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Sunday, July 12
FCC PONDERS INCENTIVES FOR FASTER NET ACCESS
The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications
Commission, William Kennard, is considering incentives
for companies to offer high-speed Internet connections to
consumers in an attempt to ease Internet congestion.
Kennard has no plan yet, but does favor lifting certain
regulations and tariffs to encourage businesses.
Every year, Boardwatch Magazine and Keynote Systems test
the major Internet backbone networks; the results are
published in Boardwatch's Directory of Internet Service
Providers. The 1998 tests were recently completed at
Boardwatch's Golden, Colorado headquarters and will be
published later this summer. In this preview,
Boardwatch editor Jack Rickard summarizes the findings
and reveals his selection for the best backbone provider.
the day: "I've finally figured out what's
wrong with photography. It's a one-eyed man looking through a little 'ole. Now,
how much reality can there be in that?" - David Hockney
Saturday, July 11
crucial to progress, Windows 98 has ignited PC sales--but
also problems. As an
upgrade, Windows 98 may be an accident waiting to happen.
Go to c|net's special report.
Not many of the visitors to 1998 on the Web are using
alternative operating systems. You will recall the
Question of the Week asked "Have you ever used an Operating System
other than Windows on your personal computer?".
Of the respondents, only two were using Macintosh
computers, and there was one lone Linux surfer out there.
This, of course, is not a surprise considering the
industry dominance of the Windows OS. In fact, checking
the statistics of all visitors to 1998 on the Web this
year shows 90% Windows, 7% Mac, 1% UNIX, and 2% all
others. Now for the new Question of the Week.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Have you ever tried beta
the day: "The trouble with life is,
you're halfway through it before you realize it's
a do-it-yourself thing."
Friday, July 10
EXPRESSES Y2K OPTIMISM
In a direct contradiction to
many recent predictions, a new survey says corporations
across the world are making aggressive efforts to tackle
the Year 2000 technology problem, and most are making
headway. Click here for complete story.
TRIAL DATE SET
January 5 will be the start date for the FTC's high-profile
antitrust case against Intel, an administrative law judge
rules. More here.
If you are interested in futurism, c|net's cast of
fearless prognosticators has compiled their list of 10 Technologies That Will
Spanning the here and now, the next decade, and well into
the middle of the 21st century, this special report will
definitely make you think.
the day: "When the only tool you own is a
hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail." - Abraham Maslow
Wednesday, July 8
LOOK OUT WALL STREET
Yahoo!, the leading
search engine and Internet stock bellwether reported
second-quarter earnings far above what Wall Street had
expected. That's good news for all tech stocks. Click here for full story.
Internet Explorer beta release last month, Netscape has
submitted a new scripting proposal to the W3C that
muddies the water for developers. And you thought they
were coming together. Get more info here.
Interim CEO Steve Jobs says the revived company will
report its third consecutive quarterly profit in a couple
of weeks. Click here.
the day: "If it's not on fire
then it's a software problem."
Tuesday, July 7
MICROSOFT ATTORNEYS TO BE BUSY IN SEPTEMBER
The Java battle between
Microsoft and Sun Microsystems is still brewing, but has
been put on the back burner until September. To give each
company more time to prepare its respective case, the two
companies agreed Monday to postpone their July 31 court
hearing until Sept. 4 in U.S. District Court in San Jose,
Calif., according to sources close to both companies. Add
this now to the original DOJ Windows 95 case, and the
newer anti-trust Windows 98 matter, and Microsoft's
lawyers have a full plate. Click here for details.
iMAC IN SPOTLIGHT
The Macworld Expo trade show opens tomorrow in New York
for the first time, but some wags are suggesting that it
be renamed iMacworld for all the emphasis on the company's
upcoming line of flashy consumer computers. More here.
the day: "You grow up the day you have the
first real laugh...at yourself." - Ethel Barrymore
Monday, July 6
OLD AND NEW DON'T MIX
Microsoft has posted a
document on its Web site allowing that "not all
third-party vendors have had a chance to update [old]
hardware drivers. Some existing machines may require
updated [software] to fully support Windows 98, as is the
case with any new operating system upgrade. Click here for full story.
400 MHZ PII FOR $1999
NEC apparently has taken the PC industry through
another barrier in pricing its fastest Pentium II desktop
with a monitor. Details
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Have you ever used an Operating System
other than Windows on your personal computer?
the day: "Do what you can,
with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt