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  June 1998  

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Sunday, June 21  
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IS THE NET BROKE?
When the world first fell in love with the Net, its agonizingly slow speed, mysterious navigation schemes, and ghastly page layouts could all be considered charming quirks. But now it appears that some surfers aren't willing to put up with such nonsense. Top 10 reasons the Net doesn't work.

WHO SAYS?
Mac users are more creative than PC users? Nonsense! Read this Online Exclusive to find out why PC users are far more creative than Mac users will ever be.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Do you generally favor the position of Microsoft Corporation or the U.S. Department of Justice in anti-trust matters now pending in federal court?

Microsoft     DOJ     Don't know

      

Thought for the day: "Since Americans throw rice at weddings, do Asians throw hamburgers?"

 

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Saturday, June 20  
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I WAS SURPRISED
Though there weren't many votes in the just completed "Question of the Week", the results were not what I expected. To refresh your memory, the question was "Is your personal computer Year 2000 ready?". No one, that is zip, zero, nada, replied that their's was. 40% of the respondents answered no, and surprising to me, the rest simply did not know.

Here's some help: if you have a Macintosh computer, you are ready for the Y2K rollover on December 31, 1999. All Macs built, even the very early ones, foresaw this problem. If you are running on a Wintel computer you can download this utility that will determine your readiness.

Now on to this week's question. It seems everyone has an opinion about the anti-trust activities that have gained steam under the Clinton Administration. Many believe the government should leave the monopolies alone. Others think large companies like Microsoft and Intel have unfairly eliminated their competion. What do you think?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Do you generally favor the position of Microsoft Corporation or the U.S. Department of Justice in anti-trust matters now pending in federal court?

Microsoft     DOJ     Don't know

      

Thought for the day: "As we gain knowledge, we do not become more certain, we become certain of more." - Ayn Rand

 

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Friday, June 19  
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APACHE COUP
IBM will shortly announce that it has chosen to bundle the Apache Web server with its new suite of ecommerce development tools. The decision could hit Netscape hard.
Click here for full story.

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
The FBI has been quietly posting documents on the Net about reported unidentified flying objects, alleged alien abductions, and unexplained animal mutilations. More than 1,600 pages dating back to the 1940s are now public on their site. See the real X-Files.

THEY WON'T BE ON BILL'S CHRISTMAS CARD LIST
The Software Publishers Association today urged the U.S. Department of Justice to expand its antitrust case against Microsoft Corporation to include charges of monopolization in the market for high-powered network servers.
Details here.

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

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

      

Thought for the day: "How come you don't ever hear about gruntled employees?"

 

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Thursday, June 18  
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CD TO DVD EASIER NOW
A barrier for moving to digital versatile disc (DVD) from CD as a data-storage medium has been removed as the Optical Storage Technology Association announced this week that 31 drive manufacturers have requested applications for the use of the MultiRead specifications. Details here.

KNOW WHAT'S COMING
No matter what personal computer you choose, no matter how carefully you shop, one thing is almost certain: in 90 days or less, a better, faster and cheaper computer will be available. The frantic pace of change in the computer industry guarantees that today's cutting-edge technology will be dull within two years. Here's what to expect.

THANKS FOR THE HONORS
1998 on the Web continues to collect notice from web site awards presenters. Added to the virtual trophy case in the past week have been the Helpful Site Award, PC Support Page Web Excellence Level-4 Award, and Team Creations' Star Site Silver Award. You can see the award graphics and links to the presenters on the
awards page. While you're there, why not apply for the new Internet Brothers Plaque for Helpware Excellence?

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

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

      

Thought for the day: "Last night I played a blank tape at full blast. The mime next door went nuts."

 

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Wednesday, June 17  
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FED CHAIRMAN WEIGHS IN
Reinvigorated antitrust activity under the Clinton administration has forged its share of odd alliances and divisions, the latest example being the public debate between the U.S. government's top trustbusters and Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. Click for full story.

THE END OF THE BEGINNING
There's a tradition at Wired magazine of sending each new issue into the world with a toast and an informal gathering of employees. Last week's celebration of the July issue was especially poignant: It was the last such event that would be attended by Louis Rossetto, the founder of the company, following the sale of the magazine that he and Jane Metcalfe created to Condé Nast. Read about the history here.

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

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

      

Thought for the day: "Just think how much deeper the ocean would be if sponges didn't live there."

 

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Tuesday, June 16  
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NOT ALL SUPERHEROES WEAR A CAPE
Philip Dyer is not exaggerating when he says that at least two or three letters have poured in from inquisitive minds like your own, asking how to cash in on the fact that geeks have become, for lack of a better word, "cool". Well, if you're not already part of the nouveau "geek chic", you will be by the time you finish reading this article. Just follow these ten easy steps and you, too, can be a geek -- guaranteed!

NETSCAPE'S TURN
Netscape Communications is pushing forward full force this week, releasing an updated version of its Communicator software suite and rolling out a beta upgrade of its Netcenter portal site. Meanwhile, software licensing deals are inching up the firm's bottom line. See c|net's News.com roundup.

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

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

      

Thought for the day: "If 'con' is the opposite of 'pro', then what is the opposite of progress?"

 

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Monday, June 15  
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WHAT A MESS
The lack of a standard for PC Year 2000 compliance is increasing confusion among vendors, consumers, and industry observers. Get the details here.

Y2K Thriller To Hit Bookstores
The year 2000 bug, which could shut down computer systems when 1999 becomes 2000, is the basis for Y2K -- It's Already Too Late, a new novel by technical writer Jason Kelly. The thriller is an account of what could happen if the Y2K problem explodes into a worst-case scenario. Readers can easily understand the millennium date information through an entertaining story, the book's publisher said.

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.

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

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

      

Thought for the day: "The thing with high-tech is that you always end up using scissors." - David Hockney

 

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