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Sunday, August 2
The battle for the burgeoning
high-speed Internet access market has been hyped as a
closely fought match of communications sumos. In one
corner: cable companies touting high-speed modems that
zip data along cable's vast fiber-optic networks. In the
other: local phone companies sporting a technology called
ADSL that promises to turn sluggish copper wires into
data sprinters. So far, at least, cable is winning in a
blowout. Click here for full story.
APPLE HAS UPGRADES
Sources say the
company plans a mid-August release for new Power Mac G3
models running processors at 333 and 366 MHz. Prices for
older models will decrease. Details here.
ARE YOU AN INTERNET ADDICT?
Test yourself with this quiz
developed by Kimberly Young, co-founder of the Center for
Online Addiction and author of the newly published book
"Caught in the Net: How to Recognize the Signs of
Internet Addiction -- and a Winning Strategy for Recovery."
I scored 55, put me in a straitjacket.
the day: "People will accept your ideas
much more readily if you tell them that Benjamin Franklin said it
Saturday, August 1
WEB GRAPHICS 101
If you work anywhere near a
Web site, sooner or later you'll have to deal with
graphics. Unfortunately, not everyone who winds up
handling graphics is a professional designer, and even
experienced Web designers don't always understand that
graphics have to be produced in a particular way. On the
Web--as with anything computer-related--there are more
ways to do graphics wrong than there are to do them right.
See c|net's special report.
GOVERNMENT: LEAVE THE NET ALONE
Your responses were
pretty clear. No one agreed with the U.S. Congress'
recent passing of a new Communications Decency Act to
regulate content unsuitable for children on the Internet.
Of those responding, 60% felt that this job belongs to
parents. 20% disagreed with CDA II on 1st Amendment
freedom of speech principles, and 20% were undecided. Now
for the new weekly survey.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Whom do you admire more,
Bill Clinton or Bill Gates?
the day: "Portable Computer - A device
invented to force business people to work at home, on vacation, and on
Friday, July 31
GATES TO BE
Federal trustbusters file a
motion compelling Microsoft's CEO to be deposed in the
antitrust lawsuit against the software giant. Details here.
ADVOCATE, BUT LACKING
The vice president
says that Americans must have their privacy protected
online and calls on the high-tech industry to redouble
its efforts to see that it happens. Full story here. By the way, Wired News has a new
Stranded among the
ice floes, an Australian research ship had a potentially
disasterous situation on its hands. The lesson learned:
In remote parts of the world, communications are a
science of satellites. Learn more here.
the day: "Politicians and diapers
have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly and for
the same reason."
Thursday, July 30
NOT THERE ANYMORE
The founder of a software company is charged with
encouraging state subversion by giving out Chinese email
addresses. Meantime, computer confiscations and the
destruction of Web sites are alleged. Full story here. You can find additional
information related to Chinese government Internet
intervention reported earlier by 1998 on the Web with
DAVID BEATS GOLIATH
A small software
company wins what could be a far-reaching legal battle in
the only private antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft. Find out more here.
Concerned that not enough public companies are disclosing
information about their year 2000 problems, and that
others aren't providing enough detail, the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission issued an interpretive
release today that spells out when companies are obliged
to make disclosures, and what must be disclosed. Details here.
the day: "Hard work spotlights the character
of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't
turn up at all." - Sam Ewing
Tuesday, July 28
NEW SPEC IN
- OLD TECHNOLOGY OUT
PC 99 spells the end of two
familiar technologies -- CD-ROM and the Industry Standard
Architecture(ISA) bus. The spec is co-authored by
Microsoft and Intel, but has been reviewed by more than
200 independent hardware vendors. Click here for full story.
THE REAL POOP
Last Thursday, in an appearance before the Senate
Judiciary Committee, RealNetworks' CEO Rob Glaser accused
Microsoft of designing its new Windows Media Player in
such a way that it would disable RealNetworks' new media
player, called G2. The accusation was especially stunning
given that Glaser was for ten years a Microsoft employee
and given that Microsoft itself is a minority owner of
Microsoft denied the
charges, claiming that a bug in the G2 beta product fails
to install itself correctly in the Netscape Navigator
registration tree and produces the error messages.
RealNetworks stands by its accusation, claiming that, in
fact, the Windows Media Player has a bug that disables
RealPlayer. It was left to independent observers like PC
Magazine Labs, to figure out who's right. Click here to see what they found.
the day: "Cats are put on earth to
remind us that not everything has a purpose."
Monday, July 27
THE BLUE RIBBONS
As Congress took up a spate of
Net issues last week, lawmakers unanimously approved a
major spending bill that includes the controversial CDA
II, a Net filtering mandate for federally funded access
at schools and libraries, and bans on forms of online
gambling. Summary here.
AT&T - BRITISH
TELECOMM TO MERGE
The joint venture would pool the companies' international
networks, international traffic and corporate products.
The partners will also develop a state-of-the-art
Internet protocol (IP)-based global network to facilitate
international ecommerce and intranet-based communications
for multinational customers. Details here.
The results of last week's survey have been tabulated,
and it looks like you don't care much for the Macintosh
computer. Two-thirds of those responding to the question,
"Have you ever tried an Apple Macintosh computer?",
were not favorably impressed. Now, the new survey.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Do you support government
intervention to protect children from undesirable Internet content?
the day: "Just when you make ends meet,
they move the ends."