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Month: September 1996

The Network Computer

I hear the wackiest things when it comes to the Network Computer and what the world and computing will be like in the coming years and months. I will not claim that I know exactly what will succeed and what is just moonshine, but I will lay out the possibilities for you. The players are all predictable, everyone in the computer/TV industry. The predictions from the players are relatively the same. A powered down computer will connect the poor, starving huddled masses to the internet with the bare minimum of email and the potential for multimedia web surfing. Their specs…

Mac Attack

Six months ago many industry analysts predicted the demise of Apple after they posted a 700 million dollar loss. Many thought that they were ripe for a hostile takeover. Recent events have saved Apple from the brink of destruction and set them on the road to a fabulous comeback. After licensing the technical info for the Mac platform, companies have sprouted up selling Mac clones. Power Computing has taken an aggressive stance by offering incredibly powerful PowerPCs well under Apple’s prices. By offering systems up to 225 mhtz with 8 megs of VRam, in customizable configurations, Power Computing gives users…

VB on the Web

Lately the research I’ve been doing has to do with Visual Basic and its Web potential as opposed to Perl or C. Visual basic is much easier to learn and it seems that most programmers have frowned upon it for no other reason than its lack of complexity. I have been searching through a plethora of sites finding the information on the subject and surprisingly there is very little for VB on the web but literally tons of info on VB for Windows. VB can be used on an NT server regardless of the user’s platform and considering its ease…

New Stuff (1996)

Before the internet, Early Adopter meant that you had to read page 74 of obscure trade magazines and go to lame gatherings to see the latest and greatest technologies. In other words, you either were a major enthusiast or you stood in line with the rest of the world and got it when it came to the store. But not anymore. Now we have access to the greatest distribution channel known to mankind and technology is being transformed. I can get the latest news on a daily basis from C/Net and get the latest shareware and software updates virtually the…

NY Decency Act

Didn’t we just settle this? The Communications Decency Act? Deemed Unconstitutional? Hello? Anyone paying attention? New York Governor George “Ringo” Pataki signed a bill making it a felony to transmit indecent materials to minors via the internet in the State of New York. Basically, it’s a localized version of the CDA. I’m not sure if Pataki is trying to get headlines or maybe just satisfy some constituents in the western, yes Buffalo, New York area. He was elected without the help of New York City and feels no need to coddle the growing internet community that has arisen here in…

Local Yokel

Yahoo launched yet another local guide to a city. This time 2000 miles away from Yahoo’s California home base. It’s good old New York New York. If they can make it here they can make it anywhere. New York. The site, although in the same monotone, lame-o style as the rest of Yahoo, covers the general ins and outs of the Big Apple. It’s only the first few days so don’t get your hopes too high, but it is a good enough start to ensure a popular and productive site. I for one am happy that the local model for…

Spin Doctors

I am so sick of spin doctors. Every company wants to be on the front page of the trade mags delivering the next big thing. Today it was big blue, IBM. IBM announced that by the end of the year they will ship a $700 internet box capable of email and web browsing. Be still my beating heart. Excuse me one moment while I look something up in Computer Shopper. Oh, how interesting. Right now I can get an AMD 100 mhtz, with 8 megs of ram and a 33.6 modem for $850 right now. How interesting! So what is…

Macromedia Madness

Macromedia is kicking ass! Just after releasing a new shockwave version with streaming audio and porting the popular plugin to Microsoft Internet Explorer, Macromedia has struck a deal with Netscape. In the next version of Netscape Navigator (4.0), Shockwave will be bundled into the package, most likely making Shockwave the most popular plugin on the web. This is more important than many people may give it credit for. Java has been out for a year and has still failed to gain popular use among the majority of web sites. Shockwave, which is based on the multimedia authoring tool Director 5.0…

Fall Business Predictions

With the end of summer comes the end of vacations and loose business climates. The autumn weather should bring serious new attitudes to the internet. All of those companies that have been mulling over what to do for an internet strategy are finally ready to put up the bucks to finance the cyber-construction. Budgets for 1997 should be approved by late September, including the new internet/advertising/information technologies budget. The Fortune 1000 companies haven’t all jumped on the bandwagon yet, mostly due to the lack of internal funding. I predict that all Fortune 1000 companies will be online by the first…