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  September 1998  

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Sunday, September 6  

I am trying out a new service for 1998 on the Web's Question of the Week. VantageNet Web Polls are the FREE, fast, and easy way to get feedback from site visitors. Everyone has an opinion, and Web Polls can track those opinions with the simple click of a button.

By providing CGI scripting and a server to store my survey responses, Web Polls offers a mechanism for the Question of the Week that is far superior to the manual tally I have been using in the past. It allows my visitors to instantly see how their response contributes to the value of the survey data. It allows each participant to only vote one time so my polls won't be skewed by someone with an agenda.

So try out this week's survey to the left and let me know what you think of VantageNet's Web Polls service by clicking the comments option in the navigation menu. Don't forget to click your browser's back button when you are done to return here.

How much memory does your personal computer have?

32 meg or less
33 to 64 meg
65 to 128 meg
more than 128 meg

Current Results

Thought for the day: "Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?"



Saturday, September 5  

The Federal Communications Commission is exploring whether budding cable Net access services such as @Home and Time Warner's Road Runner should be regulated or be forced to open their high-speed networks to competitors.
Full story here.

Bill Gates will not be among the high-powered witnesses designated to testify at the pending antitrust case filed against Microsoft by the Department of Justice and 20 states, according to official witness lists submitted in federal court late Friday. Who are they?

At least as far as visitors to 1998 on the Web are concerned, there aren't very many AOLers out there. In the latest survey I asked "What type of service do you use for your electronic mail?". Two-thirds of respondents are using desktop based email products through their Internet Service Providers with the remainder using one of the free-mail services like Juno or Hotmail.

Thought for the day: "Whose cruel idea was it for the word "lisp" to have an "s" in it?"



Friday, September 4  

The special master in Sun Microsystems' suit against Microsoft told the court that he must recuse himself. Judge John A. Flaherty, a retired California State Court judge who was to review Sun's motion said he has a financial conflict in his pension fund. More info here.

Microsoft Corp. is urging Internet Explorer users to download a patch from its Web site to circumvent a security problem that may allow hackers to read files on unsuspecting users' computers. The Cross Frame Navigate bug affects IE 3 and 4 running on most versions of the Macintosh operating system as well as Windows 3.x, 95, 98, and NT, according to the company. Details here.

IBM, Compaq, and Hewlett-Packard have created a design for a new high-speed Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) bus they want Intel to adopt. The proposed bus, called PCIX, is reportedly twice as fast as the current interface, which runs at 66 MHz. PCI is the bus that devices such as disk controllers and network cards use to communicate with memory, the CPU, and other devices. Full story here.

Thought for the day: "Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity." - Irving Kristol



Thursday, September 3  

A federal judge ordered Microsoft to turn over evidence relating to business dealings with two of its partners, but he put off ruling on the company's requests to exclude the evidence from the antitrust case or on delaying the trial, set to start in three weeks.
Details here.

Imagine stepping up to any television set, big or small, and scribbling a few words to a business colleague; sending family photos to faraway relatives; taking in a personally selected movie or doing a little shopping. All via TV.
Click for full story.

Data taken from a lunar probe suggest that there's more water on the moon than originally believed. This revelation has scientists speculating about the moon's suitability as a human outpost.
More here.

What type of service do you use for your electronic mail?

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

Current Results

Thought for the day: "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein



Wednesday, September 2  

Addressing the Seybold publishing conference in San Francisco, interim CEO Steve Jobs detailed Apple Computer's strategy for the Mac OS 8.5 and upcoming OS X operating systems. Jobs also offered some concrete examples of support for the company's direction: an unannounced program from Adobe Systems running on Mac OS 8.5, which will also run on Mac OS X when that becomes available in the fall of 1999. Get the full story here.

In his first keynote speech since being elevated to president of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer said at the same Seybold San Francisco/Publishing '98 Conference and Exposition that his company is building more publishing-oriented functionality into Windows NT 5.0. More here.

It's too early to know if Apple Computer is a winner in the market place with its new iMac, but the company has come up a winner with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Apple's distinctive "Think Different" television ad campaign was awarded the Emmy for best TV spot at ceremonies held Saturday in Pasadena. It was only the second time the academy has given an Emmy for best TV commercial. Details here.

Thought for the day: "Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein



Monday, August 31  

The U.S. Justice Department and 20 states suing Microsoft plan to turn up the heat on the company this week by pressing new allegations of predatory and monopolistic business practices, according to reports. Full story here.

Meanwhile, the software giant has subpoenaed the contents of a Netscape bulletin board, dubbed Bad Attitude, where workers vent about anything from parking lot peeves to competing against Microsoft. Find out why here.

The Nasdaq sees its biggest point loss ever
as the technology sector collapsed along with the rest of the market today, as investors panicked in the absence of reassuring news. More info here. Wonder what all the Clinton supporters think about the good economy now?


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: "Few things are harder to put up with than a good example." - Mark Twain


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