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Sunday, October 4
KEEPING AN EYE ON
Has Microsoft Corp.
chased Java off the desktop? Not according to
SevenMountains Software Inc. Next week at Internet World,
the Java startup will introduce TaskForce, a Java desktop
and productivity suite aimed at enterprises. Code is due
to ship in mid-November. Click here for details.
The battle between digital versatile disc and Divx
has left more than a few consumers confused, and the
multiple rewritable DVD formats are only going to make
things worse. More
The U.S. Congress may pass more high-tech
legislation than expected in the next few days before it
adjourns for the November elections, a policy analyst
said last week. Bills on Internet copyright, taxes, and
employment are likely to be passed and on the way to the
White House for President Clinton's signature before
lawmakers leave town. Highlights
the day: "Who dares to teach must
never cease to learn." - John Cotton Dana
Friday, October 2
NOW IF THEY'LL BUY IN
The World Wide Web Consortium today finalized the
Document Object Model Level 1 specification, providing
guidelines for creating the next generation of Web
documents. Browser developers Netscape and Microsoft both
contributed to the spec, which outlines a standard API
for manipulating objects and controlling HTML and XML
documents and data.
IE A TUNEUP
In an effort to drive traffic to its Netcenter website,
Netscape is rolling out just the kind of aggressive
strategy it has often attributed to its rival, Microsoft.
Netscape TuneUp for IE is a small Active X control that
runs on top of IE. Netcenter will begin offering it for
free by the end of this month. Full story here.
ATLANTIC TO LAUNCH DSL
The phone company is expected to annouce a major -- and
long-awaited -- DSL rollout on Monday in a move to gain
ground in the high-speed Internet access market. More info here.
the day: "Children have never been very
good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate
them." - James Baldwin
Wednesday, September 30
1998 ON THE WEB SUPPORTING GREY DAY
Beginning tonight at midnight, I will transform the entry
page to this site to one without color. Why? October 1st is Grey Day.
You can help by participating in the struggle against the
ever growing copyright infringement that exists on todays
Web. Only with education and understanding can we keep
the web filled with original creative content and prevent
the dull grey you will see here tomorrow from becoming a
long lasting harsh reality.
Netscape and Intel may be cranking up support of
Linux with their investment in Red Hat Software, but not
all ISPs, particularly the largest one, plan to quickly
embrace this suddenly popular version of Unix. Full
Microsoft unveiled features that will appear in
the final version of FrontPage 2000, including one that
makes sites easier to read with rival Netscape
Communication Corp.'s Navigator browser. More
the day: "The secret of success is sincerity.
Once you can fake that, you've got it made." - Jean Giraudoux
Tuesday, September 29
MAC USERS EXCITED
The date has been set for the release of the newest
version of the Macintosh operating system. Apple will
unveil an updated version of its operating system
software, Mac OS 8.5, with special launch events to be
held by resellers on October 17, according to industry
Microsoft yanked the Office 97 Service Release 2 off its
Web site, citing installation bugs. The company is
telling customers who have had trouble to wait until the
company reposts a patch. If all this sounds familiar, it
should. Last year's SR1 was so buggy Microsoft had to
pull it from its Web site and repost an update. Full story here.
SOSA OF ASTRO PHYSICS
A burst of
radiation from a distant star smashed into the Earths
upper atmosphere last month with enough energy to power
civilization for a billion billion years, astronomers
say. The immense wave of energy, the most powerful ever
recorded from beyond the sun, caused at least two
satellites to shut down briefly.
the day: "Watermelon -- it's a good
fruit. You eat, you drink, you wash your face." - Enrico Caruso
Monday, September 28
on the Web
WHY IS INTEL EMBRACING LINUX?
First and foremost, say industry experts, Linux provides
Intel with access to the much-coveted Internet Service
Provider (ISP) market. Intel is expected to make several
Linux-related announcements tomorrow at the ISPCon trade
show -- including an investment in Linux developer Red
Hat Software Inc. Click
here for full story.
Two weeks after completing its $37 billion merger, MCI
WorldCom today announced On-Net, its first suite of
"local-to-global-to-local" end-to-end services
for business customers that include voice, data, and
Internet services. They are also offering customers the
ability to control their own services using online
Web-based products that include invoicing, payment,
customer support, and call detail. It will also provide
business customers with real-time network monitoring,
traffic, and usage-analysis tools. Get the details here.
As you can tell from the name of this site, there are
only 3 months left in its lifetime. I have been working
on the design/development cycle for what's to come in
January, and you can help me put the content together.
The new survey found at left gives you a chance to let me
know what you want to see more of in the future. So take
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the day: "Men are what their mothers
made them." - Ralph Waldo Emerson