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Month: August 1996

NT 4.0 Lessons

I had the good fortune to try out Windows NT 4.0 yesterday and install it on my PC. I learned some very important lessons. The first lesson is to always listen to your girlfriend; she knows best. She told me to install NT on a weekend so I wouldn’t be down during the week if it didn’t install rosy. Well, she was right. And I was down for 24 hours. NT was designed for a network environment. People have been telling me that NT can be used on a home computer too! That it even gives you more stability, and…

Browser Security

What a hellacious week. First I got a summer flu. Then I sprained my ankle. And finally my bathroom turned into the Thing that ate Cleveland when raw sewage overflowed from the toilet and bathtub for three hours. So in case you really missed these columns, I have a good excuse. It’s been a bad week. In the news lately has been the release of Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 and Netscape Navigator 3.0. The arguments have been raging, and the venom has been flying. Here is a little smattering. Internet Explorer’s security is based on a front door system. IE…

Political Sites

The smell is in the air. Bullshit, I believe. Here are the web sites of the oh, so hip, political candidates and parties. Register to Vote The WhiteHouse Republican National Committee Clinton/Gore 96 Dole/Kemp 96 Demacrats The Green Party CNN All Politics Wannabe Presidential Candidates

RAM: Prices Still Dropping

March 22 8 meg EDO RAM $220 April 9 8 meg EDO RAM $160 May 9 8 meg EDO RAM $91 July 19 8 meg EDO RAM $55 TODAY 8 meg EDO RAM $50 Ram prices are being slashed worse than Ron Goldman and show no sign of stopping. It raises the question whether chip manufactuers can stay in business giving ram away at these bargain basement prices. PC’s continue to drop for a number of reasons including Mr. Cheap Ram. Intel is dropping prices to make room for their new chips coming out just in time for Xmas. I…

American Capitalism

Last night at midnight Pacific time, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 3.0 officially. Yesterday Netscape posted a new homepage outlining how Netscape Navigator 3.0 can kick the crap out of Internet Explorer 3.0. They also announced that the official 3.0 version will be released in one week. This is a milestone event in the evolution of the Internet. For the first time, Netscape seems to be on the defensive in the browser wars. Over the past few months, Netscape has been under intense scrutiny by developers and the media. Fewer and fewer cutting edge features have been released from the Mountain…

Bizarro Internet World

The strangest events have been taking place. AOL goes down for 19 hours. My ISP, usually impeccable with connect rate (28800) and no busy signals, has been connecting at 26400 and frequent busy signals starting a week ago. My father’s Prodigy seems to be working in slow motion for the last 3 days Coincidence?? Decide for yourself. Buy the Time-Life book! All I’m saying, and I’m keeping this one brief, is: Something is fishy on the Net. If any more strange occurences happen in the next few days, please send them in. Personally, I think it is the work of…

Shareware

I don’t want to be lame and give you news that’s not real exciting so here is a list of some of the shareware I have found to be exceptional for the Windows 95 operating system. All of the following can be downloaded at Windows95.com. Browser: Forget about Netscape. Microsoft Internet Explorer has gone from a “not so bad” application to the best browsing experience on a Win95 system. Supports Java, floating frames, ActiveX, bgsounds, marquee, and a host of others. Expect higher popularity after the major services use IE as their default. Mail/News: The Mail/News combo from Microsoft is…

Technology Crash

America Online (AOL), is down. AOL crashed at 4 a.m. EST while it was installing new software that had to do with its network routing system, a problem area for other ISPs. As of 11:07 p.m., it was still down. If you think this ISĀ a major problem, read below: It’s not a major problem. All things man-made have a certain unpredictability to them. The sun will come up in the morning but your car may not start. It has to do with perceived perfection. People think computers don’t make mistakes, but that isn’t the issue. Computers don’t make mistakes when…

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

My hand is killing me. I think I am getting carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s in my left hand, all the way on the side near the pinky. Here are some things I heard that can help relieve sore hands from repetitive stress. Squeeze a racquetball or tennis ball to build up the strength in your muscles and forearm so you look like Popeye. Learn to juggle, it will flex out all your muscles and tendons and amuse friends. Get a “wave” keyboard and ergonomic mouse and wrist pad. All will help a little. Type softer. Most people have this problem,…

Sheep and Balls

Why do people think Microsoft is the Devil? It’s just a company. They make software. It’s Redmond, Washington, not Redmond, Hell, Level 9. Open Letter to all closed-minded sheep. You know who you are: Try to be a little more objective when it comes to companies likeĀ Netscape and Microsoft. Netscape didn’t save the earth from nuclear disaster and Microsoft didn’t contribute to 55 million people dying in World War II. Objectivity is important. Ask yourself this. Am I a sheep? Do I blindly follow what everyone else I know says? Am I a mindless drone who must never rock the…

Comparing Betas

In the interest of brevity (Don’t count on it, today’s column is WAY too long) I am only going to compare two browsers. Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 beta 2 and Netscape Navigator 3.0 beta 6. These are the two browsers that have the most impact on the Web at this time but if you are a big fan of some other browser, please do not be offended. This column, titled BETA, is just that: information on the latest and greatest. My only disclaimer is this: When you’re on the bleeding edge of technology you’re going to bleed. The bottom line…

Microsoft Makin Moves

So who’s making the headlines these days? It seems like Microsoft has been in every major announcement in the last few weeks. Windows NT 4.0 rolled out the other night beating its main competitor Novell Netware (code named Green River) to market. NT fixed some bugs and limitations which place it to be the server of choice for small networks. Internet Explorer released beta 2 a few weeks ago along with a VRML plugin and a mail/news combo. The complete package has impressed many users and matches Netscape feature for feature while adding a few of its own. A slew…

Everyday is Special, Almost

This column, Beta Net Review, tries to publish every day and, at the same time, only give you news that’s interesting. So in the true spirit of net honesty I have to say… Not much happened yesterday. Xing Technologies released a version 2.0 of its streaming audio/video plugin for Netscape. I have not had a chance to use it yet, but I will today and let you know if it’s worth getting. So far I have only seen one example of the Macromedia streaming audio product, Shockwave. Shockwave promises to be a major player in Internet design work. Previously Shockwave…