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  August 1998  

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Sunday, August 23  
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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 FASTER?
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.

GRAPHIC CUTOUTS
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.

Thought for the day: "Ever notice that the AT&T logo looks like the Death Star?"

 

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Saturday, August 22  
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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.

READER ASSISTANCE WANTED
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?

Old      New      Neither, they both suck

      

Thought for the day: "When cryptography is outlawed, bayl bhgynjf jvyy unir cevinpl."

 

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Friday, August 21  
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1ST JAVA VIRUS
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.

WHAT'S NEXT: EMOTICONS?
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.

Thought for 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

 

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Wednesday, August 19  
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NO MEDIA CIRCUS
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 BILL
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?

Thought for the day: "The brain is like a computer. There really aren't any stupid people, just people running DOS."

 

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Tuesday, August 18  
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NT5 BETA DUE THIS WEEK
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.

BLUE BLUE
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 info here.

SUN, LUCENT WORK TOGETHER
The networking 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.

Thought for the day: "Socialism is when man exploits man, Capitalism is the reverse." - Polish proverb

 

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Monday, August 17  
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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.

HACKER CHALLENGE
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?

Yes      No      Don't know

      

Thought for the day: "If at first you do succeed, try not to look astonished."

 

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