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Sunday, July 19
Larry Ellison and Mitchell
Kertzman, the chief executives of Oracle Corp. and Sybase
Inc., are going to testify before a Senate Judiciary
Committee hearing investigating competition in the
software business. Full story here.
IE5 BEHAVIORS HOW-TO
In its recently
released Internet Explorer 5.0 Developer's Preview,
Microsoft introduced dynamic HTML technologies called
behaviors. This allows for the separation of script
programming from content and design through encapsulation
with Cascading Style Sheets. In the Tips and Tools
section of 1998 on the Web I have put together a
demonstration of the fly-in DHTML behavior. Note this demo will only operate
with the IE5 browser, but you can still view the
technique with other browsers.
the day: "Time is nature's way of keeping
everything from happening all at once. History simply documents the success of
Saturday, July 18
Every zealous Apple Macintosh
user has his/her reasons for sticking with the Mac, but
in one form or the other, it boils down to one word:
empowerment. Knowing this, it should be easy to
understand why Mac users take every opportunity to
pontificate about the platform (besides being really
afraid of having a vital limb amputated). An example here.
Last week I asked the
readership if you have tried beta software. 60% of
respondents have, with only 1/3 of those sorry that they
had. Of the 40% among you not so adventurous, half have
not tried it simply because they are too chicken. If you
only use a computer at work, that's understandable,
because it doesn't really belong to you. But for the rest
of you out there, what are you waiting for? Live a little.
For the record, I am a beta software junkie. First off,
it's generally free, and second, it helps me familiarize
myself with what to expect so I can report it to you. Now
onto the new Question of the Week.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Have you ever used an
Apple Macintosh computer?
the day: "The greatest of all
faults is to be conscious of none."
- Thomas Carlyle
Friday, July 17
MICROSOFT HAD A BETTER DAY IN COURT THAN
In the latest wrinkle in the
antitrust case against Microsoft, attorneys general from
20 states and the District of Columbia have dropped two
claims that relate to the marketing of the software giant's
office productivity suite and email software. Click here for details.
Frontier Foundation says its low-budget machine decoded
an encrypted message in three days, putting the lie to
government claims that it takes too long and costs too
much to crack the 56-bit DES. More here.
Windows 98 has sold more than one million units,
Microsoft said Thursday in an announcement moments before
releasing quarterly and fiscal-year earnings. Full story here.
the day: "The trouble
with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat."
- Lily Tomlin
Thursday, July 16
Sure, Communicator 4.5 looks
almost exactly like 4.0. And its subtle enhancements were
made chiefly to steer users toward Netscape's Web site
content, as the company moves to an ad-driven revenue
model. But one of its new features, "Smart
Browsing," is really something you will find
yourself using every day. And it just might be smart
enough to steal some eyeballs away from Yahoo. Download
your copy for free at Netscape's
WHAT'S HE UP
Microsoft critic and Senate
Judiciary Committee chairman Orrin Hatch says it's time
to move beyond browser software in examining the
company's business practices, and he has scheduled a new
hearing to do just that. Get the full story here.
Slower growth in the computer
industry pond may be hammering many technology companies,
but it hasn't derailed one of the biggest fish in the
water. In results released after market close Thursday,
Microsoft posted earnings of $1.36 billion, or 50 cents
per share, on sales of $4 billion for the three-month
period ended June 30. Details here.
the day: "Realize that if you have time to
whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about
it." - Anthony D'Angelo
Wednesday, July 15
APPLE IS HOT
Interim CEO Steve Jobs had
previously said that Apple predicted a profitable third
quarter, but the results far surpassed expectations.
Quarterly revenues were $1.4 billion, with 45 percent
coming from midrange systems such as Power Macintosh G3
desktops and minitowers, 20 percent from the education
market, 18 percent from PowerBooks, and the rest from
other items such as servers, displays, and imaging
products. Click here for full report. By the way, congratulations to Apple
Computer, but they're making one of my predictions look bad.
GITTIN' JINI WID IT
In an interview with Wired
Microsystems visionary Bill Joy gives the first in-depth
glimpse of Jini, the Java-based distributed-computing
technology that aims to give all computers everywhere the
ability to interact. A must read.
The Federal Trade
Commission has released its "Dirty Dozen Spam Scam"
list, which shows that most junk email schemes are not
very original. Details here.
the day: "Some people
speak from experience; others, from experience, don't speak."
Tuesday, July 14
BILL AND AL SAVE THE WORLD
President Clinton today called
for accelerated efforts to fix the Year 2000 problem,
announcing that he would propose legislation to limit
legal liability for companies that share information to
fix the massive software bug. Clinton said this "Good
Samaritan" law would encourage companies to work
together more closely for the common good of all--a rare
occurrence in the hypercompetitive high-tech industry. Details here.
BROWSER WAR TIGHTENS
A spate of studies has shown Netscape's Navigator browser's
market share slipping under pressure from rival Microsoft's
Internet Explorer. But whether there will be an all-out
winner and who it will be remains to be seen. Click for summaries.
Sun Microsystems says
an accounting firm will be hired to verify the fairness
of the Java standards process that Sun leads. One Java
watchdog says the move doesn't go far enough to satisfy
developers. More here.
the day: "I think I'll learn more from listening.
Anything I would say I already know."
Monday, July 13
RealNetworks' newest multimedia player was released in
beta today, which sets the stage for a streaming showdown
as it knocks heads with Microsoft's NetShow. Click here for
CISCO PLEASES FBI
Thirteen technology companies led by Cisco threw their
weight behind an alternative to key recovery of scrambled
data today, in an effort to unlock the encryption
stalemate. The group, which includes Bay Networks, 3Com,
Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Sun, Network
Associates, and Novell, hopes to appease law enforcement's
desire to have access to encrypted data used by criminals,
while protecting the privacy of Internet users. Full story here.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Have you ever tried beta
the day: "Three can keep a secret
if two are dead." - Benjamin Franklin