Active Server Pages

Definition: A component of the Internet Information Server (IIS) 3.0 from Microsoft, which parses scripting languages on the server. The structure of the technology lets you create HTML pages which include scripts (right in the HTML which can talk freely to a database and other OLE resources easily and quickly.) This technology is a milestone…

WebTV Prediciton

I am in a rush, so here is the quickie prediction of the day: The internet has alot of good stuff. The Web and Email are the biggies. Expect WebTV and others like it to break through the wall into mainstream America. Why? Because most of America doesn’t need a computer. They need communication. My…

Appa-cle

Should Eliison Buy Apple? Background: Apple is in loads of trouble. They just fired 2700 employees and bought an operating system with no acceptance. Oracle CEO, Larry Elison, (One of the Top Ten Richest Men in America) is feeling the waters to see if buying the ailing Apple for a cool 1 Billion dollars. Ellison,…

D-HTML

39 People Dead on the Internet This is the headline everyone is seeing now. I find that the “Legitimate” news industry paints a fairly grim view of the Internet. Scare tactics, fear mongering, and downright lies have blemished the infancy of a new medium. Next time you see a news article on a non-internet forum.…

Apple Woes

I’ve been busy, OK? Kokopelli New Media has taken a strong upswing, and kept my dumb ass busy for months. Now, things have progressed into something a little more structured and I have set aside time to write about the latest and greatest on the web. So lets get right into it. Continuing with my…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…