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Sunday, July 5
GET YOUR 386 OUT OF THE CLOSET
Sun Microsystems announced
delivery of its JavaPC Engine 1.0 -- $99 software that
targets legacy hardware systems, particularly within
enterprises. Short-term goal is to turn old DOS and Win3.1
systems into speedier Java-based network PCs; long-term
goal is to bolster Java as a platform within enterprises.
NEW FACES ABOUND
Over the weekend c|net joined other portal sites like
Netcenter, Yahoo!, and Excite with a facelift. It seems
that everytime I turn around my favorite sites look
unfamiliar. Just when I get comfortable with navigation,
it's time to learn again. Ah, progress. Check out c|net's new look for yourself.
the day: "That men do not know very much
from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history
has to teach." - Aldous Huxley
Saturday, July 4
ALTERNATIVE OPERATING SYSTEMS
In early March, Ralph Nader
and the Consumer Project on Technology asked six PC
makers, including Compaq, Dell, and Gateway, to offer
customers the option of a non-Windows operating system
such as Linux (a UNIX variant) or BeOS (a newcomer to the
PC platform). See how it's going here.
It's time to take a look back at the predictions I made
for the Internet industry. In December, I prognosticated
the future for Java, Microsoft, Apple, Lucent, and
Netscape. Check out my mid-year report card on the predictions page.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
To review, I asked "When on vacation, does your employer suggest
you carry a device like a pager, cell phone, or laptop computer with
you?". Two-thirds of respondents said they are not traveling with
electronic communications devices. I always have a pager
and laptop computer with me. Now for the new Question of
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Have you ever used an Operating System
other than Windows on your personal computer?
the day: "The problem with doing nothing
is not knowing when you're finished." - Benjamin Franklin
Friday, July 3
A new security hole affecting
a Microsoft server scripting language leaves sensitive
and hidden Web site info, such as passwords, exposed to
malicious users. Get the details here.
High-tech and recording industry bigwigs wrangle over how
music should be collected and distributed over the Internet.
Find out what they're talking about.
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
Apple Computer's radical realignment of its consumer
strategy last November may be leading the company down
the road to recovery. By retaining all its regional
partners and just one national chain, CompUSA, Apple has
been able to stem mounting losses and actually has seen a
profit in the past two quarters. More here.
the day: "The pessimist may be right in the long run,
but the optimist has a better time during the trip."
Wednesday, July 1
Microsoft said it has settled a trademark dispute
that had challenged its use of the name "Internet
Explorer" to market its popular Web browser. Sources
close to the matter say the settlement will have the
software giant paying $5 million for rights to the name. Full
Plant closures are unusual at Intel and rarely
discussed outside the company. The company said earlier
this year that it would lower headcount by 3,000, but new
developments seem to indicate a growing aggressiveness in
cutting costs. Details
NOT FOR JUST
A number of major PC vendors are issuing warnings
to customers, advising them to delay upgrading to Windows
98 until patches and BIOS updates are done. Find
out why here.
the day: "Until you lose your reputation,
you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is." - Margaret Mitchell
Tuesday, June 30
MIND YOUR STEP
A new cyber-friend named Rene
Griebel has been helping me out with German language
translations for those sections of 1998 on the Web for
the past couple of weeks. As a way of helping to pay him
back for his kindness, I promised I would help promote
his band's new CD. Here is a description, in his own
The music-style I may
describe as psychodelic Rock. It's a mix of the
influences of Pink Floyd and Metallica :-x. Anyway, in
spring 1998 we changed our name into Mind Your Step, to beware of some possible Copyright
problems (we've noticed, that a few bands owned the same
name). However, it's not easy to find people, who trust
in a band with "just" own music. That's why we
gave our last shirt to finance 3 days in a studio and
recorded the first CD "Into the light". Because
of the very expensive prices for that, we just got 100
copies of it. The CD has four tracks, "Good
Morning", "The Man", "Into the
light" and "The Tree" and was
finally released on June, 23rd 1998. All tracks (and a
few more) can be prelistened in streamed Real Audio on our website. You'll also find there the lyrics, some
photographs and other stuff, planned is a possibility to
Okay mate, I think
this is a quite good piece of work :-> If
you want, feel free to use this, but please look for some
possible mistakes. You know, I really like the english
language, but I'm definitely not perfect. (By the way -
the most I love is writing small letters, hehehe, in
german it's, as you might have noticed, a little bit
the day: "I have learned to use the word `impossible'
with the greatest caution." - Wernher von Braun
Monday, June 29
STRIKE ONE FOR INTEL
The chipmaker suffers a
reverse when an administrative law judge rejects its
motion to compel the FTC to clarify the issues in its
antitrust case. Click for full story.
With the debut of
Netcenter 2.0, Netscape hopes to seize center stage in
the theater of portal players. Click for more.
A Harvard Law School professor
cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Microsoft-DOJ
dispute says the judges misinterpreted his legal standard -- a standard central
to the court's recent ruling in favor of the software
giant. Microsoft's response: go back to school.
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?
the day: "Happiness is not a reward - it
is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result." - Robert Ingersoll