1998 on the Web
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Monday, February 23
Never underestimate the power of Yahoo! The search engine cum content provider has made a tremendous difference in the daily traffic to 1998 on the Web. Last week while I was in Denver, Colorado for professional development training this site was finally listed on Yahoo! after seven weeks of waiting. Since that time, the daily visitors have increased from 6-8 to 40. So if you are just beginning to promote your new Web site, be sure to get it listed on Yahoo!, but be patient, as it takes awhile for the post.
If you have your browser set to default colors, you will notice beginning with this week's diary that I have changed to the standard black text on white background. I have had comments from a few readers that the dark gray text on light gray background was a little hard to read, particularly on Macintosh systems. The hyperlinks are now bright orange instead of purple. I will be updating all the pages on the 1998 on the Web site in the near future as time allows. Thank you for the tips, and please let me know how you like the new style. This is a participatory Web site.
It's great to be home in Nitro, West Virginia, but I sure do miss the Rocky Mountains. Weather was absolutely gorgeous in Denver and Vail last week while I was there, true Chamber of Commerce perfection. Be sure to check out the diary updates I have made since my return by clicking the "last week" icon below. For those of you with pre-release 3 browsers, it is the single left arrow.
1998 on the Web is normally a technology feature, but I would like to comment today about the USA-Iraq situation. United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has apparently, at least temporarily, averted military action in this escalating crisis. While my views generally are conservative in nature, and I approved of action in The Gulf War in 1991, I believe unilateral American military action against Iraq at this time is the wrong response for the wrong reason. Consider this parallel scenario. What if Russia started posturing against Israel for violating United Nations resolutions regarding troops in southern Lebanon and continuing new settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan River? And what if Russia demanded U.N. inspection teams be allowed access to Israeli chemical and nuclear weapons facilities? And what if Russia threatened to bomb those facilities if Israel did not comply with their demands? The United States would be in an uproar. In my opinion, that's what most of the rest of the world thinks the U.S. is doing to Iraq right now. So thank you Kofi Annan. What's your opinion?
Thought for the day: "My wife won't let me drink alcohol anymore. She says it makes me see double, and act single." - Helmut of Vail
The Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan proved to be a big dud for television, and a big delight for the Internet. CBS television coverage of the Olympic Games did not grab blockbuster ratings numbers. The official Web site of the Olympic Games generated 650 million hits during the 16 day event. CBS' production did not excite viewers and did not cause wonder about special effects or new technology. The Internet hit tally was more than 3 times the 187 million hits received by the Atlanta 1996 Summer Games. The higher traffic also came without the technical glitches that caused some pundits to dub the summer games the "glitch games." In fact, it was the TV coverage, not the Net, that got dinged this time around.
The official Olympic Web site has been a big marketing tool for IBM, but it also allowed Netizens to receive real-time updates of the events on their home PCs. Many other sites were dedicated to the games as well, not only focusing on events such as the luge but the athletes themselves--skating gold-medalist Tara Lipinski, for example. The site received 103,429 hits per minute on Friday during the women's figure skating competition and ice hockey game between Russia and Finland. All told, some 4.5 terabytes of data were transmitted through the site, according to IBM.
Adoption of Java technology in businesses has risen dramatically in the past calendar quarter, but the upstart language-development platform still has a way to go toward mainstream acceptance, according to a market research firm. In its quarterly survey of technology deployment, the International Data Corporation said today that Java plans are under way in more than 45 percent of the approximately 800 North American companies it surveyed in the fourth quarter of 1997, up from 35 percent in the third quarter. Still, the relatively low percentage of businesses that either use Java regularly--less than 5 percent--or have deployed it widely--about 10 percent--show that Sun Microsystems has several years of pressure to apply before the mainstream truly embraces Java, according to the survey's authors. Sun executives were pleased by the survey, saying that it confirmed their expectations. The company also acknowledged that the coming year will be crucial to get enterprise developers to put Java into play. The future of Java is one of the highlights on 1998 on the Web's predictions page.
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Thought for the day: "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
In a good mix of presentation and creation packages, RealNetworks, creators of RealAudio and RealVideo streaming software, has announced it will acquire Vivo Software, a developer of streaming media creation tools. RealNetworks strategy has been to create technology for streaming media and to develop server tools to permit webcasting. Vivo has worked on the tools to create the content. It will be interesting to see Microsoft's reaction to this merger since Microsoft is one of RealNetwork's major shareholders and has been pushing it's own multimedia technology, Netshow.
Netscape Communications has created mozilla.org, a dedicated team within Netscape aimed at promoting the development of Netscape's client source code for Communicator 5.0. Mozilla.org encourages developers to download the client source and post their enhancements.
Several of the Santa Cruz Operation's hardware partners reaffirmed their commitment to SCO UNIX, promising to make the investments that will let it grow into a server operating system. Compaq Computer, Data General, ICL, and Unisys said they've agreed to invest millions of dollars in a research and development effort called UnixWare. SCO UNIX is widely recognized as a workgroup server platform, but SCO and it's partners are driving to make UnixWare appropriate for high-end servers.
Thought for the day: "Time is just nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once."
READ HIS LIPS
Thought for the day: "Maybe this world is another planet's hell." - Aldous Huxley
TAKE YOUR GLASSES OFF
TAKE LONG THIS TIME
Thought for the day: "Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world." - Joel Barker
A TIP FOR YOU
ARE WE AT CYBERWAR?
OFF . . .
Thought for the day: "The next generation of interesting software will be made on a Macintosh, not an IBM PC." - Bill Gates, 1984
MOORE'S LAW SAFE
In creating the advanced chip, researchers employed standard ultraviolet light to etch the lines in which the transistors are laid--meaning that the industry doesn't have to invest in next-generation equipment using electrons or X-rays, a massively expensive proposition. The research breakthrough means that manufacturing plants using current-generation technology may be able to produce chips at least through the year 2009, saving billions of dollars. In general, advanced production techniques allow more transistors to be crammed into the same real estate, thereby increasing the horsepower of the chip. Also, as the transistors are pushed closer together, this increases a chip's speed because the distance between the transistors is reduced. The new ultraviolet technology could prove critical to the continued advancement of the semiconductor industry because it may eliminate the uncertainty about new production techniques which has clouded the future of chipmaking.
What is Moore's Law? In 1965, Gordon Moore, former Chairman of Intel, was preparing a speech and made a memorable observation. When he started to graph data about the growth in memory chip performance, he realized there was a striking trend. Each new chip contained roughly twice as much capacity as its predecessor, and each chip was released within 18-24 months of the previous chip. If this trend continued, he reasoned, computing power would rise exponentially over relatively brief periods of time. Moore's observation, now known as Moore's Law, described a trend that has continued and is still remarkably accurate. It is the basis for many planners' performance forecasts. In 26 years the number of transistors on a chip has increased more than 3,200 times, from 2,300 on the 4004 in 1971 to 7.5 million on the Pentium II processor.
Thought for the day: "But what ... is it good for?" - Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
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