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1998 Technology Diary

  September 1998  

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Thursday, September 10  

If large parts of Kenneth Starr's report to the American Congress are made public tomorrow, the presidency isn't the only thing that could come crashing down. The public's hunger for sexy details about the Monica Lewinsky scandal also could max out Congress' Web sites, and even bog down the entire Net. Click for full story.

Following years of hype, store shelves are finally stocked with digital TV sets, which have been widely touted as the single greatest technical innovation in television since the color picture tube. But what, exactly, is digital TV and is it worth its steep price? Everything you want to know about DTV.

After two days of "he said, she said" testimony, it is now up to U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte to help shape Java's future. In a two-and-a-half-hour closed door hearing in federal court today, lawyers for Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. argued the merits of their case, pulling heavily from sealed documents and referencing testimony by the two companies' executives about conversations leading up to the signing of the Java licensing contract as well as the events that then led the two to face off in court. Details here.

Thought for the day: "Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives." - A. Sachs



Wednesday, September 9  

Microsoft said today it subpoenaed its chief competitors, including Netscape Communications, Sun Microsystems, and IBM, seeking details meant to ward off allegations in its antitrust case. The move marks the latest example of Microsoft turning the tables on its rivals, who have provided legal and political support to antitrust prosecutors. Click here for full story.

The creator of Sun Microsystems' Java programming language testified today that he was "appalled" when he learned that Microsoft had unilaterally written extensions to the language outside the normal process for doing so.
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Industry observers were unanimously impressed with IBM's 1-inch disk drive -- only 5.5 millimeters tall -- to be unveiled next summer by the company's Storage Systems Division. But most were uncertain of when the targeted portable markets for this type of product will take off. Details here.

Thought for the day: "Do you want to trace your family tree? - Run for public office." - Patricia Vance



Monday, September 7  

1998 on the Web

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said today that IBM and Sun Microsystems were likely to provide the toughest competition for the software giant in the future. Learn more here.

While Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire continue their assault on Roger Maris' home run mark, Ernie Roth is already breaking single-season records of another kind. Roth, who oversees the Chicago Cubs' home page on the Internet, says that surging fan interest in the fortunes of the two sluggers has already been a grand slam for Web traffic. More here.

Are we kissing SCSI and ADB good-bye? Find out why the nifty Universal Serial Bus promises to become universal on the Mac more quickly than you thought. Click for full story.

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Thought for the day: "A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools." - Douglas Adams


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