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  August 1998  

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Saturday, August 29  
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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 story here.

THANKS ANYWAY
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?

Web based Freemail      Desktop based ISP     
Online, i.e. AOL      Other

      

Thought for the day: "Lawyers, I suppose, were children once." - Charles Lamb

 

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Friday, August 28  
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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 CONTROL
High-ranking 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 citizens. Click here for full story.

WEBCAM WATCHDOG
A new camera from Pentax can email you photographs of a perpetrator on your property. It can even dial the police. Details here.

Thought for 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

 

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Thursday, August 27  
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GATES GRILLED
Microsoft isn't 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.

Thought for the day: "It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

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Wednesday, August 26  
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MORE 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.

IT AIN'T 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.

Thought for the day: "Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right." - Henry Ford

 

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Monday, August 24  
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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.

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: "Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward."

 

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