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  December 1998  

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Thursday, December 31  
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IT'S BEEN A BLAST
1998 on the Web is history. I hope you've enjoyed this one year project as much as I have. It's been a challenging, educational year. You've seen the site go through two major redesigns. You've seen the offering of our information in six different languages. You've seen the introduction of the Internet Brothers Plaque for Helpware Excellence. I've made a lot of friends along the way, hopefully you count me as one of yours.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS
I started with six predictions for the Internet in 1998. The final tally? 3 right, 3 wrong. Not too bad. The first couple months of the year saw the site languishing along at 10-15 visitors per day. Using promotional activities described in the promote section, by mid-year I was up to 30 per day. The past six weeks have seen the site visited by 45-50 unique people each day. Not great, but making progress. The final yearly total was 15,500 unique visitors with more than 53,000 page views.

HELPING OTHERS
Through all the work I learned a lot of wonderful technique from various webmasters all over and thought it time to give back. You saw the Tips and Tools section grow dramatically as I gained more experience with DHTML, graphics editing, and other useful skills. I provided helpful Internet news summaries week-in and week-out on this daily technology diary. If you're so inclined, you can review the entire year with the directional bar at the bottom. You'll even notice how the appearance changed over time.

GAINING AND GIVING RECOGNITION
The first six months of the year, 1998 on the Web won more than 30 Web site awards. The second half I switched gears and began offering my own. The Internet Brothers Plaque for Helpware Excellence was an instant hit. It received a rating of 4.5 out of 5.0 for web awards and I have had more than 200 applications. It was perhaps the best decision I made all year. I truly met a lot of lasting electronic friends through my award program.

JUST BEGINNING
While 1998 has been a ton of fun, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Late tonight I will begin archiving all of this site to a mirror location, then load my new web offering to this same URL you're on now. Titled Internet Brothers - Helpware for the Cybercommunity, the new site is a joint effort. Joined by my brother Dave, and many renowned guest webmasters with various specialties, we expand our Helpware commitment exponentially. When you wake up tomorrow, I hope you'll come check this new adventure.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I am full of gratitude. I wish to again thank all the award sites who honored my pages. I thank those other webmasters whose sites taught technique to me. But most of all, I truly appreciate you the visitor for making it all worthwhile. I offer you my prayers and hope for a happy and prosperous 1999. Cheers.

You help make us better

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Wednesday, December 30  
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DATES TO CONSIDER
How big, broad and bad will Y2K be? By the time January 1, 2000, rolls round, we will know almost exactly what will happen. Approximately a fourth of the problems with computers and computational devices will already have happened, during 1999. In-depth examination here.

WORLD WIDE WAIT
The Telecommunications Industry Association is telling federal regulators advanced technology that allows consumers faster access to Internet and other services is not being deployed nationally at a pace Congress had intended. Details here.

NEED PARTNERS
While 1998 proved to be the year Linux took the server market by storm, a lot of work needs to happen before Linux can repeat this feat on the desktop. Full story here.

ONE MORE DAY
As the new year approaches, so too does the launch of the new Internet Brothers web site. Titled Helpware for the Cybercommunity, look for this new offering on these pages beginning January 1st, 1999. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Thought for the day: "Every day is a gift -- even if it sucks" - Sherry Hochman

 

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Monday, December 28  
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KEVIN MITNICK, ARE YOU LISTENING?
Two hackers who broke into a bank computer network and stole 260,000 yuan ($31,400) have been sentenced to death by a court in eastern China. Gory details here.

THIS ONE MAY BE MORE DAMAGING
A government win in the Intel case could have a greater impact on the technology industry than the outcome of the Microsoft case. But in any event, the two cases are inextricably linked, since the government may use an Intel executive's testimony in the Microsoft trial to bolster its case against Intel. Full story here.

SOCIAL SECUTIRY CLEARS SHORT-TERM HURDLE
Good news for the 46 million Americans who rely on Social Security retirement benefits: The system is Y2K-compliant. Read about President Clinton's announcement here.

THREE MORE DAYS
As the new year approaches, so too does the launch of the new Internet Brothers web site. Titled Helpware for the Cybercommunity, look for this new offering on these pages beginning January 1st, 1999. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Thought for the day: "Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well." - Samuel Butler

 

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