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Sunday, August 23
THE 450s ARE OUT
A whole slew of new computers will be announced Monday.
Some are based on Intel's fastest Pentium II processor,
some based on the new integrated Celeron chip. Get the details here.
IS APPLE'S G3 REALLY
An independent test lab's findings confirm that while
Motorola's PowerPC G3 chips are indeed faster than their
Intel counterparts in CPU-intensive applications and
synthetic benchmarks, real-world tests show Intel-based
PCs provide better overall performance. More info here.
There's a new tutorial out
there today for all you graphics junkies. I've put
together a tip about using the cutout graphic effect.
Take a look
here then let me know if you found it helpful.
the day: "Ever notice that the AT&T logo
looks like the Death Star?"
Saturday, August 22
YOU ARE CAREFUL
Last week's survey asked if any of you had ever
encountered a virus on your personal computer. You have
either done a good job of being careful, or lucky,
because only 25% of you have ever been infected. Good job.
Now for the new Question of the Week.
Here's your chance to help me
with the improvement of 1998 on the Web. I just completed
creating a new series of award graphics for the Internet
Brothers Plaque for Helpware Excellence, and need you to
tell me if the old or new award graphics look more
attractive. You can view the old gold, silver, and bronze
awards by clicking here,
then take a look at the new awards with this link. When you have made up your mind, come back
to this page and cast your vote for your favorite below.
If you would like to give me an email evaluation, click
on the Comments link at the top of the page, or here.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Do you prefer the old, or new
versions of the Internet Brothers Plaque for Helpware Excellence?
the day: "When cryptography is outlawed,
bayl bhgynjf jvyy unir cevinpl."
Friday, August 21
It was inevitable. If Java
could be used to write cross-platform applications, then
someone would likely find a way to cause cross-platform
havoc with a Java-based virus. The Symantec Antivirus
Research Center (SARC) has found the first such virus,
but the good news is it can't hurt Web surfers. Details here.
IBM LOOKS FOR PIECE
OF WEB SERVER PIE
The Armonk, N.Y., company next week will announce
upgraded versions of the AS/400 that sport a new high-performance
processor, e-commerce protocol and browser support, as
well as enhanced firewall capabilities---all features
designed to attract businesses looking for powerful Web
server solutions. Full story.
Spam is officially no longer just a pink processed meat
product in a blue can. In the latest edition of the New
Oxford Dictionary of English, published on August 13, the
version of spam computer users are most familiar with
finally made the transition to everyday English. Full definition here.
the day: "Anyone can do any amount of work
provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment."
- Robert Benchley
Wednesday, August 19
A federal appeals court today
granted Microsoft a stay, clearing the way for pretrial
depositions of CEO Bill Gates and other top executives in
the landmark antitrust case against the software giant to
begin without the public or the media present. Full story here.
GOOD NEWS FOR YOUR
Internet service providers were big winners in a U.S.
appeals court decision, as the court, based in St. Louis,
Missouri, agreed that the FCC had acted within its
authority by exempting them from paying access charges to
local telephone carriers. More here.
WHERE TO LIVE
The folks in Hartford, Conn. might want to have a word
with their Internet service providers -- that city has
the nation's slowest Internet access, according to a
report from Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Inverse. Where does your city rank?
the day: "The brain is like a computer.
There really aren't any stupid people, just people running DOS."
Tuesday, August 18
NT5 BETA DUE
Though the pressure is on
Microsoft to deliver, executives from the firm set a
confident tone as the software giant announced plans to
roll out a second test version of its Windows NT 5.0
operating system to hundreds of thousands of users. Click here for full story.
It has been six months since Radio Shack jilted
IBM by forming a new partnership with Compaq, but market
watchers and retailers report that Big Blue just has not
been the same since. Failure to make good on a promised
build-to-order plan, late-shipping products and even a
recent shakeup in top-level management all point back to
that one event. More
SUN, LUCENT WORK
software players will jointly develop software that
integrates their respective ISP and telco system software.
The result: integrated voice, email, and fax services on
a wireless, worldwide basis. Details here.
the day: "Socialism is when man exploits man,
Capitalism is the reverse." - Polish proverb
Monday, August 17
WEB JAVA TO
REMAIN SLOW FOR AWHILE LONGER
Already tardy Java development
technology from Sun Microsystems has been delayed again,
this time for about two months, the company confirmed
today. Sun said its Java Development Kit 1.2, which had
been expected to ship next month after a delay, will now
debut in November. Also, shipment of Java performance-boosting
technology called HotSpot has been rescheduled to the
first quarter of next year, putting that technology more
than a year behind schedule. Click here for full story.
TESTING THE MASTERS
A group of Stanford
scientists, with the help of NASA and Lockheed Martin,
are out to test Einstein's theory of general relativity.
The US$550 million project uses space-age gyroscopes, and
an orbiting satellite. Details here.
President Bill Clinton's grand jury testimony Monday --
the first ever by a sitting U.S. president -- was to be
protected from eavesdroppers by sophisticated encryption
technology. More here.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Has your personal computer
ever been infected by a virus?
the day: "If at first you do succeed,
try not to look astonished."