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1998 Technology Diary

  July 1998  

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Wednesday, July 22  

NASA scientists are preparing for the first interplanetary Internet "gateway" on the next Mars mission, a key telecommunications figure said today. The idea is to go beyond the earthly Internet site that many people around the world visited last year to follow the adventures of the Mars Pathfinder's rover on the Red Planet, said Vinton Cerf, widely regarded as a "father" of the Internet. Click for full story.

Part of the FBI's duty is to investigate computer-related crimes and issues of national security. Because it needs these specialized skills, the bureau is in competition with other agencies such as the Secret Service and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) -- as well as the private sector -- for recruits.
More info here.

Thought for the day: "There are three ways to get things done. Do it yourself, employ someone else, or forbid your children to do it."



Tuesday, July 21  

Microsoft today appointed Steve Ballmer, formerly executive vice president of sales and support and Bill Gates' longtime business partner, as its president. Gates remains the software giant's chairman and chief executive. Full story here.

Microsoft said Tuesday it would not send anyone to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, accusing chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) of a campaign against Microsoft. Hatch has said he wants to learn if the Redmond, Wash., software giant is trying to extend its desktop monopoly to other areas.

Lotus Development Corporation's Notes groupware will look more like a Web browser to end users when release 5, with a completely new user interface, launches later this year, company officials said yesterday. Details here.

Thought for the day: "If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving your dog only two of them."



Monday, July 20  

Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles is the apparent victim of a break-in giving the hackers the ability to move satellite downlink dishes -- and send text scrolling across TV screens.
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Free email giant Juno is stepping into the Internet access fray in an attempt to convert its strictly email subscriber base into Web surfers. The new service, called "Juno Web," will bundle together Internet access, a cobranded portal offering powered by Lycos, and Juno's free email service. The service will cost $19.95 per month for unlimited Web access.
Details here.

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.


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Thought for the day: "If life on Earth were to evaporate, and the planet be visited by alien anthropologists, they will wonder at the regularity with which they find brown bottles and aluminum cans in the hollow spaces of concrete walls, and they will conclude that these artifacts represent some sort of offering to some kind of deity with the short name 'Beer' and they will discover that the delphic oracle for this God was no doubt a place called 'Milwaukee' since it will be there that they will find where most of the icons to this God were created."


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