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Sunday, October 18
OF THE END FOR MICROSOFT?
Tomorrow begins what some are calling the high-technology
trial of the century. The United States Department of
Justice begins its anti-trust case against Microsoft
Corporation over monopolistic business practices and
alleged efforts to corner the Internet browser market.
This trial will undoubtably be front page news for the
forseeable future. 1998 on the Web invites you to stay
abreast of all the daily activities by keeping your
browser tuned right here. Meanwhile, take a look at what
each of the major technology news zines have planned for
After many months of legal grandstanding
by both sides, Microsoft faces the music in the landmark
antitrust suit filed against it by the Justice Department
and attorneys general from 20 states. c|net's News.com site.
No more delays -- Justice and Microsoft finally
face off in their antitrust battle, starting Monday.
Everything you need to know about the trial's players and
a time line of the case. CMPNet's Techweb site.
event of the Information Age will be the showdown between
superpowers: Microsoft and the US DOJ. ZDNet's ZDNN site.
the day: "Microsoft's actions have
stifled competition." - Atty. Gen. Janet Reno
Saturday, October 17
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 4 browser introduced show
time effects to the transitioning between one Web page
and another. Much like the open and closing swipes and
blends you see on television at scene switch, dynamic
HTML provides a method to accomplish the same on the Web.
I have put together a sampler package to demonstrate the
use of DHTML page transitions and a tool for including
them on your pages. Check it out.
GUEST, SIGN IN PLEASE
Internet users trying to
send email to America Online users or get to the online
giant's site have been plagued by problems due to a major
glitch with the Internet's domain naming system. Full story here.
Microsoft has issued a
patch for a security hole in its Internet Explorer Web
browser that exposes users' files to hostile Web site
Another security glitch on Lotus Development's Domino Web
server may make it possible to view sensitive credit
card, address, and phone data from the Web. The breach
was reported last week by L0pht Heavy Industries, a group
dedicated to identifying software bugs. Details here.
the day: "The trouble with being punctual
is that nobody's there to appreciate it." - Franklin P. Jones
Thursday, October 15
IS GETTING WORRISOME
Cisco is alerting customers to a bug that could reveal
passwords and other information stored on network
switches and routers. Add this to Microsoft's and
Netscape's problems with their browser security, and
we're in cracker heaven. Full story here.
COMMUNICATOR 4.5 TO BE RELEASED OCT. 19
Some of the chief
improvements include built-in support for various
multimedia capabilities, including RealPlayer 5.0 from
RealNetworks; Headspace Beatnik, which lets users hear
music and other audio feeds; and Macromedia Flash, which
lets users view animation, technical illustrations, and
other complex media. More info here.
HOT, SO FAR
In the race to connect
homes to the Internet at super-fast speeds, the cable
industry is pulling far ahead of telephone carriers, but
a major regulatory battle is brewing that could shake up
the field. Details here.
the day: "The backbone of surprise
is fusing speed with secrecy." - Von Clausewitz
Wednesday, October 14
ADMIT, I WAS WRONG!
Apple Computer said
today it posted $106 million in profits on $1.56 billion
in revenue for the fourth fiscal quarter, beating
analysts' estimates and finishing its first profitable
year since 1995. Analysts said Apple's ability to turn
over its inventory and keep costs down contributed to the
better-than-expected results. Full story here. With this positive news, Apple
officially made one of my predictions for 1998 wrong. Congratulations are in order
for Apple Computer and its interim CEO, Steve Jobs.
THE 2ND PART OF THAT PREDICTION?
Despite the prospect
that Apple may provide evidence the U. S. government will
use against the computer maker's most crucial ally,
Microsoft Corp., analysts don't appear concerned that the
companies' relationship is in jeopardy. For one thing,
so-called coopetition, where companies both cooperate
with and compete against each other, is common in the
computer industry. Get the details here.
COMPLETE APPLE'S BIG DAY
introduced an upgraded version of the Macintosh operating
system, Mac OS 8.5. Apple is banking on having a large
number of users migrate to the OS because of its enhanced
performance and improved ease of installation. Learn what else it has here.
the day: "I told him, 'Steve, I'll never
be as charismatic as you are, and you'll never be as good of an operating
manager as I am. You can't run a corporation ... by just being cool.'"
- Former Apple CEO Gil Amelio
Monday, October 12
YOU SAY "ADD TO FAVORITES"?
A "phone browser" prototype developed jointly
by Spyglass and Lucent allows navigation between Web
pages using voice commands given over a telephone. More info here.
A bill approved by the
U.S. House of Representatives Monday is designed to
integrate the provisions of two international treaties --
including criminal penalties for pirating work -- adopted
by the World Intellectual Property Organization in 1996.
It is expected to be signed into law by President
Clinton. Full story here.
bugs in Netscape Navigator has become almost a full time
job for Dan Brumleve, a Sunnyvale, Calif., computer
consultant. This time, hes found a bug that allows
Webmasters to pull cookies off visitors hard
drives. Details here.
the day: "Don't worry about the world
coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia." - Charles Shultz