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Sunday, October 25
At times in the Microsoft trial, lawyers have struggled
to convey technical terms and concepts to Judge Thomas
Jackson. Sometimes, metaphors are pushed to the limit. An example here.
Microsoft and Netscape
are making life miserable for Web publishers and Web
users. Fortunately, there's something we can do about it.
The situation is so bad developers and users have created
the Web Standards Project, a collective effort to
persuade browser makers that common standards are in
everyone's best interest. Click for more. Visit Jesse Berst's Anchordesk to find out what else we can do.
Have you wondered what
happens to 1998 on the Web when 1998 is no more? I have
been feverishly working on what will come next, looking
at a launch date of January 1, 1999. I have posted a
private beta version of the next incarnation of this
adventure on the Neotown servers just for you. Be advised it is
nowhere near finished, so you may encounter broken links
or scripting errors, but you will get the general idea of
what lies ahead. Please tell me what you
the day: "It's always darkest
before.....Daylight Savings time." - Another 1st Grade Proverb
Friday, October 23
Apple Computer this week
held its first financial analyst meeting in nearly two
years, which some Wall Street analysts are taking as a
positive sign that the company has finally gotten its
financial house in order. They also highlighted their
5-point recovery plan for returning to full viability. Full story here.
GLITCHES IN MacOS 8.5
A problem affecting some
users is the loss of data from the hard drive after
installing the new operating system. The problem is
limited, apparently hitting mostly users who have
previously formatted their hard drives with third-party
tools or different operating systems, according to users
posting messages on the widely read MacInTouch and
MacFixIt Web sites. Find out more here.
CONGRESS REALLY DID
A closer look at new
high-tech laws reveals that some are merely interim
solutions and others provide surprising groundbreaking
rules. Details here.
ON A PERSONAL
One of my favorite sites in America; Vail, Colorado, was
the recent victim of eco-terrorism. Radical
environmentalists calling themselves the Earth Liberation
Front torched and burned three buildings and four
ski-lift houses at the world-renowned ski resort under
the guise of protecting the lynx habitat from further
wilderness development. Whether there is merit to their
complaint or not, wanton criminal destruction of public
and private property has no place in society. No
Christmas donation from me.
the day: "If you lie down with dogs,
you'll.....stink in the morning." - Anonynous 1st Grader
Wednesday, October 21
PERHAPS PROPOSED MARKET DIVISION
The most explosive revelation in court on this
third day of the U.S. government's anti-trust trial was
an email Netscape cofounder Jim Clark sent in December of
1994 to Microsoft executive Brad Silverberg, in which he
attempted to persuade Microsoft to take an equity stake
in the start-up browser maker. Barksdale
ON ANOTHER FRONT
Microsoft tried to
"kill cross-platform Java by grow[ing] the polluted
Java market," while a Sun Microsystems manager
acknowledged that "Microsoft was smarter than us
when we did the contract," according to newly
released documents in the licensing dispute between Sun
and Microsoft. Full story here.
NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute today
posted new pictures from the Hubble space telescope. The
agencies kicked off the new Hubble Heritage Project with
some color pictures of Saturn, a snapshot of the small
spiral galaxy known as NGC 7742, and a keyhole view of
the heart of the Milky Way's Sagittarius Star Cloud. The
site will display new images on the first Thursday of
every month. Story and links here.
the day: "I believe we're in violation of
the MS contract and our attempt to reclass things as extensions will have
limited success." - Eric Chu, Sun Microsystems Engineering Manager
Tuesday, October 20
Microsoft attorney John
Warden today grilled Netscape chief executive Jim
Barksdale on the witness stand, asking detailed questions
that appeared designed to poke holes in allegations the
CEO made in 127 pages of written testimony in the U.S.
Department of Justice anti-trust trial against Microsoft.
Microsoft fires back at government prosecutors, claiming
they have used "misleading" evidence to accuse
the software giant of anticompetitive acts. Microsoft attorney John Warden
focused on the government's attempts to blunt the
credibility of the company's chairman and chief
executive, Bill Gates. More info here.
the range of industries that now make up the technology
sector reported earnings today, including Microsoft, IBM,
Sprint, SAP, Texas Instruments, and RealNetworks. The
majority managed to deflect fears that the bull market
has run out of steam by either beating or meeting Wall
Street's expectations. Get the numbers here.
the day: "No." -
James Barksdale, Netscape CEO, when asked by Microsoft attorneys if he had any
evidence that Microsoft ever punished a computer seller for displaying the
Monday, October 19
WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?
wasted no time in laying into Microsoft in the landmark
antitrust trial that got under way in Washington, D.C.
today, detailing a series of business acts that allegedly
demonstrate the software giant's attempts to illegally
maintain a Windows monopoly and to create a new one for
Internet software. Opening arguments here.
RELEASES COMMUNICATOR 4.5
In the wake of studies showing its browser market share
both declining and advancing in key areas, Netscape
Communications has released the shipping version of
Communicator 4.5, its Internet software suite. Version
4.5's features are no surprise to Communicator users. In
addition to two public betas of version 4.5, Communicator
users also have had the opportunity to sample new search
and navigation features, which Netscape categorized under
the term "smart browsing." These were included
in the 4.06 and 4.07 releases. There's a lot that's
"not there" too. Find
out what here.
A new fiber-optics technology from Lucent
will quadruple the bandwidth of undersea lines and enable
10 gigabyte/second transmissions. Details here.
the day: "When Netscape said no to Microsoft,
Microsoft set out to do exactly what they
told Netscape they would do -- to crush
them." - David Boies, lead DOJ attorney