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Saturday, August 29
CHECK YOUR DISTRIBUTION LIST
The rash of security glitches uncovered in Web-based free
e-mail services this week has some critics saying: Well,
what did you expect? Full
As I suspected, I didn't get much
response from my survey last week on the popularity of my
new award graphics, so I have decided to send both the
old and new format to the winners and let them decide
which they prefer. So onward to the new weekly survey.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
What type of service do
you use for your electronic mail?
the day: "Lawyers, I suppose, were
children once." - Charles Lamb
Friday, August 28
SUN VS. MICROSOFT
Court papers filed by Microsoft
argue that Sun Microsystems' May 1998 acceptance of a
$3.75 million licensing fee voids claims that the
software giant has breached its license for Sun's Java.
Read about some of the early released depositions here.
CENTER FOR INTRUSION
officials from federal law enforcement and intelligence
agencies are planning an anti-cracker defense
organization modeled after the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. But they're doing it as private
here for full story.
A new camera from Pentax can email you photographs of a
perpetrator on your property. It can even dial the
the day: "I find that a great part of
the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding
something else on the way." - Franklin P. Adams
Thursday, August 27
talking about what its chairman told federal regulators
in the first pretrial deposition, but as one antitrust
observer notes, "If he doesn't tell ... the whole
truth, there could be consequences." Full story here.
ERP VENDOR SAP SUED
Once a $5 billion drug distributor, Texas-based FoxMeyer
was forced to file for bankruptcy after it tried to
develop robotic warehouses and advanced computer systems
to handle tens of thousands of orders from hospitals and
clinics per day. It hired Andersen Consulting to install
a system based on SAP's R/3 software, a program that then
had been used mostly for manufacturing applications. Details here.
POLITICAL WEB SITES
November elections in the United States are just two
months away, and the Internet is emerging as an important
medium for campaigning, according to a survey released
today. Candidates have traditionally relied on television,
radio, newspapers, phone calls, and direct mail to reach
voters. But that's changed. More here.
the day: "It is the province of knowledge
to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to
listen." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
Wednesday, August 26
HEADACHES FOR GEOCITIZENS?
GeoCities is adding functionality to its watermark that
will redirect users to relevant topic channels, or what
it calls "Avenues." The watermark, a
transparent link at the bottom right-hand corner on every
GeoCities page, previously linked back to the site's home
page to recirculate traffic. But on Tuesday, the company
took down the watermark and will relaunch it tonight with
the new functionality. Click here for full story.
COULD BE TROUBLE
The US government is
investigating whether Microsoft used its market muscle to
force Intel to shelve new moves into Internet technology
that conflicted with Microsoft's ambitions. Gory details here.
OVER TIL IT'S OVER
Doom and devastation
it's not. But early reports from the field show that
several companies have been hit by the deadly CIH virus,
which strikes on the 26th of each month. More info here.
the day: "Whether you think that you can,
or that you can't, you are usually right." - Henry Ford
Monday, August 24
ONE LESS BACK DOOR
IBM researchers shore
up a vulnerability in one of the most widely used
encryption systems on the Net. It's not stronger
encryption they're offering, but a way to seal a back
door once considered too insignificant to worry about. Full story here.
W3C RELEASES DOM 1.0
The World Wide Web Consortium has published the near-final
version of the so-called Document Object Model. The
specification will help give fluidity to the text and
images of Web pages, allowing developers to more fully
exploit the medium, and perhaps bring the beginning of
the end to dual purpose development. Learn more about why
you may have reason to be optimistic here.
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: "Experience is a hard teacher
because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward."