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  June 1998  

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Sunday, June 28  
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WEB SITE PROMOTION BASICS
I wrote an article for the Tips and Tools section of 1998 on the Web about promoting your Web site. Learn all about organizing your copy, submitting to directories, and joining the community. You can navigate there using the menu bar above, or click here for direct access.

BE PATIENT
AT&T bought TCI to give all Americans the Internet access they deserve. Sure. And Bill Clinton bought Monica all those presents to encourage the leaders of tomorrow. Here's what's really going on. AT&T wants to get rich(er) selling you local phone service and cable TV service. The exact same services you're getting now. It will be at least two years until AT&T/TCI have the infrastructure to offer the Internet access they are bragging about. Details here.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
When on vacation, does your employer suggest you carry a device like a pager, cell phone, or laptop computer with you?

Yes     No     What's a vacation?

      

Thought for the day: "Auto Repair Service. Free pick-up and delivery. Try us once, you'll never go anywhere again."

 

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Saturday, June 27  
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I WANT MY WEBTV
A server crash turned hundreds of thousands of WebTV boxes into plugged-in paperweights for two hours this week, leaving analysts and subscribers to wonder whether WebTV is starting to hit technological barriers. Click for full story.

RESULTS MIXED
Not surprisingly, readers of this page have mixed emotions when it comes to the anti-trust debate between the U.S. Department of Justice and Microsoft Corporation. To review the last 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?" The votes were split exactly down the middle with 50% for each. My own opinion? There's too much government in everything. You can take it from there. Now for the new Question of the Week.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
When on vacation, does your employer suggest you carry a device like a pager, cell phone, or laptop computer with you?

Yes     No     What's a vacation?

      

Thought for the day: "You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake." - Bob Hope

 

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Friday, June 26  
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A SPECIAL GUY
If you have been visiting 1998 on the Web from one of the major European language speaking countries, you no doubt have tried the French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish translations of these pages. Grammar not so good, huh? Well, I have used a programmed service found at
AltaVista to do those translations.

Along comes a new friend from Germany, Rene Griebel, who has offered to provide a real translation of my German pages to make them easier to read. Rene has been working tirelessly this past week on this project. It is nearly complete, should be wrapped up before the weekend is out. So for the German speaking folks out there, enjoy Rene's translations, and please check out Rene's Mind Your Step web site.

MORE RECOGNITION
1998 on the Web collected some more booty this week. Among the awards I am honored to receive are Ekner's Fortnight Gold Award and his 6 Star Award. Apparently 1998 on the Web is only the second site selected to receive this special recognition. Also added to the trophy case was the Award Ceramicarte from Portugal. You can view all my prizes on the
awards page. Thanks so much to all the reviewers.

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: "When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen."

 

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Thursday, June 25  
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CAN'T DECIDE?
Windows 98 was released to retail today. It's not the big splash of Windows 95, but it is a lot more than just a patch. Should you upgrade your present PC? Should you wait until you get your new PC? Should you wait for Windows NT 5.0? Should you skip it altogether? See Techweb's review for answers to these and other questions.

STILL CAN'T DECIDE?
The release of Microsoft Windows 98 with its support for Universal Serial Bus will generate dynamic growth in the peripheral marketplace, and that should be good news for resellers. The vision of plug-and-play becomes more real.
Details here.

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: "Illiterate? Write today for free help."

 

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Wednesday, June 24  
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MERGER MANIA CONTINUES
AT&T sees its purchase of the United States' No. 1 cable-TV company as a way to sell local phone service again. If the deal goes through, the phone company will find itself wired into 20 million homes. Click for details.

SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPHY AT TERRASERVER
A new online archive gathers aerial intelligence from American and Russian sources and lets you browse and buy what was once for spies' eyes only. More here.

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: "Life is like mail--sometimes you just don't get it."

 

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Tuesday, June 23  
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MICROSOFT INJUNCTION OVERTURNED
A federal appeals court today overturned an injunction that had required Microsoft to offer its Windows 95 operating system without requiring computer makers to carry its Internet Explorer Web browser. In a broad ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided that a lower court made both procedural and substantive errors in imposing the injunction. The decision also sided with Microsoft on a side issue, saying that the appointment of a "special master" to sort through evidence and propose a legal outcome in the case overstepped a lower court's authority. Click for full story.

THINK DISILLUSIONED
Apple Computer's "Think Different" campaign is the latest to fall prey to the Billboard Liberation Front's antics, a group that has been "improving" outdoor advertisements since 1977. Its
Apple Computer Advertising Enhancement Campaign has embellished the likenesses of the Dalai Lama and Alfred Hitchcock. Most recently, the Amelia Earhart ad -- which is strategically located a block away from the site of the Web '98 conference in San Francisco -- reminds us to "Think Doomed."

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: "It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of." - Jonathon Swift

 

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Monday, June 22  
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IT WON'T BE THIS BAD
According to some of the darkest predictions, everything from the power grid to the telecommunications infrastructure and the financial industry could come to a standstill, affecting distribution of basic necessities and turning urban areas into unlivable hells. What's more, some fear people's reaction to the possible crisis could trigger nationwide upheavals that could make the 1992 Los Angeles riots seem like child's play. Read what some of the extremists think about Y2K.

THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR
In the wake of India and Pakistan's nuclear tests, U.S. sanctions aimed at cutting off financial and military aid will exempt most commercial computer exports.
Full story here.

INTERNET BROTHERS PLAQUE NOW MULTI-LINGUAL
I finished running the Internet Brothers Plaque pages through the
AltaVista/Systran translation software, and have now posted them in the awards section of 1998 on the Web. If you speak one of the major European languages, I hope the translations make sense, and why not apply for my award while you're looking.

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: "If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?"

 

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