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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 IS a major problem, read below: It’s not a major problem. All…

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…

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 like Netscape and Microsoft. Netscape didn’t save the earth from…

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…

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…

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…

NT 4.0

Microsoft is releasing the 4.0 version of their NT operating system today. It incorporates the graphical user interface (GUI) of Windows 95 but is designed for networks. Microsoft Windows NT Workstation will be available in the next month for about $319. Upgrading from earlier versions of Windows NT Workstation will cost $149. The company’s Windows…

Macromedia Streaming (1996)

Editor’s Note: We only use 28.8 modems. One of the most striking similarities of most web pages is the lack of any sound. The net is deaf. Quietly clicking away without a single voice or note. There have been many attempts to break into this silent world which can be counted on one hand. The…

The State of the Internet (1996)

I’ve often compared the Internet to pre-World War I Europe. The net is a thick, twisted mass of agreements and alliances. The major players and their tangled web of handshakes can all be listed. Oracle’s leader Larry Ellison has predicted the doom of the PC and thinks that the NC (Network Computer) will rule the…

POTStickers Anonymous (1996)

The internet has so many possibilities its astounding. Multi Player games, free long distance video conferencing, no tax shopping, video technical support for all your household appliances, online banking, and a host of others. Every kind of long distance or local communication can get a boost from the net. So why do have to wait…

QUAKE (1996)

The net has received a gift from the gods better than anything lame old Prometheus has bestowed. This gift will change the face of the net and spawn a multi-billion dollar industry. And Quake Be thy name. Quake, for everyone who doesn’t know, and you know who you are, is the successor of DOOM from…

Back in Black

Formerly Internet Review, BETA is now my little way to express my burning desire to predict. Here is my disclaimer and explanation for anyone who cares: I think the majority of industry leaders and analysts are short-sighted and hype crazy. I think that whenever a revolutionary new technology (printing press, PC, automobile, electric lightbulb, etc)…

Op-Ed: Web Ads (1996)

Something sad and foreboding has happened. Web Review online magazine has announced its last issue. It is closing down because the advertising ezine model has failed to generate enough revenue to sustain the Web Review staff. Does this mean that online magazines are doomed? Hmm. I have been mulling this one over for a while.…

NBA Updates (1996)

DOH! They were so close. I have predicted that the Utah Jazz will beat the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA finals. They almost did it last night but they were stupid. They let the clock run out thinking they would get the ball back with four seconds left and instead they kicked it out-of-bounds and…

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Internet Box + Predictions (1996)

Oracle, IBM, and Sun Microsystems are finally ready to show the world what the NC (Network Computer) can and will do for the world. Well, they are at least going to show what it looks like. Oooooh, shur looks perty, Pa. Les getum one fer ma! Let’s look at this logically (Raise your eyebrows inquisitively…

Future App: Radio (1996)

If you have spoken to anyone about the internet, you know the game we play. What will it be like? What will the internet do in the coming days/months/years? Of course Kokopelli has predicted the Killer App of the internet is free long distance and video conferencing, but what else will revolutionize the world in…

CDA (1996)

A three-judge panel–Chief Judge Dolores Sloviter, Judge Stewart Dalzell, and Judge Ronald Backwater–heard final oral arguments from the plaintiffs this morning in the case of ACLU v. Janet Reno, a suit filed in February in an effort to overturn the Communications Decency Act (CDA). The CDA criminalizes the posting of “indecent” or “patently offensive” material…

Hardware: Prices and Predictions (1996)

Are you looking to buy a computer? Just take a look at this! March 22 8 meg EDO RAM $220 April 9 8 meg EDO RAM $160 TODAY 8 meg EDO RAM $91 Is this insane or what?! Price have been falling for months and months. The question is: Will they go back up or…

Midi Discovery (1996)

Kokopelli has recently developed new techniques in web page design. Background music in the form of .midi files have been a source of frustration for web designers because of varying HTML tags and cross-platform configuration, not to mention the near impossibility of embedding music on a page without having the music stop when a user…

Java Security Fears (1996)

Java and the people freaking out. Before I say anything about Java: If you believe your life is in mortal danger over this evil operating system spawned from the loins of hell, please disable java in your browser. Click on Options in your menu bar above. Check Security (version 2.0) or Network Preferences and Languages (version…

I Love This Game! (1996)

SPORTS NEWS OVERSHADOWS NET NEWS FOR FIRST TIME!! It’s the NBA playoffs ladies and gentlemen, so forget about Intel, Microsoft and Netscape. I Love This Game! Check out the brackets to see exactly whats going on here. Ross Perot, Jr. is set to buy the Dallas Mavericks. Gee, It’s nice to be born rich isn’t…

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Internet Expo 96

Internet World ’96 kicked off yesterday in San Jose, California. Here are some of the myriad of developments that erupted from the West Coast conference. Microsoft added new components to its BackOffice server applications but kept the price as is. The suggested price for a five-user license for BackOffice Server 2.0 remains steady at $3,500.…

Teleco Mergers & Predictions

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 1, 1997   Glimpse of the Future. There is a lot going on now that gives insight into the terrain of the future on and off the net. Bell Atlantic and Nynex have announced plans to merge, forming the largest teleco in the world. Due to a nice quirk in…

Baby Internet

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 29, 1997 There was a man who once proclaimed that he was shutting down shop. He ran the local Patent Office. He bellowed at the top of his lungs his exasperation, “Everything inventable has been invented. There is nothing more that can be done.” Eighteen months later a man by…

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Cause du Jour

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 24, 1997 With every great society and culture what inevitably happens is that some losers declare themselves to be leaders of the masses. The net is no exception to this rule. These leaders try to rally the masses to follow their lead which usually can be summed up with the…

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Hardware & Losers

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 20, 1997 So whats going on in the hardware world you ask? Good question. Vendors are coming around to releasing Pentium Pro 200mhtz servers. NT is becoming a real threat to Novell Netware and Sun Solaris on these machines. Intel is releasing a Pentium Pro Lite which basically brings the…

1-1-00 Problemo

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 18, 1997 Funny and news at the same time. We all live our lives in cycles. We wake up in the morning, work and play all day and go to sleep at night. We count on that as we experience each minute, day, week, year and century. Umm wait. No…

Internet Explorer Mail / News

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 17, 1997 (One of my first design critiques) Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 3.0 is expected to be released in beta in just two weeks. The much anticipated upgrade to 2.0 will include many features Netscape holds a monopoly over. New functions will include Java support and an integrated email and newsgroup system.…

Image is Everything

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 13, 1997 OK Let’s map all this out: DATE Search Engine IPO OPEN HIGH CLOSE NOW April 2 Lycos $16 $29.25 $21.94 $17 April 4 Excite $17 $21.25 $20 $14.50 April 13 Yahoo! $24.50 $43 $33 $33 So whats the story morning glory? Whats the tale nightengale? Image. Man, I…

Yahoo! IPO

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 12, 1997 Yahoo is officially a publically traded company. Today Yahoo is offering 2.6 million shares of stock at $13 per share. Yahoo was founded in April 1994 by Jerry Yang and David Filo, who were students at Stanford University’s Electrical Engineering program. In April of last year Yang and…

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…

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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…

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.…

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…