition. Click for c|net's special report.

INDIA ADMITS HACK ATTACK
But while admitting that nuclear computers were broken into, New Delhi dismisses the claims of teenage crackers who say they obtained sensitive information during their hack. Wouldn't you? More info here.

LOOK OUT WINDOWS
A new user interface utility to be announced this week may give PC vendors and users a way to connect outside of Windows. MySpace, from The Pixel Co., resides on a tiny portion of screen real estate that Windows doesn't occupy: the black area of the screen-known as the "overscan" area. MySpace uses that space to display a rotating button bar, onto which users can drag and drop their favorite programs and shortcuts.
Get the details.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
In what year did you first connect to the Internet?

1998    1997    1996    1995    Before    Huh?

      

Thought for the day: "Don't spend two dollars to dry clean a shirt. Donate it to the Salvation Army instead. They'll clean it and put it on a hanger. Next morning buy it back for seventy-five cents." - Bill Coronel

 

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