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Sunday, August 9
WINDOWS, NOW OFFICE
IE 5.0 is approaching a second
beta release, and Microsoft officials next week will
begin touting its integration with Office 2000, sources
said. For instance, both IE 5.0 and Office 2000 will
feature customizable toolbars and menus that adapt based
on usage patterns, sources said. Click here for full story.
BACK ORIFICE PLUGGED
Just a week after a hacker group posted a utility that
could give anyone on a TCP/IP network complete access to
another Windows 95 PC, a security firm has come out with
an evaluation of the software and its potential threat,
and a method to detect and remove it from the system. Details here.
MUCH ADO ABOUT
Microsoft is releasing its first update to Windows 98,
officially calling it a "multimedia update" as
controversy over its purpose persists. More info here.
the day: "With every passing hour our
solar system comes forty-three thousand miles closer to globular cluster 13
in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some misfits who continue
to insist that there is no such thing as progress." - Ransom K. Ferm
Saturday, August 8
STANDARDS NOT LIKELY
The debate over diverging
browser standards has in part been sparked by Microsoft's
decision to merge its browser into the dominant Windows
operating system. By developing sites for Internet
Explorer, Web designers know that millions of Windows
users will be assured of accessing those sites. But
Netscape's Navigator remains the more popular browser by
a slim margin, and developers are hesitant to throw their
lot into only one camp, thus inflating the cost of Web
development. More info here.
BILLS NOT POPULAR
In the largest
response of all previous Questions of the Week, readers
of these pages made it clear in no uncertain terms that
Bill Clinton need not enter any popularity contests. To
repeat the survey question: "Whom do you admire more,
Bill Clinton or Bill Gates?" Absolutely no one
picked Bill Clinton. The most popular response, however,
was "neither", with 65% of the answers. Bill
Gates was picked by the other 35%. My own personal
opinion, I agree with my audience that Bill Clinton is
one of the 20th century's biggest jerks, but I also
believe that Bill Gates is one of the century's great
marketing geniuses. Now for the new survey.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
With Netscape and Microsoft's
seeming unwillingness to work together on a common Document Object Model, which
are you most likely to develop for?
the day: "Good news is just life's way of
keeping you off balance."
was away on business August 5-7.
Tuesday, August 4
In a move that may have broad
industry impact in the digital age, the U.S. House of
Representatives approves a landmark bill already passed
by the Senate to safeguard copyrights for music, software,
and written works on the Internet. In addition, an
amendment to the legislation will affect the way
Webcasters do business. Get details here.
Back Orifice, produced by an anonymous hacker, will let
anyone access a Windows PC and fully control the computer
over a TCP/IP network, not good news for administrators. Want to know more?
The federal judge
considering the antitrust case against Microsoft
scheduled a pretrial hearing for Wednesday, as the U.S.
Justice Department and Microsoft wrangled over access to
source code for the company's operating systems and the
deposition of Bill Gates and other Microsoft officials. Full story.
the day: "GUI - What your computer
becomes after spilling your coffee on it."
Monday, August 3
LOVED BY ALL, SHE
WILL BE MISSED
Emmy-winning ventriloquist and her puppet pal Lamb Chop
charmed youngsters for decades, including yours truly.
Shari Lewis died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in
Los Angeles, where she was undergoing chemotherapy
treatments for uterine cancer. In all, she won 12 Emmys,
including one for her PBS series Lamb Chop's Play-Along.
Her most recent show, The Charlie Horse Music Pizza,
which Lewis billed as an educational Cheers,
premiered on PBS in January.
MEDIA MARKET HEATS UP
The now-infamous bug battle
between RealNetworks and Microsoft represents a
problematic part of the software industry: how
competitors' products work together. Microsoft, for
example, may take on Apple's popular multimedia platform
QuickTime even though the software giant is an investor
in the Mac maker. Full story here.
RAISING THE BAR
IBM says its new
"silicon-on-insulator" technology will mean
better performance across the board, from mainframe
computers to handheld devices. Details here.
SPAM DERAILS SPAM
After thousands of
angry netizens emailed federal and state officials over
proposed pro-spam legislation, the hearing is postponed
while the House rethinks the bill. More info here.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Whom do you admire more,
Bill Clinton or Bill Gates?
the day: "If marriage were outlawed,
only outlaws would have in-laws."