AFTER NAPSTER

Napster is gone. Its death may be more or less protracted, but it’s all over. There will now be a period of confusion – most of you will be well served by waiting until the dust settles. I’m a big fan of Media Jukebox, so I like their offer of $3 billion to the record industry to begin a new subscription-based source for legal online music. […] continued

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GINGER UNWRAPPED

Ginger, the much-hyped device invented by Dean Kamen, apparently is a two-wheeled scooter-like device that will run nearly emission-free using a hydrogen-based engine.Here’s an article with more info about Ginger. That might not grab you at first, but two things are worth thinking about: (1) An emission-free engine? Think about that for a second. […] continued

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NEW VERSION OF MICROSOFT OFFICE SOON

Microsoft Office XP will arrive in a few months, the successor to MS Office 2000. Not much information on new features, but the company believes it’s an important new release, especially for people who held off on upgrading to Office 2000. As I understand it, the new version includes a “product activation” feature that makes it much more difficult to avoid paying Microsoft a license fee for each copy installed. […] continued

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BRUCEB WEB SITE 2.0

Hope you like the new look for the web site! Let me know if any links are broken! […] continued

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GATEWAY FINANCIAL WOES

While Dell continues to be a strong company and a great choice when you’re in the market for a new system, Gateway has been floundering. Although I was an early Gateway booster, I became more and more unhappy with Gateway’s erratic customer service and odd choices of hardware and software. Here’s an article that describes Gateway’s deep financial problems. […] continued

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GRAPHICS PRIMER

I know lots of people who are finding that working with images on a computer is hard and mysterious. It’s taken me years to get grounded – and all that experience has mostly taught me how little I know. If you’re serious about learning about screen resolutions and pixels and web-safe colors, this is a sample chapter from a book named Easy Web Graphics, with a wealth of basic information about the things you’ll need to know. […] continued

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SLAMMING JUDGE JACKSON

If you’re following the Microsoft hearings, the best part was the obvious distaste shown the by appellate panel for Judge Jackson’s outrageous anti-Microsoft ravings in the press. Here’s an article that quotes extensively from the oral arguments yesterday. […] continued

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INTEL NETWORK CARD

Network cards for notebooks can be frustrating. Typically they either require a dongle (a separate short length of wire with connectors on it that everybody loses) or a pop-out jack that everybody breaks. Intel is making a PC Card NIC that allows the cable to plug straight in – no dongle, no pop-out. […] continued

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CHEAP STUFF

Prices on computer products have fallen so fast that it can be frustrating – it’s hard to throw things away, yet the numbers sometimes require it. Want a good example? How about $9.99 for a scanner? And a pretty good one, too. The source, Insight Direct, is a for-real company that also frequently has good prices on whichever E-Machine model is one generation out of date. […] continued

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DIRECPC TWO-WAY SATELLITE ACCESS

DirecPC is the satellite Internet service offered by Hughes. It’s been frustrating up to now because it requires a dialup connection for your outgoing traffic. A two-way, always-on satellite connection will be available soon, but it appears that you’ll have to sign up with one of DirecPC’s partners to get the service at first. […] continued

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WHY MICROSOFT SHOULDN’T BE BROKEN UP

As we head into the arguments in the Court of Appeals, here’s a good article that presents the case for leaving Microsoft alone. A sample:

“STATED SIMPLY: Consumers want computers and applications that work together. They want a platform, and they want integration. Multiple companies have not been able to achieve this compatibility except with the presence of a powerful company to force standardization.

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NAPSTER DAYS ARE NUMBERED

Even if Napster survives the court case, it won’t be fun for much longer. In addition to its plans for paid subscriptions, Napster now plans to add a “protection layer” to .mp3 files during their progress from someone else’s computer to your computer. The “protection” would prevent you, for example, from making an audio CD from the .mp3 file. […] continued

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WEB LOGS

This is an interesting experiment for the bruceb news page! It’s constructed using Blogger.com, one of the most popular resources for creating an online journal. Here’s an article from MSNBC about the growth in public online journals and diaries.
Since I know you rely on my news updates, here’s a link to the old archives. […] continued

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WINDOWS 2000 PROFESSIONAL TIPS

If you’re using Windows 2000 Professional, take a look at this quick list of 10 tips put together by ComputerWorld. There’s bound to be a couple of things that will come in handy. If you’re not using Windows 2000 Professional on a business desktop – why not? Windows 2000 Professional is the most stable operating system ever released for a personal computer. […] continued

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FINDLAW ACQUIRED BY WEST

If you’ve been using Findlaw for its wealth of law-related resources (including free California cases and codes), then you may be interested to learn that West Group has agreed to acquire Findlaw. Here’s an article with all the information known to date. Reading between the lines, it looks like Findlaw was running out of cash and West saw an easy and cheap way to upgrade its current web offerings. […] continued

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