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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.
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.
NOTES AND DOMINO
TO SPORT NEW LOOK
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.
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
THIS PROGRAM . . .
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. Click here for full story.
THEY HAVE A BROAD
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.
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.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Have you ever used an
Apple Macintosh computer?
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."