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  July 1998  

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Sunday, July 12  
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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.

MEASURING INTERNET SPEED
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.

Thought for 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

 

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Saturday, July 11  
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WINDOWS TRAVAILS
Once called 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.

WINDOWS PREVAILS
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 software?

Yes     Sorry I Did     No     I'm Too Chicken

      

Thought for the day: "The trouble with life is, you're halfway through it before you realize it's a do-it-yourself thing."

 

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Friday, July 10  
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NEW STUDY 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.

DOMINANT TECHNOLOGIES
If you are interested in futurism, c|net's cast of fearless prognosticators has compiled their list of
10 Technologies That Will Take Over. 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.

Thought for the day: "When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail." - Abraham Maslow

 

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Wednesday, July 8  
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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.

BROWSER BATTLE RENEWED
Countering Microsoft's 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.

APPLE'S ROLL APPARENTLY CONTINUING
Interim CEO Steve Jobs says the revived company will report its third consecutive quarterly profit in a couple of weeks.
Click here.

Thought for the day: "If it's not on fire then it's a software problem."

 

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Tuesday, July 7  
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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.

Thought for the day: "You grow up the day you have the first real laugh...at yourself." - Ethel Barrymore

 

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Monday, July 6  
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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 here.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Have you ever used an Operating System other than Windows on your personal computer?

No    Mac    Linux    BeOS    OS/2    Other

      

Thought for the day: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

 

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