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  August 1998  

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Sunday, August 2  
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JOCKEYING FOR POSITION
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 READY
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.

Thought for the day: "People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them that Benjamin Franklin said it first."

 

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Saturday, August 1  
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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.

READERSHIP TO 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?

Clinton      Gates      Neither, they're both jerks

      

Thought for the day: "Portable Computer - A device invented to force business people to work at home, on vacation, and on business trips."

 

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Friday, July 31  
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GATES TO BE DEPOSED
Federal trustbusters file a motion compelling Microsoft's CEO to be deposed in the antitrust lawsuit against the software giant. Details here.

GORE: NETIZENS' 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 look today.

ANTARCTIC LIFE-SAVER
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.

Thought for the day: "Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly and for the same reason."

 

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Thursday, July 30  
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CLINTON'S 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 this link.

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.

ON NOTICE
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.

Thought for 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

 

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Tuesday, July 28  
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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 RealNetworks.

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.

Thought for the day: "Cats are put on earth to remind us that not everything has a purpose."

 

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Monday, July 27  
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BREAK OUT 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.

SORRY DAVE
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?

Yes, Nothing Else Works     No, First Amendment Violation
No, Parents Should Do It     Undecided

      

Thought for the day: "Just when you make ends meet, they move the ends."

 

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