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Cool Sites (1996)

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 11, 1997 I hate cool lists, why am I doing this? Well, maybe you haven’t seen these ones. Trés Chic, mon frère! What do psychos write about? The Unabomber’s Manifesto Drink Java? Go to Gamelan Need more caffeine?? Try LED flavored. Site for women on the Web, and a superhero in her spare time, It’s Cybergrrl! Golf & Golf – Two sites for the ZENest sport around Find out if your wannabe domain name is already taken here If you can look at Carrottop without laughing, I’ll cook dinner. Hacker? I don’t even know her!…

Other News (April 1996)

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 10, 1997 IBM may license the Apple operating system MacOS. Prediction: It’s the blind leading the dumb. They have both failed separately to topple the Microsoft/Intel monopoly over the PC world. Maybe together they can be less lame. A merger with Apple is seeming more and more imminent, but will IBM be the lucky groom? Yahoo is going public this week. Prediction: No brainer; IPO will go up the first day settle the second. Expect better performance than other search engines. Microsoft is encroaching upon the hardware market with it’s 1394 bus configuration and multimedia…

DRAM & News

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 9, 1997 DRAM DRAM DRAM! I remember a few months back there was this huge fire (supposedly) in Japan and DRAM went through the roof. 4 meg chips cost about $160 mail order. Today I got a quote in the back of Computer Shopper for the same chip, $65 US. If you have a computer (most of you) you need to know one thing: RAM = SPEED Think of RAM as blood for your computer. Back in the old days 2 megs was plenty on your 286 machine. Then the high end users of the…

Access Providors

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 5, 1997 Just to keep us all up to date, here is the landscape of Online Access choices: America Online: 5 Million customers, crappy browser. (Funny quote from Internet Underground: “Steve Case thinks that Marketing America Online in Europe with just the initials “AOL” is going to fool the residents of an entire continent.”) Compuserve: My dad’s email is 104370.154…whats up with that?!? At Compuserve you really ARE a number! Prodigy: Trying a $1 per hour deal. Yawn, how quaint. AT&T: I ordered the software…six to eight weeks delivery. Can I download it? No. Click…

$500 Internet TV

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 3, 1997 There has been a lot of news lately prophesizing the coming of the all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipotent $500 internet box. These internet boxes will be multimedia powered terminals that give the internet a friendlier and certainly cheaper face. The question is, will the public go for it? Predictions…oh predictions. This is a tough one. On the one hand, the price is right. 500 bucks certainly makes alot of excuses go away. Many people will see this as the opportunity to finally get online despite the dismal balance in their checking account. This box would…

Browser Turnaround!

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 2, 1997 Well, isn’t this a strange turn of events. Last week, (six months in net years) Microsoft released Active X controls, a development kit and an alpha version of Internet Explorer 3.0. I thought, hey, now here is Microsoft getting with the program. They will have Visual Basic, AND Java AND plugin architecture. To me this was a brilliant move. Make a better mousetrap and the people will bang down your door. Now comes the turn of events. Netscape released a beta (not alpha) version of their Navigator 3.0. It improves a lot of…

BUYOUT! (1996)

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 1, 1997 Microsoft sets to buy out Netscape Navigator! In a shocking story, the Wall Street Journal outlined the plans of software behemoth, Microsoft Corp to bypass its internet strategy and attempt a hostile takeover of Netscape Communications. This move will virtually seal, if successful, Microsoft’s internet dominance! Microsoft until now has been playing the internet game the hard way, by building better products in the hopes of gaining public acceptance. With the common knowledge that all Microsoft products launch late and the emergence of a viable Netscape Navigator 3.0, Microsoft decided to skip the…

News! March, 1996

Recovered from Archive.org – Mar 30, 1997 Netscape released thier Navigator 3.0 into beta here. OK, so now Netscape has a 2.01 release, a 2.0 Gold beta 2 that has a nifty WYSIWYG editor built in, an international version release, about 30 or so plugins and now finally the 3.0 beta code-named ATLAS. (Ooooh, holds the world up!) Basically what Atlas is: Netscape wants to be the first browser on the block to release ANYTHING 3.0; it was a preemptive strike against Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 due this spring in beta. I’m downloading it now, standard version is 5 megs, I’ll let…

News

Originally posted: March 30, 1996 Netscape released thier Navigator 3.0 into beta here. OK, so now Netscape has a 2.01 release, a 2.0 Gold beta 2 that has a nifty WYSIWYG editor built in, an international version release, about 30 or so plugins and now finally the 3.0 beta codenamed ATLAS. (Ooooh, holds the world up!)Basically what Atlas is: Netscape wants to be the first browser on the block to release ANYTHING 3.0; it was a pre-emptive strike against Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 due this spring in beta. I’m downloading it now, standard version is 5 megs, I’ll let you know…

Money & Ultra SCSI-2

Originally posted March 25, 1996 :  The newest innovation in hard drives is the Ultra Wide SCSI-3. Quantum is releasing a 1.2 gig version along with some higher capacity drives. Seagate and other manufacturers are also expected to release SCSI-3 compatible drives. These drives will have a 40 meg burst transfer in addition to astronomical RPMs and infinitesimal seek times. Basically it will be your everyday run of the mill wet-dream hard drive. The most surprising thing about these drives is the price tag. The drives themselves aren’t expensive. 300 dollars for a 1.2 gig SCSI-3 hard drive from Quantum.…

Money & Ultra SCSI-2

Recovered from Archive.org – Mar 25, 1997 The newest innovation in hard drives is the Ultra Wide SCSI-3. Quantum is releasing a 1.2 gig version along with some higher capacity drives. Seagate and other manufacturers are also expected to release SCSI-3 compatible drives. These drives will have a 40 meg burst transfer in addition to astronomical RPMs and infinitesimal seek times. Basically it will be your everyday run of the mill wet-dream hard drive. The most surprising thing about these drives is the price tag. The drives themselves aren’t expensive. 300 dollars for a 1.2 gig SCSI-3 hard drive from…

PC/TV

Originally posted Mar 23, 1996: Gateway unveiled this week in Manhattan (Hey, how come nobody sent me an invitation? It’s an old internet boys network (double pun) thats why!! … umm…anyway) Gateway unveiled a possible melding of mediums. A PC/TV. Let’s take for granted the fact that its Gateway SIX THOUSAND dollar price tag drops significantly within a year of first shippings. It’s got a 30″ screen, a powerful Pentium 120 processor, a TV Tuner card that works with cable, and all the multimedia bells and whistles. The input devices include a remote mouse and wireless keyboard. The theory is…

PC/TV

Recovered from Archive.org – Mar 23, 1997 Gateway unveiled this week in Manhattan (Hey, how come nobody sent me an invitation? It’s an old internet boys network (double pun) that’s why!! … umm…anyway) Gateway unveiled a possible melding of mediums. A PC/TV. Let’s take for granted the fact that its Gateway SIX THOUSAND dollar price tag drops significantly within a year of first shippings. It’s got a 30″ screen, a powerful Pentium 120 processor, a TV Tuner card that works with cable, and all the multimedia bells and whistles. The input devices include a remote mouse and wireless keyboard. The theory is give…

Hardware – 1996

In the last year PC’s have made amazing advancements in the area of multimedia and video capabilities. Macs no longer have such a distinct desktop publishing advantage over PCs, nor do Unix boxes like the Sun Sparc stations have overwhelming computational leads. PC’s have been getting cheaper and faster all year. This month has hit record lows for prices while power continues to rise. Pentium Pro processors from Intel have been received very well by the public and have driven down the prices of older yet blazingly fast pentiums. RAM is the lowest I’ve seen it in ages. I found two quotes…

Design franchises

Recovered from Archive.org – Mar 21, 1997 Last week saw two portentious announcements. USWeb announced that it will start a nationwide franchise of internet consulting and web design firms. Compuserve revealed one day later that the online behemoth was planning a web hosting service. The CompuServe plan is less ambitious than that of USWeb, which intends to create a nationwide network of independently owned one-stop Web shops, complete with hosting, training, and design services. “I’d like a Big Mac, fries, a Coke and ten pages with alot of links.” Although I’m sure it will make a big impact and most…

Net Losers

Recovered from Archive.org – Mar 19, 1997 News happens everyday. Today Microsoft did something and Netscape responded with blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda. Sometimes, like today, the news isn’t that interesting. I am the first one to be shouting out predictions for every news article to hit the Associated Press, but today…who cares if Microsoft is going to produce their own video chip. It won’t affect your life, believe me. So instead, I feel like editorializing. It’s Almost News. The Internet is entering its third generation. The first was all scientific and sterile. Educators and researchers using the network to…

Virtual Space

Recovered from Archive.org – Mar 18, 1997 A few months back VRML made its debut in a hot flash of excitement which quickly dwindled to a dull florescent glow of light praise. The problem was that the only thing you could look at was a 3D view of a giant N. No one else was there, and it was quiet. Virtual Space wasn’t happening like people hoped. (Not quickly anyway). Avatars and shared whiteboards just weren’t available. Recently there has been an resurgance of VRML and Virtual Worlds.Microsoft and Intel have agreed to support VRML on the internet in the…

Alliance Week

Recovered from Archive.org This week has officially been dubbed: Alliance week. America Online has allied itself with Netscape, then agreed to make Microsoft Internet Explorer the de facto browser for all AOL users come this spring. AT&T is talking with AOL as well as Compuserve who is also talking with Netscape and Microsoft. Microsoft allied itself withIntel to make Internet Audio phones a reality this year and IBM along with NEC agreed to make further use of Cyrix chips. Microsoft formed an alliance with Hallmark (No Hallmark URL??) and Intel is planning some Intel pentium pro machines. Auuuuhhhhhhhh! (The sound of…

Microsoft / AOL deal

Recovered from Archive.org Well it seems final: Microsoft Internet Explorer will be the proprietary browser for the 5 million (and growing) America Online users and the next version of Windows 95 will include easy access to the online service via a desktop folder. The good news for Netscape is that this affiliation won’t hit desktops for a few months. The bad news is Microsoft is going to also release a souped up Explorer just in time for the new operating system and the new AOL software. They say that everyone gets 15 minutes of fame. I can hear the clocks…

AOL Possibilities

Recovered from Archive.org. America Online is kicking ass. I think we all remember not too long ago when AOL was in third place behind Compuserve and Prodigy. Now with 5 million members, AOL is wheelin’ and dealin’ with the big boys. Both Microsoft and Netscape have sent out press releases claiming alliances with AOL. (See Netscape release & Microsoft release) This is very strange since AOL plans (I assume) to have only one proprietary web browser. As I see it there are two possibilities: America Online and Microsoft partner giving AOL a much needed boost in their World Wide Web browser and a…

Free Long Distance

Originally posted March 12, 1996 Microsoft and Intel announced Monday, March 11, 1996 that they are going to push for better hardware standards to make audio/video phones over the internet more available to the public. Forget about tax breaks. No Long Distance! Here is the prediction for the Internet in for the Fall of 1996: The killer app will be Internet Audio/Video Conferencing. There will be millions of naysayers who finally get with the program once they hear that they can Phreak too. Online banking is great and the WWW is fabulous, but free long distance and video conferencing is…

AOL upgrade

Originally posted Mar 9, 1996 FINALLY! America Online has announced plans to upgrade their popular proprietary software. The web browser that some consider the worst in existence will support backgrounds, tables, HTML 3.0 , and yes the <CENTER> tag! It gets even more interesting with America Online negotiating with Netscape and Microsoft to possibly license one of their web browsers. Netscape‘s Navigator currently holds 70% of the internet market share making it the favorite in the web browsing arena, but Microsoft just annouced plans for an Internet Explorer 3.0 alpha this week. It will support everything Netscape Navigator 2.0 currently…

MS Internet Explorer 3.0

Originally Posted Mar 8, 1996 Microsoft is going to release (real soon) their Internet Explorer version 3.0 (alpha of course). This version will include java support, Visual Basic support, frames, real audio, inline avi, marquee text, VRML, email, and newsgroups. Its code name should be Netscape killer. When it comes out, do not ask for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for Netscape. And for all you business people out there, Microsoft is bundling their internet software with their NT system. It’s Mike Tyson versus Mike Jackson. Where is your money?

Macromedia (a.k.a. Commadot.com’s first post)

Originally Posted Monday, March 4, 1996. Macromedia announced the long awaited successor to its award winning multimedia program. Director 5.0 will hit the streets at an estimated $900 US. Director 5.0 will be the first upgrade in several years with many badly needed new features. See the copy from Macromedia here. What does this mean? It means that Macromedia is going to make ALOT of money this year selling its multimedia authoring tool, especially considering its lack of any real competition and its successful Shockwave plugin for Netscape. This new plugin lets HTML jockeys create multimedia right on their web pages…