February

WINDOWS LITE

The nine states challenging Microsoft in the antitrust case are pressing for access to Windows source code so they can demonstrate that certain Windows features can be removed without crippling Windows as an operating system. They’ll press for a version of Windows without Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, and Windows Media Player, allowing manufacturers to include other products in their place on new systems. […] continued

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U.S. GOVERNMENT WEB SITE

The U.S. government has reworked www.firstgov.gov. It’s meant to be the entry point for all web resources related to the federal government, as well as providing links to state governments and agencies. The government has spent gazillions of dollars organizing the site and trying to make it easy to navigate. […] continued

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TAUZIN/DINGELL PASSES

According to the Center for Responsible Politics, the Bells – Qwest, BellSouth, SBC Communications and Verizon – have contributed about $19.4 million to congressional campaigns since 1999.

Slightly less huge companies such as AT&T, Sprint and Worldcom have spent about $12.6 million over the same period.

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WHALE SONGS

Here’s a web site where you can listen live to whales singing and talking, through a hydrophone suspended in the water off the coast of Maui. Best listening times are from 1-9am Pacific time, and it requires RealPlayer. The whales are particularly vocal during the full moon. Very cool!

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THE REGISTER COMES TO THE U.S.

The Register is one of the best online sites for tech news and gossip. It’s one of my daily stops. The original site is based in Britain and has a fair amount of local news. Today a U.S. edition of The Register was unveiled – same content, but without the local British coverage. […] continued

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CONGRESS VOTES WEDNESDAY ON CRITICAL BILL

On Wednesday Congress will vote on a bill known as Tauzin/Dingell (after its sponsors). It would eliminate all the requirements on the four remaining Baby Bells to play fair with competing telecom providers. It’s instant death for Covad and all other DSL providers except Verizon, SBC (Pacific Bell’s parent), Qwest and BellSouth. […] continued

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RECORD INDUSTRY ON THE DEFENSIVE

On Friday, the judge in the Napster case made it clear she was unhappy with the record industry for the way it has handled its own online music web sites. The labels have sought to impose anti-competitive licensing terms with online rivals and created sweetheart deals with each other for their own online joint ventures. […] continued

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R.I.P. CHUCK JONES

Chuck Jones, legendary animation director and artist, best known for his work on the Looney Tunes cartoon series, died on Friday. Jones helped bring to life many of Warner Bros. most famous characters — Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig – and he created Road Runner, Wile E. […] continued

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XO COMMUNICATIONS TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY

It was reported yesterday that XO Communications (the successor to Concentric Networks) expects to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy within two weeks.

No information is available yet on whether this will affect XO’s customers for dialup access, DSL, or web site hosting.

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WIRELESS WOES

Wireless technology will explode this year. By Christmas the stores will be full of wireless accessories for computers and home networking, as well as specialized devices that use a wireless connection to a computer or another device to do something interesting. The standards are solid, the prices are coming down, and manufacturers are finalizing products left and right. […] continued

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WINDOWS XP AND FTP

Not many normal people have reason to use FTP, a long-standing Internet standard for transferring files. It used to require a dedicated program like FTP Voyager, with its own learning curve. And if you transfer files by FTP frequently, the dedicated programs still have many advantages. But for some people, it only comes up occasionally – for example, posting files to a homemade web site, like the free web hosting accounts that come with broadband hookups. […] continued

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HIGH-TECH TOYS IN A SLUMP

Video games are surging (even the PC games sector is rebounding a bit), but other categories of high-tech toys are slumping. Intel put out some cool toys, but is now exiting the market. (Did you ever look at Intel’s microscope that would hook up to a PC? Very hip.) Here’s an article that talks about the sorry state of an industry that ought to be flourishing. […] continued

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NEW STANDARD FOR RECORDABLE DVDS

Recordable DVDs are available right now, but it’s a complete mess – DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, and other “standards,” using different media, playing on different machines. It’s the same tangle of competing business interests that delayed the entire DVD market for years. (You could have had your movies on DVD several years earlier – it wasn’t technology, it was industry giants fighting among themselves that delayed things. […] continued

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INTERNET EXPLORER SECURITY FIX

Microsoft has rolled up all the security fixes for Internet Explorer from the last few months and put them in a single download. This is a highly recommended update for everyone. There are various versions for Internet Explorer 5.01, 5.5, and 6.0. Here’s the page with information about the various fixes and instructions for downloading the update. […] continued

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BRUCEB OUT OF OFFICE 2/11 – 2/15

I will be out of the office and out of touch from February 11 through February 15. I suggest that all my clients and friends stop using their computers until February 18th, when I will be available again to keep them in line.

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