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  August 1998  

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Sunday, August 16  
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2ND BABY BELL STRIKE
More than 34,000 workers from US West Inc., the regional telephone company for 14 Western states, walked off the job at midnight Saturday after union talks failed to avert a strike, a union spokesman said. Issues are generally the same as the recent, short-lived Bell Atlantic strike. Click here for details.

TIMING WILL BE IMPORTANT
In a possible preview of his testimony in a government antitrust lawsuit, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates has pinpointed the date the software giant decided to combine its Internet browser and Windows computer operating system.
Full story here.

LOTS OF iMAC LINKS
Apple says it's making iMacs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They've posted some nice pictures, from their Elk Grove manufacturing facility, of a parade of iMacs rolling off the assembly line. Still, Apple executives have said that demand is likely to exceed supply for a while so don't be disappointed if you can't take one home this week.
More here.

Thought for the day: "Someday we'll look back on all this and plow into a parked car."

 

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Saturday, August 15  
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FIRST WIN98 BUG
The bug appears when the Windows 98 operating system is rebooted at a time between 23:59 and 00:00, causing Windows to either leap forward two days or fall behind a day, depending on when the computer is rebooted. But the bug can only manifest itself during a split second on Dec. 31 of any year. Get the details here.

iMAC LAUNCHED, NEW G3S AVAILABLE
Apple Computer has officially released four new G3 desktop systems and some resellers are already taking orders for an unannounced G3 desktop with a 366-MHz processor.
Learn more here.

DEVELOPERS PREFER MICROSOFT
Last week I asked "With Netscape and Microsoft's seeming unwillingness to work together on a common Document Object Model, which are you most likely to develop for?" Well the results are in, and it seems you prefer the Microsoft DOM. 56% of respondents favored it, while 28% chose the Netscape DOM, and the remaining 16% preferred to stick with W3C standards. Now for our new survey.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Has your personal computer ever been infected by a virus?

Yes      No      Don't know

      

Thought for the day: "Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves for we shall never cease to be amused."

 

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Friday, August 14  
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MEET OLGA
Intel will begin shipping Pentium II CPUs with a new casing designed to improve signal transmission and cooling, letting Intel crank up the speed of the chips well beyond the 500-MHz mark. Click for full story.

THE iMAC HAS LANDED
iMacworld has received its iMac from Apple and gives you this exclusive first look at the bondi blue wonder machine.

Thought for the day: "An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind." - Mahatma Ghandi

 

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Thursday, August 13  
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THEY LOST TOUCH WITH THEIR COMMUNITY
In a landmark case, the Federal Trade Commission says that the "largest community on the Web" misled its members about what it was doing with their personal information. GeoCities says it has done nothing wrong. This may be the last straw for me. I have become pretty fed up with Geocities over their intrusive deployment of advertising on members' Web sites, and will probably begin shopping for a new home for
Internet Brothers. For more information about the FTC's actions against Geocities, click here.

NOT GOOD FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE
A 20-story rocket believed to be carrying a top-secret $1 billion spy satellite self-destructed less than a minute after launch on Wednesday, the US Air Force said. There were no reports of injuries or damage from the Titan 4A explosion, which looked like a daytime fireworks display.
Get the details here.

HALL OF FAMER
Just in case any one is wondering whether Steve Jobs still had his old touch, consider this: More than 300 stories have been written about the iMac since mid-May. Commentary.

Thought for the day: "You can observe a lot by watching." - Yogi Berra

 

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Wednesday, August 12  
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TODAY'S BABYS WILL FACE TOMORROW'S Y2K
Is your computer system Year 2038 compliant? If it's running the Unix operating system, it may be time to get with the reprogramming.
Find out why here.

MY ISP HAS LOFTY GOALS
The sky's the limit for national Internet service provider EarthLink Network. At least that's what founder and chairman Sky Dayton likes to think. Dayton founded the company in 1994 at the age of 23. Now, one week after his 27th birthday, he hopes the company will break free from the pack to become the No. 2 Net access provider behind the giant America Online.
Full story here.

SONY PULLS CAMERA THAT REVEALS ALL
Sony said Wednesday it stopped shipping some Handycams after finding their "night shot" mode sees through clothing. Some versions of the video camera have infrared technology that, when used in daytime, reveals bare skin or underwear. Sony said it has already sold 870,000 versions of the camera worldwide.

Thought for the day: "The dog's life is a good life, for a dog."

 

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Tuesday, August 11  
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1998 ON THE WEB HONORED
Focus Associates Award Sites is a Web awards ranking service with a reputation for honoring only the best. I applied for their ranking a couple of weeks ago for my award program found elsewhere on this site. Award Sites uses a rating system from 1 to 5 to determine the quality of award programs with 5.0 being the best. Today I received a level 4.5 ranking for the Internet Brothers Plaque for Helpware Excellence from Award Sites. Exceeding my expectations, I am extremely grateful to the kind folks at Focus Associates.

OPEN DOOR
The news media and the public will be allowed to attend the depositions of Microsoft chief executive Bill Gates and other top executives, a federal judge ruled today.
Complete story here.

SHINY APPLE
Apple Computer shares hit a new 52-week high today, following the company's disclosure that it sold 150,000 iMacs during the product's first week of shipping.
More info here.

Thought for the day: "The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."

 

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Monday, August 10  
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2ND GENERATION XML
The W3C today acknowledged the specification's submission by IBM and Microsoft. The next step is for the W3C to decide whether to recommend the specification. W3C recommendations are not legally binding but are widely respected in the Net community. Full story here.

MICROSOFT DOES DETECTIVE WORK TOO
More than $60 million worth of pirated Microsoft software has been seized by German customs officers after an 18-month criminal investigation conducted in several European countries.
Details here.

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?

Netscape      Microsoft      Neither, I'll use W3C standards

      

Thought for the day: "At the source of every error blamed on the computer, you will find at least two errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer."

 

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